Batwa people in Africa are believed to be the world’s first humans

Batwa people in Africa are believed to be the world’s first humans

- The Batwa or the Great Lakes Twa people are believed to be the first humans to inhabit Africa and the world alongside the Kalahari San people

- There's, however, fear that they may go into extinction as their means of livelihood is being taken away from them without any compensation

- They have a population numbering over 80,000 people and they are found in the states of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Batwa or the Great Lakes Twa are pygmy people who are believed to be the first humans to inhabit Africa and the world alongside the Kalahari San people.

According to Face 2 Face Africa, their population numbering over 80,000 people are found in the states of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Batwa are said to have created the first advanced civilization in the world but are now living as squatters in various rural areas.

These mountain-dwelling people of the African Great Lakes region are believed to be the world’s first humans

Batwa people. Photo credit: Uganda Tourism Center
Source: UGC

These people are said to be one of Africa's most vulnerable and endangered groups. This is because they are being forced to leave their mountain forests.

These mountain-dwelling people of the African Great Lakes region are believed to be the world’s first humans

Twa people. Photo credit: Pinterest.com
Source: UGC

Forcing them to leave their mountain forests will pave way for agriculture, logging, development projects, and the creation of conservation areas being spearheaded by respective governments.

These mountain-dwelling people of the African Great Lakes region are believed to be the world’s first humans

Batwa women and children. Photo credit: Tripsadvisor.com
Source: UGC

Their means of survival is being taken away from them without any compensation, and there is fear that these people will become extinct.

These mountain-dwelling people of the African Great Lakes region are believed to be the world’s first humans

Batwa women with traditional pottery. Photo credit: Pixhd.me
Source: UGC

They are said to be good dancers and storytellers.

In other news, a 16-year-old Nigerian identified as Oyebola Ajayi-Bembe has bagged presidential scholarship into 20 notable universities in the United States.

The disclosure was made during a high school graduation ceremony held recently in New Jersey.

The teenager described her success as a product of hard work, dedication, focus and steadfastness.

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Oyebola was the only female in the selected category who took the second position after a Chinese.

She was offered admission on a scholarship basis into Teacher’s College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Norwich University, Bloomfield College, St. Benedict College, MonteClaire State University, New Jersey City University and 13 other universities in the US.

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