Africa Quiz 3

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The following quiz round was submitted by Temesghen Araya. Many thanks Temesghen, a very well researched set of questions.

1. What land area is Africa as a percentage of the world’s land area?

2. Of which country is Sir Seretse Khama the first president? 
    a) Malawi, b) Gambia, c) Botswana, d) Liberia.

3. Which African country has the most population?

4. What is the former name of Burkina Faso?

5. What is the new name of Nyasaland?

6. Which Ethiopian king invaded several small kingdoms and chieftains, created an empire and made himself an emperor?

7. What is the monetary unit of Botswana?

8. Which Nigerian wrote The Ant Hills of the Savannah?

9. Which country was formerly known as French Sudan?

10. Which country’s armed opposition was RENAMO?

11. Which African country became the earliest Italian colony?

12. An oil rich country was a Roman colony, it was invaded by the Vandals, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Turks and finally the Italians, which country? 
    a) Egypt; b) Gabon; c) Eritrea; d) Libya.

13. The first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize? 
    a) Albert John Luthuli; b) Nelson Mandela; c) Wole Soyinka d) Bishop Desmond Tutu

14. The colonial name of to-days Mozambique?

15. A Swahili word that translates ‘freedom’?

16. What is the original name of Haile Selassie, the last Ethiopian emperor?

17. What does NEPAD stand for?

18. Which two sea ports are located at the two ends of the Suez Canal?

19. Name three of the six mainland African countries that are crossed by the Equator?

20. In South Africa, the name Soweto is derived from a combination of which English words?

21. In the former Upper Volta, which army captain took power on August 3, 1984 and changed the name, the flag and the national anthem of the nation?

22. African head of state who translated the works of Shakespeare into Kiswahili? 
    a) Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, b) Julius Kambarage Nyrere of Tanzania, c) Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, d) Professor Yesuf Lule of Uganda,

23. The first Arabic language author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature?

24. Tanzania was the home of exiled Ugandan President Dr. Milton Obote after he was overthrown in 1971; which country gave him protection after he was deposed in 1986? 
    a) Tanzania, b) Kenya, c) Zambia, d) Zimbabwe.

25. Who defined apartheid as ‘a hangover from the dark ages of mankind, a relic of an age which everywhere is dead or dying’? 
    a) Chief Gatsha Buthelezi; b) Albert Luthuli c) Leopold Sedar Senghor d) Robert Mugabe

26. In South Africa, who was Nkosikazi Nomzamo Madikizela?

27. Which country’s case is the last open file at the United Nations Decolonization Committee?

28. The ‘Christian’ name of the late President Omar Bongo of Gabon?

29. Where in Africa is an area known as the Skeleton Coast found?

30. What is the name of the mass exodus of Ethiopian Jewish to Israel clandestinely conducted in 1985? 


1. 22%

2. c) Botswana. He was the president from 1966 to 1980 and died in office.

3. Nigeria. A 2006 estimate shows 132 million.

4. Upper Volta. Its name was changed in 1984.

5. Malawi

6. Menelik II. He died in 1913

7. Pula

8. Chinua Achebe. His first book is Things Fall Apart, 1958 and he is one of the most read African novelists.

9. Mali.

10. Mozambique. It is taken from Resistacia National Mocambicana

11. Eritrea. It became an Italian colony on January 1, 1890.

12. d) Libya

13. a) Albert John Luthulu, South African Civil Rights Leader, 1960

14. Portuguese East Africa.

15. Uhuru.

16. Teferi Mekonen.

17. New Partnership for African Development.

18. Port Said and Suez, both Egyptian.

19. Gabon, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia.

20. South Westerly Township.

21. Thomas Sankara. He was the president of the country from 1983 to 1987. He rose to power in a bloodless coup and lost it and his life in another coup led by his own friend and advisor.

22. b) Julius Kambarage Nyrere, the first president of Tanzania.

23. Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, 1988.

24. Zambia. He died in 2005 while still in exile.

25. Albert Luthuli, 1960. It was part of his acceptance speech when he won the Nobel Peace Prize award.

26. Winnie Mandela

27. Western Sahara.

28. Albert Bernard. He announced his conversion to Islam and changed his name in 1973.

29. The Atlantic Coast of Namibia.

30. Operation Moses.  


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