~ ~ ~ WE ARE TRIUMPHANT PEOPLE ~ ~ ~ THE BROWN AND HUMPHREY FAMILIES ~ ~ ~

 

 

Foreword

 

Introduction

 

Paternal Lineage

 

African Ancestry

 

Certificates

 

The Balanta People

 

Nigerian Connection

 

The Fulani People

 

The Yoruba People

 

How Did We Get Here

 

Pictures

 

Sources

 

Acknowledgements

 

Contact Us

 

The Book

 

Guestbook

 

 

 

 

 

       The Fulani people, also known as the Fulbe, Peul, Fula and Fellata, is the largest nomadic and semi nomadic group in the world. They are believed to have originated from North Africa, The Nile Valley, or The Middle East, and migrated into West Africa. The Fulaniís have sub groups such as, the Haabe, the Bororo, the Toroobe, the Sokoto, and the Wodaabe. Some are sedentary. They are said to be distinct in features from most of their African neighbors. They have longer faces, thinner noses, lips, longer hair, and some have lighter skin tones. Another difference from other African neighbors is that the Fulani have a huge respect for beauty. Appearance is very important to them, and they spend a great deal of time with adornments, jewelry, beads, tattoos, and of course with lavish hair styles and decorations.
       The Fulani are grouped according to location, occupation and dialect. The Fulani hold to a caste system of four subdivisions, nobility, merchants, blacksmiths, and descendants of slaves of the wealthy Fulani. A few hundred years ago, some Fulani conquered the Hausa of northern Nigeria, and today still dominate the Hausa, but have adopted the language and customs of the Hausa.
The nomadic Fulani believes that work compromises their freedom and is beneath them, unless it is directly related to their herds. Their cattle are most important to them for cattle represents their wealth. They travel in small family groups in search of grazing land for their cattle and camels. Grazing their cattle often caused conflicts with some of the farmers as the cattle sometimes went into the fields and ate their crops.

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