Did you know facts about Africa
Africa facts for kids and Adults
1. Did you know Africa is the second most populous continent on the planet, with a population that in 2005 was more than 1 billion people.
2. Did you know Africa is home to the largest living terrestrial animal in the world, the African Elephant.
3. Did you know The largest African country is Algeria, Sudan was formerly the largest country in Africa, until South Sudan formally split from it in 2011.
4. Did you know? the Seychelles Islands are in Africa! They have the highest Human Development Index of the continent which some of them are most beautiful beaches in the world
5. Did you know Africa has the largest desert in the world which is the Sahara Desert in North Africa, whose total area is approximately 9,065,000 square kilometers, the size of Europe.
6. Did you know The most populous country is Nigeria, with approximately 135 million inhabitants. The second largest population is Egypt, with about 80 million. The third is Ethiopia, with 76 million (data for 2012).
7. Did you know The most populous cities in Africa are: Lagos, Nigeria (8.7 million inhabitants); Cairo, Egypt (7.7 million inhabitants); Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (6.3 million); Nairobi, Kenya (4 million) and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (3.6 million) (data for 2012).
8. Did you know Africans speak about a thousand languages. Among the most widely spoken official languages are Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.
9. Did you know Most of the continent’s inhabitants follow Islam ,Christianity, and traditional African religions. The percentage of Christians is higher in the south and Islamists in the north. There are also adherents of Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions, such as the Baha’i faith.
10. Did you know The highest mountain in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, at almost 5,895 meters.
Read also; Did you know facts About Antarctica
11. Did you know The first African state was Egypt, formed over 5,000 years ago.
12. Did you know And it is also home to the world’s tallest animal , the giraffe
13. Did you know The second largest river in the world is the Nile, with approximately 7,088 kilometers in length. The Nile cuts 10 African countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt) to the Mediterranean.
14. Did you know Africa and Europe are separated by only 14 km and there are some conversations about the construction of a bridge linking the two continents.
15. Did you know The animal that kills humans the most in Africa is the hippopotamus.
16. Did you know According to the Guinness Book , Zimbabwe is the country with the most official languages , 16 in all
17. Did you know the oldest university in the world is not European university. The oldest university is the Karueein, Morocco, founded in 859.
18. Did you know Almost half of the gold mined in the world came out of a small place called the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
19. Did you know The three largest lakes in Africa are in Tanzania. They are: Victoria, Tanganyika and Malawi.
20.Did you know Between 1530 and 1780, nearly 1.5 million Europeans were sold as slaves in North Africa during what became known as Barbary Slave Trade .
21. Did you know African countries have long been colonized by Europeans. The continent’s independence movements only began to take shape after World War II, when Europe was almost razed to pieces by the conflict.
22. Did you know Lesotho is the only country in the world to have its entire area above the altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level.
23. Did you know Facebook has more than 200 million users on the African continent.
24. Did you know did you know that, besides being the deepest lake in Africa, Tanganyika has species of fish that only exist there and nowhere else?
25. Did you know In 2010, Ghana banned the sale of used clothing.
26. Did you know The San people of southern Africa still use the same tools that were found recently in a cave. The tools were estimated to be 44,000 years old .
27. Did you know Tanzania has the highest rate of albinism in the world . Unfortunately, albinos are often hunted by wizards to be used in rituals.
28. Did you know Grace Machel is the only woman in the world to have been the first lady of two different countries (Mozambique and South Africa).
29. Did you know Côte d’Ivoire has two capitals: Yamoussoukro (constitutional capital) and Abidjan (seat of government).
30. Did you know Another interesting fact about Africa says that more people speak French on the continent than in France itself .
31. Did you know Spain has two autonomous cities located in Africa, Melilla and Ceuta .
32. Did you know According to Pew Research, in 2050, about 38% of the world’s Christians will live in Africa.
33. Did you know Most of the fastest runners in the world come from a single tribe in Kenya known as the, Kalenjin .
34. Did you know Women of the Mursi tribe wear an artifact on the lips, known as a botoque, which can reach 12 cm in diameter.
35. Did you know The most developed countries in Africa – that is, with the highest human development index (HDI) – are, in order: Seychelles, Mauritius, Tunisia, Cape Verde and Algeria. Despite having the best HDI of the continent, Seychelles is in 50th place in the United Nations (UN) general ranking.
36. Did you know The last place in the HDI ranking of the United Nations is Sierra Leone. It is not without reason that it is considered the poorest country in the world. Per capita income is $ 490 per year and life expectancy is only 39 years.
37. Did you know In addition to Sierra Leone, the list of the 10 poorest countries on the planet includes Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Benin and Mozambique.
38.Did you know The population of Africa is expected to grow more than the other three continents (Asia is an exception) together in the coming years.
39. Did you know The Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire, in French) was named after the intense ivory trade in the region. At present, the basis of the local economy is cocoa, not ivory, as many people still imagine.
40. Did you know According to UNICEF The sub-Saharan Africa region is the second with the highest mortality rate in children under 5 years of age in the world. Of the 2.6 million children of this age who died in 2016, 38% were from sub-Saharan Africa
41. Did you know Life expectancy in Africa was 60.3 years in 2016 , compared to 72 years worldwide
42. Did you know Africa is still the continent most affected by AIDS, the number of new infections has been decreasing in recent years largely due to better access to care.
43. Did you know The lack of access to drinking water is another of the problems afflicting sub-Saharan Africa.
44. Did you know In 1990 in Africa there were 53% of adults who knew how to read and write, while in 2016 that figure reached 64.35%. According to UNESCO
45.Did you know The practice of religion is widespread in Africa. Islam and Christianity are the two religions most practiced by Africans.
46. Did you know The Victoria Falls, the island of Mozambique or the Kilimanjaro National Park are just some examples of the places declared World Heritage by UNESCO in Africa.
47. Did you know the Big Five ? Not?. The Big Five are: the elephant, the buffalo, the lion, the leopard and the rhinoceros. This concept refers to the most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt on foot and that you can find in the African continent.
48. Did you know African continent have two major divisions: North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. The latter is divided at the same time in East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and Central Africa.