Happy Africa Day From CA Global! Here Are Some of the Best Things About Africa According to the Team
Updated: Jun 2
From the most iconic famous historical sites to their favourite national dishes and unique slang phrases, their answers are a reminder of how special the continent we call home is. See what they had to say below.
The CA Global team on the best things about Africa
Who is your favourite famous African from any point in time?
Angus: Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Aliko Dangote (Nigeria), and Toria Abiola (Nigeria).
Tristan: Mohammed Salah (Egypt). Reason: He scores for fun.
Lise: Kumi Naidoo, a South African human rights and environmental activist. He has been fighting for change ever since the days of apartheid when he was a child activist to the present day, leading global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights. Among his list of notable achievements is being the first African to lead Greenpeace.
What is the most iconic site or place in Africa?
Mark: Robben Island.
Aurélien: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia; Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe; and Robben Island in South Africa.
Jessie: Robben Island. It is where South African President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison and where he formulated the notion of forgiveness and dreamed of a nation free of oppression.
What is your favourite African proverb?
Jamie: “How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time.”
Simone: “You cannot beat a drum with one finger." Meaning: You have to give all your energy and attention to anything you do.
Bryan: "No matter how far a river flows, it can never forget about its origin and so Africa is always in our hearts."
Something you will only find in Africa is…
Scott: The hottest desert in the world.
Namibia, Skeleton Coast - 4x4 route next to dunes and sea
The African Big 5 in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana
Chesanyama - a place where people come together to buy meat from a butcher and have it grilled on an open fire called a braai
A nation with 16 official languages (Zimbabwe)
Loadshedding and the paradox of having power but not being able to use it.
Dylan: The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which is one of the largest original and oldest Christian churches in Africa. It is only surpassed in age by The Church of the East, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Coptic Church of Egypt.
What makes you proud to be an African?
Lukas: Perseverance with a smile.
Nuraan: As much as we all have our differences and it has been a struggle and sometimes continues to be, we have a vast number of rich cultures with so much to learn from every single one. When we do come together, it is a heartwarming and wonderful thing.
Name the top three African songs on your playlist.
Sun El-Musician - 'Akanamali'
Nasty C – 'Black & White'
Samthing Soweto - 'Akulaleki'
CKay ft. Joeboy & Kuami Eugene - 'Love Nwantiti Remix'
WizKid ft. Buju - 'Mood'
WizKid - 'Essence'
Lucky Dube (South Africa) - 'God Bless the Woman'
Franco (Democratic Republic of Congo) - 'Mario'
Mandoza (South Africa) - 'Nkalakatha'
'My African Dream' by Vicky Sampson and anything by
Cartel van Coke, or
Desmond and the Tutus.
What are your favourite African dishes?
George: Jan Ellis Pudding, Bunny Chow, and Potjie
Caleb: Shisa Nyama, Shakshuka and Tajine (especially when it is extra spicy). I love the variation and simplicity in these meals, and they are unmatched when it comes to flavour!
Vivienne: Cape Malay Curry
What is your favourite catchphrase or slang term from Africa?
Shearidan: My favourite catchphrase would have to be from Kenya. The phrase "Hakuna Matata" is not only known in Kenya but internationally, thanks to the famous production The Lion King. The phrase means No Trouble, there are no problems: don't worry about it. I believe The Lion King really gave the phrase a face and created a new respect for the Swahili language.
Leroy: "Ziyakhala ke manje". It is a slang phrase derived from the Zulu language. It's a phrase that means something has reached a pinnacle or a turning point.
What is your favourite town or city in Africa? What's special about it?
Chalden: Cape Town (South Africa) because I've recently moved here and am still discovering all it has to offer.
Aimee: My favourite city in Africa is Cape Town, hands down. Coming from Joburg, what is there not to love? Everything is just a level about the rest – the food, the vibes, the beauty, the culture, and the people.
Emily: A small seaside town in Kenya called Tiwi. Its white beaches, warm ocean with huge rock pools for snorkelling, and cheap, delicious food are just some of the reasons I love it.
Yet another reason to love Africa? It's full of opportunity. Discover your future career with us - visit CA Global's Africa job boards to view the latest jobs in Africa, and apply today. We recruit candidates for mid to senior-level roles across the continent.