What’s the difference between Hausa and Fulani people?
Although spread throughout West Africa’s grassland belt, the majority of the Hausa/Fulani population is situated in Northern Nigeria.
The Hausa and Fulani are two ethnic groups who were formerly different but are now so intertwined that they are considered one inseparable ethnic country.
Although found throughout West Africa’s grassland belt, the majority of the Hausa/Fulani population is concentrated in Northern Nigeria, particularly in and around Sokoto, Kano, and Katsina, which were historically important market centres on the southern section of the trans-Saharan caravan trade routes.
Prior to the arrival of the Fulani, the Hausa had developed well-organized city-states. Katsina, Daura, Kano Zazzau (Zaria), Biram, Gobir, and Borno were among the states involved.
The Fulani, on the other hand, conquered and re-established several of these. Following that, a few other kingdoms were established, including Katagum, Hadejia, and Gombe.
When the Fulani arrived in Hausa country, they carried with them the full force of Islam, which became a major component in social life and culture.
The Hausa and their Fulani conquerors became part of the Islamic culture globe in terms of education, dress, taste, and outlook. This effect can still be felt today.
Traditionally, they do not share a physical appearance or a culture. Fulanis are usually fair-skinned, lanky people with long hair. They practice beating a suitor in front of his bride as part of their marriage obligation; this strengthened their monogamy.
Fulanis are nomads as well. This nomadic way of life carried them across almost all of West Africa. They are exceedingly tolerant of the languages of others around them, which has resulted in the suppression of their own, particularly in northern Nigeria by Hausa.
The Hausa, on the other hand, are skilled merchants. This aided in their spread to some Nigerian countries. Except for their women, such as Queen Amina of Zazzau, they are not known for bravery.
They are most times very intolerant and unaccepting of the languages of other tribes and can be extremely conservative in nature. Because their marriages are less demanding, they are subjected to polygamy with a high divorce rate.
The Fulanis sometimes regard themselves as superiors because they generate the majority of the emirs and are the vanguards of Islam in Nigeria.
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