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.
__ "The Beembe live north of the Zaire
River in the Congo (Brazzaville) on a plateau that rises above the
Niari River. The Beembe have been closely linked to the Kingdom of
the Kongo since at least the 15th century. Although there are
numerous theories about their origin, it seems very possible that
they arrived in the region in two separate migrations: some had
lived in the region since before 1485, while others split from the
Kongo at the time of a battle with the Portuguese in 1665." You will
find material related to history, culture, art, political structure
and more. - From University of Iowa -