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Cultural Competence

Increase intercultural awareness and competencies for traveling abroad and living among culturally diverse populations.

News Sources

Academic Texts

Regional & National Cultures


Encyclopedia of African Peoples (2000 book)

Entries by ethnic group. Visual guide to history, language, ways of life, social structure, culture & religion.

Encyclopedia of African Nations and Civilizations (2002 book)

Entries by region, country and major civilizations. Visual guide to history and peoples of countries.

Almanac of African Peoples & Nations (1999 book)

Brief introductory entries on African language families, languages by country, and peoples and nations by country.

Africa South of the Sahara: A Geographical Interpretation (2013 book)

Broad introduction to African cultural diversity, gender dynamics, geomorphology, climate, history, population, economies, resources, current development and issues, etc.

Into Africa: A Guide to Sub-Saharan Culture and Diversity (2009 ebook)

General introduction to African communities, communication, customs, business etiquette, travel tips and regional differences.


Culture Shock! ebook series (Africa)

Travel guide titles by country. Covers land and history, society, customs, local views, lifestyle, food, touristic activities, language, work and fast facts. Commentary can be blunt and colloquial.

Cultures and Customs of Africa book series

Titles by country. Introduces country and its history, then covers religion, customs, media, cinema, literature, and arts in more depth. 

Culture Smart! book series (Africa)

Travel guide titles by country. Covers country overview, various ethnic groups, values and attitudes, customs and traditions, etiquette, local lifestyle, entertainment, transportation, business and communication.

Society and Culture Complete Report ebook series

Entries by country. Information on gift-giving, greetings, holidays, life cycles, religion, sports, stereotypes, folklore, women, etc. Identical report and additional information on Global Road Warrior.

Historical Dictionaries of Africa series

Encyclopedia titles by country. Brief entries on concepts, major historical and recent events, places and people. 

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Art & Life in Africa

Visual galleries and topic essays on art in and related to everyday life, education, ancient times, medicine, cultural exchange, etc. Country pages display key facts and figures, historical summary and local artworks.

Our Africa

Country specific facts and figures, videos, images and descriptions of poverty, healthcare, food, daily life, people, culture, geography, nature, music, family, economy, education, jobs, history, politics, tourism, etc.

African Writing Online

Short texts from African writers and articles about African literary works and authors.


General African arts and culture, food, tribe, music, festivals information, basic country overviews, photo library and articles related to touristic travels in Africa.

Africa: The Art of a Continent

The Guggenheim Museum's introductory online exhibit to artifacts, films and photographs from Africa. Use the clickable map to view by region.

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Global Road Warrior


Encyclopedia of World Cultures