Fulani in Côte d'Ivoire

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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.

Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Link Up Africa
People Name General Fulbe, Fulani
People Name in Country Fulani
Population in Côte d'Ivoire 479,000
World Population 4,870,600
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Adamawa, Bagirmi Fulani, Falata, Fellata, Fula, Fulba Kita, Fulfulde-Fulani, Gewe, Gueve, Igboro Fulani, Kano-Katsina, Puel, Sudanese Fula, Toroobe, Voila
People ID 11774
ROP3 Code 103079

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Primary Language Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger (479,000 speakers)
Language Code fuq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger
Primary Language Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger (479,000 speakers)
Language Code fuq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger

Primary Language:  Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2006)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2015)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Fulfulde New Testament
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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