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(also known as the Beriberi), a people in northeastern Nigeria, the southeastern part of the Republic of the Niger, and along the eastern shore of Lake Chad (Republic of Chad). Their population, together with the closely related Tubu, Kanembu, and Zaghawa peoples, totals approximately 3 million (1970, estimate). The Kanuri language belongs to the Kanuri-Tubu group. Most Kanuri are Muslims (Islam spread among them in the 11th century); vestiges of the old tribal cults are also preserved. In about the ninth century, the Kanuri created a state union, Kanem-Bornu. The Kanuri engage in farming and cattle raising. A characteristic of the Kanuri is their interweaving of feudal relations and growing capitalist relations.


Meek, C. K. The Northern Tribes of Nigeria, vols. 1–2. London, 1925.


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The border communities of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria share common cultural affinity, and many of them speak Kanuri, the main ethnic group in Bomo and Yobe, and this could explain why the insurgents find it easy to maintain bases from where they launch their attacks even across borders.
The Kanuri in Diaspora: the contributions of the Ulama of Kanem- Borno to Islamic education in Nupe and Yoruba lands.
The remainder of Nigeriens are nomadic or semi-nomadic livestock- raising peoples--Fulani, Tuareg, Kanuri, Arabs, and Toubou.
The topic of Akkadian and Amorite has very smartly been reduced to simply Akkadian, Jewish Palestinian Aramaic has been replaced with Baby-Ionian Jewish Aramaic, and the chapter on Nilo-Saharan languages has become focused on a single language, Kanuri.
Figurines have also been recorded from the clay plains of north-eastern Nigeria, locally called firki in Kanuri language or the Chad Lagoonal Complex by geoscientists (Tuley 1972), where Holocene human occupation began around 1000 BC (Brunk & Gronenborn 2004: 108).
He made his wife over her head with a bright light cloth and drape it like the Kanuri muslim women.
Main ethnic languages used in network news: Angas, Edo, Efik/Ibibio, Fulfude, Kanuri, Ebira/ Igala, Idoma, Ijo, Nupe, Tiv, etc.
The North, dominated by the large Hausa-Fulani and Kanuri ethnic groups, is predominantly Muslim.
One of these hopeful children is Kanuri Kimiti, a teenager in Kenya, where malaria kills more than 30,000 children every year.
An indirect exception, however, is Hutchison (1980, 1981) who proposed a basic existential semantics for a multipurpose bound particle in Kanuri, which he says has usages similar to those of Hausa da.
Other languages are Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Fulani, Kanuri and Tiv.
The North proper was the land of the Hausa, Kanuri and the Fulani, who are Muslims.