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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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About Dragon’s Breath Cave

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About Dragon’s Breath Cave About Dragon’s Breath Cave beneath the Kalahari Desert of Namibia Dragon Breath Cave is aptly named because of the humid air that rises from its 200 feet shaft opening. Cave diving Dragons breath is only open for professional and well-resourced cavers. Dragon’s Breath Cave is the largest underground lake in the world and is located in the Southern African country of Namibia.  Dragon Breath Cave is located near the mining town of Tsumeb Namibia.   Dragon Breath Cave is actually a sinkhole with rocky, vertical sides beneath the Kalahari Desert.  Dragon Breath Cave is located near the mining town of Tsumeb Namibia.  Beneath the Kalahari Desert of Namibia lays the world’s largest lake not formed by a glacier. Namibia is the 2 nd  least populated country in the world and is not generally associated with cave diving.  The truth is, the Kalahari is not a true desert as it receives too much rain, but it is actually a fossil desert. The Kalahari Dese

What is an African Proverb

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African Proverb Definition   An  African proverb is life decoded in a few words. African proverbs communicate timeless insight about truth and sincerity, kindness and wickedness and wisdom and foolishness. African proverbs touch the place in our hearts where we are silent, listening to the wise words of our ancestors. What is an African proverb? African proverbs define life in simple terms. A proud warrior does not admit defeat before the battle - African proverb Facts about African Proverbs. African proverbs are short sayings of truth, a wise popular saying. African proverbs articulate the aged wisdom of African people.  Proverbs are the means to the understanding life and African existence, survival and humor from ancient times to the present. African people possess wisdom expressing the wisdom in an interesting way through use of wise short sayings.  African proverbs express the timeless insight of African people. Wise sayings in the language of proverbs have been pas

Death and Water Stress

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Several damaging climate effects in Africa are associated with water in the form of uncertain rainfall, floods, drought and stress on Africa river systems. Why You Need to Care About Africa's Drought, Rainfall and Flooding Issues Over the next decade in Africa droughts, heatwaves and floods and heavy rainfall will become more pronounced. Part of Africa’s vulnerability is because over 90 percent of agriculture in Africa is dependent on rainfall for day to day food. Collecting groundwater in Africa Climate change is very likely to have an overall negative effect on yields of major cereals crops across Africa and people are starving. Significant crop effects are already being felt. Across the region, yields of maize are predicted to decline sharply by 2050, with average predicted losses on this basic food staple ranging from 5 percent for the region overall to 11 percent in southern Africa.

Making Wood Charcoal in Africa and Deforestation

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Making Wood Charcoal in Africa and Deforestation Charcoal making is a life essential skill and big business in Africa. Percent Africa uses for electricity production from coal, generators, hydroelectric, natural gas, nuclear and oil sources. Year Year 2010 Year 2009 Year 2008 Electricity from generators no data no data no data Electricity production from coal 36.8% 37.6% 39.4% Electricity production from hydroelectric 14.1% 13.8% 13.3% Electricity production from natural gas 28.6% 27.5% 27% Electricity production from nuclear 1.7% 1.9% 1.9% Electricity production from oil 10.4% 10.8%% 10% African countries are facing fuel supply problems and charcoal remains essential for many households since petroleum fuels and electrici

How African Countries Got Their Names

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Surrounded by water from all directions, Africa is a continent with 54 sovereign states and 54 different ways her counties were named. How African Countries Got Their Names After The Berlin Conference Standing strong and tall in Togo Africa All 54 African countries have a short name, official name, standard country code, local long name and local short name. The short name is an unofficial name that everyone knows the country by, official names are used on official documents and official government publications and country codes are used to represent countries in the use of data and communications. Nevertheless, no matter the long form or the short form, each African country is known by a name and how that name came into is the topic of this blog post. While it is true, that Africa was broken up into 54 different nations regardless of ethnic or familiar boundaries. Africa, as we know it today would be unrecognizable if not for the Berlin Conference. The Berlin Conference to

Africapitalism and Philanthropy of Tony Elumelu

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Africapitalism and Philanthropy of Tony Elumelu African businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu promotes Africapitalism and philanthropy for Africans. Tony Elumelu Tony Elumelu was born on March 22, 1963, and is the second oldest of five children. Elumelu, at age 54, is one of Africa’s most prominent business leaders and philanthropists. He attended Harvard's school of business and became Nigeria's King of banking at age 34. Elumelu was CEO and general managing director of the United Bank for Africa group but left in 2010. While there he made history, paving the way in which banks operate in Africa. Beyond banking, he decided to set up an investment firm that would boost Africa socially. Founded in 2010, the Tony Elumelu Foundation is an African funded philanthropic organization that supports entrepreneurship in Africa. Elumelu is the founder and leading advocate of the Africapitalism movement, an economic viewpoint that hinges on the belief that Africa’s priva

All About the International Criminal Court ICC

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Burundi Tutsis and Hutus in 2017 International Criminal Court or ICC judges opened an investigation into crimes against humanity in Burundi. Background on why the International Criminal Court became involved. With Tutsi rebels continuing to fight waging guerrilla battles in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, the ethnic strife that sparked the slaughters in Rwanda and Burundi continue in the regions. Hutus first settled in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa between five hundred and one thousand BC and were an agricultural people who lived in large family groups. The Tutsis were a nomadic people who began arriving in the Great Lakes region from Ethiopia some four hundred years ago. Eventually, the Tutsis settled amongst the Hutus adopting the languages, beliefs and customs. Colonial rule, which began in the late 19th Century, did little to bring the groups together. The Belgians, who ruled what, would later become Rwanda and Burundi, forced Hutus and Tutsis to carry ethnic identi

African Proverbs About Fear and Frauds

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Proverbs from Africa the young may think are just old out-dated African proverbs quoted by their elders as simple ways of speaking. However, as they grow older they are surprised to learn that many, if not all fear and frauds African proverbs had been used for centuries not only their parents, grandparents and ancestors but also all over the world. The influence of fear and frauds African proverbs over the hearts and lives of African people is unquestioned as spoken authority and the last word. African Proverbs About Fear and Frauds African Proverbs About Fear Fiends and Frauds Fear ■ The cow that has been burnt out of its shed sees the evening sky red and trembles. ■ Once bitten by a snake he fears a rope. ■ Who has burnt himself with hot food blows at cold. Frauds ■ There are many preachers and teachers who don't hear themselves. ■ A healer of others, himself diseased. ■ Wise teachers give fruits not flowers. Fiends ■ When the poor man grows rich, he beholds the stars

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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