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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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Sad fate of three little flies African Folktale Story

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They should have listened to good advice, the sad fate of three little flies African Folktale story. Sad fate of three little flies African Folktale Story. As the elders say, a fly had three children. When the children were old enough to take care of themselves, their mother called them to her and gave them some good and much needed advice. To the eldest she said, "My child, beware of honey!" The second child she cautioned, "Whatever you do, never drink palm wine!" To the third and youngest she warned, "My son, never play with fire!" One day the eldest of the children went to the woods, and there he found some wild honey. On looking at it, he shouted, "Ah, this is the very thing of which mother has forbidden me to eat! How I do wish to taste it! Just to taste of it cannot be so wrong!" And he drew nearer and nearer, and at last he began to taste. "0, such delicious honey!" he exclaimed, when he discovered that

Chic Zebra facts, 30 to be exact

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Learn all you wanted to know about chic African Zebras with 30 scientific facts. Do you love chic animals, especially Zebras?  We all could easily explain why Zebras hold such a special place in our hearts, who doesn’t love the contrasting chic colors living harmoniously on one of Africa’s most popular animals.  Chic Zebra facts, 30 to be exact Zebra foals are born with brown and white stripes. The shadow of the zebra has no stripes - African Proverb 1.   Scientific name of the Zebra is Equus quagga. 2.   All the Zebras in the world live in Eastern and Southern Africa. 3.   There are three species of zebra, Burchell's or the plains zebra, Grevy's zebra and the mountain zebra. 4.   All Zebras live in Africa and each species of zebra has its own living home area. 5.   Plains zebras live in the treeless grasslands and woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. Tanzania and Kenya has at least eight to ten types of pla

Female Genital Mutilation December is Cutting Season

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What is female genital mutilation? In Northwest Tanzania, December is known as cutting season, female genital mutilation illegally performed on girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. What is female genital mutilation? The World Health Organization (WHO) distinguishes among four types of FGM Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to all practices involving partial or complete removal of or injury to the external sexual organs of women and girls for non-medical reasons.  The practice is generally carried out with a knife or a razor blade without anesthesia and in non-sterile conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) distinguishes among four types of FGM: FGM Type I Partial or total removal of the clitoris and/or the prepuce. FGM Type II Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora. FGM Type III Narrowing of the vaginal orifice with creation of

What is Ceremony, Ritual And Superstition

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Ceremony, ritual, superstition, what's the difference. Throughout Africa, there are clear distinctions between ceremony, ritual, and superstition. What are the differences between African ceremony, ritual and superstition? What is a ceremony? Communion, baby naming and circumcision are ceremonies however, a ceremony does not have to be religious in nature; graduation and birthday parties are ceremonies as well. The Macy's Thanksgiving day parade has no room for the spontaneity and disorder that accompany the emotional surrender of a ritual; this is an example of a ceremony. In a ceremony, there is predictability and participants usually know what the outcome will be, most events called rituals are really ceremonies. Friday night pizza with the family is a ceremony; rituals are rarer than we think. What is a ritual? A ritual is an activity that has an unplanned spontaneous outcome. The key difference between a ceremony and a ritual is spontaneity. Rituals c

Living in the Dark African Folklore Story

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Living in the Dark African Folklore Story The African short story folktale living in darkness teaches us what great deeds small creatures can do. Living in the Dark African Folklore Story. As the elders say, a long time ago the sun did not shine, so it was always night. In the forest, there stood a tree that far exceeded in height any other; and so it was that so long as this tree stood there could be no day. Therefore, all the beasts of the forest conspired to pull it down. The elephant, confident in his strength, first tried; but tried in vain. After him, the lion, leopard, and many other animals worked hard, but none could pull it down or root it up. At last, when all the others had despaired, the hedgehog, came forward and told them that he was stronger than they all were, and would soon prove it by felling the tree. Therefore, off he ran, but soon returned with a small but sharp ax, with which he cut away until the tree fell, and as it fell, the

Giraffes bear a single young

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African giraffe fact one, the world’s 97,000 giraffes live free on only one continent, Africa. Chic African Culture Below are 30 animal facts about Africa’s and the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe. 30 Africa Giraffe Animal Facts By Chic African Culture 1. The giraffe is native to more than 15 African countries in central, eastern and southern Africa. 2. Giraffes are the world’s tallest mammals. 3. The giraffe height is up to 19 feet. 4.  Giraffe’s can weigh up to 3,000 pounds . 5. The coat of the giraffe is unique for each animal. 6. Giraffes have very long and flexible tongues that range from 18 to 20 inches. 7. The giraffe has a four-chambered stomach. 8. The giraffe has unusually elastic blood vessels with a series of valves that help offset the sudden buildup of blood and to prevent fainting when its head is raised, lowered, or swung quickly. 9. Giraffe’s horns are actually, knobs covered with skin and hair above the eyes that protect the head from injury.

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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