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WEST AFRICA TOP FACTS

WEST AFRICA TOP FACTS

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ

  1. Benin ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ is named after the body of water on which it lies โ€“ the โ€˜Bight of Beninโ€™.
    People of the country do not like to be photographed. They believe that a photograph can be used to cast a sell or a course.
  2. The Benin Empire of Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in west Africa, dating back to the 11th century. The walls of Benin City and its surrounding kingdom were a man-made marvel described as โ€œthe worldโ€™s largest earthworks prior to the mechanical eraโ€.
  3. In Benin ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ, With over twelve thousand students enrolled, the University of Benin in Cotonou is the only post secondary institution in the country.
  4. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ has the highest GDP in Africa
  5. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ has the largest population in Africa
  6. Nigeria’s ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Lagos city is the largest city in West Africa
  7. The Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ once sat at the centre of the slave trade, Kunte Kinte Island, formerly known as James Island, was once a major waypoint of the transatlantic slave trade.
  8. Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Is named after the River Gambia, one of West Africa’s major rivers.
  9. In Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ During elections, Gambians vote using marbles.
  10. Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Is the smallest country in mainland Africa.
  11. Gambia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ is known for the beaches along its small Atlantic coastline and for being home to Jufureh (Juffure), the reputed ancestral village of Kunta Kinte.
  12. Burkina Faso ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซis a leader in African art and culture and hosts the largest craft market in Africa.
  13. Burkina Faso ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซis Africaโ€™s largest producer of cotton.
  14. In Burkina Faso ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซGold is Burkina Fasoโ€™s main export, followed by cotton and animal products.
  15. Sierra Leone ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑis rich in mineral deposits, especially diamonds, and has long relied on the mining industry
  16. In Mali ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ, Mansa Musa, was Mali’s ever greatest ruler who was estimated to be the richest man ever in the world
  17. Niger ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช is considered one of the hottest nations. It is known as the โ€œFrying Pan of the World.โ€
  18. Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism.
  19. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.
  20. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Lake Volta, in the Volta region of the country, is the world’s largest man-made lake.
  21. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ The currency unit in Ghana is called the cedi and its the strongest currency in the region
  22. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ is the most populous country in Africa.
  23. In Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Over 500 indigenous languages are spoken throughout the country.
  24. Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ is Home to the richest man in Africa ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
  25. Oil is one of the biggest exports of the country ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
  26. Lagos is the largest city in Africa but itโ€™s not the capital of Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ
  27. In Nigeria ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ, The movie industry is known as Nollywood
  28. Liberia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท was created for freed slaves. The American Colonization Society founded Liberia in 1821 as a place for free African Americans to migrate to. More than 10,000 made the journey across the Atlantic.
  29. Liberia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท some sources indicate Liberia was the first African country to gain independence in 1847.
  30. Cape Verde ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ปhas many volcanoes, the highest of which is Pico do Fogo
  31. In Cape Verde ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป, Boa Vista’s waters are a breeding ground for humpback whales
  32. In Cape Verde ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป The archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th century. Portuguese explorers colonised the islands in 1456, establishing the first European settlement in the tropics.
  33. Guinea ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ has abundant natural resources including 25% or more of the world’s known bauxite reserves. Guinea also has diamonds, gold, and other metals. The country has great potential for hydroelectric power. Bauxite and alumina are currently the only major exports.
  34. In Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ There is a pink lake! Lake Retba in Senegal is Pink.
  35. In Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ There are 7 UNESCO sites.
  36. In Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ You can find goats and sheep everywhere in Senegal!
  37. In Togo ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ The Portuguese arrived in Togo in the 15th century but did not settle.
  38. In Togo ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Traditional healing methods are widely used in Togo. Each center has an herbalist.

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