digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

Wikipedia portal Africa logo.png
For a topic outline on this subject, see List of basic Africa topics.
Main page   African countries   Tasks, WikiProjects & related portals  
Location of Africa on the world map
Satellite map of Africa

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.2 million km2 (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers six percent of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1.1 billion people as of 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It has 54 fully recognized sovereign states ("countries"), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition.

Africa's population is the youngest among all the continents; 50% of Africans are 19 years old or younger.

Algeria is Africa's largest country by area, and Nigeria is the largest by population. Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago, including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago. Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.

Show new selections below (purge)

Featured article

Map of ancient Egypt, showing major cities and sites of the Dynastic period (c. 3150 BC to 30 BC)

Ancient Egypt was a civilization in eastern North Africa concentrated along the middle to lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern nation of Egypt. The civilization began around 3150 BC with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh, and it developed over the next three millennia. Its history occurred in a series of stable periods, known as kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods. After the end of the last kingdom, known as the New Kingdom, the civilization of ancient Egypt entered a period of slow, steady decline, during which Egypt was conquered by a succession of foreign powers. The rule of the pharaohs officially ended in 31 BC when the early Roman Empire conquered Egypt and made it a province.

The civilization of ancient Egypt thrived from its adaptation to the conditions of the Nile River Valley. Controlled irrigation of the fertile valley produced surplus crops, which fueled social development and culture. With resources to spare, the administration sponsored mineral exploitation of the valley and surrounding desert regions, the early development of an independent writing system, the organization of collective construction and agricultural projects, trade with surrounding regions, and a military that defeated foreign enemies and asserted Egyptian dominance. Motivating and organizing these activities was a bureaucracy of elite scribes, religious leaders, and administrators under the control of a divine pharaoh who ensured the cooperation and unity of the Egyptian people through an elaborate system of religious beliefs. (Read more...)

Featured picture

A lioness in Ishasha Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda)
Photo credit: Cody Pope

The lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae and one of four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. The lion is the second largest feline species, after the tiger. The male lion, easily recognized by his mane, weighs between 150 and 250 kg (330–500 lb). Females range 120–150 kg (260–330 lb). In the wild, lions live for around 10–14 years, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. Though they were once found throughout much of Africa, Asia and Europe, lions presently exist in the wild only in Africa and India. They enjoy hot climates, and hunt in groups.

Did you know ...


Akan drum

Featured biography

Charles Atangana (c. 1880 – 1 September 1943), also known by his birth name, Ntsama, and his German name, Karl, was the paramount chief of the Ewondo and Bane ethnic groups during much of the colonial period in Cameroon. Although from an unremarkable background, Atangana's loyalty and friendship with colonial priests and administrators secured him successively more prominent posts in the colonial government. He proved himself an intelligent and diplomatic administrator and was eventually named paramount chief of the Ewondo and Bane peoples. His loyalty to the German Empire was unquestioning, and he even accompanied the Germans on their escape from Africa in World War I.

After a brief stay in Europe, Atangana returned to his homeland in Cameroon, which by then was a League of Nations mandate territory under the administration of the French Third Republic. The French doubted his loyalties at first, but Atangana served satisfactorily and regained his post as paramount chief. During the remainder of his life, he oversaw the Westernisation of his subjects and the improvement of his domains despite the erosion of his powers due to French policies and native unrest. He never advocated resistance to the European powers, preferring to embrace European civilisation and technology in the service of African interests. (Read more...)

Categories

Topics in Africa

Related portals

Associated Wikimedia

The following Wikimedia sister projects provide more on this subject:
Wikibooks  Wikimedia Commons Wikinews  Wikiquote  Wikisource  Wikiversity  Wikivoyage  Wiktionary  Wikidata 
Books Media News Quotations Texts Learning resources Travel guides Definitions Database



Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Africa — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

Toto - Africa

Toto's official music video for 'Africa'. Click to listen to Toto on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/TotoSpotify?IQid=TotoAFR As featured on The Essential Toto. Click to buy ...

Africa Episode 6 The Future with David Attenborough | BBC Africa Documentary

Africa Episode 6 The Future with David Attenborough | BBC Africa Documentary.

Who Controls Africa? (part 1/5)

We begin the chapter by one of the great powers in Africa, women. They are the ones who educate children, which remain when they leave, the guardians of the ...

Tribes in Africa & South America - Final Part ★Magia Nuda★ Documentary 1 - Episode 9

Tribes in Africa & South America, Tribal peoples ☆Magia Nuda☆ Documentary 1 - Episode 9. ➨ Watch Next Episode (Full Episodes): ...

National Geographic | Wild Animal Documentary - Amazing Africa : Kalahari

Thank you so much for Watching ! Please subscribe to my youtube channel. If you like this video, please like, share and comment!

Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song)

Download Shakira's self-titled album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ShakiraiTunes?IQid=yt Buy Shakira's self-titled album on Target: http://smarturl.it/ShakiraTarget?

Perpetuum Jazzile - Africa

Perpetuum Jazzile is an XXL vocal group from Slovenia. Toto's Africa by Perpetuum Jazzile, performed live at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (October 2008) - arranger ...

National Geographic | Wild Animal Documentary - Amazing Africa: Cape

Thank you so much for Watching ! Please subscribe to my youtube channel. If you like this video, please like, share and comment!

Africa Episode 3 Congo with David Attenborough | BBC Africa Documentary

Africa Episode 3 Congo with David Attenborough | BBC Africa Documentary.

Empire - The New Scramble for Africa

Described by many as the 'new scramble for Africa', the US, China and other nations are attempting to consolidate their grip on Africa's natural resources and its ...

1000000 videos foundNext > 

155114261 news items

Bloomberg

Bloomberg
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:56:15 -0700

President Jacob Zuma said that while energy shortages remain a “serious challenge” for South Africa, the opening of the first 794-megawatt unit of Medupi power station shows progress is being made. “Pressure is being alleviated,” Zuma said Sunday at ...
 
Quartz
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:26:15 -0700

West Africa's air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels—and we don't know the worst of it. Air pollution in fast-growing cities like Lagos is reaching dangerous levels, writes Lily Kuo. But the worst part is almost nothing is known about the ...

WESH Orlando

First Coast News
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:23:12 -0700

​Just a day after Tropical Storm Erika was sheared apart above Hispaniola and Cuba in the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Fred has already formed in the Atlantic near the coast of Africa. Fred is a slow moving storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

BDlive

BDlive
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:48:45 -0700

LIBREVILLE — Southern Africa-focused low-cost airline Fly Africa will expand to fly new routes to destinations in East and West Africa, Gabon's president said on Saturday. "One of the biggest contributions that we as Africans can make to Africa's ...

SBS

SBS
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:30:55 -0700

We appreciate the problem Australia is facing, but we still feel that Africa lost out very heavily," High Commissioner Nkuruho said. "Cutting aid for education, reducing the scholarships is a mistake. I came to Australia on one of those scholarships ...
 
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:46:26 -0700

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania's Foreign Ministry says it is working to verify the authenticity of a video of a Romanian security worker pleading for help after being kidnapped by those with ties to the Islamic State group. The man in the videotape ...

Yahoo News

Yahoo News
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0700

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The poaching of rhinos has risen in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year but is on the decline elsewhere in the country, Environment Minister Edna Molewa said on Sunday. The Kruger Park, South Africa's main tourist draw, ...

The Daily Pennsylvanian

The Daily Pennsylvanian
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:52:30 -0700

The Lauder Institute, the graduate-level joint-degree program between international studies in the College and either Penn Law or the Wharton School, will offer a new Africa program for next year's entering class in May 2016. Currently, the Lauder ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight