Luwo people

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Total population
Regions with significant populations
 South Sudan 193,000
luo language
Christianity, African Traditional Religion
Related ethnic groups
Nilotic peoples, esp. Luo peoples
Luo men showing traditional dance

The Luo (also called Jo Luo and Luo of Bahr el Ghazal) are an ethnic group in western parts of South Sudan. They are part of a larger group of ethno-linguistically related Luo peoples of East Africa.[1] They speak the Dheluo language which is a Northern Luo language.[2][3]

They are related to the Dholuo speaking Joluo of Kenya and Tanzania. The date of divergence is estimated to have been about eight centuries ago.[4]


The Luo are known to the dinka as Jur Chol which is an exonym taken from the Dinka language (compare Jur Beli). Some Luo politicians object to the name.[4]


The Luo reside in the Jur River and Wau counties of Western Bahr el Ghazal State and in Aweil Center County of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. The Luo are also sedentary, meaning they have a centralized living area. They grow sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, and beans. They can fishing, hunting, and beekeeping, making them a well rounded society.[3]


The Luo are one of the smaller tribes of South Sudan with population about 171,000 - by some accounts the Luo are the 8th largest ethnic group in South Sudan. They may be found in Aweil, Wau and Tonj states or in Tonj and Western Bahr el Ghazal and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states by the pre-2015 organisation.[3][5]

A census conducted in 1983 put their population at 80,000.[2]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Luwo of South Sudan". Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Luwo". SIL International. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Trust, Gurtong. "Jurchol (Luo)". Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b "There Is No Jur Chol Tribe But Luo Tribe In Western Bahr El Ghazal State: Speaker". Gurtong Trust. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Distribution of Ethnic Groups in Southern Sudan (as of 24 Dec 2009)". Refworld. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 6 January 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2016.