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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.

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Ivory Coast Does Not Exist, Her Name is Cote d'Ivoire

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What’s in a name? Ivory Coast name changed in 1986 to Cote d'Ivoire. Foreign overseas traders and exporters solely according to the business and trade economies roughly divided Africa into four coasts; Pepper Coast, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast and the Slave Coast. The French named the Côte d'Ivoire literally means Ivory Coast. Côte d'Ivoire was unofficially known as Costa do Marfim by the Portuguese, côte des dents or the teeth coast and the Ivory Coast reflecting the trade in ivory. The area that became the Ivory Coast on August 7, 1960, previously had been under French sovereignty. The state’s name changed from Ivory Coast to Cote D’Ivoire in 1986. In 1986, the African government of Côte d'Ivoire declared the République de Côte d'Ivoire to be its formal name, and country must always be referred to by the French name.  Despite this request by the government, the African country of Côte d'Ivoire is still incorrectly referred to as Ivory Coast for over 30 year

Botswana is best known for four things

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Botswana is best known for four things With over 60 tourist attractions Botswana is one of Southern Africa's most attractive countries for mining, livestock, and travelers. Botswana Bushmen or San community What is Botswana best known for; diamonds, beef cattle, tourism, and minerals are the cornerstones. Botswana is one of Southern Africa's most attractive countries for mining, livestock, and travelers. 10 Interesting Facts Photos Information About Botswana 1. Botswana population is around 2 million people. 2. Citizens of Botswana are known as Batswana. 3. While English is the official language and Setswana the national language, there are over 20 other languages spoken in Botswana. 4. In 1867 European gold prospectors arrive, mining begins. In 1885, British proclaim a protectorate called Bechuanaland. 5. Botswana adopted its new name at independence in 1966. 6. Sparsely populated, Botswana protects some of Africa's lar

Pimping the Boko Haram Freed Chibok Girls

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Freed Boko Haram Chibok girls not allowed to heal mentally from years of rape and abuse. Yassinou recounts that she was held captive with hundreds of other women by Boko Haram. She tells that women with children were separated from younger women without children. The latter were told by Boko Haram they had to choose between becoming wives or slaves and were led away. Yassinou managed to escape after a week from Boko Haram. Boko Haram freed Chibok girls were tools for making money in the USA. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 11-9-2016 According to an October 2016 BBC article, psychological dangers may await the recently freed 21 Chibok girls if they travel to the USA. Pimping the Boko Haram Freed Chibok Girls Some of the 57 Chibok girls who managed to escape a few hours after Boko Haram militants stormed their school in April 2014 and stole them away in tr

Equatorial Guinea 25 Facts Information Pictures

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Equatorial Guinea 25 Facts Information Pictures 25 Interesting Facts About Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 25 Facts, Information, Pictures Teodoro Obiang Nguema 1. In 1471, Portuguese navigator Fernao do Po sights the island of Fernando Poo, which is now called Bioko. 2. In 1777, Portuguese cedes islands of Annobon and Fernando Poo as well as rights on the mainland coast to Spain, giving it access to a source of slaves. 3. Spanish Guinea, in 1968 was granted independence and becomes the Republic of Equatorial Guinea with Francisco Macias Nguema as president. 4. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule 5. The country is named for the Guinea region of West Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea and stretches north to the Sahel; the "equatorial" refers to the fact that the country lies just north of the Equator. 6. Equatorial Guinea is one of the smallest countries in Africa co

Gazelle punishes Rat for breaking his promise Folktale

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Gazelle punishes Rat for breaking his promise. True African Folklore Short Story Broken-promises African Folktale Promises that are a promise broken, gazelle punishes rat for breaking his promise. As the ancestors say, one day a Gazelle, being very hungry, went in search of food, and saw a fine bunch of palm-nuts hanging from a palm-tree, but having only hoofs he could not climb the tree.  He, therefore, went in search of his friend the Rat, and said to him "I know where there is a fine bunch of palm-nuts, and if you will promise to give me some I will show you where it is."   The Rat readily promised to share the nuts. So together, they went to the forest, and the Gazelle pointed out the nuts to his friend.  With his strong, sharp claws, the Rat quickly mounted the palm-tree, and found there three bunches of palm-nuts; but instead of cutting them down; he sat on a palm-frond and began to eat them.   After a time the Gazelle shouted out , "Friend Rat, th

How Did the African Country of Kenya Get Its Name?

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Who named the African country of Kenya? Chic African Culture Below are five interesting facts on how the world’s 31st most populated county, Kenya, received her name. Kenya's name   By Chic African Culture Kenya name facts: 1. What is now Kenya, in 1888, the Imperial British East Africa Company established claims to territory and in 1895, and the company’s territory in Kenya was transferred to the crown as the East Africa Protectorate. Currently as a presidential republic, in 1920, the British East Africa Protectorate or British East Africa was renamed Kenya. 2.   The official theory of Kenya’s name according to the Kenyan government's website is as follows; the name Kenya came from Kirinyaga that means a place with white spots. Kenya is named after Mount Kenya- the second tallest Mountain in Africa. The Kikuyu people who lived around present day Mt Kenya referred to it as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning mountain of whiteness because of its snowcapped peak. Mt Kirinyaga,

What were the first areas to be settled in Tanzania

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The first areas to be settled in Tanzania Mara region were naturally those along the shoreline of Lake Victoria where gold, food and water are plentiful. Mara Region of Tanzania Land, People, and Gold History. Mara is one of Tanzania Mainland’s northernmost regions filled with gold. The Mara region is estimated to have nearly 2 million as of 2016. The population density is 61 people per kilometer or .6 miles. The United Republic of Tanzania was formed by the union, in 1964, of the newly independent state of Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba-is the largest country in East Africa and the second-largest producer of cattle in all of Africa, after Ethiopia. A German possession from 1891 to 1918, during which time it was known as German East Africa, Tanganyika was administered as a mandated territory by Great Britain-first under the League of Nations, and then, from 1945 onward, the United Nations Trusteeship Council, which replaced it-from 1918 until the achiev

Beautifully Rotten African Proverbs

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Beautifully Rotten African Proverbs Beautifully Rotten African Proverbs. Beautiful on the outside, but rotten on the inside, beautifully rotten African Proverbs teaches people who do not respect themselves can never respect others. Three beautiful on the outside, but rotten on the inside African Proverbs. Beautifully Rotten African Proverb Beautifully Rotten African Proverb Beautifully Rotten African Proverb More Beautifully Rotten African Proverbs Beautifully Rotten African Proverbs teach us in everyday life to be inspired with ancient words of wisdom from African ancestors and elders. 25 beautiful on the outside, but rotten on the inside African Proverbs. A bed for two is not a bed for three. A thief never watches his own home; he watches his neighbor’s. Conspiracy is stronger than witchcraft. Dogs make their dinner upon what belongs to fools. Fair words buy horses on credit. Great talker, great liar. He who kills his own body, works for the worms.

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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