Fulani, Maasina in Mali

Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Fulani, Maasina
Country: Mali
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,486,000
World Population: 2,065,000
Primary Language: Fulfulde, Maasina
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.06 %
Evangelicals: 0.06 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Fulani / Fulbe
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:


The Fulani are the largest nomadic society in the world. The Maasina Fulani are located predominantly in the Maasina region of Mali. Their culture and lifestyle are virtually identical to those of other Fulani peoples in West Africa. Houses belonging to the settled Maasina are typically round with mud walls and thatched roofs. They are strongly Sunni Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles

The identity of the Fulani tribes has long been tied to Islam. To follow Jesus as a Fulani is to risk cutting oneself off from family and friends--serious losses indeed.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for workers because the harvest is ripening. Pray teachers and materials would be sent to the few Christian believers among the Maasina Fulani to help them grow in Christ. They need prayer support. Pray they would clearly understand the gospel of grace, not mixing it with the religion of good works. Pray they would see the need to be obedient to Christ out of gratitude. Pray the large Fulani tribes of West Africa would be able to care adequately for their families, that they would have sufficient rain for their livestock and crops. Pray they would make schooling a priority for their children. Pray for the widow and orphan, that they would be cared for by the community.

Text Source:   Joshua Project