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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.

A goat in Ethiopia accidentally discovered coffee for the world

A goat in Ethiopia accidentally discovered coffee for the world

Legend has it that Kaldi, a goat herder who lived in Ethiopia, accidentally discovered coffee.

Kaldi, a goat herder who lived in Ethiopia, accidentally discovered coffee.

Coffee was accidentally discovered by a goat

One day, Kaldi observed his herd of goats chewing on red cherries from a tree he had never noticed before, after which they became energized.  

After trying them himself, Kaldi brought the cherries to a local monastery, where the monks tossed them in the fire as they disapproved of the idea of using the strange fruit. 

Instead of burning the beans, it actually roasted them. Those roasted beans were used to create the first coffee.


Coffee Beans Growing on a Small Farm
Coffee Beans Growing on a Small Farm

Did you know?

Ethiopia currently has an estimated population of 94 million people with 15 million or 16% of the population depends on coffee for their means of income. Coffee is Ethiopia's most important cash crop and largest export commodity. 

In 2001, Ethiopia's Federal Cooperative Commission opened its coffee export market to direct participation of farming communities. 

What does that mean? It means, coffee grower cooperatives can sell directly to export markets allowing their unions to negotiate Fairtrade agreements, research and comprehensive training and education for Ethiopian cooperative leaders, particularly women and youths.

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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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