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Makhuwa
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The Makhuwa speaking people are thought to have originated in northern Mozambique as early as year 800 A.D. They were first under control of Arabs who came to Mozambique to trade slaves and ivory. The Portuguese arrived in 1498 and ruled over Mozambique as a colonial power until 1975. Makhuwa were heavily influenced by the Portuguese, especially in adapting Portuguese language and Christianity.

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Luba Brochure
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The origins of the Luba People date back to 1500AD when the thriving Luba Kingdom emerged as a single unified state in the grasslands of the Upemba Depression in the Katanga region of what is known today as Democratic Republic of the Congo. The kingdom thrived in the Indian Ocean trade by producing salt, palm oil, dried fish and later various agricultural implements such as maize and cassava

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Lango Brochure
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Although accounts of the history of the Langi are debated and somewhat conflicting, the group is most likely descendants of the Luo-speaking Nilotic people who migrated south from Abyssinia in the early 15th century. Langi tradition asserts that Langi originated from a mountain called Otukei or Awil. The mountain was alleged to have abundant rainfall. Due to linguistic evidence, the Langi are also related to several neighboring Ugandan and Kenyan tribes such as the Karimojong, Jie, Dodoth, Lotuko, Topsa, Turkana, iteso, Kumam, and Karimojong, suggesting a similar history and origin.

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