Who are Fulani Herdsmen?

What do you know about Fulani lifestyle, their houses and traditions? How do they decorate their dwellings? Read the information below to learn the most interesting facts about this tribe.

Fulani Nigeria

Fulani Nigeria

Fulani Herdsmen are nomadic shepherds whose major activity is cultivation of livestock. The pure Fulani participate in casual movement of cattle while semi-nomadic tribe is in continuous migration and then comes back to their native camp or house. Herds Fulani generally live in Sahel and droughty parts of Western Africa, but because of changes in climatic conditions, many shepherds have moved to the south in savanna and to rainforests of Western Africa. Shepherds live in countries, such as Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Cameroon and others. In Senegal, they inhabit northeast and southeast part of the country. In many of these countries, they make minority. In Nigeria the livestock, which is grown up by herds provides the most part of consumption of beef in the country.

Fulani Herdsmen

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Fulani tribe lives in the most different dwellings – beginning with simple temporary huts and finishing with complex structures. Usually wandering women who often direct construction of family tents and temporary shelters spin walls and lay something on a floor. Many houses and even big constructions are built with bricks, cover walls with clay. Big constructions like mosque have props from tree. They make impression of skeleton in the building. The most known building from clay is a mosque in Djenne – the city built on the island on the river Niger.

Fulani herdsmen attack

The tribe is famous for regular attacks on Nigerian farms. Recently nomadic Fulani people have killed 15 residents of two villages on the east of Nigeria because of dispute about the territory – one of Nigerian editions officially reports about it.

‘About 20 people, allegedly shepherds-nomads, have attacked on the village of Dori and Mesum in the district Garbabi and have burned several huts. Eight people were killed in Dori, seven more — in Mesum’ — the head of police department of state has declared.

Fulani tribe

The survived inhabitants of these settlements have been forced to run to the neighboring villages. The police have arrived on the place of incident and have stopped bloodshed. Also two suspects of commission of this crime were detained.

The conflicts between settled residents and Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria in villages break out regularly. Overtaking herds from place to place in search of water and new pastures for cattle, nomads often clash with locals because of the earth, adjacent to their villages.

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