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Quiz: How well do you know the people of Africa?

Africa is a patchwork of cultures, traditions and beliefs. How well do you know the people that make up this amazing continent?

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1. The Maasai of Kenya are famous for adding a little something extra to their milk in the morning. Is it:

Whole coffee beans

Maize flour

Cow’s blood

Water

2. The Wodaabe of Niger hold an annual festival where they put on makeup and attempt to steal what?

Cattle

Mascara

Ceremonial spears

Wives

4. The name of these people in the local Maa language means ‘butterfly.’ They are the:

Samburu

Kikuyu

Luhya

Maasai

5. These hunter gatherers call the Kalahari Desert home. They are the:

Luba

San

Fulani

Basoga

6. These people live in cliff dwellings in the Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali

Dogon

Songhai

Malinke

Sarakole

7. The Dzanga-Sanha Forest Reserve in the Central African Republic is home to the:

Batwa

Baka

Bambuti

Bambenga

8. Which Saharan people are famous for their indigo blue turbans?

Sara

Hausa

Yedina

Tuareg

9. Zulu beads were historically used as a language between men and women to express their feelings. What does the colour red mean?

Marriage

Love

Purity

Faithfulness

10. Himba women are famous for colouring their hair with red ochre. You will find them in:

Zambia

South Africa

Mozambique

Namibia

11. Young Hamar and Karo men in Ethiopia have to jump what as part of their coming-of-age ceremony?

A boulder

The local chief

A bull

A pit full of snakes

12. Voodoo is still practised by which West African people?

Ewe

Aja

Fon

All of the above

13. The Hadzabe are regarded as one of the last truly nomadic people in east Africa. You’ll find them in:

Kenya

Somalia

Tanzania

Mozambique

14. Nelson Mandela’s father was the chief of which South African people?

Tembu

Basotho

Venda

Tsonga

15. Where will you find the Berber people?

Algeria

Libya

Morocco

All of the above

16. Which southern African people are famous for the striking geometric patterns of their garments?

Ndebele

San

Himba

Zulu

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