African Countries Ranking
Click on a Category to see the top 40 African Countries
This section shows the rankings of African Countries. Each Category shows the top 40 countries in Africa. The position among world countries are also given. Each category gives a detailed description and a little insight about the African countries being ranked. The Rankings are based on information from CIA fact book. South Africa appears to be among the top three in most African rankings. This gives a doubt to Nigeria's claim of being the giant of Africa. We hope you enjoy browsing through.
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Above is the map of Africa. Can you make a quick guess at the number of African Countries by looking at the African map?
Madagascar is the "isolated" country to the right of Southern Africa. Joinafrica.com is working on making an interactive map of Africa. When done, visitors will be able to point on any African Country and automatically generate facts and Figures, answer quizzes and much more!
History of Africa
is home to the oldest inhabited territory on earth, with the human race
originating from this continent. The Ishango Bone, carbon-dated to c. 25,000
years ago, shows tallies in mathematical notation.
Throughout humanity's prehistory, Africa (like all other continents) had no nation states, and was instead inhabited by groups of hunter-gatherers. Around 3300 B.C. the nation state of Egypt developed, which existed with various levels of influence until 343 B.C. Other civilizations include Ethiopia, the Nubian kingdom, the kingdoms of the Sahel (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai) and Great Zimbabwe.
In 1482 the Portuguese established the first of many trading stations along the Guinea coast at Elmina. The chief commodities dealt in were slaves, gold, ivory and spices. The discovery of America in 1492 was followed by a great development of the slave trade, which, before the Portuguese era, had been an overland trade almost exclusively.
But at the same time that serfdom was ending in Europe, in the early 19th century the European imperial powers staged a massive "scramble for Africa" and occupied most of the continent, creating many colonial nation states, and leaving only two independent nations: Liberia, the Black American colony, and Ethiopia. This occupation continued until after the conclusion of the Second World War, when all colonial nation states gradually obtained formal independence.
Today, Africa is home to over 50 independent countries, all but 2 of which still have the borders drawn up during the era of European colonialism.
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