Morocco’s records include for the individual with the greatest number of descendants – Emperor Moulay Ismail is said to have fathered 525 sons and 342 daughters
Namibia’s 2008 records include the largest meteorite, 2.7 metres long by 2.4 metres wide, and estimated to weigh 59 tonnes. The country also has the world’s largest underground lake, and the fastest 200m sprint
South Africa’s entries in the records book include those for the first heart transplant, the tree with the deepest roots, and for climbing a mountain – while walking backwards.
Swaziland’s entries reflect just how much HIV/Aids has had an impact on the country; it also features a very young king.
Some of the top African intellectuals include Wole Soyinka, Mahmood Mamdani and Ali Mazrui. But the list is far from exhaustive.