Toukaleur Fulani in Senegal

The Fulani, Toukaleur have only been reported in Senegal
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Introduction / History

The Fula Toro are located in the Futa Toro region of northeastern Senegal, West Africa. Senegal is located in Africa's tropical zone. In the Futa Toro region, temperatures range from 95 F to 104 F (35 C to 40 C) during the hottest season, and the air is very dry. Large mammals such as elephants, lions, and cheetahs are found in the region, as well as warthogs, monkeys, and dangerous snakes. The rivers are home to crocodiles, hippos, and many species of fish. The Futa Toro region is the richest agricultural district in Senegal because of its two yearly growing seasons.

The Futa Toro region has attracted various peoples into its fertile land, and together they make up the Tokolor or Fulbe speaking peoples. The Fula Toro are related to the Fulani people and speak a Fulani dialect. Fulani tribes are often grouped and named according to their locations and dialects. The Fula Toro are semi-nomadic and live in the southern highlands, or jeeri; hence, their language is called Fulbe Jeeri.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Fula Toro consist of primarily two groups: the semi-nomadic peoples and the nomadic peoples. The Fula Toro primarily farm, fish, and raise livestock for their livelihood. Some have also become blacksmiths, leather workers, wood carvers, weavers, or potters while doing a small amount of farming.

The Fula Toro are an entirely Muslim people, and this has greatly affected their traditions and customs. Many of them send their children to village schools to learn to pray and recite parts of the Koran. However, while some may go on to become priests and leaders of the Islamic faith, most only have a general knowledge of Islam and the Arabic language.

Among the Fula Toro, marriage involves a payment for the bride, which is usually made with cattle. Polygamy is generally practiced up to the Muslim limit of four wives; however, many divorce and remarry. Each wife lives in a separate hut, and the husband moves among his wives.

The village is the principal focus of activity for the Fula Toro. In the middle of each village is a central square. The local market and a town mosque are usually located there. Houses are either rectangular or round, with walls made of sun-dried brick. They are built with flat roofs and have an interior courtyard. Fields that are cultivated by farmers surround the villages.

Local disputes are handled by the village headman, who lives in the central court, and the imam (Muslim leader) from the mosque. A supreme chief serves as the head of a cluster of villages. His responsibilities include taxing the crops and herds, and settling disputes that cannot be settled by the village headman and imam.

The semi-nomadic Fula Toro wander in bands and live in temporary camps. These camps consist of clusters of portable huts surrounded by thorn hedges. The huts are made of poles covered with mats, leaves, and grass.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all of the Fula Toro are Muslims. Islam is a major world religion that is based on the teachings of Mohammed, the Islamic prophet. The Koran, or holy book of Islam, is said to have been given to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.

The five "pillars" of Islam include affirming that Allah is the only god and Mohammed is his prophet; praying five times a day; giving alms; fasting; and making at least one pilgrimage to Mecca.

Islamic schools have been set up throughout Senegal. While Senegal is both a French-speaking country and a commonwealth of nations advocate, it has remained a prominent member of the Islamic world.

What Are Their Needs?

The New Testament been translated into the Fulbe Jeeri language. Today, there are only a few known Fula Toro believers. To successfully evangelize these people, we must pray that God will open their eyes to the Truth.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
Pray that God will call those who are willing to go to Senegal and share Christ with the Fula Toro.
Ask the Lord to give the Fula Toro believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
Pray that Fula Toro elders will be led to Christ and, in turn, begin leading their families to Him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Fula Toro towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
Pray that God will open the hearts of Senegal's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Fula Toro.

Scripture Prayers for the Fulani, Toukaleur in Senegal.

Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

Additional Info
Fulani profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-01-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-02-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-29
People Name General Fulani, Toukaleur
People Name in Country Fulani, Toukaleur
Natural Name Toukaleur Fulani
Pronunciation TOHR-oh foo-LAH-nee
Population this Country 705,000
Population all Countries 705,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
Alternate Names Futa Toro; Fuuta Tooro; Tekrur
People ID 11770
ROP3 Code 103074
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Pulaar (705,000 speakers)
Language Code fuc   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toucouleur
Dialect Code 1877   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pulaar (705,000 speakers)
Language Code fuc   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toucouleur
Dialect Code 1877   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pulaar

Primary Language:  Pulaar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1982-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1997-1998)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pulaar
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Ali
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Dini
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Khalil
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Khosrow
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Pulaar
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.95 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source OusmaneBABA - Wikimedia  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
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