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5 Amazing Facts About Africa

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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 5 other incredible facts are sure to turn you into the captain at your next trivia tournament.

1. 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. I guess the Spice Girls didn’t take geography because in one of their self penned lyrics they believed Timbuktu to be located in China!

2.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.

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

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

5. 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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