Most West Africans are Israelites, East Africans are more likely to be Hamites; however, as it is written in the Bible, Israelites were confused for Hamites by the heathen from because to the heathen we look similar.
From: GMSInRome Lionsonfire
Below is an example of Paul being confused for a Hamite.
Act 21:37 | And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
Act 21:38 | Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
Act 21:39 | But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
Other notable examples: Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Barack Obama, etc…
As it is written, many of the heathen are easily recognizable by their general genetic defects for example: leprosy of the skin (Edom) or from being progeny of incest (Ammon & Moab).
The heathen nations have always confused the Israelites for Hamites because lack the ability to discern the spirit:
Rom 8:16 | The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God
The spirit of an Israelite is holy, unlike any other the heathen spirits created. Within the 12 tribes of Israelite the spirits are are diverse from each other.