6 interesting facts about Chad you probably never knew

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola Aug 11, 2019 at 08:00am

August 11, 2019 at 08:00 am | Opinions & Features

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

August 11, 2019 at 08:00 am | Opinions & Features

The Zakouma National Park in Chad offers refuge, protection and hope of survival to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world. Pic credit: spazidavventura.com

Officially the Republic of Chad, this desert filled country has several regions; a desert zone in the north, the arid Sahelian belt in the centre and the fertile Sudanian Savanna in the South.

With a population of 15 million people – 22.4 per cent of it being urban – Chad is the world’s 22nd-largest country.

Referred to as the “Dead Heart of Africa”, Chad is surrounded by Libya to the North, Sudan to the East; Niger, Nigerian and Cameroon to the West and the Central African Republic to the South. Its capital city, N’Djamena, is the largest city and currently the most expensive city to live in Africa.

Chad is a dominant Arabic country and its official languages are Arabic and French. It is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups and its popular religion is Islam and Christianity.

Despite the unrest in Chad, it can boast of some of the world’s valued resources. Its president, Idriss Deby, has ruled Chad since 1990, surviving coup attempts and civil war.

Below are some interesting facts about Chad you probably didn’t know about:

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