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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.

Eight-Spiced Ghanaian Suya Lamb Kebobs

Eight-Spiced Ghanaian Suya Lamb Kebobs

Eight-Spice Lamb Kebobs are a staple meal on the go in the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence, Ghana.


Suya or kebobs present a tasty and elegant African meal balancing different colors and flavors using a variety of ingredients.


Eight-Spice Lamb Skewers present a tasty and elegant African meal balancing different colors and flavors using a variety of ingredients.
Eight-Spiced Lamb Skewers

Eight-Spice Lamb Skewers


Ingredients:

1 pound lamb meat cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 bouillon cube crushed
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
2 zucchini, chopped into 2-inch pieces
1 small pumpkin cut into 1/2 –inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped into 2-inch pieces
1 white onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces
8 large fresh brown mushrooms
¼ teaspoon salt
24 wooden skewers


Directions:

Soak the skewers in water for 20 minutes; you will use two skewers per kebab.

In a large bowl, combine spices, and then stir in the lamb cubes. Mix well so the spices coat the lamb evenly. Thread the skewers with lamb, pumpkin, pepper, onion, and mushrooms.

Place on a hot grill, close lid and cook 5 minutes per side or until meat is done all the way through to the center. Transfer skewers to a plate, let rest 2 minutes and serve.


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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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