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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.

Who is the Yoruba Ooni Yoruba Creation of the World

There is scientific understanding of how the world was created and then there is social folklore. West African Yoruba Creation of the World African Folktale explains in the beginning how the land was formed on earth.

Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore

Tour of Africa Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore

Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore

Who is the Yoruba OoniThe Yoruba are one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, also living in Benin and northern Togo. Yoruba have traditionally been among the most skilled and productive artisans of Africa. The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba.

The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba. 

As descendants of Oduduwa, the first king of Ile-Ife who is believed to have been a demi-God who descended from heaven to create the earth, the Oonis are considered sacred. In the southwestern state of Osun that is considered the ancestral and spiritual home of Nigeria's second-largest ethnic group, the Yoruba. 

The third son in a family of six children, the current king, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi a 42-year-old former businessman was selected from 21 contenders to the throne in 2015. He's a descendant of the 44th Ooni of Ife, Ojaja Orasigba, who reigned from 1878 to 1880. Needless to say, the process of selecting an Ooni is complex.

Links to learn more about Yoruba and Africa

    Legend of Deepest Darkest Africa
    Ile-Ife Ancient Yoruba City Southwestern Nigeria
    Greatest Yorubaland African Sculptor
    African Tribes African Americans Originate From
    Proverbs Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo languages
    Why Some Souls Are White and Others Black

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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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