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.
Wum People __ "The Wum, like all of the peoples who make up the
Cameroon Grasslands culture area, pay allegiance to the head chief (Fon).
Each village is governed by a leader who is selected by his predecessor
and who is usually the head of the dominant lineage within that
community. Each Fon is served by a council of elders who advise him on
all important decisions and who also play an important role in the
selection of the next Fon." You will find material related to art,
culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From
University of Iowa -