My question is how varied is the everyday life of Africans? For comparison, Europe has a very homogeneous culture, though various languages are spoken, and every country has its ‘national’ cuisine, daily life is very similar. One can go from Lisbon to Moscow, for example, and not suffer that much culture shock. Music, television programs, fashion are all similar, meaning they have far more in common than not.
How does sub-Saharan Africa compare? If a person drove from Dakar to Lagos to Johannesburg to Mombasa, how varied would the trip be? Ignoring language, how much culture shock would someone experience as they crossed borders? Music and fashion changing radically? Shops, markets dramatically different?
I am mostly interested in first hand experiences, but any other info is welcome also.
A second question, I am thinking it was much more divergent in the colonial era and prior, so is a convergence occurring as with Europe?