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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.

Bitter Kola Nuts Good for What Ails You

Bitter kola is a cherished and revered ancient nut plant with real major health benefits to West and Central African people.

Bitter Kola is not to be confused with the kola nut.

Bitter kola is a type of nut mostly found in tropical zones in the forests throughout West and Central Africa.

Bitter cola nuts come from the Garcinia kola tree, traditionally these nuts were used as medicine and nowadays the nuts of the tree is still used to treat many ailments. Bitter kola’s value as medication for weight loss, a sore throat, upset stomach, ulcers, and liver disorders is priceless medicinally and spiritually to West and Central African people.

Bitter kola energizer drink is very popular in Serra Leone and is used as a substitute for hops in brewing beer in some African countries. Bitter Kola is especially useful in preventing beer spoilage. Bitter kola is also known as a food that has the ability to ward off evil spirits. Chewing on the seeds of the bitter kola tree is rumored to have the same effect as a little blue pill treating sexual dysfunction. 

In 2014 there were fake reports of bitter kola cured infectious diseases such as HIV-AIDS and the Ebola virus.  In central Nigeria, it was reported Ebola was cured after warm water mixed with salt and then eating bitter kola nuts were consumed by a woman. Bitter kola was thought to possess antiviral properties.

Bitter Kola is not to be confused with the caffeine-rich larger sized kola nut. The kola nut is culturally very important for West and Central tribes in traditional ceremonies, special events and welcoming visitors.  

But deforestation and the conversion of forests for development and plantations has reduced the number of wild bitter cola trees. Demand for bitter kola is great in Nigeria and the ability to store the nuts and use them fresh or dried makes this an ideally versatile product to generate income for the family.

Selling nuts at an African market by qtea


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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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