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Abé

Abé  

Ethnic group of the Côte d’Ivoire, also known as the Abbe or Abbey.The Abé, numbering around 200,000, mostly live in the Agboville region of Côte d’Ivoire. One of some ...
Adangbe

Adangbe  

Ethnic group of southeastern Ghana; also known as the Adangme, Adampa, Dangme, and Krobo.The Adangbe live primarily along Ghana's coast and in the hills of the Accra Plain. They ...
Adja

Adja  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as Aja.The Adja primarily inhabit southern Benin and Togo. They speak a Niger-Congo language. The western Adja belong to the Ewe cultural ...
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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Linguistics
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2,488 words
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The African continent forms one of the most complex linguistic areas of the world; estimates of the number of languages

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
8,130 words

[This entry contains two subentries: East Africa West Africa]

Afroasiatic Languages

Afroasiatic Languages  

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The Afroasiatic (or Afro-Asiatic) family includes the Semitic, Berber, Cushitic, Egyptian, and Chadic branches. Altogether, about 250 members of the family are known, most of them belonging to Chadic ...
Akan

Akan  

Cluster of ethnic groups living in southern Ghana and adjacent parts of Côte d’Ivoire and Togo.The broad Akan grouping includes a number of separate ethnic groups. The Akan speak ...
Amharic

Amharic  

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The Amharic named after the traditional language of Ethiopia, were a roots-orientated trio based in the UK. They comprised Danny Henry (lead vocals/drums) who performed alongside, Ronnie Lion ...
Anga

Anga  

Ethnic group of Nigeria; also known as Nnga and Kerang.The Anga primarily inhabit the Plateau State of Nigeria. They speak an Afro-Asiatic language belonging to the Chadic group. Approximately ...
Anyi

Anyi  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as the Agni, the Bini, the Kotoko, and the Ton.The Anyi inhabit primarily southeastern Côte d’Ivoire and southwestern Ghana. They speak a ...
Aro

Aro  

Ethnic group of Nigeria.The Aro of Nigeria speak a Niger-Congo language and are one of the Igbo peoples. As many as a million people consider themselves Aro.See also Languages, African: An ...
Asante

Asante  

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The largest and most prestigious of the chiefdoms of Ghana, in West Africa. It emerged, under the Asantehene (king) Osei Tutu in the 1670s, as a powerful kingdom, the Asante Confederacy, ruled by the ...
Attié

Attié  

Ethnic group of Côte d’Ivoire; also known as the Atié, Akié and the Akyé.The Attié primarily inhabit the area directly north of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. They speak a Niger-Congo ...
Aushi

Aushi  

Ethnic group of south central Africa; also known as Ushi.The Aushi primarily inhabit the southeastern tip of Congo-Kinshasa and northern Zambia. They speak a Bantu language and belong to ...
Babimbi

Babimbi  

Ethnic group of Cameroon.The Babimbi primarily inhabit southern Cameroon. They speak a Bantu language and are related to the Bassa and Bakoko. Approximately 150,000 people consider themselves ...
Bade

Bade  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as the Bede and the Bedde.The Bade primarily inhabit southeastern Burkina Faso, southwestern Niger, northwestern Nigeria, and northern Benin. They speak an ...
Baga

Baga  

Ethnic group of Guinea.The Baga primarily inhabit coastal Guinea between Rio Nunez and Conakry. They traditionally spoke a Niger-Congo language belonging to the Senegambian cluster of Western ...
Baggara

Baggara  

Ethnic group of Sudan; also known as the Seleim, the Mesiriya, the Ta’aisha, and the Rashaida.The Baggara primarily inhabit the Darfur and Kordofan regions of Sudan. They speak Arabic ...
Baka

Baka  

Ethnic group of north Central Africa.The Baka primarily inhabit southwestern Sudan, the eastern Central African Republic, and northern Uganda. They speak a Nilo-Saharan language and belong to the ...
Bakoko

Bakoko  

Ethnic group of Cameroon.The Bakoko primarily inhabit southern Cameroon. They speak a Bantu language and are related to the Bassa and Babimbi, also of southern Cameroon. Approximately 100,000 people ...

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