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Did you know?

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.

Red Clay African Himba Tribe

Red Clay African Himba Tribe

Himba tribe of Africa covers their skin and hair with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay called otjize paste  

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African Himba covers their skin and hair  with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay
African Himba covers their skin and hair
with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay. 
There are worldwide variations on what is physically appealing, the sight of traditional Himba women orange-red clay skin and long red clay covered plaits of hair have become a beautiful iconic image of Africa.

The pastoralists Himba tribe live in northwestern Namibia and Angola. Women wear short skirts made of goat skins, sport rich orange-red clay skin and long red clay covered plaits of hair. 

Himba women spend hours creating the iconic hairstyles. Himba women, as well as Himba men, are famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cream mixture of fat and ochre pigment clay. 

Himba women fiercely maintain their traditions, including their intricate hairstyles that change depending on age and whether or not they are married.


African Himba covers their skin and hair  with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay
Himba Orange-Red Clay Skin 

Otjize is a paste of fat and red ochre sometimes mixed with scented oils. Himba women apply otjize each morning and afternoon to their skin and hair, giving them a distinctive red hue. 

The sight of traditional Himba women has become an iconic image of Africa. Himba women believe otjize adds to their traditional beauty enhancing their attractiveness. 

The otjize is applied to skin and hair twice a day gives their skin and hair plaits a distinctive orange-red color, as well as texture and a unique traditional style. 

Did you know? Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution; some 14% of the land is protected, including virtually the entire Namib Desert coastal strip.

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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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