This is a really good history of West Africa. If you are infected by a love of West Africa, and I am, then this is a book which goes back a long way and sorts out the various ethnicities (aka tribes) and religious input for you clearly and with understanding and fairness. Two buts. But it is rather ancient now and a bit out of date really. But I am not interested, really in Eastern or Southern Africa, so if you aren't really interested in West Africa, perhaps you might like to look elsewhere. It is a book for nerdy people like me.