Africa is the second-largest and second-most populous continent in the world after Asia, accounting for about 15% of the world population. Although Africa is very high in natural resources it remains to be the poorest and most underdeveloped continent in the world with poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy and poor health being rife. In this category you will find questions about Africa's past, its present problems and its people.

39,350 Questions

What is the capital of Egypt?

E lol

Industries and Professions

What in your view are the key challenges and opportunities for the drinks industry in Africa over the next 5 years?

1) View by locals of water rights mismanagement. Also the resistance to bottled water sales.

2) Health concerns stemming from excessive consumption of drinks with high-sugar content.

3) The decision to continue using available glass bottles, or the push to switch to plastic bottles.

4) The desire for local/traditional flavors of beverages.

5) Loyalty to local/national brands and resistance to buyout/licensing of these brands by multinational corporations.

6) Taxation policies

Computer and Internet Fraud
Emigration and Refugees

Would it be a scam or real if you get an E-mail saying there a refugee by the name of ... who desperately needs your help?

If you have you received an email from a person (especially a girl) who claimed he/ she is residing in a refugee camp in Dakar, Senegal (or any other country or camp), its most likily a scam.


Which are folded mountains in Africa?


Countries, States, and Cities

What are All the five letter country names?



Benin, Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Niger, and Sudan.


China, India, Japan, and Nepal.


Italy, Malta, and Spain.

Middle East:

Qatar, Syria, and Yemen.

North America:



Nauru, Palau, Samoa, and Tonga.

South America:


Territories (Not recognized as official countries)







Middle East:


North America:




South America:



How did Hominids evolve in Africa?

The frequently-heard answer is that we moved, or were driven, from the jungle to the grasslands, losing our ape-hair in response to the heat. However, baboons, who did this, have not lost their hair, nor have any of the other grassland animals. However, a recent hypothesis suggets we had an aquatic period (other animals who have streamlined, minimised, or total loss of, body hair had or have an aquatic period - otters, seals, hippos, etc). The suggestion is that our ancestors evolved the primary human characteristics (vertical posture, etc.) as a response to living in, or habitually frequenting, water - and the target place for this origin is the Danakil Horst, at the mouth of the Red Sea.

Another perspective:

In general terms Hominids split from living apes somewhere between 5 - 10 million years ago.

They evolved from being small brained, part-time bipedal/part-time quadrupedal with fingers and hands optimized for tree climbing and lacking fully developed language processing structures in the brain (e.g.: Australopithecus Afareneis);to large brained, full-time bipedal, with hands suited to manipulating object and fully developed language processing brains structures (e.g.: Homo Erectus -> Homo Sapien).

It is thought that rapid changes in climate and survival conditions provided selective pressure that gave an advantage to Hominids that were able to quickly adapt to a variety of conditions. This drove changes that favored intelligence, tool making and language.

Regarding body hair, later bipedal hominids were hunters that ran down their prey by outlasting them. Hominids could/can run much longer distances than other animals (although not typically as fast) because bipedal running, at a jogging pace, is more energy efficient than quadrupedal running and hominids could/can cool themselves by sweating. Most "Hairy" or fur-bearing animals don't have sweat glands and those that do (Horses etc) cannot cool themselves as effectively as hairless hominids can. Loss of body hair was an adaptation to promote cooling the body temperature.


What is the largest landmass in Africa?

The Sahara Desert

Giant Pandas

Are pandas in Africa?

No, they live in china.

Travel & Places

For which nation is wagadoogoo the capital?

Burkina faco

Soccer History
International Football

How many times did Ghana win Africa cup on nation?


Southern Hemisphere

Is Africa in the northern or southern hemisphere?

Africa is in the middle of the earth meaning that Africa is in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Oceans and Seas
Red Sea

Why is the Red Sea called the Red Sea?

There are a number of possible explainations:

Answer 1:

This sea is called the "Red Sea" because:

The Red Sea splits into two at its northern end into the Gulf of Suez, and the Gulf of Aqaba. The name originally applied to the Gulf of Aqaba, which bordered the land of Edom, which means "red".

