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.
Igbo People __ "It is believed that the Igbo originated in an area about 100
miles north of their current location at the confluence of the Niger and Benue
Rivers. They share linguistic ties with their neighbors the Bini, Igala, Yoruba,
and Idoma, with the split between them probably occurring between five and six
thousand years ago." You will find material related to art, culture, history,
religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa -
Igbo People __ An overview of Igbo history and culture. "Igbo people find their
home in a rich and fertile crescent created by the lower Niger River within
Nigeria. Their population has presently grown to around thirty million people.
Within all of Africa, the Igbo homelands are probably one of the most densely
populated regions." - From Minnesota State University -
Umunne Cultural Association __ Website of an organization of Igbo speakers
living in Minnesota who make efforts to preserve Igbo culture and provide
educational materials. - from Umunne Cultural Association -