Banna people

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Not to be confused with the Fali people, who are sometimes referred to as Bana, or the Bena people.

The Banna people, (also referred to as Bena) are an ethnic group in Ethiopia. They live in an area around Chari Mountain near Kako Town and a savanna area near Dimeka. They speak Hamer-Banna, which they share substantially with the Hamer. According to the 2007 census, they number about 27,000. They engage primarily in agriculture and supplement this by pastoralism, hunting, and gathering. They are mainly Muslim, however, several thousand are Christian, and they have their own king. [1]


  1. ^ Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia; by David H. Shinn, Thomas P. Ofcansky, p. 69
  1. ^ [1], Ethiopian Government Portal