1 Kings 9:26 - And King Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.

Today Eloth is callled Eilat, and is at the north eastern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, and is located in what was the land of Edom. Esau was born red. Edom, another name for Esau, means "red".

Genesis 25:25 - And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

So the sea that borders the land of Edom is called the Red Sea. It is the Gulf of Aqaba that the Israelites crossed (from Nuweba beach) having walked day and night for six days across the Sinai peninsula. The real Mount Sinai is not in what is now called the Sinai peninsula, but in Arabia.

Galatians 4:25 - For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia.

Source: Bible - Authorized Version

Answer 2:

It is called the Red sea because of a typo in the translation. In Hebrew, it is called Yam Suf (ים סוף) which means "reed sea". An early spelling error caused it to become known as the red sea. Modern Jewish publications are careful to always refer to it now as the Reed Sea or the Sea of Reeds.

Answer 3:

The name of the sea may signify the seasonal blooms of the red-coloured cyanobacteria Trichodesmium erythraeum near the water's surface. Which gives the sea a red coloured look.

See the related Wiki Link for more information:


What is the analogy for Kenya is to Africa as Brazil is to?

Kenya - Africa

Brazil - South America

The continents in which the countries are located.

South Africa

What African country is the furthest south?

The Republic of South Africa


What were the old names of some African countries?

Old names of modern African countries:

Dahomey (Benin)

Upper Volta (Burkina Faso)

Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire)*

Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Tanganyika (Tanzania)

Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

These only include names at a sovereign level. Many African countries were named differently during colonial times, but they were colonies at this time and not nations. Upon independence is when most of them changed their names.

Côte d'Ivoire is just French for Ivory Coast, however, the country has refused to have their name translated in any other language which is the reason why it makes the list.

South Africa

How is bioremediation used in south Africa?

One company I met with, BioPetroClean has an Automated Chemostat Technology (A.C.T.) employed in S. Africa at the Shell/BP (Sapref) Refinery. I found this article:

to see how it worked and what it looks like. Hope that helps.


What countries in Africa does the equator pass through?

The Equator crosses/ passes through seven countries in Africa.

(listed from West to the East)

1. Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe (off the coast of mainland Africa)

2. Gabon

3. Congo - Brazzaville

4. Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

5. Uganda

6. Kenya

7. Somalia
Gabon, Uganda, Sao Tome And Principe, Congo, Democratic Rep of Congo, Kenya, Somalia

Democratic Republic of the Congo



Republic of the Congo

São Tomé and Príncipe




What is the most common land form in North Africa?

The Sahara desert


What is a fact about Africa that starts with F?

For the period 2007, Zimbabwe has the highest adult literacy rate (91.2 percent); Mali and Burkina Faso have the lowest (28.7 percent).


What do rich African people eat?

Well, what do rich white people eat?

They are as normal as everyone else. They eat like humans, they think like Humans, they're Humans. It doesn't matter what they eat; they can eat anything.


What is the capital of the nation located at the Southern tip of Africa?

The country at the southern tip of Africa is the Republic of South Africa.

Due to historical legacy, South Africa in fact has three capital cities:

Pretoria (executive)

Bloemfontein (judicial)

Cape Town (legislative)

Languages and Cultures

What languages are spoken in Africa?

Africa is the 2nd largest continent in the world with over 50 countries. Each country speaks a different language (or a number of them).

The vast history of linguistics in Africa is fascinating. Many languages are spoken throughout the continent of Africa. There are geographic/ethnic groups of languages (e.g., Bantu, Arabic, etc.); there are numerous regional languages (e.g., Swahili, Lingappa, Afrikaans, etc.); there are local dialects of regional languages.

Due to the influx of Europeans over the last several centuries, there are also European languages spoken (e.g., French, English, Portuguese, etc.). In addition, there is incorporation of European words and phrases into most regional languages.

There are over 2000 languages/ dialects on the African Continent. Africa is not one single country with one single language!

