Listen: Nigeria, West Africa, Ghana Togo Benin discussed on Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John Roderick
"It's it's I guess if you need if you need a place where it's really a sign of American geographical ignorance about the world in general, but about Africa in particular that and also a lot of the names of countries in Africa changed in the twentieth century. So all of the names of countries that my mother memorized in school in nineteen forty four. There's no more bet you on a land lot of a lot of that went away. Right. Right. So there is enough confusion that it feels like you could throw a Monday in there and people and it's plausible, right? There are other parts of the world where that happens we add central European countries sometime if you put. Zone at the end of any word, basically, you could make a new country, right? Little little order attain. His Dan and then little little Latin American countries, you can make up a Caribbean island without too much trouble or some kind of troubled banana Republican Central America these invented for fictional purposes. All the time, and it's a little bit. Now that I'm if I'm going to be woke about it's a little problematic because you're essentially creating some kind of composite you're saying that all these countries are about the same. So here's San Christo ball. You know, it's like all the other ones, you know, about enjoy well, west Africa, and these countries of Liberia coat of wa Ghana Togo Benin, and especially Nigeria. They were also the they were the locale of the majority of the slave trade. So maybe on jumping ahead. But does that mean the population that became the ancestors of today's large African American population have some of this twi-? Win tendency. I don't think that that is documented. No. And in fact, even within Nigeria. Much greater portion of the transatlantic slave trade came out of the Igbo people rather than out of the Uruba people and twins are much more common within the Aruba than they are the Igbo. So it's not just being from Nigeria. Doesn't mean it varies by tribe. So within geria-, which is a large country and populous country, it has on this two hundred million people now more than any other country in Africa. And though it has the largest city in Africa in the form of logos. Which I hear is maybe not a fun place to visit. It's growing even still, but within Nigeria there are over five hundred ethnic groups and over five hundred languages spoken while so Nigeria itself is the product of a colonial administration on the part of the British who came in and said, well, this is all very complicated, all these different groups. So why don't we draw a line around them hither? And really the line is going to be. Goes up till what the French claim right goes up to how far the railroad went. It's not even a best guess as to what fits culture or anything. Right. John. Do you have a website?."