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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

Magical Frog of Lake Jipe

Magical Frog of Lake Jipe 

Magical Frog of Lake Jipe Folklore
Magical Frog of Lake Jipe Folklore


Magical Frog of Lake Jipe African Folklore


A long, long time ago there was magical frog who lived in Lake Jipe. There was also a large village named Mwere south  of Nghonji in Kenya where 10,000 families lived. 

One day, a terrible rain storm occurred during which the magical frog entered one of the houses; the mother on seeing it told one of her children to throw it out, and this having been done, the magical frog then went to another home where the same thing occurred, and so on at the third.

But at the fourth house the mother, however, said, “Oh, it is doing no harm, let it stay.” 

Thereupon the magical frog seeing the mothers kindness said to her, “You have given me shelter and so listen to my words take your children and flee from this village without delay for it will disappear.” 

She had the sense to obey this warning from the magical frog and had only gone a short distance when the whole village sank below the water.

Moral of the story of the Magical Frog of Lake Jipe is you never know what form your blessing may come in, you never know someone else's struggle so always have compassion.

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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