Africa is home to fifty-four countries. It hosts over one billion people. Now, that’s a massive continent right there! And, it is an exciting place too. Here are some things about Africa you probably didn’t know.
The Distance between Africa and Europe
Africa and Europe are only 9 miles apart. More specifically, Spain and Morocco happen to be 9 miles away from each other, separated by the Strait of Gibraltar. Did you know that thousands of Africans have lost their lives trying to swim from Morocco to Spain? Well, now you do!
The Oldest University
Timbuktu, a city in Mali, is home to one of the oldest universities on the planet. Explorers say that Timbuktu was an intellectual hub as early as 982 CE. The National Geographic nicknamed the city as the Paris of the ancient world.
The Biggest Frog
Sure, Africa is famous for its wealth of animals including the big five. But, did you know that you will only find the biggest frog in Africa? Yes. The Goliath frog is a common feature in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. A fully grown frog weighs as much as eight pounds.
The First Miners
Some of the earliest mining activities in the world took place in Africa. History shows that the inhabitants of current Swaziland started mining as early 43,000 years ago. The Ngwenya mountain range has classic stone-made mining tools, with more than 300,000 artifacts found lying around.
The “First Lady”
Graca Machel is the only woman in the world to serve as the first lady for two different countries. She was the wife to Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique. She later married Nelson Mandela and became the first lady of South Africa. Isn’t that girl power right there?
The Bottom Line
Africa is unique, in every sense of the word. AfriPop provides documentation about this continent and what it has to offer. There is a lot of site-seeing to see as well. Be sure to visit the Limpopo, the Okavango reserve, the Maasai Mara and the great Lake Victoria to spend some quality time with your loved ones.
And oh, you may also want to know that there are more than two hundred pyramids in Sudan. Now, that’s twice the number of the one in Egypt. Even more intriguing, South Africa has immense gold deposits, with half all the gold mined in the world coming from the country.