05 May 2022

African World Heritage Day - 05 May.

Every year on May 5th, African World Heritage Day offers an opportunity for people around the world to celebrate Africa.

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent. Some of the biggest threats facing Africa include climate change, uncontrolled development, disease, civil unrest, and poaching. Unfortunately, many of Africa’s cultural and natural wonders are at risk of losing universal value. Because of the threats facing this diverse continent, it’s more important than ever to protect and preserve their heritage.

Some of interesting facts about Africa;

  • The continent consists of 54 countries and one non-self-governing country.
  • Ancient Egypt’s Pharaonic civilization is one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
  • There are over 2,000 recognized languages on the continent.
  • The most spoken language is Arabic, followed by English, Swahili, and French.
  • Africa has 1.1 billion people, and over half of them are under the age of 25.
  • By 2050, Africa’s population is expected to double.
  • About 90% of malaria cases in the world take place in Africa.

In November 2015, The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed May 5th as African World Heritage Day. They chose May 5th as it marked the anniversary of the African World Heritage Fund. This initiative was launched in 2006 to support the conservation and protection of Africa’s natural and cultural heritage.

Source: https://whc.unesco.org

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