W. E. B. Du Bois envisioned “an Encyclopedia Africana,” named like the Encyclopædia Britannica. Du Bois envisioned a scientific and comprehensive work on Africa and Africans that would refute the Enlightenment notion of blacks as devoid of civilization. Due to lack of support, the project died
Pedi people (a tribe in South Africa) wear Scottish kilts. Citing oral history, the use of kilts dates to 1879. They say that’s when the tribe lost a battle because its warriors thought kilted Scots leading a British army were women and held their fire until realizing their mistake too late.
Trevor Richards, a 16-year-old South African immigrant, got suspended from his Omaha, Nebraska school when he nominated himself for a “Distinguished African-American Student of the Year” prize. He was the only pupil in this school to have ever lived in Africa.
There is an African Union which aims to have a currency union similar to the Euro. One suggested name for this currency union is the “Afro.”
In the poorest areas of Africa, people wave oiled-up pans in the air, so that Midge Flies stick to it. After catching enough bugs, they are scraped off and cooked into a meatball. Catching the flies with the pan is very entertaining for the kids in the village.
There are more Wikipedia articles on Antarctica than all but one of the African countries.
Africa’s true size isn’t shown on standard maps and it’s larger than China, West Europe, and the US combined.
A girl abducted in Africa was saved from her attackers and defended for about half a day by three lions.