12 Things you didn’t know about Africa

Contemporary media and even history have a lot to say about the African continent; some of it true and very informative, some false and misleading, as a result of Western Imperialism, miseducation or misrepresentation of the continent for centuries.

However, with the advent of technology, economic progress, innovation and cultural ‘wokeness’, Africa is getting the positive publicity it deserves. Below we have listed twelve things you probably did not know about Africa and some African countries.

  • Nigeria has a rich meme culture: Meme culture has been around for a very long time, but it wasn’t until 2019 that some very clever black individuals decided to make memes of scenes from Nollywood films from the late 80s and 90s. The fame of artists such as Naira Marley and Zlatan have also been a result of popular Nigerian memes that were incorporated into their songs, skyrocketing them to success.

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  • Nollywood is the third-largest film industry in the world: The hierarchy begins with America’s Hollywood, then Bollywood and then there is Nollywood (although there is debate surrounding Nollywood now being ahead of the Indian film industry). Nollywood produces a whooping number of over 1500 per year, that number ranges from big production projects to indie and other low budget film productions.
  • Most of the World’s remaining Lions and Elephants are found in Africa: Not surprising, isn’t it? Africa has 89% and 92% of the world’s population of lions and elephants respectively.
  • It is the second-largest continent in the world: In terms of landmass and population, Africa comes in close to Asia as the most populous continent of the Earth.
  • Half of Africa’s population is under 25 years old: Statistics show that Africa’s population is generally young with most people in their teens/young adult stages of life.
  • There are more pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt: Sudan has 223 pyramids, double the number Egypt has.
  • Nigeria represents 18% of Africa’s Total Population: Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with a population of 200 million people. That number accounts for 18% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people.
  • Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world.
  • More people speak French in Africa than do those in France: African accounts for 21 of 29 countries which speak French as their official language.
  • Benin is the oldest surviving kingdom in the world: Although it is no longer referred to as the Great Benin Kingdom, the indigenes and rich heritage that make up Benin, still remain, making it the oldest surviving kingdom.
  • Agbalumo is NOT only grown in Nigeria: The popular ‘African cherry’ or ‘African Star Apple’ is also grown in Togo, Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda amongst others.
  • Ghana is the top exporter of cocoa: In 2016, Ghana’s cocoa exports were valued at $1.89 billion, making it the leading exporter with 39% of the market share.
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