Lega language

Lega is a Bantu language, or dialect cluster, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are two major varieties, Shabunda Lega and Mwenga Lega; Mwenga Lega, with about 10% of speakers, finds Shabunda difficult to understand. Kanu has been assigned a separate ISO code but is a dialect of Shabunda, and no more divergent than other dialects.

Variant spellings of 'Lega' are Rega, Leka, Ileka, Kilega, Kirega. Shabunda is also known as Igonzabale, and Mwenga as Shile or Ishile. Gengele is reported to be a Shabunda-based creole.

According to Ethnologue, Bembe is part of the same dialect continuum. Nyindu is a dialect of Shi that has been heavily influenced by Lega.

Native toDR Congo
Native speakers
(450,000 cited 1982–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
lea – Shabunda Lega
lgm – Mwenga Lega
khx – Kanu
ktf – Kwami


  1. ^ Shabunda Lega at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Mwenga Lega at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kanu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kwami at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lega". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
Basimba people

The people who currently identify themselves as Basimba or BaShimba for many and Musimba or MuShimba for singular are Bantu speaking, Community that exist in Uganda. Before the 13th Century they did maintain a shared identity as Basimba also defined in Swahili Language, as (a big lion), associated with either these people or the place which they came from.

The name Basimba or BaShimba (also known as the big Lion) was applied to the whole group by the early Ovambo people as a nickname for the leopard totem Clan people also known as bena Ngo in Zambia and in Uganda as abe Ngo.The founder of Buganda, Kato Kintu in the 14th Century was the first Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda the father of Chwa I of Buganda in his immigration to Buganda (by then known as Muwaawa), went with thirteen clans known as (Abalasangeye) under the Kintu dynasty, and among these thirteen Clans was the Basimba Leopard (Ngo) Clan. King Kateregga of Buganda, between 1674-1680 C. at the current Butambala District, persecuted the Leopard (Ngo) Clan people killing four hundred of its members and causing others to conceal their Cultural identity. Given the pre-eminent role of the Leopard (Ngo) Clan in the Cult of Kintu, these people expected that in the event they were discovered to be briefly related to the Leopard (Ngo) Clan would have far reaching consequences and the same happened during Kabaka Jjunju of Buganda.

Bembe language (Ibembe)

Bembe (Ebembe) is a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Western Tanzania. According to Ethnologue, it forms a dialect continuum with the Lega language through Mwenga Lega. It has connection with the Bembe (Kibembe) language of the Republic of Congo.

Lega people

The Lega people (or Warega) are an ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 1998 their population was about 250,000.


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