In African culture, Black people don’t make the same distinctions among relations as practised by White.
* Your father’s brother is not your “uncle” but your older dad or younger dad (direct translation) depending on his age.
* Your mother’s sister is not your “aunt” but your older or younger mom (direct translation) depending on her age.
* There’s no such a thing as stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, half brother or half sister. A mother is a mother, a father is a father, children are children, and siblings are siblings, irrespective of the circumstances.
* Your father’s brother’s children are not your “cousins” but your brothers and sisters.
* Your mother’s sister’s children are not your “cousins” but your brothers and sisters.
* You mother’s brother is your “uncle” and his children are your cousins.
* Your father’s sister is your “aunt” and her children are your cousins.
* There’s no term for an adopted child, therefore an adopted child becomes one of the children and a full member of the family.