• World Drumming Unit

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    • There are 54 countries and one “non-self governing territory”, the Western Sahara, in Africa.
    • Africa is the second largest continent in population and size after Asia. 
    • All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.
    • Before colonial rule Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs.
    • The Pharaonic civilization of ancient Egypt is one of the world’s oldest and longest-lasting civilizations.
    • African continent is the world’s oldest populated area.
    • Arabic is spoken by 170 million people on the continent, followed in popularity by English (130 million), Swahili (100), French (115), Berber (50), Hausa (50), Portuguese (20) and Spanish (10).
    • Over 25% all languages are spoken only in Africa with over 2,000 recognised languages spoken on the continent.
    • Africa is the second most populous continent with about 1.1 billion people or 16% of the world’s population. Over 50% of Africans are   under the age of 25.
    • The continent’s population will more than double to 2.3 billion people by 2050.
    • Africa is the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped continent.
    • Almost 40% of adults in Africa are illiterate – two-thirds are women. Adult literacy rates are below 50% in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad,   Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
    • Over 25 million people are HIV-positive on the continent and over 17 million have died of the disease already.
    • The Second Congo War claimed over 5.4 million lives and is the deadliest worldwide conflict since World War II.
    • There are fewer people with internet connections in Africa than there are in just New York City.
    • Approximately 90% of all cases of malaria worldwide occur in Africa, accounting for 24% of all child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Information found in the blog post: 50 interesting facts to know about Africa.. only 15 listed here.. if you would like to see more please visit link below. 


    "The story follows a boy named Zilli, born in the slums of a township in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe who dreams of becoming a top-flight footballer. His adventures on the Zambezi Express - the train that leaves Bulawayo for South Africa once a week - and his struggles in the big city have created this extraordinary, pulsating new show straight from the heart of Africa. Pounding, multi-layered African beats and powerful acapella vocals alongside jumping, jiving, and acrobatic dance numbers by a 30 strong company. A soccer-based musical for the...World Cup in South Africa 2010"    
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    Enrichment opportunities for more learning: Smithsonian website - explore and learn 
Last Modified on February 4, 2020