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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.

Senzeni na South African Anti‐Apartheid Song

Senzeni na is a famous South African anti-apartheid song. Senzeni na, a powerful song was frequently sung during funerals and anti-apartheid demonstrations. 

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About the South African Anti‐Apartheid Song

Zulu is the language of the Zulu people. 10 million people speak Zulu, and most of them (95%) live in South Africa.

Senzeni na is a Zulu language South African anti-apartheid song. Apartheid is the Afrikaans name given by the white-ruled South Africa's Nationalist Party in 1948 for the institutionalized system of racial segregation. 

The international community begun to take notice of Apartheid after white South African police opened fire on unarmed black protesters in the town of Sharpeville in 1960, killing 69 people and wounding 186 others. 

Senzeni na, a powerful song was frequently sung during funerals and anti-apartheid demonstrations. Apartheid officially ended in 1994. 

  Senzeni Lyrics and English Translation.

Senzeni na Senzeni na? What have we done?
Sono sethu, ubumyama? Our sin is that we are black?
Sono sethu yinyaniso? Our sin is the truth.
Sibulawayo. They are killing us.
Mayibuye i Africa. Let Africa return.

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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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