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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.

Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down

Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down anecdotes, myths, and legends.


 
Baobab Tree Art
Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down 

Common names for the baobab tree are cream of tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, tabaldi, and mowana.

Why is the baobab tree called the upside down tree?
The gigantic trunk of the baobab tree leads upwards to branches resembling the roots of a tree, which is why it has often been referred to as the upside-down tree.

The baobab is also known as the tree of life. It is also legendary for its gigantic size growing to more than 70 feet high and 35 feet in diameter, its canopy spreading to 235 feet.

Baobab legend
Baobabs provide food, water, shelter and belief water collected from the seeds, leaves, and roots relieve sickness.


Baobab proverb
“Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.”


Baobab myth
Some African tribes believe if you drink water in which a baobabs’ seeds have been soaked you will be safe from crocodile attacks.


Seven Baobab Facts

Baobab trees live to be 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known trees.

The Baobab tree is a strange looking tree that grows in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia.

It can grow to enormous sizes and carbon dating indicates that they may live to be 3,000 years old.

One ancient hollow Baobab tree in Zimbabwe is so large that up to 40 people can shelter inside its trunk.

Various Baobabs have been used as a shop, a prison, a house, a storage barn, and a bus shelter.

The tree is certainly very different from any other.

The trunk is smooth and shiny, not at all like the bark of other trees, and it is pinkish grey or sometimes copper colored.

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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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