Facts About Africa
Africa is a vibrant continent full of hope and promise of all its people. It has a lot of unique things about which makes it different from other places. The difference is what draws other people to the continent, which brings all of us together. In the list below are 11 facts about Africa you will find surprising.
1. Africa produces 71% of the world’s tantalum – without this the world’s production of mobile phones and laptops would come to a standstill.
2. In Nigeria, over a million people are currently employed by Nollywood – Nigeria’s film industry that is very popular in most of Africa. This makes Nollywood the country’s second largest formal employer after agriculture.
3. In a ranking of the world’s 15 biggest landowners, three of the top 15 are Africans. King Mswati of Swaziland came in 12th with 6,704 square miles of land in Swaziland – there are no title deeds or land titles in the country. King Lestie III of Lesotho came in 10th with all 11,718 square miles of Lesotho, and King Mohammed VI of Morocco came in 4th with 175.6m acres of Morocco.
4. The African country with the least amount of paved road is Sao Tome and Principe – it has only 320km. It has an excuse, It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands, and its total land size is 964sq kms. It has a population of nearly 190,000.
5. The West African country of Benin has the highest national average of twinning, with a whopping 27.9 twins per 1,000 births. The world average for twin births is 13.6 twins per 1,000 births
6. Ethiopia is landlocked, but the state-owned shipping company has 17 ships. It’s close ally and neighbour, Kenya is a coastal country, with a national shipping company, but not a single ship.
7. Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake. Around 15% of the global total freshwater species are found there.
8. There are only seven countries in Africa whose flag doesn’t have red or black; Rwanda, Somalia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire.
9. Even though donations of used clothing from the West are intended to help, they are responsible for roughly 40% of the decline in apparel production in an average African country.
10. Swaziland’s King Sobhuza II had 70 wives when he died. His son Mswati III, took over and in the last 28 years he has been king has accumulated 15 wives. At this rate, if he lives to be his father’s age of 83 when he died, and continues marrying at his current rate, he won’t even get to half his father’s number with just 33 wives. The more important thing though is that Mswati has more siblings than any other royal or monarch in the world – 96 of them.
11. They are vegetarian and spend most of their time in the water, but on a continent which hosts lions, leopards and elephants, it can be a puzzling fact that the hippopotamus is responsible for the most human deaths, killing approximately 3,000 people a year. Lions only manage 70 – just 2.3% of the hippos’ toll.