Daily Archives: December 11, 2011

What is Toorobe and Torodou?

What is Nioro? What is Kaabada? Where do we come from before Nioro? These are some of the frequently asked questions by generations. I bet even our older generations might not know the answer, maybe this has to do with the torrodou,  A look at the meaning and values of ‘torrodou’ worth the while.

In his book ‘People on the move’ David J. Phillips (2001), defines Toorobe as people of the muslim Fulbe who were clerics teachers and judges attracted to the Hausa culture in northern Nigeria dating back to 1804. But Wikipedia defines the name comes from the verb tooraade, meaning to beg for alms in reference to the Quranic pupils who supported themselves in that way.

What is our own local version?