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The Nyanga (also Banianga, Banyanga, Kinyanga, Nianga or Nyangas) are a "Bantu people in the "African Great Lakes region. Today they live predominantly in the "Kivu region of the "Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the frontier with "Rwanda and "Uganda.[1] They speak the "Nyanga language, also called Kinyanga, which is one of the "Bantu languages. There are about 150,000 speakers of Nyanga according to a 1994 census, but most are also fluent in "Swahili. Their national epic is the "Mwindo.


  1. ^ James Stuart Olson, "Nyanga", The Peoples of Africa: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996), 454.

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