Africa! Africa! Wherefore art thou?

21 May

[This post was updated 9/22/2013 since I’ve had several new visitors from African countries including representatives from five additional countries from which no one had visited by May 21, 2013. 

Since I began tracking statistics on Flag Counter a few months ago there have been no visitors from a significant chunk of the world’s second largest and second most populated continent.  Of the 54 total geographic entities identified by Flag Counter that have not been represented in visitors to my website, 23 of them are from Africa. Here is a list of those missing:

Name (official name) Population Capital Official language(s) Area (km2)
Benin (Republic of Benin) 8,439,000 Porto Novo French 112,622
Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso) 13,228,000 Ouagadougou French 274,000
Burundi (Republic of Burundi) 7,548,000 Bujumbura Kirundi, French 27,830
Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde) 420,979 Praia Portuguese 4,033
Central African Republic (Central African Republic) 4,216,666 Bangui Sango, French 622,984
Chad (Republic of Chad) 10,146,000 N’Djamena French, Arabic 1,284,000
Comoros (Union of the Comoros) 798,000 Moroni Arabic, French, Comorian 2,235
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 71,712,867 Kinshasa French 2,344,858
Equatorial Guinea (Republic of Equatorial Guinea) 504,000 Malabo Spanish, French, Portuguese 28,051
Eritrea (State of Eritrea) 5,880,000 Asmara Tigrinya, Arabic, English 117,600
Gabon (Gabonese Republic) 1,384,000 Libreville French 267,668
Guinea (Republic of Guinea) 9,402,000 Conakry French 245,857
Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau) 1,586,000 Bissau Portuguese 36,125
Liberia (Republic of Liberia) 3,283,000 Monrovia English 111,369
Mali (Republic of Mali) 13,518,000 Bamako French 1,240,192
Mauritania (Islamic Republic of Mauritania) 3,069,000 Nouakchott Arabic 1,030,700
Niger (Republic of Niger) 13,957,000 Niamey French 1,267,000
São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe) 157,000 São Tomé Portuguese 964
Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles) 80,654 Victoria English, French, Seychellois Creole 451
Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone) 6,144,562 Freetown English 71,740
Somalia (Somali Republic) 9,832,017 Mogadishu Somali, Arabic 637,657
South Sudan (Republic of South Sudan) 8,260,490 Juba English 644,329
Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland) 1,032,000 Lobamba English, Swati 17,364

source: Wikipedia

The population count in all of these countries combined is just under 200 million.

My site isn’t invisible, even to areas I didn’t expect to have visitors. I’ve had 159 visitors from Iran, 111 from Saudi Arabia, 88 from China, and 43 from Syria [as of 9/22/2013]. I have even had one from Cuba. Still no one from North Korea, surprise, surprise. I’ve had over 80,000 visitors from the rest of the world (represented by 187 countries and territories) since I attached the Flag Counter widget a few months ago (if I understand Flag Counter, that’s new visitors, not repeat visitors). Not surprisingly, most are from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, although I’ve had healthy volumes from Brazil (Oi) and India (Namaste).

Access to the Internet is limited for a lot of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa because a lot of that region is plagued by the lack of electricity, which is something I rail against in another post. Obviously, I’d love to have a lot more visitors from Africa, but I think that desire is a bit shallow when compared to the greater necessity for modern resources. But at any rate, welcome Africa. It’s great to know you’re stumbling on my blog and I hope you find something interesting herein.

African Continent Outline with African Colors

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