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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.

Never close your eyes to an opponent African Folklore

Battle of the birds of Africa, the Kingfisher deceives the Curlew in the never close your eyes to an opponent African Folklore story.

Battle of the birds of Africa, the Kingfisher deceives the Curlew in the never close your eyes to an opponent African Folklore.

Never close your eyes to an opponent African Folklore Story

So the elders say, one-day two birds, the Curlew and the Kingfisher had a long discussion as to which of them could go longest without food. 

The Curlew proposed that they should try for ten days, and the Kingfisher agreed to it.

They tied a rope across a stream, and both birds sat on the middle of it looking down into the water.

On the third day, the Kingfisher began to feel hungry, and spotting a fish in the water just below him, he pretended to fall, caught and gobbled the fish, but as he came up to the surface of the water, he cried out "Oh,  my friend Curlew, my head turned dizzy, and I fell into the stream."

The Curlew replied, "Never mind, let us continue with our contest."
But, the Kingfisher continued to have these dizzy fits just as fish came under the perch, and the Curlew with his sleepy eyes did not notice the fish.

Before many days had passed, the Curlew's body became thin, he lost his strength, fell into the stream and was drowned; but as for the Kingfisher, he flew away, leaving his dead rival in the water. Never close your eyes to an opponent and believe all you see.

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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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