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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.

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Tall Tale Why Flies Bother Cows African Folktale

Tall Tale Why Flies Bother Cows East African Folktale




Why flies bother cows Tall Tale African folktale is loved by children and adults as a reminder to always keep your promises. If the cow only kept her promise to the fly she would not be burdened by the fly to this day.


Why flies bother cows African folktale is loved by children and adults as a reminder to always keep your promises.
Remember to always keep your promises

As the ancestors say, when Kpo Umo was Queen, being very rich and hospitable, she used to give big feasts to all the domestic animals, but never invited the wild beasts, as she was afraid of them.

At one feast she told the cow to sit at the head of the table and serve the food to the other guests. The cow was happy that she was in charge of the food; she served the first course but forgot the fly, because he was so small.

When the fly saw this, he called out to the cow to give him his share, but the cow said: "Be quiet, my friend, you must have patience."
When the second course arrived, the fly again called out to the cow, but the cow was becoming annoyed and cut her eyes at the fly, and told the fly he would get food later.

When the third course was served, the cow purposely ignored the fly. The poor fly sat at the table and cried. At last all the dishes were finished, and the fly, having been given no food by the cow, went to bed hungry.

The next day the fly complained to the queen, who decided that, as the cow had presided at the feast, and had not given the fly his share, for the future the fly could always get his food from the cow wherever she went; and even at the present time, wherever the cows are, the flies can always be seen feeding off the cow for their dinner in accordance with the queen's orders.


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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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