Africa's 2010 news quiz

Test your knowledge

It's the end of a busy year for Africa, with the football World Cup, one coup, two attempted coups and much more. But what do you remember about the quirkier headlines? Test your knowledge in our annual quiz.

A South African football fan at the World Cup

1.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi NOT do?

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi photographed in October 2010
  1. Upset Christians by saying Jesus was HIV-positive
  2. Warn Europeans their continent would "turn black" because of illegal migration
  3. Anger Nigerians by recommending the country split into two parts - one Muslim and one Christian

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Why was an airport statue of South Africa's King Shaka removed?

  1. Travellers complained the royal figure was unclothed
    Original statue of Shaka Zulu at Durban airport (AFP)
  2. Royal officials were unhappy the warrior Zulu king did not carry a spear
    Statue of Shaka Zulu (AFP)
  3. The current Zulu king complained that the markings on Shaka's shield were incorrect
    King Goodwill Zwelithini

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who urged Kenyans to give up meat this year?

A Kenya butcher sorts through a pile of tripe
  1. The land minister, as meat was in short supply due to the drought
  2. A woman who paraded through the Nairobi's streets in a dress of spinach
  3. Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, as grazing was harming the environment

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What upset Zambian MP George Mpombo when he was jailed?

Zambia's former Defence Minister George Mpombo at Ndola's magistrate  cells after being sentenced to 60 days (Picture by Abel Mambwe)
  1. That prisoners get no soap to do their laundry
  2. That he just missed out on a massive jail-break by fellow prisoners
  3. That inmates don't get breakfast

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which organisation threatened to ban vuvuzelas, the plastic horns blown by World Cup fans in South Africa?

  1. The BBC, following complaints from viewers that the noise sounded like a drone of bees during matches
    A South African blowing a vuvuzela (AFP)
  2. The Nazareth Baptist Church, which said fans had stolen its traditional horn used in pilgrimages
    South African fans blowing vuvuzelas (AFP)
  3. World football's governing body Fifa because it was not receiving a cut of the profits
    Vuvuzelas for sale in South Africa (AFP)

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these three public figures said the following on announcing their retirement this year?

  1. Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "Let me give a chance to the youngsters"
    Desmond Tutu (Getty Images)
  2. Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie: "The time has now come to slow down"
    Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie
  3. South Africa's first black cricketer Makhaya Ntini: "I have so many great memories"
    Makhaya Ntini (AFP)

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Who ordered whom to go on an anger management course?

  1. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe sent his Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on a course after a public spat over their power-sharing deal
    Morgan Tsvangirai (left) and Robert Mugabe (right) photographed in August 2010 (AFP)
  2. South Africa's ANC party sent its youth leader Julius Malema on one for criticising the president
    Julius Malema in September 2010 (AFP)
  3. Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan ordered Sani Kaita on a course after he kicked a Greek player, getting a red card during a World Cup match
    NigeriaN midfielder Sani Kaita (AFP)

8.) Multiple Choice Question

What initiative did African leaders push for this year to halt the advance of the Sahara Desert?

  1. Paying nomads to include drought-resistance seeds in their camels' feed so tree seedlings would sprout in their dung
    Camels in the Sahara desert
  2. Organising Sahel countries to do co-ordinated cloud seeding in April
    A man stands by water in the Sahara desert (AFP)
  3. Planting a tree belt across Africa from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east
    Drought resistant saplings


  1. It was a South African pastor who sparked fury with his sermons saying Jesus had HIV. Col Gaddafi said in August that the EU should pay Libya at least (£4bn; $6.3bn) a year to stop illegal immigration and avoid Europe "turning into Africa". In March he said Nigeria should split up to stop communal violence. He later went on to say it should be divided into several states along ethnic lines.
  2. King Shaka - who founded the Zulu kingdom and was famous for his military tactics - is traditionally depicted bearing arms. The statue was removed in June from Durban's new airport as he was shown unarmed and surrounded by cattle.
  3. It was campaigner Michelle Odhiambo, dubbed "the Lettuce Lady", who said her dress was intended to convince Kenyans to give up popular dishes such as roast meat, known as "nyama choma".
  4. Zambia's former Defence Minister George Mpombo, who was jailed for 60 days for issuing a cheque that bounced, said he was appalled at prison conditions and that breakfast is not served to prisoners.
  5. Members of South Africa's Nazareth Baptist Church, better known as Shembe, said the vuvuzela had its origins in the traditional long metal trumpet used by its pilgrims and should not be used by football fans.
  6. When Makhaya Ntini, 33, retired from international cricket after 12 years in November, he said: "I have so many great memories, which I will carry with me for the rest of my life." The same month Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie dropped out of his first New York Marathon saying: "Let me give a chance to the youngsters", but reversed his decision to retire a week later. South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu stepped down from public life on his 79th birthday. Announcing the decision he said: "The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoon."
  7. ANC officials found Julius Malema had brought the party into disrepute for criticising President Jacob Zuma - and he was also forced to make a public apology for dividing the party. Zimbabwe's leaders have had a fractious relationship all year and the Nigerian president at one time sacked the Super Eagles for their poor performance, but no anger management courses were prescribed in these cases.
  8. African leaders met in Chad in June about the Great Green Wall project, conceived five years ago but not started because of a lack of funding. The tree belt is intended be 15km (nine miles) wide and 7,775km (4,831 miles) long.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Dead in the dung

3 - 5 : Sapling success

6 - 8 : Drought resistant

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