Africa dislikes us. Not just a little. Since we began tracking statistics on Flag Counter a few months ago there have been no visitors from 28 of the 54 recognized sovereign countries on the world’s second largest and second most populated continent. Here are the no-shows:
|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|
|Republic of the Congo (Republic of the Congo)||4,012,809||Brazzaville||French||342,000|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)||71,712,867||Kinshasa||French||2,344,858|
|Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti)||906,000||Djibouti||Arabic, French||23,200|
|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|
|Gambia (Republic of The Gambia)||1,517,000||Banjul||English||10,380|
|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|
|Malawi (Republic of Malawi)||12,884,000||Lilongwe||English, Chichewa||118,484|
|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|
|Togo (Togolese Republic)||6,100,000||Lomé||French||56,785|
But, it gets worse. If we take all of the visitors from the rest of the continent combined, we have less than 500 people partaking of the forbidden fruit of our looms. So, out of over one billion people, .000005% fellow humans that call Africa their home know about Comics A-Go-Go! That just makes us sad.
And, just so you don’t think our site is invisible to everyone else in the world, we have had 80 visitors from Iran, 75 from Saudi Arabia, 51 from China, and 34 from Syria. And those are places that shouldn’t even be able to access the Internet outside their repressive regimes. If we ever get any visitors from Cuba or North Korea, we’re going to shut the blog down and hide in our bomb shelter. And, for more perspective we’ve had over 45,000 visitors from the rest of the world (represented by 168 countries and territories) since we attached the Flag Counter widget a few months ago. Not surprisingly, most are from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, although we’ve had healthy volumes from Brazil (Oi) and India (Namaste).
OK, in fairness our superficial website is probably not top-of-mind for a lot of Africans what with their countries in turmoil, their limited access to reliable electricity and Internet-enabled devises, and a legitimate preoccupation with disease and starvation. But that image of Africa is narrow. There are plenty of places like Lagos, Nigeria and Cairo, Egypt that have open access to the world’s most irresponsible blog.
Oh, yeah. Here’s another interesting stat from another continent: 1.25% of the population of Vatican City has visited our website (i.e., one person) We don’t know if Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni came to read the Pope Francis with Fester Addams post if he was looking for Power Girl cosplayers.
Anyway, we look forward to getting visits from you guys over in The Congo(s), Burkina Faso, Gambia, South Sudan, and the rest of you. Drop us a line sometime. By the way, getting back to the DRC and Congo-Brazzaville for a sec, sorry about the offensive stuff from Tintin in the Congo. Blame the Belgians.
Dr. Sir Charles Robert Mugu, Esq.
Incidentally, we’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. We’re particularly disappointed that no one from our motherland, Seychelles*, has visited us. We bought a patch of property on Bird Island (virtually) and go there as often as we can (never). We’ve spent plenty of time in Victoria (wishful thinking), fought off a shark in Praslin (uh, thank goodness, no), and ridden tortoises while hunting for treasure on Silhouette (that we actually have done … maybe). So, where’s the love?
*And finally, here’s your pronunciation guide for today. Seychelles is pronounced “Say SHELLS.” There you go.