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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.

The Flying Dutchman Legend

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Fear of Dutch sea captains, Cape of Good Hope deadly currents and weather,  seamen superstitions, The Flying Dutchman legend was born in South Africa. Before Spongebob Squarepants met the Flying Dutchman, in South Africa 1689 on the Cape of Good Hope the legend of the Flying Dutchman began. The sea is its own kingdom full of supernatural beings, The Flying Dutchman legend was told and retold in South Africa and supernatural appearances are never explained away. The Flying Dutchman In Dutch, a West Germanic language, Der Fliegende Hollander translates to The Flying Dutchman. In the 1600’s, the Netherlands, England, Portugal, and Spain were four colonial superpowers vying for the riches of African trade routes, spices, slaves, gold and minerals. The Dutch from the Netherlands were especially known for their fighting tempermente.  The competition between sea captains to make money from Africa’s trade routes, spices, slaves, and gold was intense. Beginning in the late 15th century until t

Journal of Gifted Land Gifted South Africans

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African journalism heavyweight Dr. Walter Rubusana was a Lovedale Missionary School superstar who paved the way for Nelson Mandela's political career. Steven Biko, one of South Africa's most significant political activists was a student at the Lovedale Missionary School along with Nelson Mandela. Tiyo Soga was South Africa’s first indigenous Black African to be ordained and work for the Presbyterian Church in 1857, he also attended Lovedale Missionary School. In 1824 Scottish Presbyterian missionaries John Bennie and John Ross of the Glasgow Missionary Society founded the city of Lovedale South Africa and later in 1841 the Lovedale Missionary School. Lovedale Missionary School later changed names to Lovedale College, then Lovedale Public FET College in 2002.  In 1835 British Kaffraria governed by Lieutenant General Sir Benjamin D'Urban restricted the Xhosa tribe to specifically designated areas. The new territory was named from British Kaffraria to the Province of Queen Ade

French and English Africa's Official Languages

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The Lingua franca and official language of an African country does not reflect the language used by a people. Often most people in Africa do not read, write, speak, or have fluent listening comprehension skills in the Lingua franca or official language of a country. Vendor selling Hershey's ViVi peanut snack in Ghana.  Africa is made up of 54 multilingual countries but the Lingua Franca language of business, trade and education in Africa’s ten largest countries are French and English, not native African languages. In every African country many people are multilingual, fluent in a native language and dialect spoken at home and used in local trade at markets or small local businesses. Many people can understand a language but not speak it. More often than not the official language of an African country does not refer to the language used by a people. For example, French is the official language in Senegal but the majority of the population speaks the African languages of Wolof, Pular

West African Calf Head Stew Meat

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Calf head meat is tender and delicious in a rich homemade beef broth simmered with Egusi seeds, fresh herbs, spices and root vegetables. Calf head meat is tender and not an uncommon ingredient in many African cookeries as the meat is tender and gelatinous. Calf head meat is very commonly used in stews, salads, soups, and stir-fries in African cooking.  Another common ingredient in West African cooking is Egusi seeds. Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, and pumpkin which after being dried and ground are used as an ingredient in West African recipes such as West African Calf Head Stew. Calf head meat is tender. West African Calf Head Stew Ingredients 2 pounds calf's head meat 2 cups white mushrooms 2 large potatoes 1 medium yam peeled, diced 1 large onion diced 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 lemon rind grated 3 tablespoons butter ½ teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground parsley 1 tablespoon Egusi paste Salt

Continental Shelves of Africa

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A continental shelf of a coastal State includes the seabed and subsoil of the land underlying the seawaters surrounding the coast to a drop-off point called the shelf break. From the break, the shelf descends toward the deep ocean floor in what is called the continental slope that descends to the abyssal plain. The comparatively easy to get to continental shelf is the most used and best understood part of the ocean floor. Continental shelves are an oasis in the ocean for plants and animals due to the abundance of sunlight, shallow waters, and nutrient packed soil deposits from rivers and lakes. The continental shelf extends beyond a States territorial sea, 12 nautical miles, throughout the continuity of the landmass to the outer edge of the continental margin. If the continental margin is very long, coastal countries can claim only 200 nautical miles from the territorial sea. Africa has 36 recognized coastal countries. A coastal State has sovereign rights and exclusive jurisdicti

Man Eating Lions Stalked Human Prey for Nine Months

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List of Known Victims Killed by the Insatiable African Tsavo Man-Eating Lions and How They Died.  Tent Lieutenant Ungan Singh was clasped by the throat and dragged off to be eaten by the lion. Intelligent African man-eating lions stopped at nothing and stalked human prey with the precision of a military operation. Tsavo devil lions killed and ate upwards of 135 railroad workers from March - December, 1898. These clever African man-eating lions stalked, terrorized and killed Indian and African railroad workers for nine months in British East Africa.  From March - December 1898, in an eight mile radius, the lions stopped at nothing and in fact stalked human prey with the precision of a military operation. The railway workers believed the lions were not animals, but devils in lions' shape and lived a charmed life. The first written account of African man-eating lions was written in The Field newspaper in the year 1899 written by Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Patterson, an engineer h

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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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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