Fulani, Sokoto in Niger

Fulani, Sokoto
Photo Source:  Dan Lundberg  Creative Commons 
Map Source:  People Group Location from IMB. Other map data / geography from GMI. Map by Joshua Project.
People Name: Fulani, Sokoto
Country: Niger
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 670,000
World Population: 1,119,000
Primary Language: Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Fulani / Fulbe
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Sokoto Fulani, who are a subgroup of the greater Fulani tribe, are on the border of Niger and Nigeria. The Sokoto comprise the ruling class (Toroobe) as well as semi-nomadic shepherds (Bororo). The ruling class live in towns and cities, are educated, and fill leadership positions at the municipal and state level.

Ministry Obstacles

The Fulani believe that to be a Fulani is to be a Muslim. Many Fulani are revered teachers of Islam, who get much respect for their Islamic pedigree. Some are participating in jihads (holy wars) in an effort to eradicate Christian people from their midst, which adds a layer of enmity with believers.

Outreach Ideas

Polluted water is a problem for the Sokoto Fulani, who suffer from malaria and other water-carried diseases. Missionaries and engineers might be welcomed in their efforts to make water potable in overpopulated cities. Because many Sokoto Fulani are among the ruling class, they would be in a position to influence their constituency to consider the claims of Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

2 Timothy 2:21 says, “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (ESV) Pray that the Sokoto Fulani will become “useful” to the one true Holy God.
Pray that this will be the decade when the Sokoto Fulani have an unstoppable movement to Christ.

Text Source:   Keith Carey