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How many African nations can you name off the top of your head? What are they?

Asked by susanc (16112points) May 21st, 2009

The nations of Africa were mostly invented by a committee of European colonialists; nevertheless, there they are, with names and national boundaries. But do we ever learn anything about them? How do we do that?

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Loried2008's avatar

Nigeria Egypt Sudan Zimbabwe Uganda Somalia Kenya Ethiopia Congo Algeria

Loried2008's avatar

I read an Atlas… as in how I learned about it I mean.

MrItty's avatar

Egypt, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria… yeah, I always sucked at this part of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego….

MacBean's avatar

Probably all of them. At least most of them… I’m a map addict. I look at them all the time for no particular reason. Geography sinks in.

(Edit: And if anyone wants to know why I don’t try to list them to prove it…? Because it’s so easy to google. Anyone who won’t take my word for it won’t believe it anyway.)

_bob's avatar

A bunch. They’re all in Africa. Heh.

zephyr826's avatar

Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Algeria, Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Burundi, Djibouti, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Congo, Kenya.

I either know them because they’re Francophone countries and starred on the map in my classroom, or there’s been a major conflict there in the last 20 years.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana

noelasun's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence yay free rice! (I do so much better at recognizing paintings thanks to that site)

Dansedescygnes's avatar

I could definitely name them all from Algeria to Djibouti to Guinea-Bissau to Equatorial Guinea to Seychelles to Burundi to Lesotho; I’ve been able to do that for a long time. I’ve memorized the locations and names of all the countries and dependencies of the world. I don’t know about all the capitals; I could name most of them, but not all. Like @MacBean, I am a map addict. I look at them for fun, whether it’s Google Maps, Google Earth, or a real atlas book. It’s all interesting to me.

The only way to truly learn about them is to go to them. I’ve been to Kenya and Tunisia before (and South Africa, but I was little then) and that is really the best way to learn about them. Otherwise, I enjoy reading about other countries and cultures online. I like being informed even if I’m not getting the information from hands-on experience.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@noelasun: I asked the freerice peops about adding Latin to the vocabulary and they responded they like the idea. The site reminds me of being a kid again, I love it!

Lightlyseared's avatar

All the countries that existed in 1988 when I learned them for an exam. Given that a number may have changed their names in the meantime due various uprisings, civil wars etc.. the actual number I could name today might be 0

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Without looking at anyone elses answers….

Kenya, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, South Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, Uganda, .... i think thats it

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Bah… i missed some easy ones

susanc's avatar

I knew I could trust some jellies. @MacBean: I specifically put
“off the top of your head” in the question to countermand googling….. but you may be right. No one’s honest any more, are they?

I’m going to try this myself since I think I’m so superior.
Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, The Gambia, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Mali,
Morocco, Burkina Faso, Chad, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Liberia, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia, um, Tanzania, Zambia, Congo, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Mozambique, uh oh, Sudan, um..

So I left out: Kenya (can you believe that?), Djibouti, Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, regular Guinea. ...I have to read more.

BookReader's avatar

…what they said… ;)

noelasun's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence I was wondering if they could add a classical music section- we all know so much more classical music than we can name. I should ask

Aethelwine's avatar

@susanc Nice! I’m a map addict like @MacBean but I would have had to look a few up just for the spelling.

MacBean's avatar

Djibouti is my favorite. Shake, shake, shake Djibouti!

susanc's avatar

@MacBean : I will never forget Djibouti again.

MacBean's avatar

@susanc: I suspect you will actually now think of it occasionally when there is absolutely no reason to. :D

breedmitch's avatar

I’d say I could name about 15. Not from thinkig about a map, but by thinking of the people I’ve met here in NY who are from African nations. It’s sad to me that more people in the US don’t have contact with people from Africa.

mattbrowne's avatar

I guess about 25 at least.

Part of Egypt is in Asia, by the way: the Sinai peninsula. A bit like Turkey is part Asian, part European.

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