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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.

Pope Honors Ugandan African Martyrs

Pope Francis traveled to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic November 2015 to Honor 22 Ugandan Martyrs who refused to denounce their faith.

A Martyr is a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs. Pope Francis the 266th is visiting Africa in November 2015 honoring twenty-two martyrs of Uganda. The Twenty-two Ugandan Roman Catholic martyrs refused to denounce their Catholic faith, so they were burned alive by the teenage King Mwanga II.

Twenty-Two African Roman Catholic Martyrs burned alive, Pope Francis will use the mass in Uganda to preach memory, fidelity and prayer in Africa. His visit to Kampala, Uganda, Nov 28, 2015 will address priests, religious and seminarians of the country at the Cathedral in Kampala. “As I said to the young people today, through the veins of young people and all Ugandan people is flowing the blood of the martyrs,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis is visiting Africa in November 2015 honoring twenty-two martyrs of Uganda. The Twenty-two Ugandan Roman Catholic martyrs refused to denounce their Catholic faith, so they were burned alive by the teenage King Mwanga II.
 Pope Francis the 266th Honoring Twenty-Two Ugandan Martyrs

Pope Francis traveled to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

Pope Francis will travel first to Kenya from Nov. 25-27, before moving on to Uganda Nov. 27-29. His last stop will be the Central African Republic, from Nov. 29-30.

Pope Francis will visit before the presidential transition in the Central African Republic, and Uganda after the 50th anniversary of the martyrs, though a little late, their feast day is June 3." The Martyrs of Uganda were 45 Anglican and Roman Catholics executed between the years of 1885 to 1887 during the persecution of Christians under Uganda's former teenage ruler Mwanga II of Buganda.

Mwanga gained control of the throne at the age of 16 forcing out missionaries and demanding Christian converts denounce their faith or face death. Twenty-two Ugandan Roman Catholic men refused to denounce their faith and were burned alive. They were declared martyrs and beatified, (declared formally that they showed a heroic holiness) by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and canonized (officially declared to be a saint) by Pope Paul VI on October 18, 1964.

Pope Francis Statements on the Exploitation of Africa.

Pope Francis said, “Europe has been very generous with Africa in terms of what's Catholic. Today the world isn't generous with Africa because they exploit it. They treat it as a land of exploitation.”

“I say this with all respect and with a lot of love: Africa is an attractive place to despoil… (there is) the ability to go there in search of wood, gold or metals, and ravage and leave,” stated Pope Francis.


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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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