There are over 170,000 Yerwa Kanuri living in Niger, out of almost 8 million in the world. The Kanuri are traditionally sheep and cattle herders who carry sticks to help guide their grazing animals or to chase them back home. The Kanuri are Muslims and wash their faces five times a day for ritualistic prayers. Because of this, their faces always look bright, and the name Kanuri was given to them as it combines two words meaning “stick” and “light.” The Kanuri do not know that there is a Good Shepherd who desires to lead them out of the darkness and into the light.
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15 ESV)