When it comes to culture, Africa is a storehouse with many people all joined together in diversity. In Africa, it is possible to fine more than 200 tribes living together in one country. Africans believe their strength lies in their diversity and their ability to live together as one people even with all the differences. There are many well known tribes in the continent but some have managed to put their name in the minds of many. Some of the most popular tribes in Africa are listed in the discussions that follow.
Zulu, South Africa
The Zulu tribe is arguably the most popular tribe in Africa. This can be partly attributed to the legendary Zulu King Shaka Zulu, It is also estimated that there are at least 11 million people from the Zulu tribe. The Zulu are particularly known for their resistance to the British colonial masters. The tribe is most often associated with warlike behaviour. They are mostly found in southern Africa. Most of the zulu people in South Africa are located in the Kwazulu natal province. The zulu language is one of the official languages of South Africa. The Zulu people are very spiritual and believe in ancestral spirits.
The Maasai is a tribe in East Africa that has its population in Tanzania and Kenya. This is one tribe in Africa that has managed to retain its originality even with the strong influence of western culture. Thanks to this they have become a symbol of Kenyan culture. The Maasai are easily detected through the characteristic red wrap dress. This tribe whose main activity is pastoral is said to have originally migrated from Sudan. The people count their wealth by the number of cattle they own. The people do a lot of body piercing and it is not uncommon to find some wearing large heavy metal objects on the ears.
The Yorubas are a tribe in West Africa with populations in Benin and Nigeria. The highest population of the yorubas is in Nigeria the most populated country in Africa. It is estimated that there are at least 35 million Yorubas. There are other significant numbers of Yoruba in Togo, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire. The tribe is known to have the highest rate of twins in the world. This has been associated to the consumption of a particular species of yam,. The people are also known for their dressing style.
The Tutsi are an ethnic group in Africa that is mostly concentrated in Rwanda and parts of Burundi. The tribe became particularly popular during the Rwandan genocide. The Tutsi are the minority population in Rwanda.
Just like Tutsis. The Hutus are an ethnic group found in Burundi and Rwanda. The Hutus are the dominant populations in these countries. The Hutus are a Bantu tribe. They are believed to have been one with the Tutsis but their differences were highlighted during colonial time. History has it that the people where divided into Huts and Tutsis based on whether they owned cattle or not. The popularity of the tribe was increased during the Rwandan Genocide.