- Major Language Groups in Africa
- Interactions among African Communities
- Factors Influencing Population Distribution
A language group is a group of who speak same or similar language.
Communities in africa belong to different language groups
The people of africa are grouped geographically
- The people of west africa
- The people of north africa
- The people of central africa
- The people of southern africa
This region is made up of egypt, morocco, libya, algeria, western sahara, tunisia and mauritania.
People is this region include.
B – Berbers
A – arabs(semites)
T – tuaregs
Arabs mainly came to: trade, spread islam.
Berbers are found in tunisia, morocco, western sahara, libya, algeria.
Arabs are found in tunisia, libya, egypt, algeria, morocco and north sudan.
Tuaregs live in ahaggar plateau in algeria.
This is the largest group in africa
- Mande speakers
- Kwa speakers
- Voltaic speakers
- West atlantic speakers
- Nilo – saharan speakers
- Afro-asiatic speakers
The Mande speakers
They are also called mandinkas or mandigoes
They are mainly cultivators
They live in;
- Guinea bissau
- Burkina faso
- Sierra leone
S – Soninke
M – mande
S – susu
M – malinke
B – bambara
The Kwa speakers
They are the largest language group in west africa
They initially lived in north africa
Mostly live in ghana and nigeria
Ashanti, kwahu, akyem, akwapim, fanti, wassa, nzima, fula, denkyira and ga.
Igbo, yoruba, nupe edo, ijaw, igala and efik.
They moved from lake chad.
They live between the upper and lower volta rivers
They were prominent traders
They are found mainly in ghana and burkina faso
Ewe – ewe
Mo – mossi
Gu – gurma
Da – dagomba
Be – bergu
Fo – fon
Eg – egun.
West Atlantic speakers
They live along the coast of atlantic ocean.
They are mainly pastorists
They are found in senegal, mali, gambia, guinea, mauritania, guinea bissau.
Fu – fulani
Tu – tukolor
Wo – wolof
Se – serer
Te – temme
C – creole
K – kru.
Are as a result of intermarriage betwee africans and arabs
Were mainly traders
Played an important role in the tras-saharan trade
Ha – hausa
Tu – tuaregs
A – andarawa
|Hawa||In northern nigeria|
|Tuaregs||Niger, chad, mauritania, sahel region in mali|
The Nilo-Saharan speakers
They migrated from nile region to west africa through sahara.
They live in nigeria, niger, mali and cameroon,
So – songhai
Za – zarma
De – dendi
Ka – kanuri.
Majority of the people are bantu
The earliest inhabitants of the region were the khoikhoi, san, and pygmies.
The pygmies are also called the bambuti
The pygmies lived in the forests
The san and khoikhoi were forced to move southwards
The bantu were mainly cultivators
Some of the bantu group of central africa are:
|Bakongo, balunda, baluba, banyamlenge||D.R.C|
|Nyanya, yao, chewa,lambya, sena, manganja, mgonde, mgoni, nyasa, tonga.||Malawi|
|Bemba,lozi, onga, lala lunda, luba, kaonde||Zambia|
|Tutsi, twala, hutu||Rwanda and burundi|
|Sara||Central africa republic|
Also called bambuti
Are forest people
Are mainly hunters and gatherers
They lead a communal life i.e.sharing most of the food they get.
They are found in the forest lands of:
- Central african republic
- Congo republic
- Southern africa countries include;
- South africa
- Main language groups in southern africa are the khoisan, bantu, afrikaners
- Majority of the people here are the bantu
They are the earliest and oldest inhibitants of southern africa
They migrated from congo forest
They speak with click sounds
They are made up of
Khoikhoiand the san
Also called hottentos
Are mainly found in namibia
Also called the bushmen
Are hunters and gatherers
Are mainly found in kalahari desert in botswana and namibia
The bantu speaking people of southern africa
|Tswana, bechuana, bulala, kalahari,||Botswana|
|Ovambo, herero, griqua||Namibia|
|Xhosa, zulu, ndebele, tsonga, ovahimba, bakwena, venda||South Africa|
They are also known as the dutch
They migrated from the holland/netherlands
They came as settlers in 1652 in south africa
They were also called boers a dutch wod for farmers
They speak a language called afrikaans
They fought with british colonialists and were granted independence 1934
They include asians and coloureds.
Are mainly indians
They were brought to work in sugar plantations of natal
They live in towns as businessmen
Are as a result of intermarriage between
Whites and blacks, white and asians, asians and blacks
Are mainly found in the urban centres of south africa
Interactions refers to the coming together of different communities
Communities in the past interacted through the following ways:
- During migrations
- Through intermarriages
- During wars and raids
- Through games and sports
- During famine and drought
- Through trading(main)
- Trade i.e local and international trade
- Games and sports e.g. CECAFA,All african games, african cup of nations.
- Regional organisations e.g.E.A.C, IGAD,AU
- International workshops, seminars and conferences
- Reliious organisations e.g. catholic women association
- Ceremonies and celebrations
- Migrations e.g.emmigration
- Women and youth groups e.g. federation for african women educators
- Employment i.e places of work
- Local and international tourism.
- It promotes trust among people
- It promotes economic development
- It promotes friendly relations
- It enables people to appreciate other’s culture
- It facilitates learning and exchange of new ideas and skills
- It promotes spiritual growth through religion
- Promotion of international peace and security
- It improves transport and communication
- Rich nations offers support to the poor countries
- Population distribution is the way people are spread over an area
- Population is not evenly distributed in africa
- Some areas are densely populated whereas others are sparsely populated
- Most people of africa live in rural areas
- Urban centres have high population densities
- Densely populated areas include;
- Major towns and cities
- Mining areas
- Highland areas
- River valleys
- Lake basins
- Coastal lowlands
- Sparsely populated areas include:
- Mountain tops
- Pest infested areas
- Steep slopy areas
Areas receiving high rainfall are densely populated
Areas receiving low rainfall and high temperatures are sparsely populated
Steep slopes of hills and mountaions are sparsely populated
Gentle slopes of highlands are densely populated
Cold and rocky peaks of mountaions are unihabited
River valleys are densely populated due to irrigation
Poorly drained areas such as swamps are sparsely populated
Areas with fertile soils are densely populated
Areas with infertile sandy soils are sparsely populated
Areas with thick rainfall do not allow human settlement
People are not allowed to live in forest reserves
Pests and diseases
Areas infested with pests like tsetse flies discourages human settlement e.g. miombo woodland and lambwe
Urban areas are densely populated because of development of trade industries, employment opportunities and good social amenities.
Presence and discovery of minerals attracts large number of people
This encourages setting up of business centres and related industries
Natural disasters/calamities/catastrophies e.g floods, eruption of volcanoes, landslides
Such areas are sparsely populated
Areas with good political stability are densely populated
Areas experiencing instability due to civil wars are sparsely populated.
Areas with good social facilities like schools, hospitals, roads and recreational facilities are densely populated.
Government ideas of settlement or irrigation schemes attracts large population
Gazettement of forest resrves makes some areas to have little or no population.