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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.

Banksy African Street and Graffiti Art

Unknown stencil street and graffiti artist Banksy visual voice uses spray paint and stencils to paint the image of society’s troubles and humor on walls across Africa and the world.

Who is Banksy?

Graffiti artwork by Banksy, a zebra's black stripes are hung out to dry in the sun
Banksy's zebra's black stripes

Banksy is a graffiti and street artist master, political activist and an Oscar and Academy Award nominated film director whose real identity is unknown.  He is famous for stenciled graffiti on buildings and walls across Africa and around the world. Banksy was selected as Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010.

The first modern graffiti artist is widely considered to be Cornbread, a high school student from Philadelphia Pennsylvania in the United States, who in 1967 started tagging to get the attention of a girl he loved.

Back in the 1970s, graffiti was an illegal counterculture associated with the grimy streets and subway cars of New York City. However, these days the universal spray can art of graffiti is found around the world, and Africa is no exception. Graffiti art ranges from underground artists who work on the street to the mainstream artists selling work in galleries for over $100,000.

Graffiti and street art can be a positive force giving political activists a visual voice and making cultural statements throughout underserved communities.
Graffiti Africa

Graffiti and street art can be a positive force giving political activists a visual voice and making cultural statements throughout underserved communities.  In one well-known graffiti artwork by Banksy, a zebra's black stripes are hung out to dry in the sun in a region of Africa's Mali or possibly Egypt where shortages of water have created drought conditions for millions.

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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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