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Ch 1: African Ethnic Groups

About This Chapter

The African Ethnic Groups chapter of this Overview of Ethnic Groups in the World course is the simplest way to master ethnic groups found in Africa. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that only take about five minutes, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the variety of ethnic groups located in Africa.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering African ethnic groups material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about ethnic groups in Africa. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding ethnic groups from Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique and other countries in Africa
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
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  • Find lessons in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Watch the video or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the transcripts or specific lesson sections to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the African Ethnic Groups chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an African ethnic groups unit of a standard course covering ethnic groups in the world. Topics covered include:

  • Historical details, facts, religion, culture and the Italian invasion in Ethiopia
  • Ethnic groups in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Sudan and Algeria
  • Ashanti, Swahili, Zulu and Yoruba ethnic groups
  • American ethnic groups and French-speaking countries in Africa and Europe
  • Libya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco and Mali ethnic groups
  • Ethnic groups found in Tanzania, Madagascar, Senegal, Angola and Eritrea
  • South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo ethnic groups
  • Ethnic groups of Botswana, Chad, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Zambia and Namibia
  • Togo, Liberia, Guinea, Mozambique, Burundi and Djibouti ethnic groups

45 Lessons in Chapter 1: African Ethnic Groups
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Ethiopia: History & Facts

1. Ethiopia: History & Facts

Ethiopia is one of the oldest inhabited places on the planet, possibly even ''the'' oldest. So, it's got a pretty fascinating history. In this lesson, we'll talk more about Ethiopia and see what it has meant to world history.

Ethiopia: Religion & Culture

2. Ethiopia: Religion & Culture

From its food to its music, Ethiopia is a diverse and vibrant country. In this lesson, we will explore the religious makeup of Ethiopia and discover some of the cultural practices and norms of East Africa's most populous country.

Italy Invades Ethiopia: The Second Italo-Ethiopian War

3. Italy Invades Ethiopia: The Second Italo-Ethiopian War

The Second Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935 and 1936 marked the height of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's popularity, and the weakness of the League of Nations in both preventing and protecting from invasions.

Ethnic Groups in America

4. Ethnic Groups in America

What does ethnicity mean in the United States? In this lesson, we'll be talking about the ethnic composition of America and see what this meant historically as well as today.

Ashanti People: History & Ethnic Group

5. Ashanti People: History & Ethnic Group

Ghana, like many African nations, is composed of several ethnic groups. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and traditions of the Ashanti people, and see what they mean to Ghana today.

Rwandan Ethnic Groups

6. Rwandan Ethnic Groups

Rwanda is a small landlocked country in the North East of Africa home to three distinct ethnic groups. These are the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. In this lesson, we will learn about these three groups and the long history of strife among them.

Kenya Ethnic Groups

7. Kenya Ethnic Groups

Kenya is a diverse nation, but what does this mean for the nation today? In this lesson, we'll look at ethnicity in Kenya and talk about some major ethnic groups who call it home.

Ghana Ethnic Groups

8. Ghana Ethnic Groups

Do you know where Ghana is located? Do you know that it's made up of many different ethnic groups? If you'd like to know a little bit about them, then check this lesson out.

Sudan Ethnic Groups

9. Sudan Ethnic Groups

Even though the more ethnically diverse part of Sudan, South Sudan, split from the rest of the country, Sudan still has a great deal of different ethnic groups that demand attention.

Algeria Ethnic Groups

10. Algeria Ethnic Groups

Ethnic identity is a complex subject. In this lesson, we are going to talk about the North African nation of Algeria and explore the different meanings that ethnicity can have within a country.

Libya Ethnic Groups

11. Libya Ethnic Groups

Libya is a major nation of Northern Africa. In this lesson, we are going to discuss the major ethnic groups of Libya and see what ethnic relations mean in this nation.

Zimbabwe Ethnic Groups

12. Zimbabwe Ethnic Groups

The people of Zimbabwe are 98% African, with regional distributions of Bantu-speaking Shona and Ndebele peoples that impact the nation's art, music, and traditional beliefs.

