Africa is known as the birthplace of humanity, due to many indications in the fossil record that the first bipedal primate with all of the modern features we use to define ourselves as being Homo sapien first appeared in Africa 100,000 years ago, spreading out into Europe some 60,000 years later. At slightly more than one billion, the human population of Africa is large and diverse, made up of many different cultures, some with ancient histories and others reflecting traditions brought in from influxes of French and English colonists several hundred years ago. In fact, if we look closer at African culture, we can find several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, each of which practices its own religious beliefs, customs, and way of life.  (Read more about the vast diversity of African people here.)