“Askhari Johnson Hodari has put together an invaluable resource book. . . . Inspiring and informative, it is a fascinating glimpse into an important part of African cultural traditions.”- Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day
Did You Know?
With a population of more than 113 million, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and the 10th most populous country in the world.
Africa is more than three times the size of the United States. The United States fits into Africa 3.3 times.
The highest point in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at 5895 meters high. The lowest point is Lake Asal in Djibouti at 153 meters below sea level.
Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire produce 57% of the world’s cocoa.
Only three countries in the world are bigger than the Sahara– Russia, Canada, and China.
Approximately 25% of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa, however, Africa accounts for 16% of the world’s population (2009).
South Sudan is the newest country in Africa. It was officially born on July 9, 2011 (2013).
Sudan used to be the largest country in Africa by area before it was divided, now Algeria is Africa’s largest country (2013).
The world’s largest desert, the Sahara, is in Africa.
Liberia was settled by former American slaves, who came back to Africa.
The most populated city in Africa is the Egyptian capital of Cairo with an estimated 9.12 million residents in the metropolitan area (2011).
With the possible exception of Ethiopia, all of Africa was colonized by non-African countries. The United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Portugal all claimed to rule parts of Africa without the consent of the African population.
The first African female president was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
The world’s oldest desert is the Namib Desert, in Namibia; and it is the only desert in the world inhabited by elephant, rhino, giraffe and lion.
Eighteen African people have been awarded a Nobel Prize. They came from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
While Egypt is most well known for its pyramids, the Republic of Sudan has 223 pyramids, double the number of pyramids in Egypt.
No other continent has as many countries or languages as Africa.
Egypt is the second most populous country in Africa with over 82 million people (2011).
Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown was founded by freed slaves in the 1790′s. They settled near an old cotton tree that is
still alive today and one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Imagine what that tree has seen…
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.
The Fish River canyon in Namibia is the second largest canyon in the world.
The African population is 80% Black, 19% Arab, and 1% Asian, European (2009).
Equatorial Guinea is the richest country in Africa.
There are 16 landlocked countries in Africa (2013).
Africa is the most centrally located of all of the continents.
Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world. There are over 500 species.
The world’s longest river, the Nile, is in Africa.
Sand boarding is popular in Egypt, Morocco, Niger, South Africa, Algeria, and Libya.
The world’s biggest hospital is in Soweto. In terms of land area, South Africa’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the biggest hospital in the world, as it stands on 173 acres of land (as of 2009).
Africa is the second largest and second most populous continent.
There are at least 3000 distinct ethnic groups in Africa; Nigeria alone has more than 370 recognized groups.
At least half of the African population lives in cities, towns, or modern coastal cities. Highly urbanized areas of Africa include (but are not limited to): Lagos, Alexandria, Algiers, Abidjan, Johannesburg, Capetown, and Kinshasa.
Human life began in Africa. People lived in Africa for at least 4 million years before they lived anywhere else in the world.
Youth literacy (ages 15-24) is highest in Zimbabwe at 99%.
Approximately 1.033 billion people live on African continent (2011).
The largest country in Africa is Sudan, the smallest is The Seychelles. The most populated country is Nigeria and the largest city is Cairo in Egypt.
Africa has more gold, diamonds, chrome, copper, plutonium, cobalt, titanium and jewels than any other continent, with little to show for the exploitation of African resources.
The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest structure in the world for more than 4,000 years.
Benin, in West Africa has the largest national average of twinning, with 27 twins per 1,000 births.
Madagascar is the home of the worlds largest as well as the smallest chameleons! Almost half of the world’s chameleon species live on the island of Madagascar.
African languages are varied with more than 1000 languages spoken across the continent.
Niger, Mali and Uganda take the #1,2 and 3 spots for the highest birth rates in the world (2009).
In Africa, the equator runs along for almost 2500 miles, passing through 6 countries: Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia.
The Maasai, in their bright red clothing, are probably the most familiar African ethnic group.
The hottest place in the world is recorded at Al’Azizyah in Libya.
Namibia has some of the tallest (and most beautiful) sand dunes in the world.
Ethiopia was the only nation in Africa that was not colonized by Europeans.