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 Fante Confederacy can refer
either to the loose alliance of the Fante states in existence at least since the
eighteenth century, or it can refer to the briefly lived Confederation formed in
1868 and dissolved in 1874. The Confederation is seen as one of the first self
rule movements in Africa." An encyclopedia article with references. - From
Fante People __ "Fante peoples, along with Asante, comprise two of the
largest and best known ethnic groups that make up the Akan. Akan is a generic
term used to refer to a large number of linguistically related peoples who live
in southern Ghana and southeastern Côte d'Ivoire. The rise of the early Akan
centralized states can be traced to the 13th century and is related to the
opening of trade routes established to move gold throughout the region." You
will find material related to history, culture, religion, political structure
and more. - From University of Iowa -