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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.

Symbol of an Executioner's Power

Adinkra’s are African visual symbols created in West Africa.

Adinkra symbols represent a feeling or simple saying in other words Adinkra are symbols that represent concepts or sayings telling a story without words.

”Look at your past and you will recognize your future”

aya

Aya, the fern is the symbol for independence meaning I am not afraid of you.

sepow

Sepow is the symbol of an executioner's power. It was a dagger, which the executioner plunged into the condemned mouth to prevent them from conjuring up a curse on the king before death.

Masie

Masie symbolizes the saying I understand and will keep your confidence.

Gyenyame

Gye Nyame represents the phrase except God I fear none.

Nsoromaa

Nsoroma symbolizes the saying that you are a child of the sky resting with God and not depending upon yourself.

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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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