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.
Competitive Gift Exchange among the Mambila __ "The importance of
gift-giving in the establishment of political and social relationships
in a number of societies has long been recognised by anthropologists,
and the element of competition inherent in these exchanges has not been
ignored. To the best of my knowledge, instances of diadic relationships
characterised by competitive gift-exchange have not been recorded for
any West African society. Among the Mambila-speaking peoples of the
former British Cameroons, relationships of this type are of considerable
social significance." You will find full text of the paper. - From CSAC
Mambila __ "The 25,000 Mambila, farmers and stockbreeders, occupy the region
bordering Cameroon and Nigeria, to the north of Grassland. Land, every familys
property, is distributed by the groups chief. The primary cereal crops include
sorghum, rice, and millet." A brief overview. - illustrated - From zyama.com -
Mambila avatars and the ancestor cult - TOC __ You will find a very
interesting read in African anthropology. ""...do the Mambila have ancestors?"
My initial responceis a proposition which borders on sophistry: that Mambila
have andhad ancestors but not an ancestor cult. In the text which followsI try
to explain why I have arrived at this conclusion, and I exploresome of the
problems of historical reconstruction." Full text of paper. - From
Mambila People __ "Linguistic evidence indicates that Mambila ancestors were
members of the original Bantu linguistic split that occurred approximately 2,000
years ago. It is also probable, given the close similarities between languages
spoken in the immediate area of northern Cameroon and adjacent Nigeria, that the
split occurred in this very region." You will find material related to art,
culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of