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Like Kenya, Dominica and Madagascar, Botswana is known for its fantastic nature scenery. It is a friendly country for its tourist attractions such as the Chobe National Park and the Kalahari Desert.Chobe National Park is one of the largest national parks in the world and is much larger than the Netherlands.This tropical paradise is the home of many types of wild animals – which includes elephants, zebras, lions, giraffes, and rhinoceroses.Thousands of tourists visit the country each year to see and photograph wild animals. Furthermore, Kalahari Desert is one of the world's most ecologically important areas.

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In the 1970s, "Black and White in Color" was a film from Ivory Coast, currently Cote d'Ivoire. In 1976, Black and White in Color "won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

Winner: Black and White in Color (Ivory Coast).

Finalists: -Cousin, Cousin (France)

-Jacob, the Liar (East Germany)

-Nights and Days (Poland)

-Seven Beauties (Italy)

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The 1980 Olympic Games were not boycotted by 25 African nations, including Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Angola, Libya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, won the gold medal in field hockey in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is president of Liberia since 16 January, 2006. She became Africa's first elected female head of state. Liberian Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is one of the most important leader in Africa.Liberia is one of the world's poorest countries.

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Like Brazil, Peru, and Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the richest economies in the world.

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Miriam Makeba (South Africa) is probably the most popular African singer of all time.Like Mpule Kwelagobe and Nelson Mandela, she is also an anti-AIDS activist in the Third World.

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In 1978, 18 year-old Margaret Gardinier of South Africa became the first African Miss Universe in the history of the contest.Miss Universe 1978 went to Guatemala, France, Australia and other countries.

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Botswana is rich in mineral resources such as copper, silver, nickel and diamonds. Since 1970, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and Botswana are the world's largest producers of diamonds.

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"Hotel Rwanda", a film by Irish director Terry George, was inspired in the Rwandan genocide (1993-1995). "Hotel Rwanda" was nominated for 3 Oscars (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay).

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The sporting system is one of the worst in the world, but Togo, an ex French colony in Africa, qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.Togo, a small country, is one of the nine poorest countries in the Third World.

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UNESCO has declared Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin), Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (Central African Republic), Lower Valley of Awash (Ethiopia), and Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve (Madagascar) World Heritage Sites.

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Somalia is the birthplace of Iman, one of the most beautiful supermodels in the 1980s. Iman Abdulmajid was born in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, in 1955.She speaks five languages. From 1980 to 1994, she worked as actress in American and European films. Her filmography: The Human Factor (1980), Out of Africa (1985), LAStory (1991), House Party II (1991) and Exit to Eden. Certainly, she loves her country. Iman was an aid worker and journalist in Somalia during the famine and civil war there in the 1990s. Once she said, "I approached the BBC and told them I wanted to do a documentary about my return and let the Somali people speak for themselves." The country African is one of the five poorest countries in the world.


Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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