Meaning of "Tribe"
Usage of the term “tribe” to describe the diverse composition of African society perpetuates theories and images prescribed by early European colonizers. Pre-colonial Africa was believed to be underdeveloped and indigenous Africans were labeled as primitive and uncivilized. Europeans established these stereotypes to justify their attempts to colonize Africa by claiming it was their divine duty to civilize Africans. So strong was the power and influence of the Europeans that these images and stereotypes are prevalent to this day.
The African diaspora is as rich as Africa’s natural resources. To use such a broad generalization as the term “tribe” is to deny Africans of their individualism. Centuries have passed, African societies have evolved, and the term “tribe” can no longer accurately be used in describing inhabitants of this region