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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.

History of Africa Day

Africa Day is a worldwide celebration of culture, which fosters self-respect and overall respect for Africa.

Africa Day is a worldwide celebration of culture, which fosters self-respect and overall respect for Africa.

Ghana became the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence.

Africa is a rich continent inhabited by poor people. Africa faces massive challenges, including extreme poverty, illness, desertification, malnutrition and ongoing conflict. Extreme poverty together with lack of access to basic education, health care and adequate nutrition continues to prevent millions of talented, promising young people in Africa from fulfilling their potential.

Africa Day is a call to action for diverse people and organizations to promote the movement for Africa and her bright future.

History of Africa Day

After World War II, the process of decolonization of the African continent gathered momentum as Africans increasingly advocated for political rights and independence. While in other parts of the continent colonial powers reluctantly and grudgingly relinquished power, in other parts African people launched long-drawn-out struggles against the obstinate colonial powers. Between 1945 and 1965 a significant number of African countries gained independence from European colonial powers.

Ghana became the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence on March 6, 1957. Its independence served an inspiration to other African countries struggling against colonial rule and as a result, Ghana occupied a central role in the struggle against colonial rule. By 1958, there were only eight African countries that were independent from colonial rule. The year 1960 witnessed the independence of 17 Sub-Saharan African countries and 14 French colonies.

April 15 was enacted African Freedom Day or Africa Liberation Day, and this marked the beginning of what would later be known as Africa Day.
Women of Africa

Just over a year after its independence, Ghana under the leadership Kwame Nkrumah convened the first Conference of Independent African States on April 15, 1958. 

The conference became the first Pan African conference held on the African continent bringing together various African countries and called for the observance of African Freedom Day once a year, to mark the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.

As a result, April 15 was enacted African Freedom Day or Africa Liberation Day, and this marked the beginning of what would later be known as Africa Day. 

The native code was a set of laws assigning an inferior legal status for African natives of French Colonies.
Men and children of Africa

On May 25, 1963 the Organization of African Unity (OAU), 32 independent African states signed the founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 2002, the OAU became the African Union.

It is important to note the Brazzaville conference began the discussion of French decolonization and approved the legal ending of the native code or the Code de l'indigénat. 

The native code was a set of laws assigning an inferior legal status for African natives of French Colonies. The 1944 Brazzaville conference started the ball rolling for the year 1960 independence of 17 Sub-Saharan African countries and 14 French colonies.


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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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