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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.

War African Symbols and Meanings List

Discover the meaning of the African war symbol.

Akoben the war horn. 

 Akofena sword of war.

 Sepow the executioner knife.

African war symbols of old are widely used today as designs but the true meaning of African war symbols is no laughing matter.


War African Symbols and Meanings List

Horn used as a battle cry.

Horn used as a battle cry.

Many horns have been used as sounding cries by ancient societies. The blowing horn or winding horn is a sound device that is usually made of or shaped like an animal horn, arranged to blow from a hole in the pointed end of it. Akoben the war horn symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry in battle to give the West African warrior courage and to frighten the enemy.

Sword of war and death.

Sword of war and death.

Some West African populations are world renowned for constructing swords. Iron smelting and forging technologies may have existed in West Africa hundreds of years BCE. Metalsmithing including the production of iron tools and weapons helped to advance West African Kingdoms, and of course successful warfare and community protection. Akofena crossed swords of war; this fierce West African symbol depicts courage and bravery.

Absolute silence forevermore.

Thrusting the Sepow into a person’s mouth to prevent curses.

Curses are a powerful cultural belief. Casting a curse on those present at the execution of an enemy of state is believed to cause harm, illness and even death. One way to solve this problem is by thrusting the Sepow into the condemned person’s mouth before execution so they are unable to speak. The Sepow symbol represents an executioner knife representing final authority and justice.

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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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