SOME FACTS ABOUT AFRICA๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ



1. Modern Humans are believed to have originated in Botswana๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ, within the past 200, 000 years ago, solidifying the “Out of Africa Theory.

2. Equatorial Guinea ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถ is Africaโ€™s only spanish speaking country.

3. Morocco ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ is the most visited African country.

4. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ has the richest Black person in Africa, Aliko Dangote.

5. Samuel Etoโ€™o ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ was formerly the highest paid Footballer in the world, he received about ยฃ350,000 weekly in Russia in 2011.

6. The nothern most part of Africa is Cape Angela in Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ.

7. Lesotho๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) in elevation.

8. There was a dinosaur discovered in Niger ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช, believed to have been there around 115 to 105 million years ago. It was named Nigersaurus.

8. Burkina Faso ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ is a leader in African art and culture and hosts the largest craft market in Africa.

9. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ has won more football cups than England.

10. Zimbabweโ€™s ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ former President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was the worldโ€™s most educated President with 7 University degrees, two of them are Masters.

11. Al-Ahly of Egypt ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ is the richest football club in Africa.

12. Didier Drogba ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ is Chelseaโ€™s highest goalscorer in European competition.

13. Johannesburg, South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ is the most richest city in Africa.

14. Zinedine Zidane wanted to play for Algeria ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, but the selector rejected him, saying they are already many players like him in the team.

15. President Nelson Mandela ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ is regarded as the well known person in the world.

16. President Robert Mugabe ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ was jailed for 11 years for fighting for freedom.

17. Egypt ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ was the first inventer of Paper and Ink.

18. Equatorial guinea ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถ has the highest literacy rate in Africa, 95% (2020).

19. In Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ There is a better gender equality than England ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ.

20. Somalia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด got its first ATM on October 7, 2014.

21. South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ has the most Grammy award winners in Africa.

22. Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น has the most airports in Africa.

23. Ethiopiaโ€™s ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น economy is growing faster than Chinaโ€™s.

24. Eritreaโ€™s ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ท President, Isaias Afwerki is the least richest President in Africa.

25. Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น is Africaโ€™s oldest independent country, it has existed for over 3,000 years without being colonised.

26. Haile Selassie 1 was the 225th and last Emperor of Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น.

27. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ has the most monarchs in the world.

28. Angola ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด has more Portuguese
speakers than Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น.

29. President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has ruled Angola ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด since 1979.

30. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is Africaโ€™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.

31. George Weah of Liberia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท is the first man to win World, European and African footballer of the year in the same year.

32. Eswatini ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ is the only remaining absolute monach in the world.

33. The Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ is the smallest country in Africa followed by Eswatini ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ.

34. The first black African Gold medalist is Abebe Bikila from Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น, who won in 1960 after running barefooted.

34.1. King Sobhuza II of eSwatini ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, married 70 wives, who gave him 210 children between 1920 and 1970.

35. Zimbabwe ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ is the only country in the world where almost everyone was a billionaire at one point due hyperinflation.

36. Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช has the highest paid members of parliament. They are paid more than those even in oil rich countries.

37. Botswana ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ has the most valuable Diamonds and the richest diamond mine in the World, The Jwaneng diamond mine.

38. Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism.

39. Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ 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.

40. Ugandans ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ were ranked as the best English speakers in Africa (2017).

41. Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ is the largest country in East Africa and includes the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.

42. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ is the most populous country in Africa, with over +200 million population.

43. Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ is now the largest producer of Coltan, mineral used to make tantalum using in mobile phones, camera etc.

44. In 2009, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ 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.

45. Malawi ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ is home to the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi.

46. Malawi ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ is the first tea producer in Africa at a commercial scale.

47. Zambia ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ relies on copper as one of its biggest exports.

48. Zambiaโ€™s ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ South Luangwa National Park has one of Africa’s highest densities of big game.

49. Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช is the first and only African country to produce USA president, Barrack Hussein Obama

50. South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ has the highest number of super-rich residents in Africa, with 38,400 dollar millionaires.

51. Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ produced the highest judge on the international court of justice fatou Bensouda.

52. The highest mountain in Africa is the Kilimanjaro found in Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ and second highest in the world.

53. The longest river in the world, the Nile starts from Uganda ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ but it is controlled by Egyptian ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Government.

54. South Sudan is the Youngest country after it was declared free and independent in July 2011 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ. She is rich in mineral resources and agricultural products, Petroleum among Others yet her citizens are poor.

55. Cape Town๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ has been voted the best city in the world 7 times, On the Telegraph Travel Award.

56. Liberia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท was the first African country to gain independence 1847.

57. Cameroon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ is the first country in Africa to reach the quater finals.

58. Environmentalist Wangare wa maathai of Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช was the first woman to win Nobel prize.

59. Lesotho ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ is land locked country inside south Africa.

60. Sierra Leone ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ is the country with oldest university with western style and also the oldest church in in western Sahara.

61. Seychelles ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ is the most developed country in Africa

62. Madagascar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ is the wordl’s largest producer of Vanilla.

63. Mozambique ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ is the only one-word country name to feature all 5 vowels.

64. Namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ is home to the world’s oldest desert, Namib desert, dating back to 55 mya.

65. eSwatini ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ has the world’s oldest mine, Ngwenya mine.

Source: Africa Day Facebook page

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A Writer, A Diplomat in Waiting, Climate Change Advocate and a Football Administrator

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