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.
African Tribes - Fon Culture __ "Location: The Fon of Benin, originally
called Dahomey until 1975, are from West Africa. The Fon are said to have
originated in the area of Tado, a town in Tago, at approximately the same
latitude as Abomey, Benin." A brief look at Fon history and culture. - From
__ A brief overview of Fon culture and history. "The Fon of
Benin, originally called Dahomey until 1975, are from West Africa. The Fon are
said to have originated in the area of Tado, a town in Tago, at approximately
the same latitude as Abomey, Benin." - From Minnesota State University -
Fon People __ "The Fon kingdom of Dahomey, which was ruled by the kings of
the Alladahonu dynasty for over 200 hundred years, reached its political and
economic peak between the early 18th and the mid-19th centuries. After
conquering numerous small coastal states, the Fon monopolized the region's slave
trade resulting in phenomenal economic gains." You will find material related to
history, culture, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -