Introduction / History The Fulani peoples are related to the Hausa, and together they make up the largest people group in sub-Saharan Africa. The Fulani peoples have been nomadic pastoralists for centuries, and their ancestors lead several great West African empires.
Where are they located? There are Fulani people living in most West African countries, including Cote d'Ivoire. The Fulani peoples live as far east as Sudan.
What are their lives like? About a fourth of them are nomadic pastoralists. Even those who are settled often make their living through their livestock. As often happens, pastoral people like the Fulani are in conflict with farmers who compete for the same land. Some Fulani have migrated to larger cities like Abidjan when situations make herding cattle impossible. Though some are traders or common laborers, they consider it a disgrace to not own livestock.
What are their beliefs? Though the Fulani people in Cote d'Ivoire hold to traditional animistic beliefs, they identify with being Muslims. Their identity in Islam keeps them from accepting that they need Jesus to save them from sin. Secondly, their identity as being cattle herders gives many of them a pride that is hard to overcome. Pride-filled people cannot approach God as a child.
What are their needs? The Sahel Desert is creeping south, leaving less vegetation for cattle and other livestock. Whether they like it or not, the Fulani will have to adjust to making their living without livestock. Someone can help them dig wells to get adequate water, or learn valuable skills that will help them flourish in the 21st century.
Prayer Points There are very few believers among the Fulani. They are not accepted by others within their communities. Pray for them to have the love and grace to deal with being treated unfairly. Pray that they will honor Christ with their words and deeds. * Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.