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Tribes of Africa

Tribes of Africa

This podcast summarises the story of each of the more than 3,000 tribes of Africa. It tells of their origins, culture, language and so much more. From Cairo to Cape Town, Tribes of Africa opens the window to the exciting world of the world's most diverse people.

2020-12-18 04:26:50.0

The Afar Tribe of Africa

The Afars, also known as the Danakil, Adali, and Odali, are an ethnic group inhabiting the Horn of Africa. They live in the Afar Region of Ethiopia and in northern Djibouti, as well as the entire southern coast of Eritrea. The Afars principally reside in the Danakil Desert in the Afar Region of Ethiopia, as well as in Eritrea and Djibouti. There are over 2,276,867 people in Ethiopia of whom 105,551 are urban inhabitants, according to the recent census 2007. The people of Afar makeup over a third of the population of Djibouti, and are one of the nine recognized ethnic divisions of Ethiopia.

2020-12-18 04:24:35.0

The Somalis Tribe of Africa

Somalis are an East Cushitic ethnic group belonging to the Cushitic peoples, native to Greater Somalia who share a common Somali ancestry, culture, and history. Constituting one tribe, they are segmented into various clan groupings, which are important kinship units that play a central part in Somali culture and politics. Clan families are patrilineal and are divided into clans, primary lineages, or subclans. The clan represents the highest level of kinship. It owns territorial properties and is typically led by a clan-head or Sultan. The traditional political unit among the people of Somalia has been kinships. However. Within the traditional Somali society, there has been social stratification which according to historians comprised of high-ranking clans, low-ranking clans, caste groups, and slaves.

2020-12-16 04:48:02.0

The Ijaw Tribe of Africa

Ijaw people are people in Niger Delta in Nigeria, inhabiting regions of the states of Ondo, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers state. The Ijaws were one of the first of Nigeria's people to have contact with the Westerners and were active as go-betweens in the slave trade between visiting Europeans and the people of the interior when West Africa was still known as the White Man's Graveyard.

2020-10-27 02:22:17.0


The Chagas who are also called Chagga or Wachagga are Bantu-speaking indigenous Africans and the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania. They traditionally live on the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru and near. The people of Chaga descended from various Bantu groups who migrated from somewhere in Africa. The Chaga area is traditionally divided into a number of chiefdoms and early accounts identify the inhabitants of each chiefdom as a separate tribe. Chaga chiefdoms traded with each other, with the people of the regions such as the Kambas, the Maasais, the Pares, and also with coastal caravans. Some of these tradings were hand to hand. Many chiefdoms had several produces largely controlled by women, just as they are today. Chaga society experienced a radical and tough change. Taxes in cash were imposed to force Africans to work for Europeans from whom they could receive wages. Germans who were fully armed successfully ruled the people of Chaga by controlling them through their chiefs. The chiefs who cooperated were rewarded with more power while those who resisted were removed or executed. Research shows that there are no nucleated villages on Kilimanjaro as Each household lives in the midst of its own banana-coffee garden, ringed with living fences that mark their boundaries. There being no land shortage, they could, w

2020-10-27 01:59:59.0

Wodaabe Tribe of Africa

The Wodaabes, also known as the Mbororo or Bororo, are a small subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group. Traditionally, they are cattle-herders and traders in the Sahel. The Wodaabes speak the Fula language and don't use a written language. In the Fula language, wo?a means "taboo", and Wo?aa?e means "people of the taboo". Wodaabe religion is largely Islamic as Islam became a religion of importance among the Wodaabe people during the 16th century when the teachings of Muhammad were done. Al-Maghili was responsible for converting the ruling classes among Hausa, Fulani, and Tuareg peoples in the region. The Wodaabes are generally known to be reserved, humble, and patience, and are also known to place great emphasis on their beauty and charm.

2020-07-29 11:13:53.0

The Abatutsi of the African Great Lakes Region

Rwanda, Burundi, and the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the Tutsi people. In the DRC, the Tutsi live near the city of Bukavu in the Mulenge region. Here, they are known as Ban-ya-mu-lenge. The Tutsi speak a Central Bantu language called Kin yar-wanda in Rwanda, and Kirundi in Burundi. Both are dialects of the same language. Like other Bantu languages, both use nouns with prefixes. For example, the word Banyamulenge ("Ba-nya-mulenge") can be divided into parts. The prefix "banya" means "people"; "Mulenge" is the name of a region. The whole word means "people of Mulenge."

2020-07-29 10:59:07.0

Nubia; Home Of Ancient Archaeological History

The primary archaeological survey of Nubia, conducted between 1907 and 1910, reveals that Nubia has possessed an advanced culture since the Predynastic period. Nubians are an ethno-linguistic group of people who are indigenous to the region which is now present-day Northern Sudan and southern Egypt. They originate from the early Sub-Saharan African inhabitants of the central Nile valley. This area is believed to be one of the earliest cradles of civilization. 

2020-06-18 03:01:29.0

Abahutu of the Bantu Ethnic Group

They are believed to have first emigrated to the Great Lake region from Central Africa in the great Bantu expansion. However, various theories have emerged to explain the purported physical differences between them and their fellow Bantu-speaking neighbors, the Tutsi.  This is the story of the Hutus.

2020-06-09 01:28:54.0

The Hadzabe Hunters of Tanzania

They are the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribe in Africa, living in Northern Tanzania around the central rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau in the shadow of Ngorongoro crater.  The Hadza people, also known as Hadzabe, are believed to be the oldest tribe the world has known.  Their home range is also close to Oldvai gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, where Homo habilis; one of the earliest members of the genus Homo, was discovered to have lived 1.9 million years ago. Archaeological evidence suggests the area has been continuously occupied by hunter-gatherers since at least the beginning of the Later Stone Age about 50,000 years ago. This makes them probably the only tribe on the planet that occupies its ancestral home since their history does not talk about any other home apart from their current location.

2020-06-09 01:22:50.0

The Xhosa Nation of the Bantu Ethinic Group

The Xhosa nation are a Bantu ethnic group from Southern Africa whose homeland is primarily within the modern-day Eastern Cape. There is a small but significant Xhosa-speaking community in Zimbabwe, and their language, isiXhosa, is recognised as a national language.The name "Xhosa" comes from that of a legendary leader and King called uXhosa. There is also a fringe theory that, in fact the King's name, which has since been lost among the people, was not Xhosa, but that "xhosa" was a name given to him by the San, which means "fierce" or "angry". Xhosa people refer to themselves as the amaXhosa, and to their language as isiXhosa. The Xhosa people are divided into several tribes with related yet distinct heritages. The main tribes are the amaGcaleka, amaRharhabe, imiDange, imiDushane, and amaNdlambe.

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