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Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 3:54pm On Jun 05, 2016
Africa has an estimated total of 3,000
tribes, all of which incredibly vary in
terms of language and culture. The
continent itself might have evolved
greatly in the past two millennia, but
tribal influences continue to be a
dominant force in most parts. And
even though the split-up between
tribes has lessened over the years,
tribal affiliations still stand as a
prevailing source of pride among the
natives. With that in mind, let’s briefly
look at the 10 most popular tribes in
Africa tribes:
Top 10 Most Famous
African Tribes



1. Zulu
Zulu is unequivocally the most
popular tribe in Africa—for a number
of good reasons. First, we have the
Shakaland, which is acknowledged
worldwide as the birth place of the
Legendary chief, Shaka Zulu.
Secondly, Zulu is also acknowledged
for being the largest ethnic group in
South Africa, with an estimated
population of 11 million people.




2. Maasai
Maasai is the second most popular
African tribe after Zulu, and it’s mainly
because of its deeply rooted traditions
and culture. Even when a great
majority of African tribes are adopting
a modern lifestyle, Maasais still live in
Bomas and nomadically move around
with large herds of cattle for a living.
They mainly feed on meat, drink raw
blood, and can be spotted anywhere
in East Africa—especially Kenya–
wearing Shukas and exceptional
beaded jewels.





3. San Bushmen
If you thought everything in “The gods
must be crazy” film was all acted up,
then wait until you observe the daily
lives of the San Bushmen. To begin
with, this is the tribe that consists of
people who have inhabited Western
Botswana and Makgadikgadi pans for
centuries. That’s to say they’ve literally
survived living in an arid area, which
has no drop of water to be spotted
anywhere. And not only do they
depend on setting animal traps for
feeding, but also feed on tubers and
roots. Dressed in loincloths, the
tribesmen swing bows and arrows on
their shoulders, as they lead the way
and factually make tobacco from
zebras’ dung.





4. Yoruba
Yoruba is undeniably the largest
ethnic group in Africa, with a
population estimate at about 35
million people in total. They mainly
occupy the South Western sides of
Nigeria, as well as Southern Benin,
with a great majority coming from
Nigeria.




5. Xhosa
All across the Eastern-Cape-Province
of South Africa, you are likely to come
across millions of people who speak
with literal click sounds–the Xhosa
people. Actually, Xhosa has a number
of sub tribes that encapsulate it:
Mpondo, Xesibe, Mpondomise,
Thembu, Bhaca and Mfengu, with
Mpondo being the most popular
among them.




6. Hausa
The Hausa are one of the largest
ethnic groups in Africa, as well as the
largest in West African. In fact, it’s not
only a racially diverse ethnic group in
Africa, but culturally homogenous as
well, encircling the people in the
Sudanian and Sahelian areas of
South-eastern Niger and Northern
Nigeria, with a significant number
living in Chad, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire,
Sudan and Ghana. They have a
restricted dress code: elaborate
dresses for men with striking
embroideries around the neck, and
colourful caps commonly referred to
as fula. For Hausa women, there’s the
abaya wrapper, which consists of a
colourful wrap cloth, a matching
blouse, a shawl and a head tie.




7. Himba
Himba tribe, found in Northern
Namibia—Kunene region, is basically
made up of semi-nomadic pastoralists
that comprises of approximately 20,
000 to 50, 000 aboriginals. They are
famously known as the “Red People of
Africa,” since they use red paste called
otjize—a mixture of butter and red
clay–to paint themselves red. Also
noted in their village is the holy fire
(Okuruwo), which is continuously kept
alive to represent the ancestors who
help them mediate with their God,
Mukuru.




8. Oromo
The Oromo tribe is made up of people
who inhabit the Southern part of
Ethiopia, Northern Kenya and some
parts of Somalia. It’s considered the
largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, which
accounts for about 35% of Ethiopia’s
population. Basically, the Oromos
speak Oromo Language—which is
considered a Cushitic version of the
Afro-Asiatic lingo.



