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.
Fula people __ "The Fula is an ethnic group of people spread over
many countries in West Africa, from Mauritania in the northwest to
Cameroon in the east. In Nigeria, others, and literature, usually calls
them Fulani." An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. -
From Wikipedia -
Fulani People __ "Fulani are a nomadic peoples who have been influential in
regional politics, economics, and histories throughout western Africa for over a
thousand years. They played a significant role in the rise and fall of the Mossi
states in Burkina and also contributed to the migratory movements of people
southward through Niger and Nigeria into Cameroon. They were also responsible
for introducing and spreading Islam throughout much of western Africa." You will
find material relating to history, political structure, art and more. - From
University of Iowa -
Wodhaabhe Pastoral Fulani __ An overview of Fulani history and culture. "The
diverse Fulani people are scattered all around the West African Savannnah belt.
This area sits between Senegambia and the French Equatorial Africa. It has been
roughly estimated that there are over six million people who consider themselves
Fulani, and or that speak the Fulani language." - From Minnesota State