35 Facts I Bet You Never Knew About Africa


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Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area. With billion people as of, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population.

Here are 35 facts about Africa:

  1. The Gambia has only one university.
  2. Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country.
  3. South Africa is the most visited African country.
  4. Nigeria has the richest Black people in Africa.
  5. Samuel Eto’o was the highest paid Footballer of all time when 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. A person from Burkina Faso is called a Burkinabe.
  9. Nigeria has won more football cups than England.
  10. Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was the world’s most educated President with 7 degrees, two of them are Masters.
  11. Al-Ahly of Egypt is the richest club in Africa.
  12. Didier Drogba is Chelsea’s highest goalscorer in European competition.
  13. Johannesburg, South Africa is the most visited city in Africa.
  14. Zinedine Zidane wanted to play for Algeria, but the selector rejected him, saying they are already many players like him in the team.
  15. President Jacob Zuma was once a referee in prison.
  16. President Robert Mugabe was jailed for 11 years for fighting for freedom.
  17. President Robert Mugabe was Africa’s oldest Head of State and the world’s second oldest Head of State. He was born in 1924. (Top facts you probably didn’t know about Robert Mugabe)
  18. The Seychellois are the most educated Africans. Seychelles’ literacy rates (Adult: 92%, Youth: 99%) Zimbabwe is 2nd (Adult: 91.2%, Youth: 99%).
  19. Rwanda is a better country for gender equality than England and 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, Isaiah Afwerki is the least richest President in Africa.
  25. Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country.
  26. The 2012 most World’s expensive car “Bugatti Veyron” was seen in Abuja after a Nigerian bought it. It costs $2.8 million then.
  27. In the 1960s, University of Lagos, Nigeria had students from about twenty countries in the world.
  28. The USA has more e-commerce fraud cases than Nigeria.
  29. Mauritius has the cheapest mobile phone rates in Africa.
  30. The Igbo tribe in Nigeria has more Catholics than any other African tribe.
  31. Neuropsychiatric Hospital Aro Abeokuta, Nigeria is ranked among the top 1,000 hospitals in the world.
  32. Uganda has the largest representation of parliamentarians who are members with disabilities in the world.
  33. Mozambican law states that “whatever is above your land belongs to YOU and whatever is below your land belongs to GOVERNMENT”
  34. Kenya has the highest number of unsafe abortions in Africa.
  35. The continent that has the highest number of poor people in Asia, not Africa.
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