President Zuma’s classification of Africa as the biggest continent in a meeting of business leaders in Johannesburg really raised some dust around the world. Be that as it may, it is said that “it is not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us”. Days have passed and Zuma’s correction has finally come knocking to all and sundry who cares to listen.
It would be recalled that minutes after Zuma apologized to captains of industries present for coming behind schedule for the business submit, he suddenly dropped a bomb shell by eulogizing Africa as the biggest continent on earth.
“This continent is the biggest continent in the world, not separated even by a river”. ” The rivers that are there flow with the continent. They don’t cut it into half or quarter. All continents put together would fit into Africa”. President Zuma said at the time.
However, President Jacob Zuma has finally discovered that Africa is not the biggest continent in the world as he claimed during the meeting. It would be recalled that Zuma also boasted that all continents would fit into Africa. Gladsome as it stands, the president suddenly realized that the biggest continent is in fact Asia.
Following this expensive error, the Presidency has apologized. Of course, correction to this mistake was long-expected because such costly mistake doesn’t speak good of South Africa and her citizens as a whole. So, the presidency coming up with an apology is really a gracious development.
“On the 9th of December 2015, when addressing a business gala dinner in Sandton, President Jacob Zuma said “Africa was the biggest continent on earth”.
Substantiating the correction made, the Presidency said “Africa is in fact the second-biggest continent in terms of population size‚ and the biggest continent in this regard is Asia”.
“According to the United Nations World Population Prospects 2015, 60% of the world population live in Asia (4.4 billion), 16% in Africa (1.2 billion), 10% in Europe (737 million), 9% in Latin America and the Caribbean (634 million), and the remaining 5% in North America (358 million) and Oceania (39 million),” it further said.
It is instructive to note that there are 7 continents in the world. Continents are large land masses seen on earth. Continents are normally large in size and because they are large hard masses of land, people usually walk, make homes and do other things in it. Countries make up continents and Africa as a continent has 54 recognized sovereign states (countries). They are called sovereign states because they are recognized by African Union (AU). They include the following:
|1. Algeria||17. Ethiopia||33. Niger|
|2. Angola||18. Gabon||34. Nigeria|
|3. Benin||19. Gambia||35. Rwanda|
|4. Botswana||20. Ghana||36. Senegal|
|5. Burkina Faso||21. Guinea-Bissau||37. Sierra Leone|
|6. Burundi||22. Guinea-Conakry||38. Somalia (Trans. Fed. Gov.)|
|7. Cameroon||23. Kenya||39. South Africa|
|8. Central African Rep.||24. Lesotho||40. Sudan|
|9. Chad||25. Liberia||41. Swaziland|
|10. Congo-Brazzaville||26. Libya||42. Tanzania|
|11. Congo-Kinshasa||27. Malawi||43. Togo|
|12. Côte d’Ivoire||28. Mali||44. Tunisia|
|13. Djibouti||29. Mauritania||45. Uganda|
|14. Egypt||30. Morocco||46. West Sahara/Sahrawi Rep.|
|15. Equatorial Guinea||31. Mozambique||47. Zambia|
|16. Eritrea||32. Namibia||48. Zimbabwe|
|49. Comoro Island 50. Cape Verde Island 51. Madagascar|
|52. Mauritius 53. Seychelles 54. Sao Tome Princip|
|The seven continents of the world include:|
|1. Africa||2. Antarctica||3. Asia|
|4. Australia||5. Europe||6. North America|
|7. South America|