There are three groups of Fulani in Niger: Sokoto, Western, and Wodaabe. The largest of the three groups is the Sokoto, and they live in the northern region of Niger alongside the Hausa. There are two types of Sokoto: the Toroobe (ruling class) and the Bororo (Semi-nomadic class).
The Western Fulani are also called the Gorgaabe. The Western Fulani maintain much of their traditional way of life, and because of this, they are considered the purest of all Fulani.
The Wodaabe are nomads who live in the Sahara Desert. They are a subgroup of the Fulani and like to be referred to as the Bororo. Almost all Fulani groups are Muslim, however many still practice traditional pre-Islamic beliefs.
Currently, some Fulani are returning to their historical jihadist roots with ties to terrorist groups. The result is a growing hostility toward those who profess other faiths. Believers who want to share the gospel need creativity and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Engagement // The Bigger Story
Africa’s Children works with children in Niger. They hold summer camps and partner with the Niger Assemblies of God. One of our global partner states,
“I wish I could show you all the different people who have come to the Lord through camps and continue to live for Christ. We have pastors and strong members in the churches who came each year to camp, and have become leaders in the churches.”
Visit Africa’s Children to partner with them in reaching the Fulani children in Niger.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Assemblies of God in Niger have planted 89 indigenous churches, 1 Bible school, and has 82 pastors and 9732 Adherents. Pray God continues to bless and expand the church and Niger as Fulani come to the Lord.
The West Africa Advanced School of Theology (WAAST) is an Assemblies of God Bible school based in Lomé, Togo. The school serves to educate and train African church leaders at the university level. These students will go on to pastor and plant churches in West Africa and beyond. Pray the graduates at WAAST and other AG Africa schools will plant churches in Niger.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Entrepreneurs: Consider partnering with AGWM to start a work in Niger among the Fulani.
Readers, Writers, Speakers: The Western and Sokoto Fulani speak different dialects of a language known as Fulfulde, which shares features of other West African languages.
Problem Solvers: Joshuaproject.net categorizes both Fulani groups as “Least Reached” people groups. Efforts to reach them will require creative strategy, prayerful patience, and reliance on the Holy Spirit.
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