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African Countries Fun Facts

Africa is dubbed as the “Mother Continent” as fossil evidence points to it as the “cradle of humankind.

Despite this, not everyone is knowledgeable about Africa. Know more about this beautiful and mysterious continent by reading our informative fun facts.


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The UN recognizes 54 African countries. The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is still under dispute, even though the African Union considers it a member state.

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Nigeria is the biggest oil exporter in Africa. Between 2015 and 2019, Nigeria was producing around 2 million barrels of oil a day. Other African countries that export oil include Angola, Algeria, Libya, and Egypt.

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Other than Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti, the only other African capital city that has the same name as its country is Sao Tome of Sao Tome and Principe.

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Every year the Sahara spreads southward. Currently, the countries/regions covered by the Sahara are Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

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Most of the Serengeti National Park is in Tanzania. This beautiful area is famous for the annual migration of animals. Millions of wildebeest and thousands of zebras can be seen crossing every year.

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Shaka was born in 1787 in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa. Because of his leadership, his tribe became an organized army that conquered all neighboring rivals.

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Dikembe Mutombo was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1966. He became popular because of his shot-blocking skills and his signature finger wag, which warned players that he was guarding the basket.

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The catlike fossa is the top predator in Madagascar. As an island off the coast of Africa, there are many other animals and plants only found in Madagascar.

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With a land size of just 451 square kilometers, Seychelles is Africa's smallest sovereign nation. It is an archipelago consisting of around 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.

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Tunisia's Iles des Chiens in the Mediterranean Sea is the northernmost part of Africa. As for the land area that is connected to the main continent, Ras ben Sakka in Tunisia is the northernmost area.

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