I spent hours making this background sheet of important facts on Africa so you don't have to! I use it in my Geography and Global Studies class to launch our Africa unit. You can use it with the Geography Alive textbook or, if students have computer access, with guiding them to do online searches and corroborate answers if they're unsure if the source is reliable.
I allot a class and a half to complete this worksheet, and half a class to go over answers and take questions and comments. You can add another day of jeopardy on these questions, and/or a short quiz on the most important facts. (I'd urge you not to quiz on the nitpicky ones, but facts like Africa having the second largest population and area of any continent are important!)
After doing map work, I follow this with the Africa Country Research Project and Africa Synthesis Essay (both available in my store).