1) The Sahara is the largest desert in Africa.
2) Egypt shares a border with Libya.
3) Abuja is the capital of Nigeria.
4) The second longest river in Africa is the Congo; the longest is the Nile.
5) Idi Amin gave himself the title ‘His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular’.
6) Arabic, in its various forms, is the most widely spoken language in Africa.
7) Former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie is considered to be the messiah by Rastafaris.
8) There are 54 countries in Africa (including the recently created South Sudan).
9) Nelson Mandela assumed leadership of South Africa on the 10th May 1994.
10) The ancient Greek word Aphrike means ‘without cold’
11) The current President of Rwanda is Paul Kagame.
12) The equator passes through 6 non-island African countries: Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia.
13) Egypt, until the recent political turmoil, was the most popular African tourist destination.
14) Mussolini invaded the Ethiopian Empire in 1935.
15) The Empire regained its independence in 1941.
16) Timbuktu is situated in Mali.
17) Mohamed Bouazizi’s actions catalysed the ‘Arab Spring’.
18) Lake Volta is situated in Ghana.
19) Muammar al-Gaddafi said that he could recognise neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian state owing to their respective idiocy.
20) Boko Haram, when literally translated, means ‘Western education is sinful’.