Zarma

Categories: Ethnicities

The Zarma are a subgroup of the Songhai, scattered in 2000 villages from Niger to the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo, but united by a strong sense of kinship. Subsistence farmers, they also own small herds of cattle contracted out to Fula herders. Widely pro-French, the aristocratic and aggressive Zarma helped the imperial authorities to crush local rebellions.

Synonyms:
Adzerma, Dierma, Djerma, Djermi, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma, Gole, Jerma, Saberma, Zabarima, Zabarma, Zabarmawa, Zaberma, Zabermawa, Zabirmawa, Zabrama, Zabrima, Zarbarma, Zarberma, Zerma
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