Friday 21 June 2024

Fulani People

Fulani people are spread out across a lot of West African countries. The Fulani people that most Nigerians come across are pastoralists but in Senegal some Fulani people run Tech companies and have transitioned into various industries.

They come with all sorts of physical features. One of my friends an entrepreneur is jet black with a thin nose, thin lips and a long face.

Some Fulani people have broad nose and are fair skinned. 

Some Africans and Black Americans have a misinformed idea that Africans - including West Africans - only conform to one stereotype; thick lips, wide nose and curly hair. In reality lots of Africans have various features thin noses, wide noses, thick lips, thin lips, long nose, short nose, etc. 

In our group, we focus on accurate history and accurately telling our stories not caricatures of Africa and Africans.

The Fulani people are one example of a “tribe” in Western parlance that don’t conform to one stereotype. 

The Fulani tribe are the 4th largest of the tribes of Nigeria and are one of the largest ethnic groups and tribes in Africa, with over 40 million people. They live mainly in Western African nations such as Nigeria, Mali, Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal and Chad. They have their own language known as Fula. Their origins are unclear but there are many theories as to where they originated.

What we do know for sure is that by the 5th century, they were in West Africa. The earliest evidence we have from archaeological digs points to them starting around 6th century BC at the latest.

They are one of the few Africa tribes to adopt Islam, with 98% of the Fulani being Muslim. Prominent Fulani include the first President of Cameroon, Ahmadou Ahidjo, and Major General Mohammadu Buhari, the current President of Nigeria.

Sometimes the pastoral lifestyle clashes with the agrarian system, resulting in flashes of conflict.


The Fulani mainly inherited their DNA from West Africa. In minor cases, some Fulani people have North African ancestors.

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