the colonial era people in Africa were divided into a multitude
of different nationalities, ethnic and linguistic groups.
These societies co-existed either in independent multi-ethnic
states, and independent political or social units. Although
it is difficult to categorize all these different groups,
most peoples identify themselves with their native language.
the colonial partition of Africa many of these groups were
lumped together to form one nation. An example of this is
Chad where two very different regions and peoples united to
form one nation. Another example of the effects of these divisions
is Somalia in which the Somali peoples were divided into 5
different regions. Situations like these have been the cause
of numerous internal problems as well as border conflicts.
But some of these countries have been successful at blending
various groups to share one identity.
groups in Africa have often been referred to as tribes which
is a bias and loosely defined term. There are ethnic groups
that are in the millions but are called tribes, and small
villages that are also called tribes. It is best to identify
a people with the language they speak.
There are a wide diversity of peoples in Africa. Over the
centuries many of these peoples have spread or mixed with