Social and Economic Factors for Interactions
Interaction can be defined as the way in which people from a given community came into contact
with another community. As humans cannot fully live alone due to the progressing day to day
needs; interaction is inevitable among people because through interaction we was able to access
different requirements. However, aspects of socio-economic development further strengthened
the need for interaction
The Social Factors which gave Rise to Interactions among the People of
Political and social factors.
- War: Some interactions were brutal and hostile as some strong communities attacked the
weaker ones in order to control them. Some societies succeeded in their struggle while others
failed. For example, from 1820s Egypt was in constant attacks to control the North-east and East
- Migration: As communities grew in number this lead to a scarcity of resources, which
forced others to migrate in search of resources that were and meeting other people with whom
they created new social relations for example the Bantu migration and the Ngoni migration.
- Intermarriage: This occurs when two people of different groups married and can be seen
in the broader context of mixing of different groups in marriage, cohabitation or sexual relations.
Therefore, this made African people interact and begin new communities.
- Religion:Africans had their traditional African religions which acted as a symbol of unity
and togetherness. Their religions brought them together.
- Music and games:African societies had a rich history of music and games, as people from
different communities interacted on different occasions sharing their experiences; this was
mainly for entertainment and recreational purposes.
The Economic Factors that gave Rise to the Interactions among the People of
Explain the economic factors that gave Rise to the interactions among the people of Africa
- Trade: Different societies had to move in search of commodities which led to interaction.
For example, people of Zambia, Mozambique and Rwanda had trade links with people of East
Africa and in North Africa people interacted with West Africans through Trans-Saharan trade.
- Search for new land: Areas that were not conducive for human settlement and production
activities were left behind and those that with conducive conditions like fertile soil and good climate did attract many people. For example agricultural community did shift from areas that
were infertile to those areas with reliable rainfall and fertile soil.