WEST AFRICA: The Identity Project Part I- The Fulani

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History

The Fulani, also called Fulbe or Peul, are a nomadic people who have played a significant role in the rise and fall of the Mossi states in Burkina and also contributed to the migratory movements of people southward through Niger and Nigeria into Cameroon. They were also responsible for intro consolidated under Usman dan Fodio and was centered in northern Nigeria. Dan Fodio was a devout Muslim who used religious fervor to ignite his troops to undertake a series of holy wars. 

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Economy

Fulani are mainly nomadic herders and traders. Dairy products produced from Fulani cattle were traded to sedentary farmers for agricultural products and luxury items. Fulani traders then traded these luxury items between various groups along their nomadic routes. Members of individual Fulani clans often settled down among their sedentary neighbors, intermarrying and establishing trading contacts for future business transacti the cas

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(See: http://www.gateway-africa.com/tribe/fulani_tribe.html)

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