Some facts about Africa

  • Africa is a continent, but in many cases is inaccurately presented as a country with a monolithic culture.
  • It is comprised of 54 countries.
  • The continent is almost as big as the USA, China, India and most of Europe combined.
  • It is home to over 3,000 tribes.
  • Almost 1/3 of the world’s languages are spoken in Afric.
  • Hundreds of white Europeans and Americans were sold into North Africa as slaves, in the Ottoman provinces of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Tripolitania (Libya). This was called Barbary Slave Trade, and it ended with the European occupation of these countries.
  • There are more French speaking people on the continent of Africa than there are in France.
  • Most Africans speak more than one language.
  • Different African dances have different purposes.
  • Africa and Europe are separated by 9 only miles at the closest point.
  • The oldest human remains ever discovered were in Ethiopia, and dated about 200,000 years old.
  • It is home to the longest river in the world, the Nile.
  • In Africa, there are “African,” “Arab,” and “Middle Eastern” cultures.
  • Africa is the cradle of ancient mathematics.  It’s the home to the oldest mathematical objects, - notched bones: Ishango, believed to be more than 20,000 years old, at the Border of Congo and Uganda near the Semliki River, and Lebombo, dated to 35,0000 BC, in Swaziland. The theory is that the Ishango may have been invented by a woman to track her menstrual cycle. 
  • Coffee has its origin in Ethiopia, where it grows wild.
  • Almost half of the gold mined in the world is from South Africa.
  • Africa has the world's largest reserves of cobalt, used to make rechargeable batteries including phone batteries.
  • Modern medicine has its roots in Africa. This includes bone-setting, dentistry, surgery (to remove penetrating arrows, spears or sticks, and clinical investigations to get rid of strange diseases, to mention but a few.

Africans regard culture as essential to their lives and future development through the application of indigenous knowledge to day-to-day life. Culture embodies behavior patterns, philosophy, worldview, arts and institutions.