Doohi Ceremony in Takeou, Burkina Faso

25 kilometers from Djibo, we visited the Fulani village of Takeou, where we were invited for a Doohi ceremony:


Takeou is a Djelgobge community, characterized by their unique domed tents.

Similar to the Goja Ceremony in Benin, Doohi is an opportunity for teenagers to dress up, impress their peers, and attract a prospective spouse.

The boys wear turbans (or blankets wrapped like turbans) to show their maturity.

And others display their machetes, herding canes, and stylish haircuts.

The girls dress in their brightest colors:

It’s a Fulani fashion show!

As the night heats up, the youth gather into a circle: boys on one side, girls on the other.

Drumming on a hollow calabash, they belt out an incredible throaty chant.

Hear the songs:

Meanwhile, the girls sing the high-pitched chorus: sentimental songs about cattle, wishes for abundant water, and odes to the departed.

The boys encircle the curious photographer.

Guida recorded the sounds of the ceremony.

Long after the Pulaku Team went to sleep, these guys partied into the night.

The next morning, Guida captured this sunrise over a Djelgoobe tent:

While Christoph pursued his favorite pastime: photographing old people:


One Response to “Doohi Ceremony in Takeou, Burkina Faso”

  1. Many years ago now I typeset a book for Berghahn Books called ‘MEMOIRS OF A MBORORO
    The Life of Ndudi Umaru: Fulani Nomad of Cameroon’ and it’s stayed with me ever since; a fascinating account by a Fulani nomad of his life and times translated by anthropologist Henri Bocquené.

    The Fulani are a tough, proud people, survivors in harsh conditions and subject to no one.