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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.

Seven African Countries Are On Both Sides Of The Equator

Info on the location of each African equator country lying on the equatorial bulge, there are seven African countries on both sides of the equator


An equator is an imaginary line around the middle earth. Cities and towns located on the Earth’s equator have the fastest sunrises and sunsets and the transition from day to night takes only a few minutes. The equator divides Earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere and there are seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator.

The equator is located in Kayabwe, Mpigi District in Uganda.
The equator is located in Kayabwe, Mpigi District in Uganda.


Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia are the seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator.


Read on to learn about the location of each African equator country lying on the equatorial bulge.

Republic of the Congo
About 70% of the population of the Congo lives in its capital of Brazzaville, city of Pointe-Noire, or along the railroad between the two cities. Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon. The ethnic groups are Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, Teke 17%, Europeans and other 3%. The equator is located near Impfondo, Republic of the Congo passing through nearly the entire width of the county.

Kenya
Kenya is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Nanyuki Kenya is sort of like the main office for people pursuing the adventure of climbing the highest mountain in Kenya. Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano and is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The median age of the Kenyan people is 19 years old. The Equator passes through nearly the entire width of the Kenya.

Sao Tome and Principe
In the 16th century colonized by the Portuguese becomes a post for slave trade. Sao Tome and Principe was granted independence in 1975. The islands of Sao Tome and Principe are located in Central Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, just north of the Equator, and west of Gabon. This African country is the second smallest country in Africa. The equator is located near Caue, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Uganda
The median age of Ugandans is 15 years old. Uganda is a landlocked, fertile, country with many lakes and rivers. One such lake, Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world. Uganda is located East-Central Africa, west of Kenya, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The equator is located near Gomba and Kayabwe, Mpigi District in Uganda passing along the southern end of the county.

Gabon
Gabon is located in Central Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Gabon's small population of a little more than 1.5 million, rich natural resources, and sizeable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries. The equator is located near Komo-Mondah and Ogooue-Ivindo, Gabon passing along the entire width of the county.

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC is located in Central Africa, northeast of Angola. Nyamuragira is Africa's most active volcano and is located in the Virunga Mountains of the DRC. Nyamuragira has erupted over 40 times in 130 years. The equator is located near the city of Tshopo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The equator passes through the entire county of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Somalia
Somalia has been under Egyptian, French, British, and Italian control in 1960 becomes independent. The median age of Somalis is around 17 years old. The local name for Somalia is Soomaaliya, the official name is Federal Republic of Somalia. The equator is located near Raas Cabaad, Somalia passing along the southern end of the county.

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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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