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About this section

It is generally believed that human life first began on the continent of Africa - some 7 million years ago. Today, Africa is a continent with a fascinating diversity of peoples, who make up about 10% of the world population. These peoples together make up about 50 nations.

The peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic background or their languages. This site gives you an idea of this ethnic and linguistic diversity, with a spotlight on peoples such as the Bantu and the Berbers and an overview of the distribution of languages. There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own cultural traditions.

Come to visit some of Africa's people - learn about the lives of a family in Gambia, students in Cameroon. And learn about the modern cities of Africa where one third of the population lives and where life goes on at a pace far removed from the quiet rural lives of the majority of the African peoples.

Come and see the people that make up 'the living Africa'!

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