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Saturday, December 26, 2009

All About The Endangered African Wild Dog

All About The endangered African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus

African Wild Dog
The endangered African Wild Dog differs from others in its class for example wolves in that they have four toes instead of five.

The Endangered African Wild Dog

All About The Endangered African Wild Dog also known as Lycaon pictus, Cape Hunting Dog, and the Painted Hunting Dog.


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The endangered African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus is a canidae, a group of meat-eaters that includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals. African Wild Dog also known as the African Painted Dog is found only in Africa living in savannas and lightly wooded areas.



African Wild Dogs have disappeared from much of their former range. Their population is currently estimated at approximately 6,600, Historical data indicate that African Wild Dogs were formerly distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, from the desert to mountains. The endangered African Wild Dog coats are spotted in shades of brown, black and beige, no two dogs are alike. African Wild Dogs is long-legged, with enormous jaws with large erect bat-like ears and dark brown circles around their eyes.

African Wild Dogs are usually on the move over a very large range however, the African Wild Dog is listed on the endangered species list due to threats to its survival from predators, disease, and the most dangerous predator, humans. An endangered species is one that faces a very high risk of vanishing, likely to become extinct.

The African Wild Dog is native to the African countries of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi; Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan; Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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African Wild Dog is listed on the endangered species list due to threats to its survival from predators, disease, and the most dangerous predator, humans.
African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs have disappeared from much of their former range. They have almost totally disappeared  from North and West Africa, and their populations are dramatically reduced in Central Africa and North-east Africa. The largest populations of African Wild Dogs are in southern Africa especially in Northern Botswana, Western Zimbabwe, Eastern Namibia, and Western Zambia and the Southern part of East Africa especially in Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Africa’s Bruce Lee

Kung Fu

The Black Eagle

Former African Prince Dominique Saatenang is Africa’s Bruce Lee who learned Kung Fu at China’s famous Shaolin Temple. The Chinese call Saatenang, DMS “The Black Eagle”.


Africa's answer to Bruce Lee, Dominique Saatenang


Dominique Saatenang, a Cameroonian tribal king's son swapped his royal robe for that of a Chinese Kung Fu fighter determined to master Kung Fu after watching Bruce Lee's “Enter the Dragon. “ His mission, he says, is to train international "ambassadors of Kung Fu ".

Former African Prince Dominique Saatenang is Africa’s Bruce Lee
Former African Prince Dominique
Saatenang ( in yellow) is Africa’s Bruce Lee
Saatenang soon after met a Chinese doctor living in Cameroon, who also knew Kung Fu. They co-founded a martial arts association in Gabon.  Saatenang began traveling throughout the country to organize Kung Fu performances and training courses.

Saatenang is cooperating with the governments of five African countries to send two university students from each country to study at Shaolin Temple free for five years. 

Shaolin temple official Kung Fu school Northern Shaolin Wushu is probably the best known of all Chinese Wushu styles, made famous all over the world by the many legends of the monks of Shaolin Temple. Shaolin Temple is the official Monk performance training school at Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province.


Monks from Africa attend a Buddhist ceremony held at Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou
Monks from Africa attend a Buddhist ceremony
held at Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou
There is more than one temple on Songshan and not far from Shaolin stands the second oldest Buddhist Temple in China, the Da Fa Wang Temple. It is actually five hundred years older than Shaolin and unlike its more famous neighbor; fighting Monks are still allowed to be trained there. The thousands of martial arts styles that collectively make up Chinese Wushu, or Kung Fu, are part of World Cultural Heritage.

Kung Fu

Three facts about Africa's answer to Bruce Lee, Dominique Saatenang

Dominique Saatenang, born in Dschang , Cameroon Africa on January 14, 1975

Dominique Saatenang is the first African to have been trained at Shaolin Temple where he was consecrated monk under the name of Shi Yan Mai. He is, since 2011, the Cultural Ambassador of Shaolin Temple.

Dominique Saatenang regularly performs on stage during shows, accompanied by the monks of Shaolin, in France and abroad. In 2012, after participating in the Élysée Christmas Tree where he staged his Sino-African journey, he had the idea to create the "Shaolin Black and White" troupe, which included the monks of Shaolin and several Artists: martial artists, circus dancers, and singers.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

King of the Zulu

King of the Zulu

King of the Zulu


Zulu King Goodwill is a monarch who holds no formal political power, fulfilling the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the South African Zulu nation.


KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu



The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg. KwaZulu-Natal province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the north. North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its beaches and also known as the place where the Zulu King, Shaka, was buried.


KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in South Africa's Constitution that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of KwaZulu and Natal Province were merged. KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who receives an income from the government for his position. 

The Zulu royal family consists of the reigning monarch of the Zulus of South Africa, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon. His wives Sibongile Winifred Dlamini married 1969, Buthle MaMathe, Mantfombi Dlamini,, daughter of Sobhuza II of Swaziland and sister of Mswati III, married 1973. A condition for this marriage was that she become first wife, which determines the king’s successor. Thandikela Jane Ndlovu, Nompumelelo Mchiza, married 1992 and Zola Zelusiwe Mafu, married 2004.  Also his 27 children, and relatives.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is a monarch who holds no formal political power, but fulfills the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the Zulu nation. King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu salary is in the range of $6 million a year to cater to the needs of his royal household. 


