Fulani in Côte d'Ivoire

Unreached of the Day  6/20/2019

Fulani in Côte d'Ivoire

The Fulani people are closely related to the Hausa, and together they make up the largest and most powerful people group in sub-Saharan Africa. The Fulani peoples have been nomadic pastoralists for centuries, and their ancestors lead several great West African empires. There are Fulani people living in most West African countries, including Cote d'Ivoire. Some Fulani have migrated to large cities like Abidjan when situations make herding cattle impossible. About a fourth of them are still nomadic pastoralists. Even those who are settled often make their living through their livestock. Though some are traders or common laborers, they consider it a disgrace to not own livestock.

Ministry Obstacles

Being among the most powerful people groups in Africa makes the Fulani people, be they in Cote d’Ivoire or elsewhere, less receptive to change. The Islamic religious system is a central part of their identity.

Outreach Ideas

Believers with skills as veterinarians can have regular contact with these nomadic herders. They can be useful in helping the Fulani people in Cote d’Ivoire to learn God’s ways and to disciple others.

Pray for the followers of Christ

As far as we know there are no Fulani people in Cote d’Ivoire who follow the Lord. Pray that the 2020s will be the decade of a massive spiritual harvest among these powerful people.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for spiritual openness that will lead Fulani family elders to draw others to the Risen Savior. Pray for workers to go to the Fulani who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray that the 2020s will be the decade where the Holy Spirit instigates a family-based disciple-making movement among the Fulani peoples throughout West Africa.

Scripture Focus

"a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all" Colossians 3:11



People Name Fulani
Country Côte d'Ivoire
10/40 Window No
Population 512,000
World Population 5,080,000
Language Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger
Primary Religion Islam
Bible New Testament
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image