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Did you know?

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: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew

Chad has numerous languages with over 120 in fact, the official languages in Chad are Arabic and French. باذنجان (eggplant in Arabic and aubergine in French) Ragoût de Aubergine  is a time-honored Chadian recipe using eggplants cooked with okra and peanut butter.

Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew


Ingredients
1 eggplant cubed
2 cups fresh okra, chopped
10 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper chopped
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
Salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
Water to cover

Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew
Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew 
Directions
Add all ingredients to a large pot except peanut butter and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for half an hour, or until the vegetables are tender. Mix peanut butter until a smooth sauce forms. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Serve with white or brown rice or with boiled green plantains.

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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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