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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.

Tall Tale Curiosity Killed the Husband African Folklore

Curiosity Killed the Husband African Folklore teaches marriage involves a husband and a wife trusting each other; but when trust is lost and a wife becomes too curious, terrible things can happen. Tall Tale Curiosity Killed the Husband African Folklore teaches us just what bad things could happen.


Marriage involves a husband and a wife trusting each other; but when trust is lost and a wife becomes too curious, terrible things can happen.
Curiosity Killed the Husband African Folklore

Tall Tale Curiosity Killed the Husband African Folklore

Once there was a husband named Jabir, who had come from a foreign country to marry the most beautiful native girl Fembar.

Jabir settled in the new country, and one day when he was working on his farm, he saw a very strange snake; it was huge and had large and small parts alternating, and everywhere he went on the farm he met some part of that snake.

Soon he noticed that he understood the language of all animals, reptiles, and birds—for all have their own tongue—but he was warned not to tell to any one knowledge gained in this way, but to keep an unbroken secret of everything he heard. This gift of understanding was the result of having seen the snake.

For years, Jabir kept the secret, and greatly enjoyed hearing what all the animal kingdom had to say, for they are often very wise. However, one day, as he was eating dinner with his wife, they received news of the death of her father. The next day she put her home in order and prepared to go to her native town to join the mourners.

In the morning, when she had everything arranged and ready to start, her husband heard a bird say, "Since you are putting everything away, how about us whom you are leaving here?" and then laughed.

His wife became angry and declared that he was laughing because of her sadness and because she was going to leave him for a while; and though he denied it, she remained suspicious, and finally in desperation Jabir told her that if he revealed the cause of his laughter it would result in his death.

Fembar insisted, however, and at last, he told her.

Regrettably, shortly afterwards Jabir died for having told the secret of the snake. This sad blow taught the wife that one should never be so curious as to insist upon knowing something which it is better for one not to know.


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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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