Language Data

  • Alternate names: Bagwe, Bassamia; Also, in Kenya: Saamia
  • Dialects: Gwe, Lugwe, Saamia, Samia, Songa
  • Scriptures published:
    • New Testament (2011)
    • Portions (1904 — 1968)
    • FCBH  (2010 Bible Society of Uganda)  See above
  • Literacy: Mother-tongue literacy not often taught in schools due to lack of materials in Lusaamia-Lugwe. Functional Adult Literacy was in progress but has come to a halt. Also use Swahili [swh]. Taught in primary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Uganda
  • Region: Busia and Bugiri districts; near Kenya border, Lake Victoria is southern boundary
  • Also used in: Kenya,
  • Religion: Christian, traditional religion
  • Livelihood: Agriculturalists: maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, sorghum, bananas, millet, rice, cotton, ginger, sunflower, coffee, some vanilla. Fishermen on Lake Victoria
  • Number of users: 480,000 (335,000 in Uganda (2002 census); 125,000)
  • Vitality: Developing

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)