Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia in both cases. With an area of 11.7 million square miles including adjacent islands, it covers 6 percent of the Earth's total surface area. It is a continent known for its colossal size, diverse range of languages, landscapes, beliefs and cultural diversity. Africa is the least wealthy continent per capita despite the abundance of natural resources. But recent economic expansion and large young population has made it an important economic market.
This has led to the drastic increase in population, according to the World Population Review over 1.3 billion people live here, accounting for 16 percent of the human population as of 2018. In today's article I am going to share with you ten most populous countries in Africa. As of 2021, Nigeria has the largest population in Africa with over 206 million individuals Ethiopia ranked second with over 115 million inhabitants, Egypt registered the largest population in North Africa, reaching 102 million people.
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