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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.

Smartest Person in the Room African Folklore

Crocodile thought himself to be the smartest person in the room but as we shall soon see in this African Folklore he was wrong.

Thinking yourself to be the smartest person in the room is usually a big mistake.


Crocodile thought himself to be the smartest person in the room

Smartest Person in the Room African Folklore

Crocodile and a Gazelle lived together with their wives and families in the same town.

One day the Crocodile said, "My good friend Gazelle, let us go and buy some drums in the Oko country."

"All right," replied the Gazelle; but where are we to get the money from?"

"I have the money!” answered the Crocodile.

They started out on their shopping trip and when they walked a little way Crocodile snarled.

"Wait here! I must return to our town, as I have forgotten something."

The Crocodile returned to town, went to the Gazelle’s wife and said, "My friend has sent me for his children."

Mrs. Gazelle gave them to him, and putting them into a bag, he returned to the place where he left the Gazelle.

They started again, and when they had traveled a long distance the Crocodile saw some honey in a hole in one of the trees, whereupon he said to the Gazelle: "Wait for me here while I go to eat the honey, but you must not undo the bag and look inside!"

The Gazelle was left to guard the sack, which he quickly untied and looking in, he exclaimed: "Why, my children, what is going on here!" He put the bag on his back and hurried home, gave his children back to his wife, and went to the Crocodile's house and said, "My friend has sent me for his children."

Mrs. Crocodile gave them to him. Gazelle put the children in the bag and returned quickly to the spot where the Crocodile had left him.

After a time the Crocodile arrived, licking the honey off his lips, and picking up the bag, away they went again on their shopping journey.

By and by they reached Oko country and picked out two beautiful hand-carved drums.

When Crocodile went to pay for them, he whispered to the drum maker "Don't undo the bag now, there are some gazelles in it for payment for your drums."

As they were returning home, they tried the drums. The Crocodile beat a tune and

sang, "Stupid people go on journeys." For the Crocodile thought,

the Gazelle had helped to sell his own children for drums. The Gazelle then beat a tune and sang: "At the place where they ate the honey they left their bag of wisdom."

The Crocodile did not know he had exchanged his own children for drums for he thought himself smarter than anyone else. On their way home, they played and sang in many towns, and received money and presents for their entertainment.

On reaching their town the Gazelle hurried to his house and sent off his wife and children to hide in the woods.

Crocodile went to his house and looking around, he asked his wife, "Where are my children?" His wife answered, "Why you sent the Gazelle for them and now you ask

'Where are the children?

"The Crocodile went in a great rage to the Gazelle's house, but the Gazelle ran away, and as he was escaping, he cried out, "I am the wise Gazelle who outwitted crocodile who thinks himself smarter than everyone else!"


More short folklore stories from Africa to make you fall in love with myths and legends again from the motherland.

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  2. Love Takes No Less Than Everything Marriage Folklore
  3. Hunters Attack Cowards Tell the Story
  4. One Do Wrong All Get Punished
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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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