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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.

Traditional Recipe for Eggplant Fritters

Popular in Central and West Africa, eggplant fruit and leaves can be fried, grilled, stuffed, roasted, and cooked in soups and stews.


Eggplants and garden eggs in some regions of Africa are a vegetable grown in the subtropics and tropics. The name eggplant originates from the shape of the fruit. Eggplant has chemicals that can cause digestive upset if eaten raw, so is frequently cooked. The leaves and fruits of eggplants are eaten boiled, steamed, pickled, or in soups and stews with eggplant leaves, other vegetables or meats.

The Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria traditionally welcome visitors into their homes by offering the fruits customarily along with kola-nuts and seeds of alligator pepper.

Traditional Recipe for Eggplant Fritters Ingredients and Directions

1. Boil your desired amount of eggplants in salted water mixed with a little lemon juice.

2. When tender, skin, drain and mash the eggplant.

3. For every cup of pulp, add one-half cup full of flour, two well-beaten eggs, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Shape into fritters and fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.

5. Sprinkle with salt, curry powder or your desired spice while still warm.

Serve Eggplant Fritters hot with rice or boiled yams, and vegetables.

West Africa eggplant fruit

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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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