Lango people (South Sudan)

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Lango is a community of Nilotic people originating in South Sudan. They are nomadic agriculturists. The Lango live in the Ikotos County area of Imatong State. This region borders Uganda; however, the inhabitants are distinct from the Lango of Uganda.


The Lango comprises six subtribes, including the Ketebo, Lokwa, Lokir, Dongotono, Imotong and Lorwana. They originate from the Okol hill and Lolim mountain regions of northern Uganda, or from the Acoli people of Uganda and South Sudan.

The Lorwana tribe's language (okolye or okolie) is spoken mainly by Lorwana natives, though it was adopted by the Ketebo people in the 1940s when their language vanished. The Ketebo people are now integrated into the Lorwana community, though they speak a slight variant of okolie. The Dongotono Lango subtribe also speaks okolie, importing some words from the otuho language of the Lotuko people.

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The name "Lango" can also be spelled as Langgo or Lalangoni when referring to a male, or as Nalangoni for a female.

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