Africa is in the media and I am glad because it allows us bloggers to tell you about it. From the What are the 7 continents? website, here are the about 10 facts you probably did not know:
- Africa is the second-largest continent in the world both in size and population. As of 2009, about 14.7 percent of the world’s population resides in Africa.
- Africa consists of 54 countries. Note: Africa is NOT a country but a continent.
- Africa is home to over 1 billion people who speak over 1,500 different languages. One in every four of the world’s language is spoken only in Africa.
- Africa’s total size is roughly 11.7 square miles, representing about a fifth of the earth’s total landmass. This makes it larger than India, China, Mexico, and USA’s and a huge chunk of Europe combined.
- World civilization began in Africa. The Pharaonic civilization of ancient Egypt is the oldest literate civilization. According to historical records, the Egyptian state dates back to about 3300 B.C.
- Africa is the most centrally located continent in the world. Both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude), and the equator (0 degrees latitude) cut across it.
- Nigeria has the highest population (154.7 million people) in Africa. This represents 18% of Africa’s total population.
- South Africa has the highest GDP (($182 billion) in Africa. Guinea Bissau has the lowest at $230 million.
- The largest island in Africa, located in the Indian Ocean (off Africa’s East Coast) is Madagascar. It is also the fourth largest in the world.
- The Victoria Falls, located along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Zambezi River is the fall’s main water source.
Aren’t these some great facts? Some of them I had no idea until I did some research. I’ve been to Africa three times where it was educational, inspiring, and rewarding. The first time was to Egypt about 7 years ago to celebrate my birthday. Then 3 years later to Cape Town, South Africa to celebrate another birthday. Now almost a year later, I visited Morocco. From the North to South to the West to the East, Africa has its own beauty. So let take a digital journey of my visit to the motherland, Africa!
The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
Ten Facts about Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most instantly recognizable statue associated with ancient Egypt and among the most famous in the world. The sculpture, of a recumbent lion with the head of an Egyptian king, was carved out of limestone on the Giza plateau.
The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt. Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century,
View of Cairo from the Muhammad Ali Mosque
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province. The city is famous for its harbor and for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. Cited Wikipedia
Morocco is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north. It is just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Gibraltar. cited by Wikitravel
Ten quick facts about Morocco:
I will leave with this story — when I was in high school, we had several students immigrated from Ethiopia. During that time, all we heard in the media was the starvation of the Ethiopians. When the sisters came, we were in disbelief because we were expecting them to look like what we saw on television. That was not the case! They were 5 beautiful young ladies with beautiful brown skin that spoke English perfectly and came from a loving family. After that day, I told myself that I will be the one to see the world through my eyes rather than continue with the misinformation and prejudice. The world is a beautiful place. See it for yourself