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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.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful Ears

West African Folktale Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful Ears

West African Folktale  Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful Ears

West African Folktale
Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful Ears

A long time ago, when the world was much quieter and younger than it is now, people told and believed many strange stories about wonderful things which none of us have ever seen. 

In those very early times, in West Africa, there lived a Mosquito and a beautiful ear ready for marriage. 

There were all sorts of living things courting the beautiful ear professing their undying love. 

Ear had a difficult time making a decision, then along came mosquito.


“I want you to be my wife”, said Mosquito.

Ear said “marry you, are you serious? You are a tiny weak mosquito and will be dead before the week is over, I will never marry the likes of you!”

Mosquito was really hurt by all that Ear said. It was very embarrassing to be talked to like that in front of all the other living things. 

They began whispering and snickering to each other as mosquito flew away. Mosquito said to himself "dead before the week is over, we will see about that!" 

And from that day forward, whenever Mosquito sees a beautiful Ear, he flies up to her and whispers, “Here I am, I am not dead” This is why mosquitoes buzz only in beautiful ears.

African Folktales Six Facts

There is a rich, fertile legacy of folklore from Africa.

In Africa, folktales are a means of handing down traditions and customs from one generation to the next.

African folktales stories reflect the culture where animals have supernatural powers.

African folktales usually have sly animals and spirits as the main characters.

Ananse is one of the most beloved African folktale characters. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories.

Reading African folktales will help kids make connections to their cultural heritage.

Read the African Tall Tale Folklore story - Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful Ears to your school today.
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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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