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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.

Hamar Tribe Beauty and Cattle Leaping

Hamar Tribe Beauty and Cattle Leaping

The Hamar tribe of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia is an ancient tribe with a unique cattle leaping ritual.

Cattle and other livestock are at the heart of Hamar life. 

The Hamar tribe use red-ochre clay and animal fat to pleat and color their hair.
Young Hamar Girl

Hamar men come of age by leaping over a line of about 15 cows and castrated the bull. In order to come of age, the man must leap across the line four times.  At the end of the leap, he is blessed and sent off with the Maza who shaves his head and make him one of their alumni. It is an important ritual that qualifies him to marry, own cattle and have children.

There is usually several days of nonstop dancing, eating grilled meats and drinking beer. Hamar tribe women and men want to look beautiful so they use red-ochre clay and animal fat to braid and color their hair. 

Hamar tribe of the Omo Valley
Hamar Tribe Ethiopia
On the afternoon of the leap, fellow pledgees’ female relatives make loud pleas to be whipped as part of the ceremony cattle leaping ceremony to show physical and emotional support.

One outcome of the cattle jumping ritual is whipping creates responsibility between the pledgee and his female relatives. If they face hard times in the future, he will remember them because of the pain they went through at his initiation. Her scars are a mark of how she suffered for her male relative.

Hamar people are no different from many ancient African cultures; they are moving to urban areas, attending formal schools, mingling with tourists and are disregarding traditions and are losing knowledge of ancient rituals.

Hamar Tribe Ethiopia
Hamar Tribe Ethiopia

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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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