Africa Countries Fact List

30 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Africa – Part 3

Here are 30 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Africa – Part 3.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Africa

Dakar, Senegal Statue

1. North Korea gave Dakar, Senegal a Stalinist statue that is taller than the Statue of Liberty. – Source

2. Mauritius is the only country in Africa currently ranked as a full democracy by The Economist. – Source

3. Madagascar was first settled by people from Borneo (which is over 4000 miles away), not Africa (250 miles away). – Source

4. Students from the African country of Burkina Faso have developed a soap that repels the malaria mosquito. Malaria is the highest cause of death is Sub-Saharan Africa. – Source

5. In some African countries (such as Zimbabwe) it is commonly believed that sex with an albino woman cures HIV. This has led to numerous rapes and subsequent spread of HIV. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Africa

Elephant birds of madagascar

6. Until the 17th or 18th century, 880 pound birds lived in Madagascar. They were called Elephant Birds and were over 10 feet tall. – Source

7. The people of an isolated tribe in Zimbabwe only have two toes, who are also known as the ostrich people. – Source

8. The first President of Zimbabwe was called President Banana. – Source

9. The remains of the Walls of Benin, the former largest man-made structure in the world, are being torn down to make way for real estate – Source

10. The Parliament of Rwanda is the only governing body in the world where women outnumber men. – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Africa

Niger delta oil spills

11. More oil is spilled from the Niger delta’s network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf oil spill. – Source

12. Malawi has a patient to doctor ratio of 88,321 to 1, which translates to 173 doctors for a population of over 15 million people. – Source

13. Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika vacated his home, a 300-bedroom mansion, in 2005 because he believed it to be haunted. – Source

14. Female obesity is considered so attractive in Mauritania that 75 percent of rural Mauritanian girls are forcibly fattened on camel milk and animal fat in a custom called “leblouh” – Source

15. Sobhuza II was the king of Swaziland for 82 years and 9 months, which is the longest documented monarchical reign. He had 70 wives, 210 children, and over 1000 grandchildren. – Source


16-20 Interesting Facts About Africa

Mauritania Slavery

16. Mauritania tried to ban slavery thrice. In 1905, 1981, and as latest as August 2007. It is the ‘last stronghold’ of slavery on earth. – Source

17. The country with the lowest life expectancy in the world is Swaziland, at 31.88 years. Over half of the adults in their 20s have HIV. – Source

18. Lesotho is the only country on Earth to lie completely above 1000 meters in elevation. – Source

19. On a trip to Sierra Leone in 2009, actress Salma Hayek spontaneously breast fed a local infant. – Source

20. Liberia was established by the citizens of the United States as a colony for former African American slaves and their free black descendants. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Africa

The West Side Niggaz

21. There was an armed group in Sierra Leone Civil War called “the West Side Niggaz” that was influenced by Tupac and used to wear women’s wigs. – Source

22. Only 14% of the population of Guinea Bissau speaks the official language, i.e. Portuguese. – Source

23. French mercenary Bob Denard participated in coups to overthrow the government of Comoro not once, not twice, but four times. – Source

24. Amazon and Congo were likely one river before Africa and South America drifted apart. – Source

25. In 2005, a 12-year-old girl was abducted in Ethiopia, trying to force her into marriage by her kidnappers. She was saved from her attackers and defended for about half a day by three lions. – Source

26-30 Interesting Facts About Africa

Maasai tribe

26. The Maasai tribe in Africa gave a gift of 14 cows to America after hearing about the 9/11 attacks. – Source

27. According to a professor of economics at New York University, after receiving $600 billion in foreign aid over 45 years, there has “basically been zero rise in living standards” in Africa. – Source

28. David Livingstone, a famous British explorer in Africa became extremely ill and then had his supplies stolen. To feed himself he let the natives put him in an exhibit and people would pay to see him as a curiosity. – Source

29. There are more people speaking French in Africa than in France. – Source

30. In the 1920s and 30s, many Europeans supported using massive dams to drain the Mediterranean for farmland and to connect Europe and Africa into a new continent called “Atlantropa.” – Source

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