The Fulanke, also known as the Fula of Arbala, are one segment of a vast people know as Fulani. Fulani are typically nomadic herdsmen, but the Fulanke are unique in that they have intermarried with Malinké women and have settled as farmers. While they continue to be proud of their Fulani heritage, the Fulanke no longer speak any of the many dialects within the Fulani languages. Instead, they speak a language of the area in which they live. Like their ancestors, the Fulanke say “to be Fulanke is to be Muslim.” However, they are steeped in animistic religious practices and live in fear of spirits.
“We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true one.” (1 John 5:20a CSB)