The Kanembu of Chad


Population: 655,000

Location: Isolated desert region of North West Chad, surrounding Lake Chad. The area is arid, covered in thorny bushes. The region receives less than 12″ of rain per year.

History: The Kanembu were once a powerful dynasty, the most powerful group in Central North Africa. In the 1200s, the King converted to Islam and began a jihad to conquer the surrounding tribes. The empire began to decline in the 1500s due to internal strife, and ended with the arrival of the French in early 1900s. However, sultans and traditional rulers still today wield more power than government officials.

Culture: Many Kanembu are businessmen. 70-80% of Chad’s merchants are from the Kanembu tribe. Many others are farmers and herders. A significant number earn their living mining natron from salt mines. Natron is used for washing and bleaching textiles. Many Kanembu are illiterate. Their villages lack modern schools and health centers. Many parents forbid their children from attending secular French schools.

Religion: Folk Islam

Latest Prayer Updates:

New team

God has answered our prayers and has called people to go to the Kanembu! The team leaders are travelling soon to the location to secure housing for team members. Pray for God’s guidance to houses whose neighbors have open hearts. May God prepare many people to hear and respond to the Gospel.

Good soil

A team is preparing to go live amongst the Kanembu next year! Ask the Lord to go before them and prepare many hearts to hear and respond to the message they will bring.

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