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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.

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Tallest Tribe in Africa the Dinka of South Sudan

Tallest Tribe in Africa is the Dinka Tribe of South Sudan

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Dinka also called Jieng, live in the savanna country in South Sudan. Dinka are among one of the tallest tribes in Africa.

Tallest Tribe are the Dinka Tribe of South Sudan

Tallest Tribe are the Dinka Tribe of South Sudan

By Chic African Culture

The Dinka are primarily pastoralists. Because of the vast geographic area they occupy, the Dinka exhibit great diversity of dialect. The definition and boundaries of ethnic groups depend on how people perceive themselves and others. 

Language, cultural characteristics, and common ancestry may be used as markers of ethnic identity or difference, but they do not always define groups of people in Africa. Language differences have served as a partial basis for ethnic classification and as symbols of ethnic identity. Such differences have been obstacles to the flow of communication in a state as linguistically fragmented as Sudan.

The Sudan was the largest country in Africa until 2011 when Sudan and South Sudan became two separate countries. Before the war caused institutions to collapse in southern Sudan, the Dinka were not only farmers and herders, but also law court judges and high public officials and physicians.  Today various Dinka tribes preserve their cattle, but many have lost their herds, which were killed in fighting or abandoned during the civil war. Dinka have been among the most deeply affected by the Sudanese civil war.

Cattle has always been the focus of Dinka culture. Cattle stood at the heart of virtually every important tradition and ceremony in Dinka cultural life from music, myths, legends, and folklore, cattle are one of the most important animals. Dinka are one of South Sudan’s largest and noblest tribes. 

Supermodel Alek Wek is a famous member of the Dinka tribe
Supermodel Alek Wek is a famous member of the Dinka tribe

Dinka Supermodel Alek Wek

Alek Wek is one of the world's foremost supermodels from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan but fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan. Alek came to New York from London in 1996 and went on seventeen appointments a day for about six weeks. 

Alek says "I don't see myself as different or exotic, I'm just Alek". The BBC followed Wek and her mother to her mother’s childhood home in Sudan as a part of its Africa Lives documentary series in 2005. 

In the documentary, the family sets out to track down Wek's long-lost aunt after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended the war in Sudan. "When I returned to New York, I was so moved by those memories and the many changes that occurred in my life—losing my father in the war, being separated from my family at age twelve for two years, and rising to supermodel superstardom. I wrote my memoir, ALEK: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel in 2007. I never imagined it'd become a best-seller, nor that it would be translated into 10 languages, but I'm so happy that my story has resonated with so many people around the world."


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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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