Understanding Africa Myth 2 : He/She don’t look “African”, All Africans look a certain way

  • 8 different types of African(Ethiopic/Cushitic,Coastal Creole,Bantu, Sudanese Nilotic,West African-Negro, Malagasy, San, Southern African Coloured)
  • Compared to 3 types of Whites(Germanic, Latin, Slavic),
  •  2 Types of Asians (East Asians, Southeast Asian).

Ethiopic/Cushitic African 120 million

  • Tall/Thin nose Loosely curly hair Thin Bodies (Ethiopia and Eritrea are the skinniest countries in the world)
  • Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti 120 million
  • Speak Amharic (Most common, Somali, Tigrinya .
  • Unlike the rest of Africa, very few speak colonial languages.
  • 2 million live outside of Africa. Some recently in the U.S, Canada, Europe, and Israel, and Saudia Arabia
  • Widest color range


Where in Africa do they live?

Where they live


Interesting Traits about Northeast Africans

Supermodels Due to their long necks, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, copper-toned skin, and exotic accents many international Supermodels like Iman, Liya Kedebe, Waris Diries have come from this part of Africa

“My dream woman is Iman.”

Yves Saint-Laurent[15


Coastal Creole African 2.8 million

  • Seychellan/Coastal African 2.8 million Seychelles, Comoros, Reunion, Sao Tome, Cape Verde
    1 million live outside Africa (Mostly the Cape Verdean Community in the United States, Portugal, and France)
  • Most people in these countries are mixed race average 70%
  • Speak Mostly French, Portuguese, and English and Arabic (In the Comoros Islands)


Bantu East African/Nilotic 150 million

  • Many tall and thin and sometimes heavyset. In Africa is known to have a large forehead.
  • 150 million Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi about 500,000 live outside Africa
  • This is the part of Africa where Swahili is spoken. Swahili is spoken by 140 million people. However due to their colonial past English is also an official language of Kenya, Tanzania, and, Uganda. In Rwanda and Burundi people speak French along with their local language which is Kinyarwanda
  • Dark to medium brown color range

Where in Africa do they live?

East Africa

What are they known for?


  • Approximately half of all of the male athletes in the world who have ever run the 10K in less than 27 minutes hail from Kenya
  • 70 or 80 percent of major international marathon winners since the late 1980s have been from Kenya
  • Most of Kenya’s Olympic medal winners come from a single tribe, the Kalenjin, of whom there are only 4.4 million


Bantu Southern African 220 million


  • Short Medium height, many are heavy set.
  • South Africa, Namibia, Botswana Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dark to light brown color range
  • They speak English, Portuguese, Most common local is Zulu, Xhosa, Shona, Tswana, and Lingala
  • Total 220 million About 500,000 live outside Africa. South Africans, Namibians, Botswanans have one of the lowest emigration rates in the world.

South Sudanese
20 million


  • South Sudan
  • They speak English and Arabic. Most common local language is Dinka and Nuer
  • Most common languages are Dinka, Nuer, Bari
  • Darkest Africans with the shortest color range
  • Majority are tall. Tallest average height in the world
  • Average height of 1.9 m (6 ft, 4in) for men
  • Women of 1.8 m (6 ft) (!).
  • Generally slim
  • About 70,000-100,000 live outside Africa
  • Mostly in the US, Australia, UK

Where do they live?


What are they known for?

They are known for being the tallest people on earth



West African  340 million

  • Medium to tall height
  • Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali,Niger,Chad, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia
  • (Due to Slavery 200 million people of West African descent live outside of Africa in primarily in North and South America)
  • Currently 4-5 million Immediate West African Immigrants live outside of Africa all over the world
  • 2/3rdof West Africans are Nigerians. About 70% of all African immigrants living outside of Africa are West African.
  • Speak English and French. Most common local languages are Hausa,Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Akan, Wolof,
  • This is the type of Black the world most familiar with Medium to Tall Height
  • Dark to light yellow color range


What are they known for

  • West Africans are considered to be some of the best dancers and musicians in Africa

Soccer players

  • West Africa is home to Africa’s best soccer players
  • three-quarters of winners of both the BBC and Confederation of African Football (Caf) accolades hail from the region.
  • Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana are Africa’s only ever World Cup quarter-finalists; Nigeria and Cameroon are the continent’s sole winners of Olympic gold, while Nigeria and Ghana share six Fifa world titles at U17 and U20 level

West African soccer players


Malagasy 23 million

  • Most are mixture of Black and Asian
  • Very few live outside Africa Mostly in France 150,000
  • Official language is Malagasy and French


Where do they live?

Madagascar map

What are they known for?

They are known for having the longest names in the world.


San People 90,000

  • San less than 90,000
  • The Bushmen, also called the San people are the oldest representative of humans according to Oral tradition
  • Speak Khoi-san (click language)



Coloured 6 million

  • South Africa and Namibia, Very few live outside Africa
  • It is a commonly held misconception that Coloureds are just Black and White, when in actuality they are a mix of every race, except Native American, and Pacific Islander
  • Genetic studies suggest the group has the highest levels of mixed ancestry in the world
  • They speak Afrikaans (a language closely related to Dutch) and English

Africa is racially diverse

  • 6 million Whites (6-7 million Blacks in Europe)
  • 4 million Indians (More than any other continent outside Asia) (Durban, South Africa more Indians than any other city outside India)
  • 2 million Chinese (More than any other continent outside Asia and North America)
  • North Africa is Arab and Home to Worlds largest Arabic speaking city








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