A few examples are:

  • Swahili
  • Sango
  • Swazi
  • Chichewa
  • Somali
  • Afrikaans
  • Zulu
  • Venda
  • Tsonga
  • Malagasy
  • Amharic
  • Ndebele
  • Kinyarwanda
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese

The most widely used language in Africa is Arabic.

Africans speak many different languages, there isn't a thing like an African language.

There are an estimated 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, in six major linguistic families:

  • Afro-Asiatic stretches from North Africa to the Horn of Africa and Southwest Asia.
  • Nilo-Saharan is centered on Sudan and Chad.
  • Niger-Congo covers West, Central, and Southeast Africa.
  • Khoe is concentrated in the deserts of Namibia and Botswana.
  • Austronesian on Madagascar.
  • Indo-European on the Southern tip of the continent.
There are also a few additional small families and minor languages that have yet to be classified.In addition, Africa has a wide variety of sign languages, many of which are language isolates.Several African languages are whistled to communicate over long distances.Individual languages such as Berber, Arabic, Igbo, Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Yoruba are spoken by tens of millions of people.About a hundred of the languages of Africa are widely used for inter-ethnic communication.Apart from African languages, many people in Africa speak English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch or other European languages.
There are more then 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, so it is many but here are some examples:

Berber, Igbo, Hausa, Swahili, Amharic, Yoruba, Arabic , and etc

some languages are whistled instead of spoken
I assume you mean Africa. This is a very general question, there are approximately 1,500 languages spoken in Africa, they can be grouped as follows:

- Afroasiatic stretches from North Africa to the Horn of Africa and Southwest Asia

- Nilo-Saharan is centered on Sudan and Chad

- Niger-Congo covers West, Central, and Southeast Africa

- Khoe is concentrated in the deserts of Namibia and Botswana

- Austronesian on Madagascar.

- Indo-European on the Southern tip of the continent.

Some of the most widespread languages are Berber, Arabic, Igbo, Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, and Yoruba.

Source: Wikipedia.

Out of interest, I would like to add that English and French are spoken in many areas, where former British or French colonies were established. Afrikaans, a very particular language based on Dutch but with many other influences (including English, Portuguese and local African dialects) is spoken in South Africa and neighboring countries.
There are estimations of up to 3000 different languages spoken in Africa, a continent of 54 countries and over 1.1 billion people. Here are just 5 of those languages:





The continent of Africa has no one main language. More than 1500 languages are spoken there.

Some examples are traditional Bantu languages such as isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sotho, Yoruba, etc. Also French, English, Arabic & Kiswahili, Potuguese

Kiswahili (Swahili) is a mixture of Arabic and African languages.
There is one language that is mostly spoken is called affrican language.... other africans speak english.... 90% speak affrican only 10% speak english.. that is why africans primary language is 90%
Oromo, Somali,Zulu,Afrikaans(related to Dutch), English, French, Portugeese, Kiswahili,Hausa,Amharic
There are over 2000 languages and dialects in Africa and 54 independant nations; there is no one single official lanuage.
The continent of Africa consists of 54 nations and 9 territories, with about 1.1 BILLION people. There are an estimated TWO THOUSAND different languages and dialects spoken there.
Africa is a very large continent with too many languages to mention here. South Africa alone has 11 official languages and many more unofficial ones.

English is spoken pretty much everywhere in Africa, with French being the second most popular language. The best thing to do would be to search for the languages spoken in a specific African country, since most African countries have more than one official language.
Different countries in Africa have different official language. However English has become the most popular second language for most countries and this would therefore make English the most popular language. Basically if you can speak English, you can now communicate anywhere in the world.
there are alot, mwambi is common I suggest Mwambi is a figment of the imagination.....a reasonable list would be Arabic, Swahili, Hausa, Berber, Oromo, Zulu, Somali, Yoruba, Igbo, Amharic, Shona, Bambara, Twi, Ibibio, Fula, Afrikaans Linaga, Chichewa, Xhosa, Kiraranda, Congo, Tigrinya, Gbe, Tshilba, Wolof, Gikuyu, More, Kirundi, Luhya, Sotho. Twana, Kanuri, Umbundu and Northern Sotho .
most arbic

but not all Africa
Wa-Swahili, a language frequently used for inter-ethnic communication.