9. Kalenjin
If you’re a serious fan of athletics,
then you definitely know a word or
two about this African tribe from the
Western Highlands of Kenya.
Originally, Kalenjins were referred to
as the “Nandi speaking tribe” until
early 1950s when they officially
adopted the name Kalenjin. Since
then, the tribe has consistently been
giving birth to elite Marathon runners,
making it one of the most popular
tribes worldwide as far as athletics is
concerned.




10. Chaga
Closing the list is the Chaga tribe from
Tanzania. Traditionally, this tribe
inhabit the Eastern slopes of Mount
Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, and are
mainly concentrated around Moshi in
Tanzania. In Tanzania, they are
regarded as the first tribe to embrace
Christianity during the colonial times,
which in turn gave them a better
access to advanced health care and
education in Tanzania.




answersafrica.com/african-tribes.html

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by BaeBella(f): 3:58pm On Jun 05, 2016
Fear those massai people shocked

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by AbuMaryam1(m): 4:01pm On Jun 05, 2016
Uncompleted list without Fullata.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Zico5(m): 4:03pm On Jun 05, 2016
Our brothers from the other side of the river could not make the list.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Perfecttouch(m): 4:10pm On Jun 05, 2016
Na all these kin thing dey make my ibo brothers provoke. Dem still deny provoke naw we never see way cool dem down naw this? Una for just make the list eleven put our iPods brother at no eleven so dem go happy small

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by kettle84(m): 4:10pm On Jun 05, 2016
Zico5:
Our brothers from the other side of the river could not make the list.
the thought of their overwhelming resilience and visible influence and presence worldwide is choking you and you know it that whoever compiled that list lacks research skills.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by DaBullIT(m): 4:17pm On Jun 05, 2016
lol


5% PEOPLE didn't make the list ?

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Zico5(m): 4:18pm On Jun 05, 2016
kettle84:
the thought of their overwhelming resilience and visible influence and presence worldwide is choking you and you know it that whoever compiled that list lacks research skills.
U mean overwhelming resilience and influence in drug trafficking cos that is what we know our hard working brother for. Stop deceiving urself Mr man

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Armaggedon: 4:19pm On Jun 05, 2016
I dont even know half of the so called popular tribes

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by NwaTeacher1: 4:24pm On Jun 05, 2016
Useless list from the most useless tribe in Africa.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Vulu: 4:24pm On Jun 05, 2016
kettle84:
the thought of their overwhelming resilience and visible influence and presence worldwide is choking you and you know it that whoever compiled that list lacks research skills.

A tribe that has already been acknowleged by astute researchers as one of the most intelligent group in Africa is missing from a 'Top 10 African tribes', I'm hearing about chaga for the first time and they want us to believe they more popular than a tribe that fought the first well-documented war in Africa-Biafra war.

How can you be in the top 10 most spoken African languages but missing in top 10 most popular tribe list. I dey laugh. grin

www.africaranking.com/most-spoken-languages-in-africa/2/

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Horus(m): 4:26pm On Jun 05, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxhhF_nHxIs

[size=14pt]Zulu Dancing[/size]

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 4:44pm On Jun 05, 2016
Vulu:


A tribe that has already been acknowleged by astute researchers as one of the most intelligent group in Africa is missing from a 'Top 10 African tribes', I'm hearing about chaga for the first time and they want us to believe they more popular than a tribe that fought the first well-documented war in Africa-Biafra war.

How can you be in the top 10 most spoken African languages but missing in top 10 most popular tribe list. I dey laugh. grin

www.africaranking.com/most-spoken-languages-in-africa/2/

U re logic is pointless it seems the English is too much for ur comprehension is says Famous.


All those tribe u see on the list re not limited to only one country..

Zulu tribe spread all over southern and eastern africa.


Just like U can find indeginous hausa,and yoruba in Nigeria,Benin republic,Togo,cote d'ovire, ghana e.t.c these two tribes re the famous in West african

Indigenous igbo can only be found in Nigeria ,no where elsegringrin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Agunechemba1(m): 4:48pm On Jun 05, 2016
This list was compiled in ogbomosho.

