Africa is a fascinating continent with a lot of intriguing unknown facts. Watch the video below to be introduced to the "Did you know?" series by IKL/MK

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uranium deposits 24. Did you know?

Africa has 1/3 of the world's deposits of URANIUM in 8 nations. Led by Niger, Namibia, DRC, Angola, Guinea, Ghana, Burundi and Cameroon.

Check DID YOU KNOW? 18 below, to find out which nation produces the most uranium.

Manganese, Africa

23. Did you know?

Africa has 85% deposits of the world's MANGANESE in 8 nations.

Led by S. Africa the world's largest producer with 80%, Gabon, Ghana, D R Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Egypt and Morocco.

Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso undeveloped.

Used in: Steel and pig iron industries, Dry battery cells, Photography, Textile, Leather, Paints, Varnish, Oil and Match industries.

Chromite, Africa

22. Did you know?

Africa hosts 85% of the world's most strategic mineral Chromite/Chromium.

With 80% in South Africa the largest producer, Zimbabwe 9th, Madagascar 15th and Sudan 18th.

It is used as a refractory material, because it has a high heat stability.

New African Union Headquarters Center, Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa

21. Did you know?

Oil in Africa:

According to AU and ADB report, Oil production in the continent is expected to rise at an average rate of 6% per year for the foreseeable future.

Africa satellite map

20. Did you know?

Oil in Africa:

Africa is the main continent in the world with frequent and substantial new findings of Oil and Gas.

A joint report from African Union and African Development Bank states that Africa Oil reserve grew by over 25% and Gas by 100% since the late 1980s.

Oil in the Atlantic Coast

19. Did you know?

The waters running along the west coast of Africa may hold 75 billion barrels of oil according to US Geological Survey.

Uranium, Namibia

18. Did you know?

Namibia, a former German colony twice the size of that country, is the world's 4th largest URANIUM producer.

USES: The major use of uranium in a non-military capacity is in nuclear power plants. It is used to fuel the nuclear fission reactors.

Its Diamond mines operated by De Beers produces the highest quality gems.

The nation has a $13 billion economy.

Cobalt in Africa

17. Did you know?

Africa has 90% of the world's COBALT in 6 Nations.

Led by D R Congo, with the world's largest reserve and production.

Zambia 4th, Morocco 8th and South Africa 13th respectively.

Uses: Alloys in Industry, Electroplating, Alternative Energy, Orthopedic Implants, Fighting Cancer, Nutrition and Art.

Source: Resource World Magazine Feb 2012

Iron ore production in Africa

16. Did you know?

Out of 54 African nations, 24 have deposits and 18 produce IRON ORE.

Led by South Africa, the 8th in the world, Mauritania and Algeria.

Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have new productions, and are on track to turn West Africa into "The Iron Ore Region".

Apparently, over 99% of iron ore commercially used is for steel making. Steel is used in construction (housing/housing appliances), aircrafts, automobiles, ships and containers (steel cans).

15. Did you know?

There are 2100 and by some counts over 3000 languages spoken natively in Africa.


14. Did you know?

Africa has 90% of the world's platinum deposits.

Led by South Africa with 80%, Zimbabwe and Burundi.

Uses of platinum in the medical field:

It is great for use in pacemakers because it will not corrode within the body. It can also be used in many types of drugs.

It is used for dental fillings

Platinum is great for use in pacemakers because it will not corrode within the body. It can also be used in many types of drugs.

Other uses:

It is used in electric components and computer hard disks

Rutile, Sierra Leone

13. Did you know?

Sierra Leone in West Africa is the world's largest producer of rutile.

It is used in aerospace, automobiles, sports, and medicine.

its main use is in paint as a paint pigment. It replaced lead as the most common paint pigment used in the manufacture of paint.

Côte d'Ivoire, cocoa, Ivory Coast

12. Did you know?

Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa is the world's largest producer of COCOA.

From which we get chocolate products

Rubber, liberia

11. Did you know?

Republic of Liberia in West Africa has the world's largest RUBBER plantation.

Established by Firestone

Gum arabic

10. Did you know?

Sudan is the world's largest producer of gum arabic, providing as much as half of the world supply.

Gum arabic is a key ingredient in soft-drink syrups.

In Coca-Cola and Pepsi, gum arabic keeps sugar uniformly suspended so that it won't precipitate to the bottom of the drink.

The Uganda Crane

9. Did you know?

Uganda has almost half the bird species known on the African continent, and over 10% of those recorded throughout the entire world.

Over 1,040 species of birds have been recorded in Uganda.

These include birds of water and land shore, birds of scrub and woodland, forest birds and birds of the open plain.


8. Did You Know?

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa has 70% of the world's Coltan also known as Tantalum.

(Used to make capacitors in electronics to enable laptop computers and cell phones to operate)

Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the major reasons we enjoy Facebook, Twitter and any other website.

Your computers and cell phones need Coltan.


7. Did You Know?

Republic of Guinea in Africa has the largest deposit of Bauxite and is the largest exporter in the world.

(Bauxite is the raw material for Aluminum)


6. Did You Know?

Nigeria is the second largest FILM producer in the world after India.

Kenyan tea

5. Did You Know?

Kenya is the world's largest TEA exporter.

Victoria Falls

4. Did you know?

Victoria falls in Zimbabwe is the world's largest waterfall and a major tourist attraction.

Gas in Africa

3. Did you know?

Africa has 7% of the world's gas reserves.

Estimated at 514 Trillion Cubic Feet.

Found in 24 Nations.

With less than 25% of the continent explored.

Led by Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Angola.

African gold deposits, facts

2. Did you know?

Africa holds 50% of the world's gold.

Out of the 54 nations, 32+ have commerical gold deposits.

Out of the 32+ less than 10 produce gold in commercial quantities.

Led by South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania.

African oil deposits, facts

1. Did you know?

Africa has 10% of the world's oil reserves

With less than 30% of the continent explored

Out of the 54 nations, 30 have oil reserves

12 produce and export oil

Is it possible by 2020, Africa will be the world's largest oil producer?

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