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    7 African Tribes You Never Knew Existed

    When most people outside of Africa think about the Continent, there is tendency to lump all of the tribes together. This is unfortunate because the truth is, each tribe in Africa (and there are more than 3,000 of them) has its own rich traditions, language and culture. While modern society has affected their way of life to a significant degree, tribal affiliation still remains a great source of pride for the natives. With that in mind, here is a look at 10 of Africa’s most notable tribes.


    1. Zulu
    The largest ethnic group in South Africa with around 11 million people, the Zulu tribe is perhaps the most famous in all of Africa. Tourists can even visit the cultural village of Shakaland and get a taste of Zulu tribal life!







    2. Maasai
    The Maasai are hands-down the most famous tribe in Kenya. While the majority of its people have adopted a modern lifestyle, they haven’t forgotten their roots, often displaying their traditional Shuka plaid sheets and beaded jewels. They also continue to live in Boma huts and herd cattle.







    3. Oromo
    The Oromo tribe is made up of people who live in southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and parts of Somalia. It is also the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, comprising 35% of the country’s population.






    4. Yoruba
    With a population of 35 million people, the Yoruba are by far the largest tribe in all of Africa. Most live in Nigeria with the rest situated in southern Benin.






    5. Kalenjin
    You might not think you’re familiar with this tribe, but if you follow long-distance running even at a casual level, then you should know that the famous elite Kenyan racers who seem to win every marathon are Kalenjins.




    6. Hausa
    Another large tribe, what separates the Hausa from the others is just how racially diverse and spread out they are. You can find Hausa tribespeople in Sudan, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan and Ghana. Both men and women adhere to a strict dress code with colorful attire featuring striking embroidery.





    7. Himba
    The Himba tribe in northern Namibia consists largely of semi-nomadic pastoralists. They are known as the “red people of Africa” due to a red paste made up of clay and butter that they paint themselves with. They are also notable for the holy fire (okuruwo) that burns 24 hours a day in honor of their ancestors.


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