Top 10 Africa Facts You Need To Tell Your Kids About

Top 10 Africa Facts You Need To Tell Your Kids About.Little is known to the world about Africa. Africa considered as the Dark Continent to many holds so many secrets. Africa is the most diverse and interesting continent on earth. Africa has so much variety and its just simply a marvel. Here are some Africa facts for kids.

Lets look at random Top 10 Africa Facts You Need To Tell Your Kids About.

#1. The Human Race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world.

#2. Africans were the first to organize fishing expeditions 90,000 years ago. At Katanga, a region in north-eastern Zaire (now Congo), was recovered a finely wrought series of harpoon points, all elaborately polished and barbed. Also uncovered was a tool, equally well crafted, believed to be a dagger. The discoveries suggested the existence of an early aquatic or fishing based culture.

#3. Africans were the first to engage in mining 43,000 years ago. In 1964 a hematite mine was found in Swaziland at Bomvu Ridge in Ngwenya mountain range. Ultimately 300, 000 artifacts were recovered including thousands of stone-made mining tools. Adrian Boshier, one of the archeologists on the site, dated the mine to a staggering 43,200 years old.

#4. Africans pioneered basic arithmetic 25,000. The Ishango bone is a tool handle with notches carved into it found in the Ishango region of Zaire (now called Congo) near Lake Edward. The bone tool was originally thought to have been over 8,000 years old, but a more sensitive recent dating has given dates of 25,000 years old. On the tool are 3 rows of notches. Row 1 shows three notches carved next to six, four carved next to eight, ten carved to next to two Fives and finally a seven. The 3 and 6, 4 and 8, and 10 and 5, represent the process of doubling. Row 2 shows eleven notches carved next to twenty-one notches, and nineteen notches carved next to nine notches. This represents 10+1, 20-1 and 10-1. Finally, Row 3 shows eleven notches, thirteen notches, seventeen notches and nineteen notches. 11, 13, 17 and 19 are the prime numbers between 10 and 20.

#5. Bling culture has a long and interesting history. Gold was used to decorate ancient Sudanese temples. One writer reported that: ‘‘recent excavations at Meroe and Mussawwarat es-Sufra revealed temples with walls and statues covered with gold leaf.’’

#6. The Nigerian City of lle-lfe was paved in 1000 AD on the orders of a female ruler with decorations that originated in Ancient America. Naturally, no one wants to explain how this took place approximately 500 years before the time Christopher Columbus!

#7. Malian sailors got to America in 1311 AD, 181 years before Columbus. An Egyptian scholar, Ibn Fadl Al-Umari, published on this sometime around 1342. In the tenth chapter of his book, there is an account of two large maritime voyages ordered by the predecessor of Mansa Musa, a king who inherited the Malian throne in 1312. This mariner king is not named by Al-Umari, but modern writers identify him as Mansa Abubakari II.

#8. National Geographic recently described Timbuktu as the Paris of the medieval world, on account of its intellectual culture. According to Professor Henry Louis Gates, 25,000 university students studied there.

#9. In 1414 the Kenyan city of Malindi sent ambassadors to China carrying a gift that created a sensation at the Imperial Court. It was, of course, a giraffe.

#10. Sudan in the medieval period had churches, cathedrals, monasteries and castles. Their ruins still exist today.