The Fulani are overwhelmingly Muslim; however, their traditional pre-Islamic rituals and beliefs are still followed today and only vaguely linked with Islam. Our vision is to see Fulani families hear and respond to the gospel and establish a Fulani Church.
The Fulani live in Western Niger. The majority of them have settled in and around towns and cities in the Departments of Niamey and Dosso, some have become farmers, although owning cattle is still a key part of their ethnic identity. Fulani culture places a high value on self-control and on a certain stoicism which does not allow any demonstration of weakness. When one Fulani wants to express friendship towards another, he will lend him a cow. The person receiving the cow takes care of it until it has a calf, and then he returns it to the owner.
The Fulani are overwhelmingly Muslim; however, their traditional pre-Islamic rituals and beliefs are still followed today. Although it’s not fully understood, Islam is part of their ethnic identity, and it has been said that it is not possible to be Christian and Fulani at the same time.
A joint AIM/SIM team started in May 2016 with the vision to see Fulani families hear and respond to the gospel, and to establish a Fulani Church, where Fulani people can worship the Lord and hear God’s word taught in their own language. The team has already seen a few Fulani come to know Christ.
If you are organising a prayer meeting or just looking for material to help you pray with more insight for some of Africa’s unreached people, why not download a printable Prayer sheet on the Fulani of Niger.