Wasukuma

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Wasukuma

 

Sukuma, a nationality in the Republic of Tanzania. The Wasukuma live south of Lake Victoria and are closely related to the Nyamwezi. Population, approximately 1 million (1967 estimate). They speak the Kisukuma language, which is related to the Bantu languages. Most of the Wasukuma adhere to local traditional beliefs, but some are Catholics; a small number of Wasukuma profess Islam. Chief occupations are farming and cattle raising; seasonal migratory work in the mines and in the cities has developed.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(2) People who reside along the river are predominantly Sukuma in ethnicity and are known as Wasukuma. The Sukuma ethnic group are mainly agro-pastoralists who practice farming and traditional pastoralism.
I could even relax with Wasukuma. But these kids here, they use mambo ya kiswahili ['Swahili affairs', a colloquial metaphor for uchawi practices].
He drives his point home: "Kwanini siyo ile Mangi iliyokuwa inaishi pale (Why nor the Wachagga people who were already living there)?" He would agree if the teacher taught that it were Wasukuma living along what is Lake Victoria who discovered the lake.