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7 things you may not know about Africa

A short list of facts about Africa the continent itself or its countries.

Africa is the most genetically diverse continent: actually, the part they call Sub Saharan Africa is the most diverse place, according to a recent study. People are comfortable viewing us only a certain way but reality and open mind show otherwise. They have their views of what an African looks like and I’m aware that no amount of scientifc studies will repair the ignorance, but still African have more diversity than any other group of people.

Africa has the highest rate of twins: the central region of Africa holds the record for the highest birthrate of twins, followed by Latin America and Asia. The West African country of Benin is said to produce 18 pair of twins per 1000 births.

The fatest growing economies are in Africa: Seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies are found in African countries such as Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Congo, Ghana and Nigeria. Out of all the continents, Africa will be the one leading the world’s fastest-growing economy for the next five years, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Africa holds much of the world’s biodiversity and natural resources: diamonds, gold, uranium, oil, iron, petroleum, woods, a large fauna and flora… The African continent has nothing to envy to the world, when it comes to natural resources. If you happen to have a friend hailing from an African country, you’ve heard him say “We are not poor, we have all the world resources, Europe, Asia and America are just stealing our natural wealth”. Having the most resources don’t suffice of course, they mean nothing if the indigenous population don’t benefit from it.

Speaking of resources, 49% of the world’s diamonds come from Central and Southern Africa: however the benefits of the mining work hardly go to African miners and the distribution of natural diamonds are subjects of frequent controversies.

The shortest war in History was fought in Zanzibar: during the Scramble for Africa, on 27 August 1896, between the Zanzibar Sultanate and the British Empire, over the succession of the next Sultan of the Island, as the pro-British one had died. The conflict lasted 38 minutes, resulting in the end of the Zanzibar Sultanate as a sovereign state.

Africa is actually a continent: making it impossible for you to go “visit Africa” but instead an African Country. Africa is a continent with an estimated population of 1,022,234,000 , countless ethnic groups, and over 3000 spoken native languages ( and no, I can’t speak African).



3 thoughts on “7 things you may not know about Africa

  1. Thank you for the information. Africa had great opportunity. Africa’s countries must be careful. Never trust people who take more then they give. Life is helping each other. Not for the profit of one group or person.

    Posted by johncoyote | September 22, 2012, 6:59 am
  2. wow thank you cuz I had no ideas about two of these facts (the war in zanzibar and the twins thing)

    Posted by kushprincess | September 26, 2012, 9:04 pm
  3. That’s not the Zambian Flag. Other than that very nice!

    Posted by Kabwe Chilupe | October 27, 2012, 7:27 pm

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