English: The Zarma people (var. Djerma, Zerma, Dyerma, or Zabarma), are a people of westernmost Niger and adjacent areas of Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana and Nigeria. The Zarma language is one of the Songhai languages, a branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. Because of the common language and culture, they are sometimes referred to as "Zarma Songhay" (also spelled "Djerma-Songhai"). Zarma actually constitute several dozen smaller ethnic groups, who were either indigenous to the era prior to the Songhai Empire and have assimilated into the Zarma people, or else are people of Zarma origins who have differentiated themselves some time in the precolonial period (through dialect, political structure, or religion). Groups usually referred to as part of the Zarma or Songhay, but who have traceable historical distinctions include the Gabda, Kado, Tinga, and Sorko peoples.
ethnic group of westernmost Niger, Nigeria, Benin and nearby countries
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|Location||Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria|
Media in category "Djerma people"
The following 6 files are in this category, out of 6 total.
- Brooklyn Museum 2004.52.18 Bracelet.jpg 1,148 × 1,536; 175 KB
- Dolotiere Tapoa-Djerma MS 6559.JPG 2,304 × 3,456; 3.56 MB
- Habillement traditionnelle.jpg 250 × 260; 16 KB
- Zarma people demograhics Niger Burkina Faso Nigeria.png 600 × 600; 218 KB
- Zarma.jpg 389 × 452; 36 KB
- Zagroda Djerma (ok. 90 km na pd-wsch. od Niamey) - Niger - 001193s.jpg 1,920 × 1,293; 310 KB