100+ Africa Trivia Questions and Answers

The African continent, people, and cultures would easily fill up a whole set of multiple-choice questions for a trivia game. So, we thought we would put together some trivia questions and answers on the second largest continent in the world.

Africa Trivia

So, let’s test out your African trivia knowledge first off with a few trivia Africa residents and enthusiasts should know.

  • There are 54 countries in the African continent.
  • The largest city in Africa is Kinshasa.
  • The Sahara Desert in Egypt is the largest desert in the world.
  • Africa is sandwiched by two Oceans, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The African City of Cape Town is also known as “The Mother City.

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Africa Trivia Questions and Answers

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QuestionsAnswers
How many Olympic Games have been hosted in Africa?▶ Zero
What is the largest lake in Africa?▶ Lake Victoria
South Africa completely surrounds which other African nation?▶ Lesotho
SpaceX was founded by what South African-born inventor?▶ Elon Musk
What dish, made from crushed durum wheat, is a staple of western North Africa?▶ Couscous
Which sea separates the East African coast and the Saudi Arabian peninsula?▶ Red Sea
The port city of Luanda is the capital city of which African country?▶ Angola
What holiday, celebrated December 26 to January 1, is named after the Swahili word for “first”?▶ Kwanzaa
What African country was officially known as Zaire between 1971 and 1997?▶ The Democratic Republic of the Congo
In terms of geographical area, what is the largest country in Africa?▶ Algeria
In which century did the Kingdom of Axum convert to Christianity?▶ 4th century
Which ancient African civilization developed the Ge’ez script?▶ Aksum
What ancient African kingdom was located in modern-day Ethiopia?▶ Aksum
What is the largest country in Africa by area?▶ Algeria
What is the traditional religion of the Zulu people?▶ Ancestor worship
What is the name of the traditional Somali nomadic house?▶ Aqal
What is the name of the West African talking drum?▶ Djembe
Which African civilization was known for the creation of the Benin Bronzes?▶ Edo
Which ancient African civilization built the Great Pyramid of Giza?▶ Egypt
What is the official language of Kenya?▶ English
Which African country was never colonized?▶ Ethiopia
Which African country has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites?▶ Ethiopia
In which African country is the Gada system, a traditional democratic political system, practiced?▶ Ethiopia
What is the main religion of Ethiopia?▶ Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity
In Maasai culture, what is the traditional coming-of-age ceremony for young men called?▶ Eunoto
Which African religion involves the worship of Vodun spirits?▶ Fon (Benin)
What is the official language of Senegal?▶ French
What is the smallest country in mainland Africa?▶ Gambia
What was the official language of the ancient Aksumite Empire?▶ Ge’ez
The Kingdom of Mali was famous for its abundant supply of which valuable metal?▶ Gold
What is the capital city of Zimbabwe?▶ Harare
Who was the female pharaoh who ruled ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom period?▶ Hatshepsut
What was the name of the ancient Egyptian writing system?▶ Hieroglyphics
The Swahili people established trade centers along the coast of which ocean?▶ Indian Ocean
What is the sacred Zulu dance performed during ceremonies and celebrations?▶ Indlamu
What is the traditional Ethiopian bread made from teff flour?▶ Injera
What is the main religion of Senegal?▶ Islam
What is the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony called?▶ Jebena
What is the name of the Ghanaian cloth with colorful and symbolic patterns?▶ Kente
What is the traditional Malian string instrument with 21 strings?▶ Kora
What is the name of the Kenyan festival celebrating music, food, and fashion?▶ Koroga Festival
What was the capital city of the ancient Ghana Empire?▶ Kumbi Saleh
The Kingdom of Axum conquered which ancient African kingdom around 350 AD?▶ Kush
Which African city is the most populous?▶ Lagos
What is the largest lake in Africa?▶ Lake Victoria
The Garamantes were an ancient civilization located in which modern-day country?▶ Libya
Which African ethnic group is known for their traditional beadwork?▶ Maasai
Which African island nation is known for its unique flora and fauna?▶ Madagascar
In Moroccan culture, what is the name of the traditional mint tea?▶ Maghrebi
