African survey

On a typical one-dimensional map Africa is relatively smaller than in reality. The African continent accounts for over 20% of Earth's land area and is the second largest continent after Asia. It is the only continent containing both the northern and southern temperate zones. More than a billion people live In 54 countries, of which one billion south of the Sahara.

Turning to organic life Africa harbors  2/3 of the world's plant species. 80% of the world's mammals live here, because this is where they once developed, when Africa was the central part of Gondwanaland.

There is every indication that Africa is the place where we originated as the people we are today. The fossils tell a story that is more rich in detail than the present knowledge about how Africa was like before Europeans arrived. European colonization of the continent had consequences we still see today. With the help of commodities and slaves accumulated the capital that built the European and American empires and big business. For this the greatest holocaust Africa is denied  even an apology in words, let alone action.

Despite the fact that we have so much to thank this continent for, in the global perspective it is slipping further and further behind the rest of the world. Its historical significance for the world's flora and fauna, and not least its current significance for the world economy in the form of raw materials, should mean a far greater prosperity for the citizens of this continent.

After independence in the early 1960s, Africa has grappled with major problems. Continued European influence over parts of the economy and endemic corruption hinders the improvement of peoples' living conditions. Women's education and the breaking of old conventions is probably a prerequisite if the trend is to be broken.