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Fulani, Wodaabe in Niger

Fulani, Wodaabe

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
86,000 Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger Islam 1.50 % 1.30 % No   

Fulani, Wodaabe in Niger

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Introduction / History
The Wodaabe are nomads who live in the Sahara desert in Niger in Africa. They are a subgroup of the Fulani.

The Wodaabe live in the bush. They have camels, donkeys, goats and sheep. It can be hard to find them as they travel a lot and the tracks of them are not able to be traced in the sand.

Some Wodaabe like to be called Bororo. The Fulani were first seen as a people group in the Senegambia valley in the eleventh century. They travelled east and south of the Sahara desert for about the next four hundred years. Their religion is Islam and they have influenced present day West African peoples. The Fulani and Islam have had much influence here for about a thousand years. The Wodaabe being a subgroup of the Fulani have much the same history.

Most of the Wodaabe look after cattle and do trading. They move about looking for grazing land and water. They trade in dairy products and in fabrics that sell for a high price not only in West Africa but in the world. The Wodaabe like longish greetings when you meet them and then there is a tea ceremony. Cows are important to them for a living. They live in grass huts or have no shelter. The men look after the cows and camels, the women look after the donkeys and cooking fire and the children look after the sheep and goats.

In the rainy season, the Wodaabe drink milk from the cows. They do not drink milk from the goats. During the long dry periods of the year, millet is their main food. They only eat the meat of their goats and sheep on special occasions.

The Wodaabe are artistic and are famous for their dyed cloth. The women do the embroidery. The men dance during some of their festivals and that can sometimes last seven days. They regard it as being important that the women see the white of the eyeballs and teeth of the male dancers. The men wear smart costumes here.

Regarding marriage, the family of the Wodaabe bridegroom gives a bride price to the family of the bride and then they are married. The bride remains with her husband till she is pregnant and then lives in the home of her mother for three or four years. The baby is delivered and she becomes Boofeydo meaning "someone who has committed an error". During that time she cannot see her husband or talk to him either. It is classed as sin by the Wodaabe for him to have any involvement with his wife or their young child at this time. After two or three years she can visit her husband but she and the child cannot live with him until her mother can buy everything that is needed for the home.

The Wodaabe believe in Polygamy. They speak in Fula.

Prayer Points
Pray the Woadaabe people will be given a growing hunger to know Truth, and that Jesus will reveal himself to them at the proper time.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2016-01-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-02-19
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Country: Niger
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:50 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Fulani, Wodaabe
People Name General: Fulani, Wodaabe
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115675
Joshua Project People ID: 20064
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 86,000
Population all Countries: 86,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Fulani / Fulbe
People Name General: Fulani, Wodaabe
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger (86,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): fuq    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Wodaabe
Dialect Code:9924
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.50 %(Evangelical: 1.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam98.50 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2006
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Fulfulde New Testament
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Fulani, Wodaabe in Niger

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    Fulani / Fulbe     Africa, West and Central    
      Fulani, Wodaabe Niger    
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