How familiar are you with the land we call Africa? The second largest continent on Earth (with about 30.2 million squared kilometers), Africa is a bit of an exotic mystery to most people. Nevertheless, today we’re here to bring you some interesting facts about Africa that will hopefully make it a little less mysterious. So get ready, because from the languages to the people these are 25 amazing things you probably didn’t know about Africa.
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Africa is home to the world’s largest living land animal, the African Elephant
Africa is also home to the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe
Africa and Europe are separated by barely 14 km and there has been some talk about building the world’s longest bridge
40% of kids between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labor
On average, people have to walk roughly 4km to collect water.
The water they collect is rarely drinkable though, and must be boiled before consumption
96 elephants are killed everyday on the African continent
There is actually a beer brewed from bananas in some African countries
Almost half of the gold ever mined on Earth has come from one small place – Witwatersrand, South Africa
Between 1530 and 1780 nearly 1.5 million Europeans were sold into slavery in North Africa during what became known as the Barbary Slave Trade.
Lesotho is the only country on Earth that has no territory below 1000 meters above sea level
Facebook has 100 million users in Africa
The official title of Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator, was “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”
In 2010 Ghana banned the sale of second hand underwear
The San people of southern Africa still use the same tools that were recently found in a cave. The tools were estimated to be 44,000 years old
In South Africa you are legally allowed to attach flamethrowers to your car in order to deter car jacking
Tanzania has the world’s highest rate of albinism. Unfortunately, albinos are often hunted by witch doctors in order to create various potions
Graca Machel is the only women to have ever been first lady of two different countries (Mozambique and South Africa)
More people speak French in Africa than in France
Spain has two enclaves (territory) in Africa. They are Melilla and Ceuta.
According to Pew Research, by 2050 roughly 38% of the world’s Christians will live in sub-saharan Africa
Most of the fastest runners in the world come from a single tribe in Kenya known as the “Kalenjins”
Women of the Mursi tribe wear lip plates that can be up to 12cm (5 inches) in diameter
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