9 Interesting facts about the culturally diverse Chad

Interesting Facts About Chad

01. Chad is culturally and linguistically diverse. It is known as the Babel tower of the modern world since it has more than 200 ethnic groups and more than 100 languages. Arabic and French are national languages, but most of the population speaks at least two or more languages other than this.

2. The Tibesti Mountains are home to the Toubou tribe meaning mountain people, who engage in camel racing as a sport. Competitions are held occasionally to determine the village champions. Tourists from across the world visit the mountains purposely to participate in camel racing.

3. Did you know, that Chad has a shortage of doctors? For every 23,600 people in Chad, there is only one Chadian doctor available. This is one of Chad’s biggest challenges in terms of overall development.

4. The only television station in the country—Tele-Tchad—is state owned. Radio is the main source of media coverage.

5. The Guelta d’Archei is probably the most famous guelta in the Sahara. It is located in the Ennedi Plateau, in north-eastern Chad, south-east of the town of Fada. The Guelta d’Archei is inhabited by several kinds of animals, most notably the Nile crocodile. Caravans come at the Guelta d’Archei to replenish water supplies, wash and rest.

6. It might sound strange, but it is a custom in Chad for future Chadian husbands to work for their father-in-law for 3 years. It is also common for him to make straw mats and build a hut for his mother-in-law to shade her from the Sun.

7. Did you know, that If your hands are dirty you must offer your wrist when you meet someone? If their hands are also dirty you will both offer wrists and perform a ‘wrist-shake’, rather than hand shake.

8. Women from Chad still follow the ancient habit to deform their bodies, particularly the face including their lips, the different subjects such as plates or discs. They consider it to be gorgeous as the beauty is highly estimated here.

9. A long metal trumpet, the kakaki is one of the most prominent symbols of this country, and also a fun fact about Chad. Only men are allowed to play it and it symbolizes power. The kakaki is used in lots of traditional ceremonies all over the country, but it can also be found in other countries where the Hausa people are encountered: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, and Benin.

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