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By Maria Grosz-Ngaté, John H. Hanson, Patrick O'Meara

Since the book of the 1st variation in 1977, Africa has demonstrated itself as a number one source for instructing, enterprise, and scholarship. This fourth variation has been thoroughly revised and makes a speciality of the dynamism and variety of latest Africa. the amount emphasizes modern culture–civil and social concerns, artwork, faith, and the political scene–and offers an summary of important issues that undergo on Africa's position on this planet. traditionally grounded, Africa offers a accomplished view of the ways in which African men and women have built their lives and engaged in collective actions on the neighborhood, nationwide, and international levels.

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For instance, in regions of central Africa where western Bantu languages are spoken, patron-client relations involving individuals capable of bringing people under their protection is a dominant pattern of the last several hundred years. These leaders, some still remembered by those whose ancestors were incorporated into their entourages, drew clients through their distribution of material largesse, perceived powers to both protect and heal, and knowledge of the physical environment. In southern Africa, where another branch of the Bantu languages is dominant, a cattle-keeping cultural complex facilitated social incorporation during the past several hundred years: bonds were forged not only in the keeping of cattle and the arrangement of marriages around them, but also through age-grade organizations incorporating young men and women through initiatory rituals.

In the shifting political context and changing commercial relations of fifteenth-century West Africa, the Songhay state took control of much of the transSaharan gold trade. The political elites of ancient Mali survived, albeit in a smaller political formation, and members of the Keita family still commanded local respect. The Songhay became an empire but eventually declined as well, in its case due to a combination of factors, including the diversion of the gold trade to coastal 42 AFRICA forts trading with European merchants in the sixteenth century.

Above sea level. In Nairobi, as in many parts of high Africa, daytime temperatures during some months hover around 20°C (68°F), far from hot. A final exception is in desert regions. Here there are great diurnal fluctuations in temperature: high heat during the day but great cooling at night. Nighttime temperatures in Africa’s deserts frequently drop to 10°C (50°F) or lower. Precipitation in Africa is much more varied than temperature. It is also more complicated and more important to understanding the realities of African life.

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