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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.

Using Amen and Ashe or Ase

Usage of Amen and Ashe or Ase
Ashe to Amen learn about the custom of using the words Ashe and Amen historically.

Where did the word Amen and Ashe come from why is it said and what does it mean?

In Judaism, 3,500 years old and Christian religions 2,000 years old, Amen, means may it be so. In the African Yoruba language among the Yoruba people whose culture is as old as time, Ashe or Ase means may it be so.

Ase or Ashe means power, commandment, and authority, the ability to make whatever one says happen from the spiritual to the physical realm. In the Yoruba language, Ashe is omnipresent spiritual energy.

Followers of Judaism and Christian religions use the word Amen. It is the word utilized to end prayers as an affirmation for the requests to be provided by God. Yoruba is as old as time, Ashe refers to the life force within all living things, the spark that animates life.

It is used as a term used in the same manner as Amen at the end of appeals and prayers as an affirmation that what has been requested should be made manifest in the physical.

Candles are lit for prayers.

It is interesting to note the conversion of African time immoral spiritual practices to newer religious who express contempt of African indigenous cultures and practices, borrowed many words and ritual practices from Africans.

Further highlighting just how much our modern day religions borrow from ancient understandings principles of African spiritual practices. Today, in Yoruba-land, many Judaic, Christian and Muslim groups have merged the local Yoruba customs into their faiths practiced side by side.

Ashe to Amen

The Yoruba word Ashe or Ase pronounced AH SHAY is the divine force, energy, and power to make things happen, the same as the word Amen.

Using Amen and Ashe or Ase

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Ile-Ife is the ancestral and spiritual home for all Yoruba’s and the Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered among the Yoruba. The Yoruba are one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, also living in Benin and northern Togo. Yoruba have traditionally been among the most skilled and productive artisans of Africa.

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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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