Image: The Senase Project 2016

Africa is a continent surrounded by water in every direction, with unique countries and cultures.

There are 54 total independent countries in Africa. In the north it is separated from Europe by the Mediterranean Sea, and from Asia by the Suez Canal. From the east it is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, and from the west by the Atlantic Ocean.

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I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

Nelson Mandela

The National Flags of African States are pictured here.

Africa is divided into a great number of ethnic cultures within even its political boundaries. With 1.1 billion people as of 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world’s human population. The continent’s cultural regeneration has been an integral part of the post-independence period on the continent, with a greater recognition of the cultural resources of Africa. This is helping to enrich the process of education, not only in African schools but around the world.

Countries in Africa and their flags.

The countries of Africa can be divided into regions based on cultural, political, geographic — and many other factors. Geographically speaking, Africa can be divided into five main regions:

Northern Africa lies north of the Sahara and runs along the Mediterranean coast.

Western Africa is the portion roughly west of 10° east longitude, excluding Northern Africa and the Maghreb. West Africa contains large portions of the Sahara Desert and the Adamawa Mountains.

Eastern Africa stretches from the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa to Mozambique, including Madagascar.

Central Africa is the large mass at the center of Africa which either does not fall squarely into any other region or only partially does so.

Southern Africa consists of the portion generally south of -10° latitude and the great rainforests of Congo.

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