Benguela is a province of Angola, based in the city of Benguela. It occupies an area of 39,827 km² and has about 2,110,000 inhabitants. The province is located 692 km from the national capital, Luanda.
It consists of the following municipalities: Baia Farta, Balombo, Benguela, Bocoio, Caimbambo, Catumbela, Chongoroi, Cubal, Ganda and Lobito.
The vast majority of the population belongs today to the ethnicity of Ovimbundu, but the different groups - (Mu) Ndombe, (Mu) Hanha (International spelling: Hanya), (N) Ganda, Lumbo, Quilengues - were generally "umbundizados" just in 19th century 1. As a consequence of the Angolan Civil War and the rural exodus that prompted many Ovimbundu other regions, particularly Huambo Province, they migrated to the cities of Benguela and Lobito that, like all great cities of Angola, have grown enormously in recent decades .