Just thought I should straighten this confusion out since I am an African. Some people are used to referring Africa as one big country, where all Africans live. To be honest, it is quite annoying when one say that to an African. Africa is not a country, it is a continent. “Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With 1.0 billion people (as of 2009) in 65 territories (including 54 recognized states), it accounts for about 14.72% of the world’s human population”. We have West, East, South and North Africa and there are about 54 independent countries.

We have seven continents; Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Antarctica and Africa. Basically as one can see, it is not a country but part of the continent.  Just because an African says that he or she is from Africa, does not mean they are from Africa as a country.  It is a distinction. All Asians are not from China, all Americans are not from U.S.A or all Europeans from France either.

Hopefully this little information will educate people who did not know the difference and might have thought it is was a country..


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