Africa has the second highest population amongst the whole continents. Algeria is the largest country in Africa based on the size of the area but based on population, Nigeria is the largest.
Africa is generally agreed to be the place of origin for humans and the great apes (Hominidae clade). Proof of that is based on the discovery of the first hominids and subsequent ones as far back as seven million years ago.
The continent has had its share of rough years as she continues struggling to gain a place and recognition amongst other continents in the world.