24 interesting facts about Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)
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The most interesting facts about Ivory Coast – or Côte d’Ivoire – from the “Paris of West Africa” to the largest church in the world.

What were the countries along the Silk Road?
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We take a look at the countries along the Silk Road, the ancient network of trade routes that connected China with the West.

23 interesting facts about Guinea
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The most interesting facts about Guinea, from Africa’s first million-selling single to chimpanzees who use tools to chop fruit.

30 interesting facts about Mozambique
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From idyllic islands to the only country to have all five vowels in its name, these are the most interesting facts about Mozambique.

27 interesting facts about Uganda
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The most interesting facts about Uganda, from an array of natural wonders to the “Butcher of Uganda” at the centre of a dark history.

27 interesting facts about Niger
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The most interesting facts about Niger include its very own dinosaur – the Nigersaurus – and the world’s highest mud-brick minaret.

28 interesting facts about Chad
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One of the world’s least developed countries and a fierce beauty pageant for men, these are the most interesting facts about Chad.

25 interesting facts about Togo
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The most interesting facts about Togo include once being known as the “The Slave Coast” and having its first president assassinated.

25 interesting facts about South Sudan
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The most interesting facts about South Sudan, from Africa’s newest nation and decades of conflict to “mega-herds” of migrating wildlife.

The last country in the world to abolish slavery
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In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. But the West African nation still has a long way to go.

26 interesting facts about Mauritania
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The most interesting facts about Mauritania, from the last country in the world to abolish slavery to the world’s longest train.

27 interesting facts about Nigeria
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The most interesting facts about Nigeria, from the twins capital of the world to Nollywood – the world’s second-largest film industry.

25 interesting facts about Libya
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The most interesting facts about Libya, from an ancient crossroads of civilisations to bizarre natural phenomena in the Sahara Desert.

24 interesting facts about Tunisia
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The most interesting facts about Tunisia, from the northernmost point of Africa to triggering a wave of revolutions across the Arab World.

25 interesting facts about Liberia
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The most interesting facts about Liberia, from Africa’s oldest republic to pygmy hippos known as “water cows”.

25 interesting facts about Zambia
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The most interesting facts about Zambia, from the world’s largest curtain of falling water to near-blind rats that can sense magnetic fields.

24 interesting facts about Rwanda
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The most interesting facts about Rwanda, from the Land of a Thousand Hills to one for the world’s most gender-equal countries.

25 interesting facts about Mali
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From the richest man who has ever lived to the world’s largest mud-brick structure, these are the most interesting facts about Mali.

28 facts about the Democratic Republic of Congo
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From rich flora and fauna to a tragic history, these are the most interesting facts about the Democratic Republic of Congo.

23 interesting facts about the Central African Republic
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From the world’s hungriest country to superb star-gazing, these are the most interesting facts about the Central African Republic.

25 interesting facts about Burkina Faso
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Home to the “African Che Guevara” and one of the world’s youngest populations, these are the most interesting facts about Burkina Faso.

30 interesting facts about Senegal
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The most interesting facts about Senegal, from killer hippopotamuses, Africa’s Mecca and Africa’s tallest statue.

25 interesting facts about Malawi
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The most interesting facts about Malawi, from one of the planet’s largest and deepest lakes to selling the presidential jet to raise funds.

21 interesting facts about Benin
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The most interesting facts about Benin, from the “Venice of Africa” and reverence for snakes, to the largest intact eco-system in West Africa.

24 interesting facts about Burundi
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The most interesting facts about Burundi, from a man-eating crocodile called Gustave to a tragic history of genocide and war.

26 interesting facts about Cameroon
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The most interesting facts about Cameroon, from a poisonous lake to the world’s largest frog that builds its own ponds using rocks.

22 interesting facts about Angola
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Africa’s richest woman, a rediscovered antelope and an immense waterfall are among the most interesting facts about Angola.

26 interesting facts about Somalia
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The most interesting facts about Somalia include a gigantic coastline, prehistoric rock paintings and a tragic and troubled history.

22 interesting facts about Zimbabwe
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The most interesting facts about Zimbabwe include the ‘the smoke that thunders’ and the capital city of the legendary Queen of Sheba.

25 interesting facts about Ghana
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The most interesting facts about Ghana include a turbulent history, butterflies and a world record for running backwards.

22 intriguing facts about Madagascar
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Outstanding biodiversity and a unique bare-knuckle fighting sport are just two of the most interesting facts about Madagascar.

22 fascinating facts about Botswana
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From a gargantuan desert, an unparalleled array of wildlife and ancient rock art, these are the most interesting facts about Botswana.

25 interesting facts about Algeria
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From a giant desert engulfing four-fifths of the country to the world’s smallest fox, these are the most interesting facts about Algeria.