Along the plateaus of Fouta Djallon, there are grassy plains and fields of millet. Fulani (AKA, Fula) herders settled in this region over 200 years ago and have since spread throughout western Africa. The Fulbe are a sub-group of this vast Fulani people group. They are semi-nomadic and raise crops as well as livestock. The high plateaus serve as part-time pastures for their herds.
The Fulbe of Guinea have also moved into southern Senegal and northern Sierra Leone, leaving the culture and heritage of this tribe in all three countries virtually identical. A small number live in nearby Guinea-Bissau.
The livelihood of the Fulbe is primarily based on farming and shepherding. Gathering forest produce, hunting, fishing, and trading are also part of their daily lives. Staple crops include millet, rice, and peanuts. Cattle herds, along with sheep and goats, are the primary livestock. The cattle are not the usual Fulani "humped" breed, but a native Fouta Djallon breed that is resistant to the disease-carrying tsetse fly.
Herding cattle is usually a male activity; however, the women milk and take care of the cattle. Women also care for the poultry and small livestock, as well as cultivate the gardens. Women often carry containers of milk and cheese to sell or trade in local markets.
Daughters remain with their mothers until they marry. However, as soon as a son reaches puberty, he leaves the family compound and lives alone in a nearby compound, usually with some cattle. This new compound becomes the home of the son and his future wife.
The first marriage of a man is usually arranged by the man's father. A bride-service of helping the girl's father with his livestock is performed by the man, who usually marries in his early twenties. Polygyny (the practice of having more than one wife) is practiced, up to the Muslim limit of four wives. There is one chief wife, however, who has authority over the other wives.
Children belong to "age-sets" until they marry. An age-set is grouped at three or four year intervals, with every child born in those years belonging to that set. The children in an age-set go to school together and may participate in community labor or may help someone in their set with bride-service. Each age-set has a leader, a deputy, and a judge.
Although Fulbe villages are scattered, each village has a central court and a mosque. Houses belonging to the settled Fulbe are typically round with mud walls and thatched roofs. Each hut has an encircling verandah. The nomadic Fulbe live in open, beehive-shaped huts without walls or verandahs. Each hut is surrounded by a cattle corral. Each village has a headman who handles village affairs and answers to a paramount chief.
Although Fula Jalon villages are scattered, each village has a central court and a mosque.
The Fulbe are almost completely Muslim, though they also adhere to pre-Islamic animism. They believe that Allah is the only God, and that Mohammed is his prophet. Some villages have Islamic schools for the children.
The Fulbe are expected to follow a code of high moral behavior known as Pulaaku. Pulaaku extols virtues such as kindness, bravery, patience, tolerance, perseverance, honesty, diligence, generosity, and dignity. To be reserved is part of being dignified; thus, they are shy and modest in public. A mother does not show affection to her infant son. In fact, she never even calls her firstborn by his name all throughout his life.
Efforts to evangelize these people have resulted in only a very small number of Fulbe believers. They are very devoted to their Islamic religion and see it as a fulfillment of their needs. It will take much prayer to open Fulbe hearts to the King of kings.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send full-time missionaries to share the gospel with the Fulbe of Guinea.
* Pray for effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Fulbe throughout Africa.
* Pray that God will give the small number of Fulbe believers boldness to start a movement to Christ within their community.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a strong and growing church among the Fulbe for the glory of his name.
Scripture Prayers for the Fulbe in Guinea.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Fulbe|
|People Name in Country||Fulbe|
|Alternate Names||Fulbe Futa Jalon; Futa Dyalon; Futa Fula; Futa Jallon; Futa Jalon Fulani; Fuuta Jalon; Kebu Fula; Peul|
|Population this Country||4,679,000|
|Population all Countries||5,378,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||94|
|ROP25 Name||Fulani (Fula, Fulbe)|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Pular
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2011)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Pular||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
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|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Pular||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
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