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60 Facts you didn't know about Africa

We are highlighting 60 facts that you may not have known about Africa. 

Shout out to Samson Chidi Bentley for collaborating and providing the knowledge packed into this video.

This info is great to know when you are deciding where to travel in Africa.

  1. Africa has a population of 1. 3 billion
  2. Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country.
  3. Morocco is the most visited African country.
  4. Nigeria has the richest Black people in Africa.
  5. Samuel Eto’o was formerly the highest-paid Footballer in the world, he received about £350,000 weekly in Russia in 2011. 
  6. A person from Botswana is called a Motswana, the plural is Batswana.

  7. A person from Lesotho is called a Mosotho.
  8. A person from Niger is called a Nigerien.
  9. A person from Burkina Faso is called a Burkinabe.
  10. Nigeria has won more football cups than England.
  11. Zimbabwe’s former President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was the world’s most educated President with 7 University degrees, two of them are Masters.
  12. Al-Ahly of Egypt is the richest football club in Africa.
  13. Didier Drogba is Chelsea’s highest goalscorer in European competition.
  14. Johannesburg, South Africa is the most visited city in Africa.
  15. Zinedine Zidane wanted to play for Algeria, but the selector rejected him, saying there are already many players like him on the team.
  16. President Jacob Zuma was given a special award by Fifa for refereeing on Robben Island during his years as a political prisoner.
  17. President Robert Mugabe was jailed for 11 years for fighting for freedom.
  18. Zimbabweans are the most educated Africans, with literacy rates (Adult: (Adult:91.2%, Youth: 99%).
  19. Rwanda is a better country for gender equality than England and the USA.

  20. Somalia got its first ATM on October 7, 2014.
  21. South Africa has the most Grammy award winners in Africa.
  22. Ethiopia has the most airports in Africa.
  23. Ethiopia’s economy is growing faster than China’s.
  24. Eritrea’s President, Isaias Afwerki is the least richest President in Africa
  25. Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country, it has existed for over 3,000 years without being colonized.
  26. Haile Selassie 1 was the 225th and last Emperor of Ethiopia.
  27. Nigeria has the most monarchs in the world.
  28. Angola has more Portuguese speakers than Portugal.
  29. President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has ruled Angola since 1979.
  30. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is Africa’s longest-serving Head of State. He has ruled Equatorial Guinea since August 3, 1979, when he overthrew his uncle, Francisco Nguema. His son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is his Vice President and will succeed him if he resigns. He started ruling Dos Santo
  31. George Weah of Liberia is the first man to win World, European and African footballer of the year in the same year.

  32. Eswatini is the only remaining absolute monarch in the world.
  33. The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa followed by Eswatini.
  34. King Sobhuza ll of Swaziland took the longest time in reigning Swaziland, 62 years as he was crowned in 1921 and died in August 1982 at the age of 83 years.

  35. King Sobhuza II of Swaziland, married 70 wives, who gave him 210 children between 1920 and 1970.
  36. Zimbabwe is the only country in the world where almost everyone was a billionaire at one point due to hyperinflation.
  37. Kenya has the highest-paid members of parliament. They are paid more than those even in oil-rich countries
  38. Botswana has the most valuable Diamonds and the richest diamond mines in the World.
  39. Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism.
  40. Ghana was ranked as Africa's most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index. Lake Volta,in the Volta region of the country, is the world's largest man-made lake
  41. Uganda There is a wide range of ethnic groups in Uganda with many different languages spoken, namely Luganda (most common), English (only a small portion speak it), Bantu, Swahili, Nilotic, and Lumasaba. Christians make up 85.2% of Uganda's population, there are a certain amount of Sikhs and Hindus, and 12% are Muslims.

  42. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and includes the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.
  43. Tanzania’s population includes around 120 different African tribal groups.
  44. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely rich in natural resources but has had political instability, a lack of infrastructure.
  45. In 2009, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had an estimated $24 trillion in untapped mineral deposits, including the world's largest reserves of coltan and significant quantities of the world's cobalt reserves
  46. Malawi is home to the third-largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi

  47. Malawi tea is known across the globe. Many of the world-renowned tea brands such as Twinings, PG Tips, and Five Roses use Malawi tea leaves.
  48. Zambia relies on copper as one of its biggest exports.
  49. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has one of Africa's highest densities of big game.
  50. Kenya is the first African country to produce USA president, Barrack Hussein Obama he was born in Hawaii
  51. Ghana was the first country in Africa to produce a Black man serving as the United nations sec gen Koffi Annan.
  52. The Gambia produced the highest judge on the international court of justice Fatou Bensouda.
  53. The highest mountain in Africa is the Kilimanjaro found in Tanzania and the second highest in the world.
  54. The longest river in the world, the Nile starts from Uganda but it is controlled by the Egyptian Government.
  55. South Sudan is the Youngest country after it was declared free and independent in July 2011. She is rich in mineral resources and agricultural products, Petroleum among Others yet her citizens are poor.
  56. The African richest person is from Nigeria. Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

  57. Liberia was the first African country to gain independence. 1847
  58. Cameroon is the breadbasket of Africa
  59. Environmentalist Wangare Wa Maathai of Kenya was the first woman to win a Nobel prize.
  60. Lesotho is a landlocked country inside South Africa.
  61. Sierra Leone is the country with the oldest university with western style and also the oldest church in western Sahara.

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Do you know some interesting facts about Africa that are not included in this list? In the comments, type any facts you have, and tell me about them. 

I love reading and responding to you. If you cringed because I mispronounced anything in this video, feel free to spell out how to pronounce it, so I can get it right in the future. 

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