The Fulani are among the most widespread tribes in the world. They are found mainly in West Africa and northern parts of Central Africa.
Some of these countries are; Nigeria, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal
The Fulani in Nigeria are mainly pastoral; They move across vast tracts of land and encounter different cultures.
They speak Hausa, French, English and Fulfulde or Fula. They are mostly Muslims and follow Islamic laws like the Hausas.
The traditional Fulani wedding is one of the best traditions preserved in Nigeria.
Although marriages are sacred in Nigerian tribes, the traditional marriage of the Fulani is very extraordinary, as the marriage is granted a lot of spirituality and traditional values.
The Fulani practice a kind of marriage system that can best be described as "endogamy," a tradition that gradually progresses to extinction, as intermarried marriages are now common among the tribes.
However, you must know three important things if you need to marry a Fulani lady.
These three things make the marriage holy:
1. Kowgal (Dowry Payment)
As with other tribes in Nigerian culture, paying dowry is very important to the Fulani, as the bride is not allowed to move to the bridegroom without pay.
The dowry is usually paid in the form of cattle herds to the father of the bride, while the bride price, which is giveaway, is given to the bride herself.
. 2 Sharo
This is the most interesting and difficult part of the wedding ceremony as the future groom needs to be flogged before he can marry the lady.
I know that you will wonder now why the groom needs to be whipped before he marries the bride.
That's because the Fulani value their women and always do anything to protect them.
They believe that if a man can definitely resist the flogging, he will be able to protect their daughter.
Guy, if you have to marry a Fulani lady, you're thinking about it now, before it's too late.
But as soon as you can endure the flogging, the baby becomes yours.
. 3 Kabbal [Celebration]
This is just a wedding ceremony and usually takes place after the dowry and other marriage rites have been completed.