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

All About Senegalese Laamb Wrestling

All About Senegalese Laamb Wrestling
Wrestling is a very popular national sport in Senegal; it is referred to as Laamb and takes root from the wrestling tradition of the Serer people.

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Laamb Wrestling does not traditionally allow striking blows with the hands but since the 1990’s it is standardized with the Lutte Traditionnelle Sans Frappe and Lutte Traditionnelle Avec Frappe for the striking version.

Muhammad "Tyson" Ndao

Laamb wrestling looks like a simple contest between two big strong men fighting in the sand dressed in loincloths but no Africa sports wrestler, regardless of his strength or technical abilities will enter the ring without his marabout.

The marabout in Muslim Africa is believed to have supernatural power. The wrestling competition has many mystical rituals, which are supposed to instill bravery into the wrestler and fear into his opponent. The mystical ritual ceremonies are to ward off bad luck before each fight.

Under the watchful eye of three referees, a fight lasts a few minutes up to 45 minutes and can include a few 5 minute break. The wrestlers fight with bare hands and without any protection however in tradition lamb there is no striking.

The winner is whoever puts his opponent on the ground, whether on his back, butt, stomach, or a combination of hands and knees. When a Laamb wrestler losses he openly mourns and weeps about his loss.

Traditionally Senegal's favorite Africa sport Laamb wrestling was used to prove the strength of the men in the village and to keep neighboring thieves from stealing crops. Senegalese Laamb purists have issues with the Lutte Traditionnelle Avec Frappe striking version and advocate for Laamb to return to the more conventional Greco-Roman style wrestling.

However, Africa sports especially Laamb wrestling has evolved into a widely televised, money-making event and its champions have rock star status.

Becoming a popular wrestler, king of the arena, and making money are why so many young men who are unable to attend school practice wrestling for hours a day.

Muhammad “Tyson” Ndao was one of Senegal’s first wrestling superstars, who fought in the category of heavy and super-heavy fighters of 1995 to 2002.

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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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