Language Data

  • Alternate names: Kavirondo Luo, Luo, Nilotic Kavirondo; Also, in Tanzania: Dholuo, Doluo, Kavirondo, Kidjaluo
  • Scriptures published:
    • Bible (1953 — 1977)
    • New Testament (1926)
    • Portions (1911 — 1964)
    • The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Literacy rate in first language: 10%--30% in Dholuo. Literacy rate in second language(s): 50%--75%. Also use Swahili [swh] or English [eng]. Taught in primary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Kenya
  • Region: Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, and Migori counties; northern Nyamira and Kisii counties; Busia and Kakamega counties: border areas. Kavirondo Gulf area
  • Also used in: United Republic of Tanzania
  • Religion: Christian, traditional religion, Muslim
  • Livelihood: Fishermen
  • Number of users: 4,184,000 (4,044,000; 140,000 in Tanzania (SIL 2005))
  • Vitality: Developing

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)