Africa is the 2nd largest continent in the world,
next to Asia.
Africa is HUGE!
Africa is almost an
Egypt connects to Asia.
Africa is about 4 times
the size of the United
• Africa has a flag to represent each of their
countries, just like UK have a flag. Here are
some to show you.
Countries in Africa also have leaders,
just like UK have a Prime Minister.
Traditional African Religion
1. Belief in one remote Supreme Being.
3. Ancestor veneration.
4. Belief in magic, charms, and fetishes.
5. Diviner mediator between the tribe
2. A world of spirits (good & bad) in all
• Africans profess a wide variety of
religious beliefs.The World Book
Encyclopedia claims that there are 150
million African Muslims and 130 million
African Christians, while Encyclopedia
Britannica estimates that approximately
46.5% of all Africans are Christians and
another 40.5% are Muslims. A small
number of Africans are Hindu, Baha’i, or
have beliefs from the Judaic tradition.
An African’s “Search for
1. Nuclear Family
2. Extended Family
5. Lineage (ancestry)
TRIBE (communal living)
Music and Dance
• Common African music is samba, blues, jazz, reggae, rap,
and rock and roll. Later the introduction of Afrobeat and
Highlife music was introduced. Recently African hip hop
has become popular.
• A variety of musical instruments are used, including drums
(most widely used), bells, musical bow, lute, flute, and
• African dances are important mode of communication and
dancers use gestures, masks, costumes, body painting and
a number of visual devices. With urbanisation and
modernisation, modern African dance and music exhibit
influences assimilated from several other cultures.
Legends of Africa
• Shaka was a Zulu leader.
• He is widely known for transforming the Zulu
tribe from a small clan into the beginnings of a
nation that held sway over the large portion of
Southern Africa. One Encyclopædia Britannica
article confirms that he was something of a
military genius for his reforms and innovations.
Other writers take a more limited view of his
• Africa has a rich tradition of arts and crafts. African
arts and crafts find expression in a variety of
woodcarvings, brass and leather art works. African
arts and crafts also include sculpture, paintings
• pottery, ceremonial and religious headgear and
• African culture has always placed importance on
personal appearance and jewellery.
• Masks are made with elaborate designs and are
important part of African culture. Masks are used in
Mask With Headcloth, Zaire
Tribal Mark scarification
• By most estimates, Africa contains well over a
thousand languages,most of African origin and a few
of European origin. Africa is the most continent in the
world where different languages are spoken.
• There are four major language families native to
• The Afro-Asiaticlanguage
• The Nilo-Saharan language
• The Niger-Congo language
• The Khoisan languages.
1000 different languages; 1000+ different tribes
• Africa is a huge continent and the food and drink of Africa
reflect local influences, including use of food products like
peppers, peanuts and maize. The African cuisine is a
combination of traditional fruits and vegetables, milk and
meat products. The African village diet is often milk, curds
• Traditional African cuisine is characterized by use of
starch accompanied by stew containing meat or vegetables.
Cassava and yams are the main root vegetables. Africans
also use steamed greens with hot spices. Dishes of steamed
or boiled green vegetables, peas, beans and cereals, starchy
cassava, yams and sweet potatoes are widely eaten.
Watermelon, banana and plantain are some of the more
Children in Africa
• There are about 748
million people living
• Many of them are
children like you!
Let’s take a look at the
children in Africa.
They like to play...
Just like you!
Here are some of the books they read
These are all written in a language called Swahili.
Swahili is one of many languages spoken in Africa.