Definition of Fulani in English:

Fulani

nounplural noun Fulani

  • 1A member of a people living in a region of West Africa from Senegal to northern Nigeria and Cameroon. They are traditionally nomadic cattle herders of Muslim faith.

    ‘The dry, open grasslands of the savanna make cereal farming and herding a way of life for the Hausa and the Fulani.’
    • ‘There, in 1898, he raised the West African Frontier Force, which prevented French and German expansion in the area, and defeated the Fulani.’
    • ‘To the east live the Fulani (also known as the Peul), who, with 36 percent of the total population, are considered the largest ethnic group in the country.’
    • ‘The subtitle of the volume proclaims a study of the Fulani in Ghana.’
    • ‘Originating from the Fulani of Northern Nigeria, the dance is performed with rattles on the dancers' feet.’
    • ‘Beginning in 1966 there were pogroms by Hausa and Fulani in northern Nigeria against Nigerians who had moved there for work from the more developed south.’
    • ‘Among the nomadic Fulani, there are many stories pertaining to their cattle and migrations.’
    • ‘The black African group includes the Fulani, Soninke, and Bambara.’
    • ‘Low levels also occur in other populations that rely extensively on milk in their diet (like the Fulani of Western Africa, and it is believed, Khoi pastoralists of Southern Africa).’
    • ‘Despite the ban, the practice has become increasingly prevalent, especially among the Fulani, Mandingo and Fula tribes of southern Casamance province.’
    • ‘The visitor season in Niger begins in September with the Cure Salle festival at Ingal, a natural meeting point between the cattle-grazing Fulani and the Tuareg lands to the north.’
    • ‘Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, Soninke, and Songhai lived side by side, in peace and harmony, bound together by their belief in Allah, the Qur'ân and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.’
    • ‘This group, several million strong, consists of ethnic Hausa and Fulani whose ancestors were from Nigeria, Mali and Niger and settled in Sudan either on their way to Mecca or as labourers for colonial-era cotton schemes.’
    • ‘Reisman's work among the Fulani provides another example.’
    • ‘The findings from the blood samples showed that the daily protein intake of the Fulani was higher than U.S.-recommended levels.’
    • ‘Ahmadou Ahidjo, a French-educated Fulani, was chosen president of the federation in 1961.’
    • ‘In September and December 2002 the Fulani were reported to have suffered heavy losses during attacks upon them.’
    • ‘The southerners were the victim of a tradition of slave raiding by such northern groups as the Barma, Fulani, Bagirmi, Tubu, and Maba; this has left deep scars in the fabric of Chadian society.’
  • 2

    another term for Fula

    ‘Oh it's beautiful Lots of singers, mainly sing in the Wolof language But Balanta, Balanta is from the people of tribes who sing in the Fulani language.’
    • ‘The major languages are English (official language), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Fulani.’

Pronunciation

Fulani

/fəˈlänē/ /fəˈlɑni/

adjective

  • Relating to the Fulani or their language.

    ‘Today, some estimate as many as 18 million Fulani people stretch across the countries of West Africa.’
    • ‘Today, traditional Fulani culture is disappearing and leaving the Fulani in many places marginalised.’
    • ‘They began migrating across Africa and gave birth to children who founded the various Fulani groups.’
    • ‘Within two decades, parts of the Oyo Empire, Bornu, and Nupe were added by conquest to the Fulani Empire.’
    • ‘Several precolonial empires had an impact on Niger, including the Songhai to the west and the Bornu Empire to the east as well as the Fulani Empire of Sokoto.’
    • ‘Hooper remembers reviewing a proposal by a Christian agency to send veterinarians to help impoverished Fulani cattle herders in West Africa.’
    • ‘By far the majority of these conflicts have been in the northern region between Hausa and Fulani Muslims and Christians.’
    • ‘In Northern Nigeria Muslim chiefs of the Fulani tribes maintained a conservative rule over the majority of the country's Hausa population.’
    • ‘In Cameroon, Christians helped defuse a conflict between the nomadic Fulani people and the Mambila people.’
    • ‘Among Fulani herders, young men engage in soro, a competitive game in which a man violently hits his partner on the chest with a large stick.’
    • ‘Her chapter begins with a startling accession document concerning a royal scepter originally commissioned to commemorate the victory of the Kom over northern Fulani invaders in 1830.’
    • ‘The taking of Kano by the West African Frontier Force signalled the end of the Fulani empire in West Africa.’
    • ‘The attackers are thought to have been mainly ethnic Fulani Muslims, although the guerrilla tactics used in the assault suggest Islamist fighters from Chad and Niger may also have been involved.’
    • ‘Benin is also home to Fulani herders known locally as the Peul.’
    • ‘Scottish explorer of west Africa, Clapperton revealed the Fulani empire and tried to solve the problem of the Niger's course and termination.’

Pronunciation

Fulani

/fəˈlänē/ /fəˈlɑni/

Origin

The name in Hausa.