Can someone give me some interesting facts about africa?
Can someone give me some interesting facts about Africa?
All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.
Before colonial rule Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs.
Arabic is spoken by 170 million people on the continent, followed in popularity by English (130 million), Swahili (100), French (115), Berber (50), Hausa (50), Portuguese (20) and Spanish (10).
Over 25% of all languages are spoken only in Africa with over 2,000 recognised languages spoken on the continent.
The largest religion in Africa is Islam, followed by Christianity.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent. It towers over 19,300 feet, which is so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit even though the mountain is near the equator.
The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa.
Africa has the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which is almost the size of the United States.
Africa straddles the equator and is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone.
The worlds largest land animal is the African elephant.
The worlds tallest animal, the giraffe, lives in Africa.
The fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah, lives in Africa.
Africa is home to the worlds largest reptile, the Nile crocodile.
The gorilla, which can be found in the continents jungles, is the worlds largest primate.
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.
The hottest place in the world is recorded at Al’Aziziyah in Libya.
Africa is the most centrally located of all of the continents with both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) and the equator (0 degrees latitude) passing through it.
There are fewer people with Internet access in the entire continent of Africa than in New York City alone.
The average life expectancy on the African continent ranges from 74 years in the island nation of Mauritius to just under 32 years in sub-Saharan Swaziland.
In Tunisia, images of fish are often used to protect against evil. New buildings often have fish bones or tails embedded in them as they are built, and cars have brightly colored plastic or cloth fish attached to them to provide protection to the people inside.
Lake Malawi has more fish species than any other freshwater system on earth.