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Ahmadou Bamba

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ca. 1851–1927 Senegalese Muslim scholar.

In his lifetime Ahmadou Bamba acquired a following of disciples who would become known after his death as the Muridiyya, a Muslim Sufi way....

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Bakèlè

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ethnic group of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea; also known as Kalai, Akèlè, Bongom, or Bougom.

The Bakèlè speak an Equatorial Bantu language. Although they call themselves the Bongom...

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Bakota

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ethnic group of northeastern Gabon and northwestern Republic of the Congo.

With nearly 125,000 members, the Bantu-speaking Bakota are one of the largest ethnic groups of Gabon. The...

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Bantu

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Spread of Bantu-speaking peoples across sub-Saharan Africa.

Analysis of linguistic and genetic evidence suggests that groups of Bantu speakers, who originated in present-day...

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Biafran War

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — History.

(1967–70, Nigeria)

A Nigerian civil war caused by irreconcilable ethnic tensions. In 1966, an army coup brought to power a military regime headed by an Ibo (from the south), who...

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Biogeography of Africa

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Distribution of plant and animal life on the continent of Africa.

Due to its tectonic history, weather patterns, and sheer longitudinal sprawl—7,918 km (4,920 mi)—from Tunis,...

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Bubi

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ethnic group residing on Equatorial Guinea’s Bioko Island.

Although they were among the first inhabitants of Bioko Island, the Bubi have only recently become active in national...

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Bwiti

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

A range of syncretist movements among the Fang and other tribes in Gabon and neighbouring territories. It began in the late 19th cent. as a creative synthesis of elements from traditional...

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Cameroon

Overview page. Subjects: History — African Studies.

A country in West Africa, with Nigeria and Chad to its west and north, the Central African Republic to its east, and Gabon and Congo to the south.

Physical.

Most of the...

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Children's Work in Africa

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Throughout the world, ecology, culture, politics, and history shape what work is to be done, who performs it and how, and the social meanings ascribed to it, but gender and ...

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