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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.

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Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths

Egyptian Lotus Flower
Egyptian Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world with a long history in many Egyptian religious and cultural decorating ceremonies. Egyptians prized the lotus flower as it came to symbolize the Sun and creation.


Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths



In ancient Egypt, the creation of lotus flower garlands and wreaths became an art form so prized these adornments were held by the highly civilized nation with reverence. With them, the composition of a garland possessed a deep significance, and warriors, political leaders, and poets alike sought-after these flower and aromatic plant emblems as their most valued status.

The ancient Egyptians did not confine flowers and aromatic plants to their sacred rites; they also considered them as essential to their day-to-day life. The Egyptians, though they offered the finest fruit and the finest flowers to the Gods, and employed perfumes at all their sacred festivals, as well as at their daily oblations, were lavish in the use of flowers at their private entertainments, and in all circumstances of their everyday life.

At a reception given by an Egyptian peer of the realm, it was customary, after the ceremony of anointing, for each guest to be presented with a Lotus-flower when entering and this flower the guest continued to hold in his hand throughout the ceremony. Servants brought necklaces of flowers and aromatic plants composed chiefly of the Lotus; a garland was placed round the head, and a single Lotus flower was so attached as to hang over the forehead.

Besides lotus flowers, many flowers and aromatic plants were made into wreaths and other garland crafts, were suspended upon stands placed in the room, garlands of Crocus and Saffron encircled the wine cups, and over and under the tables were strewn various sweet-smelling flowers.

Wreaths and garlands were in common use among the Egyptians at a very early period; and although the Lotus was principally preferred in their formation, many other flowers and leaves were used such as the orange and yellow chrysanthemum, purple acinos, yellow acacia tree, yellowish green young branches of the strychnos.

Also used in many Egyptian flower arrangements were the persoluta, anemone, convolvulus, olive, myrtle, amaracus, xeranthemum, bay tree, and many others. In fact, when Agesilaus, King of Sparta who commanded the Spartan army throughout the period supremacy, visited Egypt, he was so delighted with the wreaths of Papyrus sent him by King Nectaneb, that he took some home when he returned to Sparta.

Ancient Egyptians considered flowers essential to day-to-day life.
The gardens of ancient Egypt.



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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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