The second largest continent in the world covering 11,668,599 square
miles, Africa is believed to be the birthplace of the first humans in
Ethiopia and today is home to over a billion people with its population rising rapidly.
The continent has 54 African countries over which 3000
languages are spoken (with Nigeria having 500 languages alone) and a
further seven territories and three states not fully recognised by the
international community (the Republic of Somaliland, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic
Republic and the disputed Western Sahara territory).
Following a period of colonisation by
European nations, most African countries became republics on independence and
witnessed authoritarian rule, corruption and instability together with ethnic
conflict. As such, most Africans live in poverty with limited life outcomes
coupled with poor infrastructure especially in terms of education and health.
African countries page to explore each country with articles, videos and
pictures together with child sponsor opportunities whilst the video opposite gives a quick glimpse of each of these