Langi People

Langi People

About Langi People

Lango live in the Lango sub-region (politically Northern Region, but geographically central Uganda), north of Lake Kyoga. The Lango sub-region includes the districts of Amolatar, Alebtong, Apac, Dokolo, Kole, Lira, Oyam, and Otuke. The population is about 1.5 million people according to the 2002 population census. The "Langi" is recent (Tosh, 1978), and not found in earlier written records of the Lango people (Hutchinson, 1902; Driberg, 1923). Lango leaders (scholars and Lango Cultural Foundation) have not questioned and/or challenged the use of "Langi". The term is wrongly used by Lango and non-Lango as fact. Lango history is complex, by using "Langi", you are limiting "Lango race" to an ethnic group. Lango speak "Leb-Lango" a Western Nilotic (Luo) language, closely related to Acholi and Alur to the north. Lango identify with the Luo-speaking people, refuting the theory that they are Ateker even though they share some clan names with them.

Contributions by Ezeu, Sao2, and Samacia.