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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.

Pumpkin Roti Flatbread

Pumpkin Roti Flatbread

Roti is a flatbread many South African Indians consider a staple food.

Roti is similar to a Spanish flour tortilla and eaten in a similar way. Recipes for appetizers, snacks, entrees, and even desserts all start with a roti. Making homemade roti is the perfect time to use your infused oils and add that extra extraness to your meal.


Roti is a flatbread many South African Indians consider a staple food

Pumpkin Roti Flatbread

Ingredients
1 cup canned mash pumpkin
2 ½ cups Durum wheat flour (you can use regular wheat flour or all-purpose the texture will be different)
Pinch of salt

Directions
Mix flour and salt then add pumpkin to make dough by hand. Add water or more flour depending on the dough’s consistency. 

The dough should feel slightly sticky to the touch but not stick to your hands. 

Knead the dough and roll it into small balls of equal sizes. On medium heat add one tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan or griddle. 

Roll out the dough into round shapes using rolling pin. Place rolled dough into the hot pan. Cook until lightly brown and flip to lightly brown the other side. 

Remove from heat and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Add more oil to the pan as needed.


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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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