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Africa Day: 14 Interesting Facts About the Continent from Where We were Originated

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25, 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Africa is the second largest continent in the world and is also considered as the origin-land of our species. Africa Day is celebrated on May 25 in order to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was later changed to the African Union. On this day, in 1963, 30 leaders of the 32 independent African states sign a charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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On this occasion of Africa Day, here are a few interesting facts about the massive continent:

  • Africa is a “non-self governing territory” and home to 54 countries
  • Except Ethiopia and Liberia, the continent was completely colonised by western countries and was called “scramble for Africa”
  • The north east land mass that juts out in the Arabian Sea is called the Horn of Africa. The Horn of Africa consists, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia
  •  Before it was colonised, the continent was home to 10,000 states and independent groups, where people used to speak in different languages
  •  All of Africa was colonised by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia
  • Almost 16 per cent of the world’s population lives in Africa and over 50 per cent of them are under the age of 25
  •  It is said that the population will reach 2.3 billion people by 2050, from the current 1.1 billion
  • Around 25 per cent of all languages spoken in the world are being spoken in Africa
  • The ancient civilization of Pharaohs, based in Egypt was one of the longest lasting civilizations, that is also one of the oldest out of the discoveries, so far
  • There are fewer people with internet connections in Africa as compared to New York City
  • People in Africa are usually killed by hippopotamus, but not the lion and Nile crocodile
  • The continent is home to the largest mammal (African elephant), tallest mammal (giraffe), biggest reptile (Nile crocodile) and the fastest animal (cheetah)
  • Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and the fourth largest oil producer in the world
  • The continent has over 90 per cent of platinum reserves, 60 per cent cobalt and 40 per cent gold reserves of the world




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