Igbos are the most travelled ethnic groups in Africa.
Besides what do you call popularity?
Obviously coming from the brown roof republicans.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 4:51pm On Jun 05, 2016
Armaggedon:
I dont even know half of the so called popular tribes

What the thread means Famous tribe in african region,

Eastern,northern,central,southern and western Africa.

Indeginous Zulu tribe spread all over southern and eastern region of africa,
They re famous in these regions because they have there tribe there..

Indeginous Igbos re only found in Nigeria.?

The two famous tribe in Nigeria is hausa and yoruba because u can found indeginous hausas and yorubas in more than 3 west african countries.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 4:55pm On Jun 05, 2016
Agunechemba1:
This list was compiled in ogbomosho.


Igbos are the most travelled ethnic groups in Africa.

Besides what do you call popularity?

Obviously coming from the brown roof republicans.

U have comprehension problem the thread says famous not travelled..

Hausa and yorubas re the most famous tribe in west africa because they spread across west african countries as indegene not as a travelers.

Just like zulu thread spread over southern and eastern africa...


Indegenous igbos re only found in Nigeria..
Unlike hausas and yorubas that have indegenous citizen in togo,ghana,benin republic and ivory coast

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Nobody: 4:56pm On Jun 05, 2016
Agunechemba1:
This list was compiled in ogbomosho.


Igbos are the most travelled ethnic groups in Africa.

Besides what do you call popularity?

Obviously coming from the brown roof republicans.
a typical ipob flat.head gangster comment.
no other ethnic group in Nigeria is complaining.yet you're here complaining of marginalization.
most travelled?when all you do is look for countries where you could sell hard drugs.
the tribe occupying ogbomosho made the list,you can break your spine,if you ain't satisfied.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Armaggedon: 5:01pm On Jun 05, 2016
SonofDevil:


What the thread means Famous tribe in african region,

Eastern,northern,central,southern and western Africa.

Indeginous Zulu tribe spread all over southern and eastern region of africa,
They re famous in these regions because they have there tribe there..

Indeginous Igbos re only found in Nigeria.?

The two famous tribe in Nigeria is hausa and yoruba because u can found indeginous hausas and yorubas in more than 3 west african countries.
this one u re explaining it for me i hope u re not the person that compiled it grin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by iyb(m): 5:02pm On Jun 05, 2016
Why are igbos comparing their tribe with the two largest tribes in West Africa. Igbo are only found in Nigeria but yoruba and hausa are found in other countries.
Songhay empire itself was ruled by yoruba oba sunni Ali grin
While Hausa-Fulani are scattered all over West Africa Chad,niger, Nigeria, Mali, Ghana heck even Gambia has hausa speakers grin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:06pm On Jun 05, 2016
Armaggedon:
this one u re explaining it for me i hope u re not the person that compiled it grin

Compiled list Ke.. I was even suprised I didn't see igbo in the List ,
But when I make findings of all the tribes on the List they spread more than 4 countries in their region

Zulu is No one because it spread to more than one region

Zulu is a south african tribe but u can find indegenous zulus in all southern africa countries and some part of eastern african countries

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:09pm On Jun 05, 2016
Lalasticlacla,seun,mynd44 this thread is an educative thread let's move it to frontpage

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Armaggedon: 5:11pm On Jun 05, 2016
SonofDevil:


Compiled list Ke.. I was even suprised I didn't see igbo in the List ,
But when I make findings of all the tribes on the List they spread more than 4 countries in their region

Zulu is No one because it spread to more than one region

Zulu is a south african tribe but u can find indegenous zulus in all southern africa countries and some part of eastern african countries
...and where i my post have i mentioned Igbo?
That alone makes igbo the most famous tribe.
Btw you can do better next time in your silly compilations

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by drlateeph(m): 5:15pm On Jun 05, 2016
grin grin
Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Vulu: 5:22pm On Jun 05, 2016
SonofDevil:


U re logic is pointless it seems the English is too much for ur comprehension is says Famous.


