Sukuma women and kid

Sukuma people are Bantu group of people inhabiting the south-eastern African Great Lakes region. They are the largest ethnic group in Tanzania, with an estimated 8.9 million members or 16 percent of the country’s total population. Sukuma means “north” and refers to “people of the north”.

Sukuma man

Their language is Kisukuma, people are called Basukuma or Wasukuma, one person is referred to as Nsukuma, Musukuma.

Snake dancer, snake dance is a traditional dance among Wasukuma

They occupy the areas of south of Lake Victoria between Mwanza Gulf and the Serengeti plains. Their culture and linguistics are very similar to those of Nyamwezi who are south of them.

Subsistence farming is among the economic activities of Wasukuma people

The Sukuma people were in good relationship with the Tatoga people, unlike the Maasai whom Sukuma regarded them as their enemies.

Sukuma woman

The Sukuma people practise mixed economy of subsistence agriculture and others also kept cattle.
Shaggy celebrate after being crowned Sukuma tribe Elder

Their succession is patrilineal, however, the office of the chief passes to one of the former chief’s sister’s son, while the children of a woman married without bride price inherit from her family instead of from their father’s.

Sukuma girl

The Sukuma have been organised into independent chiefdoms for more than 200 years. The ntemi(“chief”) was advised by a group of hereditary councillors and ruled through hereditary village
headmen.

Adorable Sukuma albino girl

Sukuma traditional dancers, dancing with Shaggy.
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