Uganda Ethnic Groups

13. Uganda Ethnic Groups

At the crossroads of Eastern Africa, Uganda has numerous ethnic groups and as many linguistic groups. In this lesson, we'll look at the importance of both.

Cameroon Ethnic Groups

14. Cameroon Ethnic Groups

In Central Africa is the nation of Cameroon, which is home to some incredible diversity. In this lesson, we are going to talk about this diversity, and see what ethnicity means in Cameroon.

Morocco Ethnic Groups

15. Morocco Ethnic Groups

The nation of Morocco seems to be very ethnically homogenous, but how accurate is that? In this lesson we'll talk about ethnicity in Morocco and see how this reflects the nation's history.

Mali Ethnic Groups

16. Mali Ethnic Groups

Mali is one of the largest countries in West Africa, and stands at the crossroads between West Africa and the Sahara. In this lesson, we look at its ethnic groups.

Tanzania Ethnic Groups

17. Tanzania Ethnic Groups

Ethnicity in Tanzania means something slightly different than in many other African nations. In this lesson, we'll talk about Tanzanian ethnic groups and see what diversity means to this nation today.

Madagascar Ethnic Groups

18. Madagascar Ethnic Groups

The island of Madagascar is famous for its ecological diversity, but its ethnic diversity is just as fascinating. In this lesson we'll talk about the major ethnic groups of Madagascar, and see what this means to the nation today.

Senegal Ethnic Groups

19. Senegal Ethnic Groups

Capitals and ports tend to be more diverse than the rest of a region. Therefore, it's no surprise that Senegal, long home to the capital of French West Africa, is one of the most diverse countries in the region, with people from as far away as Lebanon.

Angola Ethnic Groups

20. Angola Ethnic Groups

Angola is a great case study to examine what ethnic identities mean to many people in the world today. In this lesson, we'll talk about ethnicity and ethnic conflict in Angola, and see what this has meant to the nation.

Eritrean Ethnic Groups

21. Eritrean Ethnic Groups

Eritrea is an African nation along the Red Sea and home to a diverse range of people. But, what does this diversity mean? In this lesson, we'll talk about ethnicity in Eritrea and discuss life for the people who call it home.

South Sudan Ethnic Groups

22. South Sudan Ethnic Groups

The South Sudan civil war has its roots in the complex relationships between South Sudan's ethnic groups. There are more than 60 ethnic groups in Sudan, although more than half of the South Sudanese population is either Dinka or Nuer.

Sierra Leone Ethnic Groups

23. Sierra Leone Ethnic Groups

Sierra Leone is one of the most unique states in Africa with respect to ethnicity. Already incredibly diverse, the British then chose to free slaves to this region. As a result, ethnicity is multi-layered in the country.

The Swahili People & Ethnic Group

24. The Swahili People & Ethnic Group

The Swahili are among the most well known groups in Africa, and have a rich history that shows their role as the center of an international trading network.

Tunisia Ethnic Groups

25. Tunisia Ethnic Groups

Tunisia is a small nation at the northernmost point of Africa. So, who lives there? In this lesson, we are going to talk about the ethnic composition of Tunisia, and see how this reflects their history.

Zulu Ethnic Group

26. Zulu Ethnic Group

The Zulu are one of Sub-Saharan Africa's dominant ethnic groups. In this lesson, we are going to explore Zulu history, as well as modern-day distribution and culture.

Niger Ethnic Groups

27. Niger Ethnic Groups

Ethnicity is a complex subject, and everywhere we look it means something a little bit different. In this lesson, we'll look at the nation of Niger, and see what ethnicity means in this part of the world.

Democratic Republic of Congo Ethnic Groups

28. Democratic Republic of Congo Ethnic Groups

The Democratic Republic of Congo is an important African nation. In this lesson, we'll talk about the people who live there and see what ethnicity means in this country.

Botswana Ethnic Groups

29. Botswana Ethnic Groups

Botswana, like many African nations, contains a large amount of diversity. In this lesson, we'll look not only at the various ethnic groups of Botswana, but also examine how ethnicity has had a unique impact on this nation.

