Fun Facts about Africa

Ancient Greeks and Romans originally used the term Africa to apply only to the northern region of the continent. In Latin, the word Africa means sunny and the word Aphrike in Greek means without cold.” They had clearly never been to South Africa.

There are almost one billion people in Africa.

Nigerian is the most populous nation with over 150 million people.

Cairo is the most populated city with an estimated 9.2 million people.

Sudan has 223 Pyramids. Egypt has 138 and clearly a better publicity machine,

The original Star Wars movie sets in the deserts of  Tunisia

The Ethiopian calendar is 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar.

One of the oldest universities in the world is in Timbuktu, Mali. By the 12th century Timbuktu was home to three universities. Over 25,000 students attended one of the Timbuktu universities in the 12th century.

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Kenya is the highest point in Africa at 5895 m above sea level.

Chad has the second fastest growing economy in the world.

Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world – over 500.

Six of the driest places in the world are in Africa – Al’Kufrah in Libya, Aswan and Luxor in Egypt, Wadi Halfa in Sudan, Pelican Point in Namibia and Aoelef in Algeria.

The Nile is the longest river in the world and runs through 10 countries.  It’s also the star of the Old Testament.

Africa has over 2000 spoken languages. KiSwahili is spoken in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya. Still anyone who says we need one common African language and that it should Swahili is thicker that the fattest person on earth. Diversity should be celebrated and not be stifled with weak pseudo Pan African wishful thinking.

The Virunga Mountains, which span Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC are home to the world’s only populations of Mountain Gorillas.


About leratomogoatlhe

I fell in love with traveling Africa on a four day trip to Accra in 2006. I started my journeys around the continent in 2008, when I went to Senegal, and around West Africa to launch my dream of knowing Africa through all my senses. I have been to 24 countries (and counting) over five years of stopping everything in my life to focus on one phenomenal continent. #AfricaRocks.
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2 Responses to Fun Facts about Africa

  1. Wow, these are very interesting facts about our wonderful continent Africa! Keep updating us Madamafrica

  2. malef says:

    Thank you Madam Africa for these facts! Not many people know about them! Interesting blog you have here. Keep up the good work!

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