peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic
background or their languages. There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own cultural traditions.
Here are only a few of them.
note: Some of the peoples
and associations presented here are so closely related that more than
one topic heading may apply. For example, The Akan people are
given a page of their own, yet the Asante ( Ashanti ) are also an Akan
people, as are the Akuapem. So, a full search for the 'Akan' may
involve looking at pages dedicated to sub-groups as well. Some
sub-group pages may contain only a link or two, but they are still part
of a much larger picture.
You will find a similar relationship among some of other peoples
listed here. This is a case where a little advanced knowledge of
the subject may be an advantage when using these pages.
Hausa __ An overview of Hausa history and culture. "The Hausa Culture
is located mostly in northwestern Nigeria and parts of southwestern
Niger they call Hausaland. There are several large cities around
Hausaland. The population is the largest in West Africa consisting of
over 20 million because of their intermarriages and constant interaction
with different peoples. While most of the Hausa live in Hausaland, some
of the people are found scattered from West Africa all the way to the
Congo Republic settled temporarily as traders or sometimes even
permanently." - From Minnesota State University -
Hausa People __ "Origin myths among the Hausa claim that their founder, Bayajidda, came from the east in an effort to escape his father. He eventually
came to Gaya, where he employed some blacksmiths to fashion a knife for him.
With his knife he proceeded to Daura where he freed the people from the
oppresive nature of a sacred snake who guarded their well and prevented them
from getting water six days out of the week." You will find material related to
history, culture, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
Society-HAUSA __ A history of the Hausa people. "The Hausa consist of the
Hausa-speaking, Muslim population of Northern Nigeria and the adjacent areas of
Niger, which have traditionally been organized into large, centralized states.
Originally, the name "Hausa" referred only to the language of the Habe people of
this area, who were organized into 7 independent but closely related states
called Biram, Daura, Kano, Katsina, Gobir, Rano, and Zazzau or Zaria." - from
Ethnographic Atlas -
UCLA Hausa Home Page __ "Welcome to the UCLA Hausa Home Page, with
information on the Hausa language and links to other sites that have information
on the language and on Hausa culture." - From UCLA -