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    Zawadi Adamu

      Africa is an exclusively unique continent among all other six continents of the world. Not only does Africa have a very diverse culture but it is rich in cultural heritage and diversity, and a wealth of natural resources.



      There are however more than a handful of interesting facts about Africa and we would be bringing five of these interesting facts to you in a brief moment.



      1. Africa is the second-largest continent in the world both in size and population.



      After Asia Africa is the largest continent among the seven continents. Africa spans 30.3 million km² of land including adjacent islands and covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area.



      With an estimated population of 1.3 billion people as of 2018, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population. Its population is the youngest of all the continents.



      The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos.



      2. Islam is the dominant religion in Africa. Christianity is the second. Arabic is also the most widely-spoken language in Africa.



      Though there are other unpopular religions practiced across the continent, there are also those that do practice traditional worship and worship deities, ancestors, and ancestral spirits.



      As a way of belief, Africa has been bound by the drive to discover God in several ways and hence has accounted for the diversity in religious beliefs and practices.



      3. Africa has the shortest coastline despite being the second largest continent in the world.



      Africa among the seven continents has the shortest coastline and within Africa, Madagascar has the longest which covers around 4,828km and 3,000 miles. And the shortest within Africa is DR Congo with 40km and 25 miles.



      4. Africa is the most centrally located continent in the world. Both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude), and the equator (0 degrees latitude) cut across it.



      5. Both the world’s tallest and largest land animals come from Africa. They are the giraffe and African elephant, respectively.

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