20 Facts About Sub-Saharan Africa


Sub-Saharan Africa is, geographically, the area of the continent of Africa that lies south of the Sahara.

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Since probably 3900 BCE, the Saharan and sub-Saharan regions of Africa have been separated by the extremely harsh climate of the sparsely populated Sahara, forming an effective barrier that is interrupted only by the Nile in Sudan, though navigation on the Nile was blocked by the Sudd and the river's cataracts.

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However, they had adopted a bipedal locomotion and freed hands, giving them a crucial advantage enabling them to live in both forested areas and on the open savanna at a time when Sub-Saharan Africa was drying up, with savanna encroaching on forested areas.

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Between 2011 and 2015, the economic growth rate of the average nation in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to surpass that of the average nation in Asia.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is by then projected to contribute seven out of the ten fastest growing economies in the world.

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New Partnership for Sub-Saharan Africa's Development is developing an integrated, continent-wide energy strategy.

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Broadband penetration outside of South Sub-Saharan Africa has been limited where it is exorbitantly expensive.

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South Sub-Saharan Africa is a major exporter of manganese as well as chromium.

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South Sub-Saharan Africa had been first in the world in terms of gold production since 1905, but in 2007 it moved to second place, according to GFMS, the precious metals consultancy.

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Sub-Saharan Africa has more variety of grains than anywhere in the world.

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OECD says Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to become an agricultural superbloc if it can unlock the wealth of the savannahs by allowing farmers to use their land as collateral for credit.

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Life expectancy at birth in sub-Saharan Africa increased from 40 years in 1960 to 61 years in 2017.

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In 2012, sub-Saharan Africa constituted in absolute terms the third world's largest Christian population, after Europe and Latin America respectively.

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In 2012, sub-Saharan Africa constitute in absolute terms the third world's largest Muslim population, after Asia and the Middle East and North Africa respectively.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is diverse, with many communities, villages, and cities, each with their own beliefs and traditions.

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Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the oldest and most varied style of rock art in the world.

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Sub-Saharan Africa music is polyrhythmic, usually consisting of multiple rhythms in one composition.

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In Southern Sub-Saharan Africa one finds numerous uses of animal hide and skins for clothing.

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South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a first for a sub-Saharan country.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is allotted one guaranteed qualifying place in the Rugby World Cup.

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