  • Arabic
  • Swahili
  • Kikuyu
  • Luganda
  • Dholuo
  • African
  • French

There are many different languages spoken in Africa:

Some of them are:







There is no dominant language in the continent of Africa because there are more than 2,000 native languages spoken in Africa by many tribes and there are colonial official languages spoken in Africa and the most dominant are English & french depending in what African country but in majority of African countries native languages are the primary languages spoken in a daily basis but they also know how to speak English, French, Portuguese and etc (depending on the country) due to it being official languages because of the colonization past of Africa.

Although that is the case certain parts of Africa speak the same languages in different tribes and more than one country.

In North Africa Arabic is the common native language spoken in all the seven countries of that region and most of the countries of that region have french as a official language there.

In most of East Africa, Swahili is the the major language spoken by most tribes there or that region, and four countries(Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo) of that region have that native language as a official language(but that is not the only native language spoken in that region).

In other parts of Africa though like West, Central, & Southern Africa there is no common language spoken in all those regions or within those regions, especially in West Africa. The language spoken in one country of a specific region is different from another country in that same region, besides native languages there are other languages spoken like official languages like English or french for example (although that's the case almost all Africans regardless of what part they are from speak more than 2 languages from their country).

In conclusion though there is no direct dominant language spoken in Africa (like it is in South America where majority of the countries speak Spanish) but when it comes to official languages spoken in African countries, well in general the most dominant official languages that African children have to learn when young at school besides their parents native language is either English, French, other or a combination.
The continent of Africa has no one main language. More than 1500 languages are spoken there.
There is no single language of Africa. Africa is a hughe continent in which hundresd of languages are spoken.
There are more than 1500 languages spoken in Africa. The most widely spoken languages are Swahli, Arabic, French, and English.
a language
Arabic, Xhosa, Zulu, Shona, Ndabele, Kikuyu etc..

As well as European lanuages such as French, Portugese, Dutch and English
there is no dominant language each country has its own , different ethnic groups.
There are hundreds of languages spoken in Africa.
Many countries in Africa have English as their official language. But there are many different languages spoken within the various regions.
You cannot simply say "African people" since Africa is a continent and contains many "people" of different tribes in many countries.

In the majority of these countries, you can hear and understand English, French, Portugese, Spanish, Arabic and literally hundreds of native, tribal languages and dialects.

For instance, in the city of Accra, Ghana West Africa the official language of the country, English is spoken, but also Twi, Ga and Fante, Ewe and a mix of two or all of those called Pidgin English.
By most estimates, well over 1500 languages (UNESCO has estimated around two thousand) are spoken in Africa and double the number of dialects. Most of those languages are spoken amongst small amounts of people, at a tribal level, which accounts for so many languages. Then there are the larger languages that are spoken across the continent by millions of people.

Nigeria has more than 500 languages. Cameroon has 278. South Africa has 31, including 11 official languages.

There are several major language families in Africa:

  • Afroasiatic
  • Nilo-Saharan
  • Niger-Congo
  • Khoe
  • Austronesian
  • Indo-European (mainly English, Afrikaans and French).

There are many. However, there are three main languages that can help a person communicate in many countries of the continent. These three are: 1) English, 2) French, and 3) Portuguese. Once one gets out of a main city or business center, the probability of any European language being spoken decreases with distance.

actually that's incorrect Portuguese is not speaken in Africa its speakin in Asia ans south America the top 3 is 1. English, 2.yuraba, 3. gangbe

Sorry but Portuguese is spoken in Africa in Angola and Mozambique two former Portuguese colonies.
There are thousands of languages spoken in Africa, but among the most widely spoken are Arabic, English, French, Swahili, Berber, and Hausa.


What are facts about an oasis in Africa?

Oasises are found throughout deserts in Africa.

Many nomads go to oasises yearly.

They go there to collect water for their tribes.

Countries, States, and Cities

What is the capital of Sierra Leone?


Conditions and Diseases

What diseases are the worst in Africa?

Ebola Virus

Lassa Fever

Yellow Fever


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