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Cheops and the Great Pyramid of Giza
Little is known about Cheops, the Egyptian pharaoh who was responsible for one of the most impressive structures on earth - the Great Pyramid of Giza. But his pyramid ensures his memory will last for at least another million years.

Coffee was born in Africa
Coffee has become so much a part of our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without it. Centuries ago in Ethiopia, a shepherd discovered that the reddish coffee bean made his goats 'dance' and coffee was introduced to the world.

Zimbabwe's Flame Lily
Zimbabwe's national flower, the Flame Lily, is facing extinction. In a country where so many live below the poverty line, this flower can bring an income to some of the poorer communities.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro, the famous inactive volcano, dominates the Tanzanian plains. It was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa on February 11, 2013 and has inspired writers, poets, artists and explorers for over 150 years.

Southern Tip of Africa
The brave explorers sailed around the southern tip of Africa on their way to the East in hope of finding their fortunes. This treacherous stretch of coastline took many lives, inspired the construction of a beautiful lighthouse and is the furthest south you can go on the African continent.

Chinua Achebe Remembered
The Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe passed away in March 2013. He used his love of language to bring the history of his people to light and is celebrated across Africa. The Biafran War shaped his life and his writing. He will always remain at the heart of African literature.

Festival of the Sahara
Life in the Sahara Desert is difficult and lonely. Once a year, for four days, tribes from North Africa come together in Tunisia to celebrate the desert. The challenge each other in tests of survival and share desert tradition.

The African Sound of Fado and Mariza
Fado is a traditional Portuguese style of music that is celebrated in Mozambique. Mariza, a popular local singer, lends her soulful and colorful voice to the unique sounds of Fado. Mariza’s African roots are clear in her love of music and the passion she injects into her singing.

Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea or Red Tea from South Africa began to gain popularity in western countries during WWII. This caffeine-free tea has a rich history and has become a popular drink in many variations and flavors and has some interesting uses too.

African Lions, Lizards & Wildebeest
The complex and remarkable symbiotic relationship that exists between the African landscape, the lion and the lizard can actually be attributed to the wildebeest. Everything in Africa exists in a neat and highly sophisticated balance.

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