Chad Ethnic Groups

30. Chad Ethnic Groups

Despite being one of the largest countries in Africa, Chad's population is relatively concentrated in the south. However, that does not mean that there is not an incredible amount of diversity in this country.

Ethnic Groups in Somalia

31. Ethnic Groups in Somalia

Somalia has gotten a fair amount of international attention over the last several years, but how much do you really know about it? In this lesson we'll explore the ethnic diversity of Somalia, and see how this has (or hasn't) impacted their recent events.

Ivory Coast Ethnic Groups

32. Ivory Coast Ethnic Groups

In many post-colonial nations, ethnicity remains a tricky subject to this day. In this lesson, we'll look at the Ivory Coast, and see what ethnicity means in this nation today.

Zambia Ethnic Groups

33. Zambia Ethnic Groups

Zambia is home to an incredibly diverse population. In this lesson, we are going to check out some of Zambia's major ethnic groups and see what this diversity has meant to the nation.

Namibia Ethnic Groups

34. Namibia Ethnic Groups

What does ethnic diversity mean to a nation? It's a tricky question, and even more complicated when your nation is very young. In this lesson, we'll look at ethnicity in Namibia, and see what it means in this nation today.

Togo Ethnic Groups

35. Togo Ethnic Groups

Togo, like many African nations, is defined by an incredible amount of diversity. However, this has not always been easy to deal with. In this lesson we will look at some of Togo's main ethnic groups and see what this diversity has meant to their nation.

Liberia Ethnic Groups

36. Liberia Ethnic Groups

Liberia has a very unique history amongst African nations. In this lesson, we'll look at that history and see how it has impacted their ideas about ethnicity.

Guinea Ethnic Groups

37. Guinea Ethnic Groups

The Country of Guinea is located on the western coast of Africa. This country is home to over 24 different and distinct ethnic groups. Three ethnic groups, however, make up 90% of the population. This lesson will cover these groups, the Fulani, Malinké, and Soussou, along with the role ethnic groups play in Guinea.

Mozambique Ethnic Groups

38. Mozambique Ethnic Groups

In many parts of the world, ethnic conflicts are not just a simple matter of the past. In this lesson, we'll look at the history of Mozambique, and see what ethnicity means in this nation today.

Burundi Ethnic Groups

39. Burundi Ethnic Groups

National policy and ethnicity are nearly indistinguishable terms in the African nation of Burundi. In this lesson, we'll talk about the main ethnic groups of Burundi, and see how this has impacted the nation's history.

Yoruba People: Language, Culture & Music

40. Yoruba People: Language, Culture & Music

Africa is home to many cultures, and each is distinct in its own ways. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and traditions of the Yoruba people, and talk about why they have become such a popular topic around the world.

Djibouti Ethnic Groups

41. Djibouti Ethnic Groups

Djibouti is not one of the larger nations of the world, but it is located in a very historically significant spot. In this lesson we'll talk about the ethnic groups of Djibouti and see what this reveals about their connections to this region.

French Speaking Countries in Africa & Europe

42. French Speaking Countries in Africa & Europe

Along with English and Spanish, French has greatly expanded due to colonialism. Its once-status as a global language for diplomacy and culture has been replaced by English. However, while French is not in the top 10 languages of the world, it is still unusually important in Africa and Europe and only expected to grow in the future.

Traditional Games in Somalia

43. Traditional Games in Somalia

In this lesson, we will explore three popular games played in Somalia: Shax, Layli Goobalay, and Ladu. We will also look at how people use random objects and improvised boards to play these games.

Traditional Games in Morocco

44. Traditional Games in Morocco

Soccer, golf, and tennis are games you can find played all over the world, even in Morocco. Do you know any traditional games Moroccan's play that are unique to their culture? In this lesson, we will look at a few.

Traditional Sports in Algeria

45. Traditional Sports in Algeria

Many people take sports seriously, but this means something special in Algeria. In this lesson, we'll explore a few traditional Algerian sports and see how they're being used to maintain Algerian heritage in a globalized world.

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