Zuma Apologises For Classifying Africa As The Biggest Continent


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.

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“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.

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“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

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