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.
Mende People __ "There are two main educational societies among the Mende
which are divided by gender. They are the Poro, for men, and the Sande, for
women, and are open to anyone in the community. They have earned the misnomer
secret societies because some of their actions are hidden from the eyes of
uninitiated children and members of the opposite sex." You will find material
related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From
University of Iowa -