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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

2014 MTV African Music Awards

MTV African Music Awards

MTV African Music Awards 2009
MTV African Music Awards 2009

MTV (MusicTelevision) collaborated with the Telecommunications Corporation Zain Nigeria to produce the first annual African Music Awards aka the “MAMA’s” in 2008.

MTV African Music Awards
MTV African Music Awards 2008

The historical program debuted in Abuja, Nigeria in the velodrome (cycling stadium) on November 22, 2008. The star-studded music awards program featured Artist of the Year, Best Alternative, Best Female, Best Group, Best Hip-Hop, Best Live Performance, Best Male, Best New Act, Best R&B, Rock, Afro-Pop, Funk, and Soul music stars from many African countries.

MTV African Music Awards 2010
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter

French Montana and Trey Songz performed at the 2014 African Music Awards and Kenyan actor Lupita Nyong’o took home the award for Personality of the Year.

MTV African Music Awards Hosts:

2008- Trevor Nelson

2009- Wyclef Jean

2010- Eve

2011-2013 - On hiatus

2014- Marlon Wayans

2015 - Anthony Anderson

2016 - Bonang Matheba, Yemi Alade and Nomzamo Mbatha

2017 - On hiatus, Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President of Viacom International Media Network Africa said the company is working to reinvent the MAMA to create a deeper music experience.

2018 - On hiatus, Okosi allude to internal structures are being put in place in a bid to evolve the show. “We are always looking for opportunities to make the MAMAs happen. We are working hard and we’ve looked at the show in terms of how to evolve it because we do believe that MAMA is the epitome of all awards shows… so we are working very hard to make it happen”

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (previously MTV Networks Africa) is a subsidiary of Viacom.


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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