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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.

Circus Mama Africa Snake Man of the African Circus

Circus Mama Africa Snake Man of the African Circus

Circus Mama Africa Snake Man of the African Circus

Tanzania has a long storied history of a thriving Acrobatics culture, December 2013 Circus Mama Africa appeared on Broadway with the show Umlingo under the direction of Winston Ruddle also known as Papa Africa the father of the African Circus.

Top photo: Winston Ruddle also known as Papa Africa Middle and bottom photos: Circus Mama Africa Performances
Top photo: Winston Ruddle is also known as Papa Africa
Middle and bottom photos: Circus Mama Africa Performances 

Acrobatics is the performance of amazing acts of balance, speed, flexibility, and motor coordination. Tanzania has a long storied history of a thriving Acrobatics culture. 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in particular contains countless acrobatics clubs across the city. Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's capital city and the largest city in the East African country. Just like many cities throughout Africa, festivals are important cultural events, most future acrobatics were inspired by acrobats performing in different festivals. 

Some children also learn the trade while living on the streets performing to make money to survive. Tanzanian Acrobatics are famous throughout the world and music is an integral part of the performance. 

Baba wa Watoto, Swahili for father of children, dance group performed at the National Museum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 1, 2013, for US First Lady Michelle Obama and Salma Kikwete, along with daughters Malia and Sasha. 

December 2013 Circus Mama Africa appeared on Broadway with the show Umlingo. January 2015 Circus Mama Africa toured again with her show Kayelitsha, a Xhosa name meaning “new home". 

The real Khayelitsha Township is located in the Western Cape South Africa. Khayelitsha has a storied history beginning as a tent city for people escaping violence growing into a thriving town. 

Winston Ruddle also is known as Papa Africa the father of the African Circus is a Zimbabwean born German Citizen and Tanzania resident is the founder of Circus Mama Africa. 

Originally founded in Tanzania, Circus Mama Africa started as an acrobatic school in Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam in 2003, but has since grown to be home to many of Africa’s most notable Acrobatic circus acts including the Snake Man. 

The Snake Man has the body of a snake and face of a human folding himself into unimaginable positions. The school also trains acrobats, aerialists, contortionists, clowns, and magicians.

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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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