All those tribe u see on the list re not limited to only one country..

Zulu tribe spread all over southern and eastern africa.


Just like U can find indeginous hausa,and yoruba in Nigeria,Benin republic,Togo,cote d'ovire, ghana e.t.c these two tribes re the famous in West african

Indigenous igbo can only be found in Nigeria ,no where elsegringrin


Keep fooling yourself and try to prove to your fellow numbskulls that Chagas or whatever, San bushmen and some other tribes you've never heard of are more famous than Igbos that are scattered all over the world anywhere humanity exist.
I know even you do not believe that trash but you'd love to. grin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:22pm On Jun 05, 2016
Armaggedon:
...and where i my post have i mentioned Igbo?
That alone makes igbo the most famous tribe.
Btw you can do better next time in your silly compilations

it seems u re painedgringrin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:27pm On Jun 05, 2016
Vulu:


Keep fooling yourself and try to prove to your fellow numbskulls that Chagas or whatever, San bushmen and some other tribes you've never heard of are more famous than Igbos that are scattered all over the world anywhere humanity exist.
I know even you do not believe that trash but you'd love to. grin

Apart from Nigeria tell me where u can find an indeginous igbo..??gringrin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:27pm On Jun 05, 2016
Vulu:


Keep fooling yourself and try to prove to your fellow numbskulls that Chagas or whatever, San bushmen and some other tribes you've never heard of are more famous than Igbos that are scattered all over the world anywhere humanity exist.
I know even you do not believe that trash but you'd love to. grin

Apart from Nigeria tell me which african country u can find an indeginous igbo people..??gringrin

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:30pm On Jun 05, 2016
Vulu:


Keep fooling yourself and try to prove to your fellow numbskulls that Chagas or whatever, San bushmen and some other tribes you've never heard of are more famous than Igbos that are scattered all over the world anywhere humanity exist.
I know even you do not believe that trash but you'd love to. grin

Apart from Nigeria tell me which african country u can find an indeginous igbo tribe..??

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Vulu: 5:33pm On Jun 05, 2016
SonofDevil:


Apart from Nigeria tell me which african country u can find an indeginous igbo people..??gringrin

You are just clutching straw but I'll oblige you. The word 'Famous' is clear except you didn't pass through a conventional 4-wall. Are san bushmen or chaga more famous than Igbo world over because you really believe it or because you want to 'win one over Igbo? (which is clearly the reason you put up the thread in the first place).


I've met kenyans and Tanzanians who give themselves Igbo names and they've never stepped foot in Nigeria. Igbo influence is great in Africa thanks to Nollywood. You can't deny it.

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by gunther6(m): 5:37pm On Jun 05, 2016
Why will our 'great tribe of the Niger' not be on this list after everywhere we have developed, we developed Lagos where we own 70% of the properties, Abuja where we own 85% Ibadan, Akure where we own at least 50%, We developed China , Japan, India , Indonesia and just today on the front page today we developed Thailand... In fact Alaafin of Oyo compiled that list angry

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Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by Armaggedon: 5:38pm On Jun 05, 2016
SonofDevil:


it seems u re painedgringrin
yea...expecially for being qouted by the devils son from hell.

Pls do well not to disturb my mention again
Re: Top 10 Most Famous African Tribes by SonofDevil: 5:41pm On Jun 05, 2016
Vulu:


You are just clutching straw but I'll oblige you. The word 'Famous' is clear except you didn't pass through a conventional 4-wall. Is san bushmen more famous than Igbo world over because you really believe it or because you want to win one over 'Igbo'.


I've met kenyans and Tanzanians who give themselves Igbo names and they've never stepped foot in Nigeria. Igbo influence is great in Africa thanks to Nollywood. You can't deny it.
Lol. San bushmen re one of the famous african tribe because u can find them in Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia,
Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_people

Now the question is apart from Nigeria which african country can u find indegenous igbo tribe..??

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