Most fantasy is based out of Europe and Asia, so I was thinking of making a change and starting with Africa in the setting I'm developing. It changes little overall, but cultural details and the effect of language on names are important information. The problem is, these civilizations left very little behind and I'm having a hard time finding much in the way of good information with my initial searches. Would anyone know which ancient cultures in Africa we know the most about and the kinds of names they had for people and places? By 'ancient', I mean during the Roman Republic or Roman Empire but no later than the Dark Ages.