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10 Amazing Facts About Africa I Could Bet My Last Dime You Never Knew by Nobody: 1:32pm On Apr 30, 2016
Africa is indisputably a beautiful continent, little wonder why the colonial masters scrambled for power in the continent like termites to a light bulb. Well in addition to the breathtaking beauty of the continent, Africa has other array of incredibilities, incredible facts that would give you the OHs and the WOWs . Here are some ear tingling, interesting facts about Africa, well you can call it the Africa’s trivia:

1. Graca Machel


Graca Machel is the only woman that has ever held the position of a first lady of two different countries; Mozambique and South Africa. Wow wondering how she pulled that off! definitely has a penchant for leadership.



2. The Use Of Flamethrowers In SA



In South Africa it is legal to attach flamethrowers to cars so as to deter car hijacking. Lol I think car hijackers in South Africa should always have fire extinguishers in handy.

3. The Land Of Gold

Witwatersrand, South Africa is the origin of almost half of the gold ever mined on Earth. Wow I guess we can call it the promised land flowing with golden milk and honey… lol



4. Idi Amin


The official title of Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator, was “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”. Hmmmm, wondering if it’s just me? but I’ve this strong conviction that he was Power-sick!



5. The Libya Flag


Libya’s current flag, introduced in 2011 after Gaddafi’s government was overthrown , is a red-black-green triband featuring a white star and crescent. Although, from 1977 to 2011, Libya had a single colour for it’s flag, with no designs, insignias or other details and was the only country with such a flag. Gaddafi chose it because it symbolized both Islam and his political principles which are according to his Green Book. Kinda strange I’ll say.

6. The Strait of Gibraltar



At the Strait of Gibraltar, Africa and Europe are separated by less than 9 miles_ separating Spain from Morocco. The two countries are talking on constructing an undersea rail tunnel to link the rail systems in Africa and Europe. I suppose is possible to reside in Africa and commute daily to work in Europe…cool isn’t it?



7. The World’s Oldest Alphabet



The world’s oldest alphabet called Ethiopic is found in Ethiopia and probably one of the longest with 345 letters! Like seriously?

8. The word “Crossword”



The word “Crossword” in Kiswahili, a language spoken mainly by people in eastern and central Africa is “chemshebongo” which, when translated, means “boil brains”. I suppose it’s wise one gets ice to cool the brain when doing crossword puzzle_ it’s your brain’s health we’re talking about here… lol

9. The World’s Biggest Frog



The world’s biggest frog is found in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. It’s called the Goliath frog, it can grow as long as a foot and weighs up to 8lb. You know am beginning to wonder about the possibility of a David frog.


10. Pyramids In Sudan



Sudan has more than 200 pyramids, double the number found in Egypt. The Meroe pyramids were part of the Nubian Kingdom of Kush and are up to 4,600 years old. Hmmm, how epic.



11. The Oldest University In The World

The home of the oldest university in the world is Timbuktu, Mali, established in 982 CE. By the 12th century, the city was such an intellectual hub that National Geographic has referred to it as the Paris of the medieval world. Wow that was brainy.

Yeah, and there they are , I guess you owe me a dime! Right? Well never mind.

Source : http://applehum.com/2016/04/25/10-amazing-facts-africa-bet-last-dime-never-knew/

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Re: 10 Amazing Facts About Africa I Could Bet My Last Dime You Never Knew by LordIsaac(m): 2:05pm On Apr 30, 2016
E good!
Re: 10 Amazing Facts About Africa I Could Bet My Last Dime You Never Knew by Nobody: 2:22pm On Apr 30, 2016
That frog looks evil! I bet it would be a rare delicacy somewhere in Europe undecided

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