#KnowAfricaQuiz: Week II – Day 2

The Quiz of the week are questions posted through the hashtag #KnowAfricaQuiz on the official @AfricaHeritages twitter page every Wednesdays and Fridays by 5:15pm.



Below are the questions and answers to today’s #KnowAfricaQuiz.

  1. An African footballer is the highest paid footballer of all time, what is his name and his country? Answer — Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon. Samuel Eto’o Fils is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor. He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. On 23 August 2011, Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala reached an agreement with Inter to sign Eto’o in a three-year deal that made him the world’s highest-paid player, with a salary of €20 million (after taxes) per season.
  2. Which African country is the only Spanish-speaking country on the continent? Answer — Equatorial Guinea. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea. Equatorial Guinea is the only sovereign African state in which Spanish is an official language. As of 2015, the country has an estimated population of over 1.2 million.
  3. Mention the name of the country in Africa that has an “AK-47” assault rifle image on its flag? Answer — Mozambique. The Republic of Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east and six countries on the other sides. The flag of Mozambique was adopted on May 1, 1983. It includes the image of an AK-47 with a bayonet attached to the barrel, and is the only national flag in Africa to feature a firearm which symbolizes the nation’s struggle for independence.  

    Flag of Mozambique
  4. Which sport club is the richest club in Africa and also the most successful club in history of the world? Answer — Al-Ahly of Egypt. Al Ahly Sporting Club is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in April 24, 1907. Al Ahly was named in 2000 by CAF as the “African Club of the Century“, best known for its professional football team, which plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the top tier of the Egyptian football league system. Al ahly is the most successful club in Egyptian football history and the most successful club in world history with 20 international titles.
  5. The world’s oldest university in continuous operation is in Africa: founded in 859AD. What’s the name & in which country? Answer — University of Karueein, in Morocco. The University of al-Qarawiyyin or Al Quaraouiyine is located in Fes, Morocco. The Al Quaraouiyine mosque-religious school / college was founded by Fatima al-Fihri in 859 with an associated school, or madrasa, which subsequently became one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the historic Muslim world. It is the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records   Oldest University 2University of KarueeinOldest University

    University of Karueein Morocco (Aerial view)

  6. Which animal is considered the deadliest animal in Africa, and can swallow a man whole? Answer — Hippopotamus. The Hippopotamus is considered to be very aggressive and has frequently been reported as charging and attacking boats.[81] Small boats can be capsized by hippos and passengers can be injured or killed by the animals or drown. They often engage in raiding nearby crops if the opportunity arises, with potential for huge fatalities as sources reported.  
    Hippopotamus 1
    The Large Hippopotamus

    Hippopotamus battling with a Crocodile
  7. Which country has the most educated people in Africa; With literacy rates
    (Adult: 92%, Youth: 99%)? Answer — Seychelles. The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago and country in the Indian Ocean. With a population of roughly 93,000, has the smallest population of any independent African state. Until the mid-19th century, little formal education was available in Seychelles. The Catholic and Anglican churches opened mission schools in 1851. In 1981 a system of free education was effected requiring attendance by all children in grades one to nine, beginning at age five. Ninety percent of all children attend nursery school at age four. The literacy rate for school-age children rose to more than 90% by the late 1980s. Many older Seychellois had not been taught to read or write in their childhood; adult education classes helped raise adult literacy from 60% to a claimed 100% in 2014.
  8. Most of the world’s fastest runners come from a single tribe in Kenya, “The running tribe”. what is the name of this tribe? Answer — The “Kalenjins”. The Kalenjin people are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting the Rift Valley Province in Kenya. They are estimated to number a little over 4.9 million individuals as per the Kenyan 2009 census. The Kalenjin have been called by some “the running tribe.” Since the mid-1960s, Kenyan men have earned the largest share of major honours in international athletics (track and field) at distances from 800 meters to the marathon; and the vast majority of these Kenyan running stars have been Kalenjin. From 1980 on, about 40% of the top honours available to men in international athletics at these distances have been earned by Kalenjin.
  9. Mention the name and country of the president that is ranked the richest President in Africa? Answer — President dos Santos of Angola. President  Jose Eduardo dos Santos  is the commander in chief of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and president of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the party that has ruled Angola since it gained independence in 1975. His personal estimated wealth exceed $20 billion, according to Cabinda Online which makes Jose Eduardo dos Santos the richest president in Africa. While around 70 percent of Angolans live on less than two dollars a day. Also His daughter, Isabel dos Santos is among the Forbes’ Africa billionaires with a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s currently Africa’s richest woman and also the world’s richest black woman.  

