The presence of the Fulbe people stretches across western Africa, mainly in the northern regions of the countries nestled along the coast, including Togo. They are primarily a nomadic people. Young boys are trained to herd cattle and long-eared goats with only a slender stick to keep them in line. A boy’s rite of passage is to be beaten on the chest with sticks without showing emotion. Some die. Others proudly wear the scars of that day. The Borgu Fulbe are considered dangerous by the people groups living in the areas where they shepherd their prized herds. Their primary religion is folk Islam, which is Islam mixed with animistic beliefs.
“The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.” (Psalm 98:2 ESV)