Which ancient African civilization constructed the Great Mosque of Djenné?▶ 
In which African country is Timbuktu located?▶ [blur toggle=click]Mali
Who was the famous Mali emperor who made a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324?▶ Mansa Musa
What is the name of the traditional Maasai dwelling?▶ Manyatta
Which African musical genre originated in South Africa in the early 20th century?▶ Marabi
What African country is home to the Atlas Mountains?▶ Morocco
What is the highest peak in Africa?▶ Mount Kilimanjaro
Which African people are known for their lip plate tradition?▶ Mursi
In which African country is the Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located?▶ Namibia
In which African country is the cultural festival called Gerewol celebrated?▶ Niger
Which African country has the largest population?▶ Nigeria
Which African country is known for the Yoruba people and their beliefs?▶ Nigeria
Which major African river did the ancient Egyptian civilization depend on?▶ Nile
What is the longest river in Africa?▶ Nile
Which ancient African kingdom was famous for its terracotta sculptures?▶ Nok
What is a traditional Nigerian dish made from yams and often served with soups or stews?▶ Pounded yam
Which ancient African civilization created the Merotic script?▶ Nubia
What was the main religion of the ancient Carthaginian civilization?▶ Punic polytheism
What African country is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”?▶ Rwanda
What is the largest desert in Africa?▶ Sahara
What was the primary trading commodity of the ancient city of Carthage?▶ Purple dye
What is the currency of South Africa?▶ Rand
What is the traditional Zulu greeting that means “I see you”?▶ Sawubona
What is the name of the traditional Masai weapon resembling a short sword?▶ Seme
Which African country has Lake Retba, known for its pink-colored waters?▶ Senegal
Which African country is the smallest by area?▶ Seychelles
The Great Zimbabwe was a city built by which African civilization?▶ Shona
The ancient Land of Punt was likely located in which modern-day country?▶ Somalia
In Moroccan culture, what is the traditional name for a market?▶ Souk
The ancient city of Axum is known for its towering stone monuments called what?▶ Stelae
Which African country has the highest number of pyramids?▶ Sudan
What is the world’s longest-running civil war, occurring in Africa?▶ Sudan
What African country is home to the Serengeti National Park?▶ Tanzania
What is the name of the traditional Ethiopian honey wine?▶ Tej
Which ancient African city was a major center of learning and Islamic scholarship?▶ Timbuktu
The ancient city of Carthage was located in which modern-day country?▶ Tunisia
What is the name of the South African philosophy that emphasizes humanity and interconnectedness?▶ Ubuntu
In which country is the source of the Nile River located?▶ Uganda
In which African country is the cultural practice called “Imbalu,” a circumcision ceremony, performed?▶ Uganda
Which African country has a dragon’s blood tree, native only to its islands?▶ Yemen (Socotra)
Which West African religion involves the worship of Orishas?▶ Yoruba
What is the staple starch in West African cuisine made from oat flour, maize, wheat, plantain, yams, cassava, corn, rice, or semolina?▶ Fufu
What is the South African dish made of minced meat and spices, topped with an egg and milk mixture, and baked?▶ Bobotie
What is the name of the Ethiopian stew made with spicy berbere seasoning?▶ Doro wat
What is the Moroccan dish cooked in a clay pot called a tagine?▶ Tagine
What is the name of the Nigerian soup thickened with ground seeds, usually served with fufu?▶ Egusi
What is the Tunisian dish made with layers of thin pastry filled with meat, vegetables, and spices?▶ Brik
What is the name of the South African dried and cured meat snack?▶ Biltong
What is the name of the Kenyan dish made from cornmeal?▶ Ugali
What is the name of the North African semolina-based dish, often served with vegetables and meat?▶ Couscous
What is the name of the spicy Senegalese fish and rice dish?▶ Thieboudienne

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Tim majored in Humanities with a bachelor in English and Theatre at New York State University. He lectured on entertainment business studies for three years at Plymouth College.

Tim has been a trivia host in his current hometown of Pittsburgh for the past two years. He enjoys hanging out with people who love trivia just as much as he does.

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