Fulani, Bagirmi in Chad

Fulani, Bagirmi
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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Fulani, Bagirmi
Country: Chad
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 43,000
World Population: 261,000
Primary Language: Fulfulde, Bagirmi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.20 %
Evangelicals: 0.15 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Fulani / Fulbe
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Bagirmi Fulani are semi-nomadic, mixing farming with shepherding. Although some Fulani tribes travel seasonally with their flocks, the Bagirmi have a permanent home they live in for half of the year. They only travel during the dry season, when grazing lands and water are scarce. Many of the men have multiple wives. Since cattle are a symbol of wealth among the Fulani, brides are sometimes chosen because of the amount of cattle they own. The Fulani were one of the first people groups in Africa to be converted to Islam. The Bagirmi still hold on to many old Fulani traditions. They believe that family, cattle, strong morals, beauty, poetry, singing, and dancing are the most important things in life.

Ministry Obstacles

The Fulani continue to be strongly committed to their current religion and worldview. Change is quite difficult and usually occurs slowly.

Outreach Ideas

Much persistent prayer is needed to prepare the hearts of the Fulani to hunger for truth found only in Jesus Christ. Pray the people will hunger for truth.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the handful of Christian believers among the Bagmiri Fulani, that they will rest fully on the finished work of Christ, understanding the requirements for forgiveness of sin have been satisfied.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for sufficient rain to support the livestock of the Fulani, and for good yields for their crops.

Text Source:   Joshua Project