Amazing Facts About Africa: Do you know more than one?

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Africa is a huge continent made up of 54 countries and over a billion people. But did you know that in Ethiopia, clocks are upside down with our 6:00 at their 12:00? This and 12 other incredible facts are sure to make you shocked and amused..

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  1. 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”.

 

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2. Graca Machel is the only women to have ever been first lady of two different countries (Mozambique and South Africa).

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4.Ethiopia is the only African country with its own alphabet. It’s also the world’s oldest living alphabets – Ethiopic – and probably one of the longest with its 345 letters.

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5.The world’s biggest frog is found in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.Named the Goliath frog, it can grow up to be a foot long and weigh up to 8 lb

 

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6.Almost half of the gold ever mined on Earth has come from a single place – Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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7.Timbuktu, Mali is home of one of the oldest universities in the world, 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.

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8.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.

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9.. Libya’s current flag, introduced in 2011 after the overthrow of Gaddafi’s government, is a red-black-green triband featuring a white star and crescent.  However, from 1977 to 2011, Libya was the only country in the world with only one color for its flag, with no insignias, design or other details. It was chosen by Gaddafi since it symbolized both Islam and his political philosophy .

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10.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 after trying to do the Sunday New York Times puzzle your head might feel like exploding!

 

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