    Angola president
    President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola
  10. Located in South of Africa, built in 1973 and it is 223 metres high. which building is the tallest building in Africa? Answer — Carlton Center, Johannesburg. The Carlton Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the tallest building in Africa. This skyscraper was completed in 1973 and has 50 floors. It has been the tallest building in Africa for 41 years and its 223 metres (732 ft). The Carlton Center building was designed by the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It houses offices and shops. If you want a bird’s-eye view of Johannesburg, the 50-storey Carlton Centre is the place to go.  
  11. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the most beautiful airport in Africa and where is it located? Answer — Mauritius. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam  international airport is located in Mauritius. A passenger terminal was inaugurated on August 30 2013, and was fully operational in September 2013. The structure of this beautiful airport resembles that of the traveler’s palm, a species of plant in Madagascar. The airport has a capacity of 4 million passengers.  
    Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam-International-Airport Mauritius
    Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport Mauritius (Aerial View)

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    Sir Seewoosagur Ramgolam Airport (Interior View)
  12.  Which African country  is the home of the coconut crab, the largest crab in the world (reported as one of the most delicious)? Answer — Tanzania. The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. This crab, the largest crab in the world (and reportedly one of the most delicious), can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanzibar.  
    Coconut Crab
    Coconut crab

    Coconut Crab 1
    Coconut Crab
  13. Which African desert is home to some of the world’s largest diamond mines, and the richest diamond mines in the world? Answer — The Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia, and regions of South Africa. The Kalahari desert is home to Orapa diamond mine; the world’s largest diamond mine by area and Jwaneng diamond mine which is the richest diamond mine in the world. The vast area is also a rich source of nickel, copper and coal and it is also home to several huge game reserves.
  14.  How many countries in Africa manufactures some of their own weapons for their military? Answer — 11. Out of 54 African Countries, 11 are manufacturing some of the weapons that they use for their military and police. Countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Zimbabwe all have manufacturing and distribution factories and illicit sales networks. Including Somalia, Southern Sudan, the violent belt of Central Africa and many areas of West Africa. In some countries like Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, guns are part of the culture, almost everyone carries a personal weapon. Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa, along with Nigeria and Ghana in the west. It is estimated that 100 million small arms exist in Africa, especially around the Horn
  15. Only one country in the world participates in a day of national community service called the Umuganda. name the country? Answer — Rwanda. The word Umuganda can be translated as ‘coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome’. In traditional Rwandan culture,  members of the community would call upon their family, friends and neighbours to help them complete a difficult task. Umuganda was a communal act of assistance and a sign of solidarity.  In everyday use, the word ‘umuganda’ refers to a pole used in the construction of a house. The pole typically supports the roof, thereby strengthening the house.  Umuganda 2Rwandans during the Umuganda
    Umuganda 3

    Rwandans helping to build classrooms during the Umuganda

    Umuganda 1

    President Paul Kagame helping out during the National community service day

  16. What is the name of the first African woman to ever win a Nobel prize and where is she from? Answer — Professor Mathaai Wangari. Professor Wangari Muta Maathai  was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. Professor Maathai is the founder of Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”.
  17. which African country does its name means “Glitter of the sun rising across the lake”? Answer — Malawi. The Republic of Malawi –located in Southeastern,  bordered by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, with its south and west separated from Malawi by Lake Malawi (also Lake Nyasa). The origin of the name Malawi is unclear; it is either derived from that of southern tribes, or from the “glitter of the sun rising across the lake” (as seen in its flag).
  18. In what year did a volcanic lake in Cameroon, burped a C02 gas cloud that killed 1,746 people within minutes? Answer 1986. Lake Nyos is a crater lake in the Northwest Region of Cameroon, located about 315 km (196 mi) northwest of Yaoundé. On August 21, 1986, possibly as the result of a landslide, Lake Nyos suddenly emitted a large cloud of CO2, which suffocated 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock in nearby towns and villages.
  19. The popular footballer Zinedine Zidane was rejected from playing for which African country before he moved to France? Answer — Algeria. Zinedine Yazid Zidane (Arabic: زين الدين زيدان اليزيد‎‎) was born on 23 June 1972 in La Castellane, Marseille, in southern France. Zidane is of Algerian Kabyle Berber descent.  It was rumoured that coach Abdelhamid Kermali denied Zidane a position for the Algerian squad because he felt the young midfielder was not fast enough. However, Zidane dismissed the rumour in a 2005 interview, saying that he would have been ineligible to play for Algeria because he had already played for France.
  20. The women of which tribe in Africa wear plates on their lips that can be as large as 5 inches (12 cm) in diameter? Answer — The Mursi tribe. The Mursi people are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group in Ethiopia. They principally reside in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, close to the border with South Sudan.

    The Mursi tribe, Omo valley Ethiopia




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