April V. Taylor
The misinformation and propaganda peddled by mainstream media about Africa may be more misleading than that of any other country. In addition to misinformation, there is still a lot that remains unknown about the world’s largest Black continent. While some facts are normal, others are quite unique and intriguing. Check out this list of interesting facts your social studies teacher never told you:
- There are more people speaking French in Africa than in France.
- The country of Liberia was established by U.S. citizens as a colony for former African-American slaves and their free Black descendants.
- There are 16 countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S..
- Thirty-eight percent of Christianity is projected to live in sub-saharan Africa in 2050.
- Spain has two major exclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, in mainland Africa.
- Almost a third of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa.
Here are a few more gathered by The Huffington Post:
- Over 1 million Chinese citizens live in Africa, with Angola hosting a population of over 350,000 Chinese.
- 25% of all languages are spoken in Africa, and more than 2,000 recognized languages are spoken throughout the continent.
- Witwatersrand, South Africa is home to almost half of the gold ever mined on Earth.
- Equatorial Guinea’s GDP per capita in 2014 was about $33,000, comparable to Spain.
- Arabic is the most widely spoken language on the African continent; 170 million people speak it.
- Kantanka Automobile Company (Ghana), Kiira Motor Corporation (Uganda), and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company (Nigeria) are three African automobile manufacturing companies developing “made in Africa” vehicles.
- By 2040 half of the world’s youth will be African.
- 200 pyramids are found in Sudan, double the amount in Egypt.
- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the world’s first elected black female president and Africa’s first elected female head of state.
- In case you forgot, Africa is the world’s most natural-resources rich continent. Colonialism and neo-colonialism are the only reasons the African continent isn’t ruling the world, although it technically is because the rest of the world would plummet into eternal doom if Africa closed its borders.”