The Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa) is located south of the equator, in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. The Polynesian group of islands known as Samoa consists of two main islands Upolu and Savai'i and seven smaller islets.
According to legend, Samoa is known as the “Cradle of Polynesia” because Savai‘i island is said to be Hawaiki, the Polynesian homeland. Samoan culture is undoubtedly central to Polynesian life, and its styles of music, dance, and visual art have gained renown throughout the Pacific islands and the world. The country’s international image is that of a tropical paradise inhabited by tourist-friendly flower-wreathed peoples. Yet this belies the economic, social, and political challenges of this diverse and evolving Pacific microstate. Samoa gained its independence from New Zealand in 1962 after more than a century of foreign influence and domination, but it remains a member of the Commonwealth. The country was known as Western Samoa until 1997. Its capital and main commercial centre is Apia, on the island of Upolu.
In Africa at least, Nigeria is hugely powerful and is, for my money, the most influential nation.
Has the largest GDP in some way after it rebased GDP in 2014.
From a government perspective it does not get along with South Africa, the other "power" in Africa, and is not afraid to show it. It treats South Africa with disdain and dismissively showing that it has the balance of power in the relationship. The South African government seems to have no semblance of a response. Take for example the fine of MTN a South African mobile company that is the second-largest emerging markets player after Airtel. There is no doubt that MTN was in the wrong and deserved sanction but they were fined US$1,000 per subscriber when the ARPU for the offending subscribers is US$8 per month. The fine is a staggering US$5bn and is basically the value of MTN's entire mobile business in essence a f*ck off fine. Standard Bank, a South African bank that is the largest in South Africa by Assets (not profits or market capitalization) is in regulatory trouble as well under less than clear circumstances. South Africa was until 2012 the largest investor on the continent (not in Nigeria as oil-producing countries predominate Nigeria's FDI) but has now fallen to third place behind the UK and US but its investments are still significant and larger than China's for example, but Nigeria's actions are clear to South Africa: we don't want or need you and your capital here. That is power. South Africa looked as though it was in pole position to invest in the non-oil sectors of the economy Nigeria seeks to develop, especially in light of the drop in oil prices and therefore revenues but I think it is clear that South Africa is not invited and if it still wants to invest anyway (which everyone expects anyway) it will be at the pleasure and possibly even whims of the Nigerian government.
Nigeria is in the league of few nations that actively and profitably export their culture. Nollywood ranks alongside Bollywood, Holywood, British Film, and Television as regularly exported cultural products opening up new and lucrative markets for its artist particularly in South Africa. In the most recent copy of Forbes magazine, South Africa's self-proclaimed prince if hip hop, AKA, cited Nigerian artists as those who've got it right in terms of plying their trade.
Nigeria is home to the richest black man in Aliko Dangote.
Nigeria's population at circa 180m, mineral resources, arable land, and people who are very industrious who are used to less enabling environments (military dictatorships until 1999 for example) seems poised for growth too tantalizing for the world to ignore and even under great difficulty many people are sizing up and embarking on the arduous adventure of Nigerian operations where the infrastructure and various other macro enablements are underdeveloped.
In terms of power, I don't see a more powerful state on the continent.
@happyostrich128 Anguilla, island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, a British overseas territory. It is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles and lies about 12 miles (19 km) north of the island of Saint Martin and 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Saint Kitts.
Islands that lie on the Caribbean plate are called the "West Indies". They are divided into two regions: The Antilles and the Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands (which are not actually in the Caribbean sea, but the Atlantic).
There are two sets of islands that make up the "Antilles" (the larger portion of the West Indies): the "Lesser Antilles" and the "Greater Antilles". The "Greater Antilles" are formed of bigger islands like Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti/Dominican Republic. The "Lesser Antilles" include Barbados, St. Barts, Dominica, and, yep, Anguilla! These islands are located in the Eastern part of the Caribbean sea, bordering the Atlantic ocean.
The "Lesser Antilles" breaks down into "Leeward", the northern islands (ex. BVIs), and "Windward", the southern islands (ex. St. Lucia). The name leeward refers to the winds that mainly blow in from the east, touching the "Windward Islands" first, making these islands "downwind/leeward" of them.
Our beloved 39 square mile desert island is located in the Leeward chain of islands, east of Puerto Rico. In fact, it is the most northern island in all of the Caribbean sea.
The closest island to Anguilla is Sint Maarten, four miles south. Just hop on an Anguilla ferry and you will be in "France" in twenty minutes!
Phew, that is the most detailed answer I've ever given to the question "where is Anguilla?" Normally, I just say "near St. Martin" and everyone knows what I'm talking about. 🙂
To see where Anguilla is in relation to other Caribbean islands and North, Central and South America, use the Google Map below.
Saudi Arabia is famous for oil, to be the origin of Islam, Arabian horses, the world's largest sand desert (Rub' Al Khali), the world's largest oasis (Al-Ahsa), Arabian coffee, oil, countless palaces, veiled women, countless mosques, Bedouins on horses, Bedouins on camels, Bedouins with falcons, sword-wielding dance
national flag consisting of a diagonally divided field of yellow-green-yellow-green with a red border; in addition to the six yellow stars in the border, there is a central star in a red disk and, at the hoist, a nutmeg symbol. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 3 to 5.
Sudan, country located in northeastern Africa.
The name Sudan derives from the Arabic expression bilād al-sūdān (“land of the blacks”), by which medieval Arab geographers referred to the settled African countries that began at the southern edge of the Sahara.
For more than a century, Sudan—first as a colonial holding, then as an independent country—included its neighbour South Sudan, home to many sub-Saharan African ethnic groups.
Prior to the secession of the south in 2011, Sudan was the largest African country, with an area that represented more than 8 percent of the African continent and almost 2 percent of the world’s total land area.
Sudan has so much to offer, here are some of the things Sudan is known for.
Meroe Pyramids: Discovering Sudans most striking archaeological site, with a row of superb pyramids.
Kassala: Diving into exotic markets and scrambling around the photogenic Taka Mountains.
Karima: Sweeping away the sandy layers of time and discovering a wealth of pharaonic ruins, tombs and pyramids.
Soleb: Being overawed by a mighty Egyptian temple.
Nuba Mountains: Relishing the lush greenery of the mountains where Africa meets Arabia (but only if its safe).
Kerma: Surveying the world from the top of a mud-brick fortress.
Port Sudan: Diving into a rainbow of colour on the pristine coral reefs of the Sudanese Red Sea.
National Museum: Taking a lesson in history at Sudans best museum.
Naqa: Visiting two spellbinding temples that are some of the finest example of Kushite architecture.
In most survival situations you are burning more calories than normal and you will reach exhaustion quickly within a couple days without food. There is rarely enough plants, berrries, nuts, etc. to provide the estimated 3000 - 6000 calories your body may need, and so fish and meat usually become the main solution. Without calories almost everyone becomes lethargic, uncaring, and hopeless, usually sooner than later.
A Lamia house is in the style of the city of Lamia, Greece . The style may be found along the extreme southwest coast of Italy . Thats the part of Italy where influences remain from the ancient settlement of the area by Greeks. The house tends to be smaller, but roomy and well organized. It tends to be built of stone.