The system of stratigraphic classification used by field geologists working in Africa is briefly reviewed and a hierarchy of terms is suggested, taking into account the requirements of those interested in local field problems and those concerned with the tectonics and composition of the African continent as a whole. On the local scale, rock units are best named according to the lithostratigraphic classification. On a regional scale, the criteria for defining rock units are essentially tectonostratigraphic and two new terms for them, in ascending order of magnitude, orogenic assemblage and orogenic complex, are proposed. The two schemes are united through the sequence, which can contain any number of lithostratigraphic units of any order of magnitude.