190 interesting facts about Africa you didn’t know

prime meridian and the equator

1. Africa is the most centrally located of all of the continents with both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) and the equator (0 degrees latitude) passing through it. world_literacy_map_unhd

2. Almost 40% of adults in Africa are illiterate – two-thirds are women. Adult literacy rates are below 50% in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

AIDS rate

3. More than 17 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have died of AIDS, and experts estimate that at least 25 million more people in Africa are HIV-positive. Sahara

4. The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa, and Africa has the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which is almost the size of the United States.

Nile crocodile

5. Africa is home to the world’s largest reptile, the Nile crocodile.

Hippos kill more people

6. Hippos kill more people than any other animal in Africa.


7. The Highest Elevation in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro. The Lowest Elevation in Africa is Lake Asal.


8. Africa is the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped continent with a continental GDP that accounts for just 2.4% of global GDP.

9. Three of the world’s largest gold producers have their primary operation in Africa- Harmony gold, Gold Fields and Anglo Gold Ashanti. About half of the world’s diamonds come from Southern and Central Africa.

africa soccer

11. Soccer is the biggest sport played in Africa, although it is referred to as African football. The major difference between American soccer and African soccer is the types of balls used to play. In America, you are able to buy a ball from the store, but in Africa, players use balls made of plastic bags with wrapped-around strings. Next time if you don’t have a soccer ball, try this method.

12. Of the 193 member nations of the United Nations, 65 or just over 33 percent of them are predominantly Black. In other words, if the U.N. were a democratic organization, Black people would wield significant influence.

13. Africa is not only the birthplace of humanity, it is also the birthplace of human civilization. Most people are aware of the Pharaonic civilization of ancient Egypt is one of the world’s oldest and longest-lasting. However, the nation of Ta-Seti predated Egyptian civilization.

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