Category Archives: Tribes Series

Tribes #5: The Yoruba

With an estimated 35 million people in total, Yoruba is undeniably the largest ethnic group in Africa.

Members occupy the South Western sides of Nigeria, as well as Southern Benin, but the majority comes from Nigeria.

They have a rich history and cultural heritage tracing back to the old Oyo Empire with many gods and goddesses in their world view.

Tribes #4: The Himba

The identifiable feature of the Himba tribe in Namibia is the bright red coloring of their skin; their skin is rubbed with red ochre to achieve this look.

They are a semi-nomadic and pastoral tribe known to breed cattle and goats. Their population is estimated between 20,000 to 50,000 people.

Women tend to perform more labor-intensive work than men do, such as carrying water to the village, building homes and milking cows. Men handle political tasks and legal trials, according to Namibia Tourism.

Tribes #3: The Maasai

“The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

It is estimated that 1 million Maasai people live in Kenya and Tanzania but most Maasai doubt these numbers because they see the national census as government meddling and often miscount their numbers to census takers, according to the Maasai Association.

The Maasai tribe are a tribe of warriors who trace their origins from migration from Sudan to Kenya and Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley.

The tribe is nomadic in nature, choosing to stay in smaller homesteads. They build their way of life around their cattle which they insist are a gift from their god Ngai. They use the cattle primarily as a measurement of wealth as well as a source of food, even going as far as drinking the blood of the cattle for sustenance.”


Tribes #2: The Zulu

The largest tribe in South Africa is the Zulu, but this has not always been the case.

The Zulu originate from eastern Africa, but migrated to South Africa hundreds of years ago.

The Zulu belong to the group of tribes that speak Bantu. Bantu-speaking tribes have a tradition in which the groom’s family negotiates the wedding in a house with the family of the bride. This tradition is known as lobola.

Some key characteristics of the Zulu are: colourful beads, carvings and baskets. But they only wear their traditional clothing for special life events such as weddings and funerals.

Tribes #1: What Is A Tribe?

The term tribe is used in many different contexts to refer to a category of human social group. The predominant usage of the term is in the discipline of anthropology.

150 million tribal people live in more than 60 countries across the world. Although their land ownership rights are recognized in international law, they are not properly respected anywhere.