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When people say west African, they usually mean the Bantu Populations ( no offense just saying) No one really thinks, Fulani, Berber etc..
Obviously the MEDITIDS have roots with other MEDTIIDS
AFRO-ASIATIC languages have common words in between them.
Naw, doubt that. When folks say "West African" they usually mean West Central Africa (Nigeria) to Senegal....Where they are no Bantu speakers. "Nigeria" is seen as defacto "West African"....from there the range pushes further West. When people want Bantu they just say "Bantu".
I would also be cautious of assuming that "Medits" (I take that to mean E1b1 Afrasians) were the only African group that contributed humans to any otherwise Empty or sparsely populated Nile Valley. This is not the case.
The latest evidence this week talks about this. This is from the new V-88 article:
As high microsatellite variance was found inside this haplogroup in Central-West Africa and a decrease in this variance was observed towards Northeast Africa, our findings do not support the previously hypothesised movement of Chadic-speaking people from the North across the Sahara as the explanation for these R1b1 lineages in Central-West Africa. The present findings are also compatible with an origin of the V88-derived allele in the Central-West Africa, and its presence in North Africa may be better explained as the result of a migration from the south during the mid-Holocene.
You can't say: Although Egyptian and African parallels had been noted for over two hundred years. Then ignored it for the rest of the text.
Studying those parallels archaeologically, historically, culturally, religiously, genetically and considering the sources of those parallels is what any scientific process is all about.
Yoruba are probably not direct descendants of Ancient Egyptians but affiliated Africans (sharing the same relatively recent ancestors) were a fundamental part in the formative years of Egypt. So a lot of parallels between Ancient Egypt and Africans have their source just before the formative years of Egypt where ethnic groups like Yoruba and Ancient Egyptians shared the same ancestors.
Egyptians widely practice female circumcision, which is very rooted in ancient traditions. I think the very first mention of this practice in history dates to ancient Egypt.
Here is map distribution of Female Genital Mutilation in Africa:
The practice is highest in Egypt and Somalia, with several other Eastern African countries not too far behind.
However....notice also that quite a few Sahelian West African also practice this very widely. There is also considerable practice in some coastal West African and North-Central countries.
Interestingly the prevalence of FGM in other North African countries almost nil. Ditto for Southern African countries.
Just one instance of a cultural connection b/w West Africa and Egypt, I guess.
Africans abandoned Egypt and went to south 3000 years ago with their customs.
The Luhya (also known as Avaluhya, Abaluyia, or Luyia) are a Bantu ethnic group in Kenya. They also live in Uganda and Tanzania albeit a minor populace
hey carry haplogroups such as E1b1a, E1b1b.
The Luhya oral literature of origin suggests a migration into their present-day locations from the north: virtually all sub-ethnic groups claim to have migrated first south from Misri (Egypt). In one of the Luhya dialects Maragoli, the word �Abaluhya� or �Avaluhya� is pronounced as A(b/v)a-roo-shia, which means �the people of the North,� �the people of the higher place,� �the people from the North,� or simply �Northerners.� Misri, what is now known as Egypt to much of the world is directly to the North of what is now called Kenya.
Luhyas travelled south along the Nile River, as they fled Egypt, before settling in the area of what is now Northern Kenya, Southern Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda. Their ruler at the time was Kitanga. The Turkana later came to occupy this place and called it Lok-Kitang meaning the place of Kitang ((Lokitaung) is a modern Northern Kenyan town).
Several reasons have been posited as to why Luhyas fled Ancient Egypt (Misri): famine, droughts, and repeated attacks from foreign invaders, Egypt�s own civil wars, and disease and over taxation by Romans. We will get into each reason in detail later.
From here they moved on to what is now Central Uganda. They then claim to have migrated further east; first settling around the Mount Elgon area before displacing a forest people akin to the Khoisan of southern Africa before settling in their current homeland of what is now Western Kenya.
Other sources report that the Luhya, and some ethnic groups of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa like those of Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa, like the Zulu, Baganda, Nyarwanda of Rwanda, and the Rundi of Burundi amongst other peoples of Kenya e.g. the Kikuyu,were all native inhabitants of Misri (Egypt) before migrating southwards into the interior of Africa over the course of several hundreds or even thousands of years.