gallery, Happenin' Africa and Greatness January 21, 2013 lakunlescrews 6 Comments Some great stuffs to know about Africa 70% of Africans use or have access to a phone. A decade ago less than 1% did Roman general Scipio Africanus was named after the continent after his successful military campaign there, where he defeated Hannibal The Suez Canal, next to Egypt, handles 8% of the world’s cargo ships. 50 ships travel through this 160 km-long stretch every day Three of the world’s oldest trees are found in Africa. The actual age of the Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone’s Freetown is uncertain, but its existence has been noted since 1787 – 225 years. South Africa’s Wonderboom Nature Reserve protects a wild fig estimated to be over a thousand years old. And a dragon tree on the Canary Islands is also thought to be at least that old Africa has a stronger GDP growth than India and outperforms almost all the other continents. It also has a larger middle class than India, despite the latter having almost half a billion more people The Congo jungle is the second-largest tropical forest in the world. It contains a quarter of our planet’s tropical plants The Canary Islands, off Africa’s North-West coast, are not named after the birds. Instead they were named by the Romans as Canariae Insulae, which means ‘Islands Of The Dogs’ There are 338 islands that consider Africa its parent. Almost half of those are found in the Seychelles The two largest religions in Africa are Christianity and Islam. Around a fifth of its inhabitants practice African religions Africa has one major fault line, which runs from the Great Rift Valley through to the Red Sea. At its top, called the Afar triangle, cracks appear frequently and it is expected that the continent will eventually lose its iconic horn 20.4% of the world’s land surface is in Africa Zambia is the world’s 8th largest copper producer. In 2011 it delivered 870,000 tons of the metal The earliest signs of agriculture can be found in Africa. Archaeologists estimate that people started gathering and attempting to cultivate wild plants in the Ethiopian highlands over 17,000 years ago Africa is no stranger to metal. Copper, bronze and lead have been smelted on the continent as far back as 5,000 years ago Africa was named by the Romans, possibly after their sworn enemies the Carthaginians, who they called the ‘Afri’. The world ‘ca’ in Roman latin means ‘place’ The watermelon is indigenous – and unique – to Africa. It originated in Namibia. South Africa is the world’s 7th largest wine producer. Over 40% of its wines are shipped overseas Africa is home to the world’s largest wildlife reserve – the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is shared by Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe Only five countries in Africa are not producing or exploring for oil There are twelve multinational organisations in Africa, the largest being the African Union. share am:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
6 thoughts on “Africa and Greatness”
nice one bro.Good to know.
I thank you wella, Tope.
Africa, my dear Africa. I own you and we both know.Why then shall I leave you for the ”comfort” of another….and allow strangers take away the ”comforts” that you provide!?
Great rhymes, I must say. Thank you plenty plenty
Good job meh, civilization started in Africa perhaps Ethiopia or Egypt,one of the most preserved evergreen forest in d world is in Cape coast Ghana,d largest exporting country of cocoa is in West Africa, our own cradle of yoruba land,the home of antiquities, just to add a few.
Quite educative afterall