The country of Africa

10 Astounding Facts about the Country of Africa (#6 will break your brain!)

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The country of Africa is receiving a lot of bad press during this time of CRISIS OUTBREAK of EBOLA (the deadliest disease in recorded history). While these fears should probably be increased, I wonder if it is time to also share lesser known African facts.

I have travelled throughout the country of Africa, and while I am not an expert, I do have some experiences worth noting. Here are my views! CAUTION: although Africa is one of the world’s greatest destinations, during this deadly EBOLA outbreak, I would not recommend ANYONE to visit ANYWHERE in the country of Africa.

A little knowledge is a powerful thing – very little knowledge is the most powerful thing of all. – Nelson Malala

1. Africa is not only a big country it is a HUGE country.

A wonderful magical majestic country only slightly smaller than the USA and consisting of over 5 distinct people groups.

2. The country of Africa is diverse.

Full of magical things like elephants, rhinos and masai, you can find them anywhere you look, if you have a heart for children.

3. Africa is rich!

Although it does not have any natural resources (no Gold, Silver, Oil, Diamonds, Copper, Lumber or Coltan to speak of). Africa is able to export enormous amounts of masks, crafts, bracelets and kid choirs every year – this adds almost 7.8 Billion to the countries GDP! Amazing!

4. Africans love sports.

American Football, sprinting, basketball and soccer rank high, but the sport that most Africans love is war. As the official national pastime for 3 African nations, war is enjoyed by young and old alike. By the time a child reaches adolescence it is common for him or her to have fought in 17 wars. That is dedication!

5. The most beautiful and dangerous animal in Africa.

Drumroll please! …is the fabled Lion. This nocturnal hunter is a combination of teeth and treachery and annually kills more people in Africa than any other cause. Unconfirmed rumours of the Ebola Lion are premature at this time.

6. Ebola, West Nile and Congo are …

Searching for EBOLA
Me. Searching for EBOLA

Surprise! Both deadly diseases AND rivers. Those same rivers also fortunately teem with an abundance of brave western heroes who frequently rescue children from slavery, starvation and illiteracy.

7. The country of Africa is old!

How old? Discovered by settlers in the early 18th century. Africa has since developed several distinct cultures and tribes. How many tribes can you name?

8. The African climate is HOT!

Not for the faint of heart. Comprised of desert, jungle and swamplands the average temperature is 37 degrees celsius while in winter (June-Aug) this may dip to 33 degrees at night. Be prepared for heat, heat and more heat! This is why most Africans choose to wear traditional or no clothing at all.

9. The country of Africa is learning.

Recently Africa has begun to enjoy the same technological advantages that we do.  The first cell phone was recently sold in the business district of Nigeria. Business is breaking boundaries and opening the world!

10. Africa is ready for your help!

You are needed on the ground in this beautiful country to simply hold babies or to give away your excess clothing or shoes. Consider joining the group of international celebrities who are making a difference in the lives of ordinary Africans today


So there you have it!

Africa is a wonderful country with so much to share. These 10 are only a few of the little known facts about the country. As we try to understand the impact of EBOLA, it helps to understand the full story of this great nation. Consider how you may spread the word about the beauty and diversity of Africa. Perhaps some day you might even think about visiting!

Do you have an interesting fact about the country of Africa that you would like to share?

Mark Crocker

Do you LOVE or HATE this article … whatever you do, don’t miss Part 2

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42 thoughts on “10 Astounding Facts about the Country of Africa (#6 will break your brain!)

  1. i don’t usually bother to comment on unsolicited texts but this is so inaccurate and contains so many errors and stereotypes that I felt obliged to reply. Firstly Africa is NOT a country. Call it a continent if you wish but recognise that it us made up,of over 50 individual countries. I could go on but will leave you to think about the many other gross generalisations.

    1. Anonymous it’s easy to say someone’s wrong, but I don’t see any links to prove your statements, and this guy has a blog, so I’m gonna have to side with the author. I hope to visit this glorious country one day!

      1. Come on, are you that ignorant. Just open up google earth, or an atlas. Africa is a continent, with many different countries, and you can safely travel to many of them.

  2. Thanks anonymous!

    You may want to read between the lines, or read any one of my other posts and you might discover something interesting (no guarantees, much depends on your sense of humour or lack thereof)

  3. Did you know that the African has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna of the country, which enables him to live off the land, and eat seemingly inedible delicacies, such as locusts, the eggs of ants, the manioc root, and okra. Of course, in its season, he subsists primarily on plantain.

  4. Also, the African language includes many diverse dialects. Many of which include egregious exclamation points, in awkward places. Like !Kung. It is said that this is because the African is in touch with his pure, primitive soul. As such, he is more apt to dance, and play the drum – and less apt to suppress exclamation points in his writing.

    1. Brad thanks for elevating the level of the discource! Sweeping generalizations about the nation of Africa helps us all to understand the people of this great country just a little bit better. G!racias (traditional African blessing)

  5. I’m laughing and crying at the same time!! Love the humour in the description, but the truth behind it is so sad. Thanks for speaking the truth about our completely misguided ideas. Things need to change!

  6. At first I was “WTF, Africa is not a country, what the hell is the matter with you, who taught you geography? A Klingon? But then when I started reading I understood the painful sarcasm and I LOVED IT. Well done man, well done!

  7. Thanks for this! I live in Africa and when I visit the USA I always have to deal with these stereotypes and questions like, ”do you speak African?” This truly made me laugh.

  8. AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY!!!! Who wrote this???? ???? expert traveller my foot! Stop writing if you can’t get the facts right!

  9. I have met a number of Africans, and I can tell you, learning to speak African is way harder than speaking American English. They are very sophisticated in their linguistics, and even in their economics and technology. They have cars that have a life expectancy of forty years or more! It’s hard to find one in the good ol’ USA that can even expect to be on the road ten years from now.

    1. Paul thank you for your wisdom and for having the courage to share. I only hope some day to speak African. At the moment I only speak English (Canadian and Newfoundlander) but someday I would like to be more bilingual and also speak foreign languages (maybe American?)

  10. Thanks Mark for an insightful piece. I am from Ghana (just another small town in Africa 🙂 … Thanks for sharing this awesome piece! 🙂

  11. Mark, in reading this scholarly article I learned an actual fact: Ebola is indeed a river. Shamefully, I must admit I had to verify that fact (surprisingly the only one I doubted in this compelling and convincing essay). Just confirming your theory, I know nothing about the wonderful country of Africa.

  12. Tongue and cheek aside, the comments on this are ridiculous. Mark, as a global worker, im slightly offended you would post something like “africa as a country” which communicates an apparent ignorance.

    1. Thanks Anony – they are ridiculous and frankly communicating ignorance was the point of the article.

      I am surprised at how much ignorance is communicated about Africa by well meaning people. Still, what surprises me the most is how many people fixate on the fact that I called Africa a country, while ignoring the much more devastating ‘facts’ in the article …

  13. Mark, Thanks so much for this enlightening article. I have never been to the marvellous country of Africa, but after reading this article, my interest has been peeked. More then ever I would like to go and see the magical elephants and the elusive unicorn that is said to be native to the central region of the country. Again thanks for this. One question, if I go should I pack a sweater or flip-flops?

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