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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.

Eat what Africa is eating for dinner

Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner!

Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner. Don’t worry, smoking fish at home may sound scary, but it's no more complicated than grilling. Almost any fish can be smoked, fatty fish, such as snoek and salmon are brined and smoked easily.

Smoked fish

Recipe for Smoked Snoek South African Style Fish


Ingredients.
Two large pieces of snoek
4 cups warm water
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups salt

Smoked Snoek Rub
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground paprika
1 tablespoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground cloves


Directions.
Brining the snoek
In a large shallow dish add water, brown sugar and salt; stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Add fish, place covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Snoek rub
Add all ingredients together mixing well. Remove fish from the brine and coat with spice mixture. Coat fish in the rub mixture and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Smoking snoek
Just add aromatic wood to a charcoal grill such oak but remember but too much smoke can make fish bitter. Place 2 tablespoons of wood shavings such as oak or in the prepared braai (grill), smoke over hot coals for 20 minutes or the fish is heated all the way through to at least 160 degrees F. Use a standard meat thermometer to monitor internal temperature by inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the fish.


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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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