Zulu King Goodwill denies inciting South Africa’s anti-immigrant attacks in 2015 by supporting xenophobic hatred in South Africa after he was accused of hate speech March 2015 that has left at many people dead and forced thousands from their homes.


List of Zulu Kings


List of Zulu chieftains and kings from earliest recorded history up to the current. 



Mnguni 

Nkosinkulu 

Mdlani 

Luzumana 

Malandela kaLuzumana, son of Luzumana 

Ntombela kaMalandela, son of Malandela Zulu kaNtombela, son of Ntombela, founder and chief of the Zulu clan from around 1709. 

Gumede kaZulu, son of Zulu, chief of the Zulu clan. 

Phunga kaGumede, son of Gumede, chief of the Zulu clan up to 1727. 

Mageba kaGumede, son of Gumede and brother of Phunga, chief of the Zulu clan from 1727 to 1745. 

Ndaba kaMageba, son of Mageba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1745 to 1763. 

Jama kaNdaba, son of Ndaba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1763 to 1781. 

Mkabayi kaJama, daughter of Jama 
Senzangakhona kaJama, son of Jama, chief of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1816. 

Shaka kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakona, king from 1816 to 1828. 

Dingane kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka, king from 1828 to 1840. 

Mpande kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka and Dingane, king from 1840 to 1872. 

Cetshwayo kaMpande, son of Mpande, king from 1872 to 1884. 

Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, son of Cetshwayo kaMpande, king from 1884 to 1913. 

Phumuzuzulu kaDinuzulu, son of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, king from 1913 to 1933. 

Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaPhumuzuzulu, son of Solomon kaDinuzulu, king from 1948 to 1968. 

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, king since 1971.

Zulu Nation


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

South African Indian Mango Beetroot Chutney Recipe

South African Indian Mango Beetroot Chutney Recipe

Chutney Recipe
Durban South Africa has one of the largest concentrations of Indian people outside of India and South African Indian food recipes are a source of pride.

South African Indian Mango Beet Chutney Recipe

Use Mango Beet chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa.
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Use Mango Beet chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa. Beets and mangoes are among the sweetest natural foods and contain even more sugar that carrots. 

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:
Beta vulgaris or beets come in a range of colors, from dark red to red-and-white striped to deep gold to milky white. Beets are mainly grown for their large roots but the leaves can also be eaten as spinach. In South Africa beets are widely grown in home gardens throughout the country. 


South African Indian Mango Beet Chutney Recipe


Ingredients

1 large can beets and liquid
½ onion, finely chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 cups dried finely chopped mango
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups water

Directions

Add all ingredients together, stir well and simmer 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour chutney into a 2-quart jar. Allow to cool on the counter. Perfect on fish and chicken. 



Did you know?
In South Africa beets are widely grown in home gardens throughout the country
What is chutney you ask, popular in South Africa, chutney is a sort of a combination pickle and preserve. It is usually made rather sweetly and very hot, and is eaten with curry and rice.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ananse Means Teller of Stories and Spider in Akan

Ananse carrier of messages teller of stories and means spider in Akan. This is why the carrier of messages or stories is usually depicted as a spider.

Ananse is very clever and can change into many forms of life. Being so clever Awuku also goes by the name Ananse or Anansi the great spider, owner of all of the stories of the Gods, swift messenger of Nyame the sky God who knows all and sees all. Awuku (ah-woo’-koo) is the communicator of information between the mortal and divine. 

Ananse carrier of messages teller of stories and means spider in Akan. This is why the carrier of messages or stories is usually depicted as a spider.
Ananse carrier of messages teller of stories 
The Akan Awuku opens the mouth of the departed so that they may be able to communicate with Gods. Awuku is also known as the creator of clever and cunning acts. Being so clever Awuku also goes by the name Ananse the great spider, owner of all of the stories of the Gods, swift messenger of Nyame the sky God who knows all and sees all. Awuku or Ananse carries messages for the great mother Nyamewaa and father Nyame who are the Supreme Being.



Let us break down the name Ananse:


ANANSE

ANAN means foot in Akan.
SE in Akan means to say, speak, or tell.


Therefore, Ananse is the carrier of messages and teller of stories. Ananse is the one who tells all delivering messages for Nyame the sky God, who knows all and sees all. Ananse is very clever so of course he has many, many alias all over the world:


  • Ananse
  • Kwaku Ananse
  • Aunt Nancy
  • Nanzi
  • Bru Nansi
  • Annancy
  • Anancyi
  • Anansi
  • Ananansa
  • Ananse
  • Anansi Drew
 


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Curried Vegetable Couscous a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes

Curried Couscous Recipe

Curried Couscous Recipe


Confused about couscous also known as kuskus? The dish is a primary staple throughout North Africa and is a Healthy African Dinner in ready in under 30-minutes.


Curried Vegetable Couscous

It’s both a name for wheat-grain semolina, appearing in many supermarkets today as simply couscous, and for a spicy chicken-vegetable stew served with cooked semolina that’s popular throughout North Africa.

Traditional couscous requires considerable preparation time and is usually steamed and fluffed to separate the couscous granules. In many places, a more-processed, quick-cook couscous is available and is particularly valued for its short preparation time.

Couscous is traditionally served under a meat or vegetable stew. It can also be eaten alone, flavored or plain, warm or cold, as a dessert or a side dish.


Curried Couscous Recipe


Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter
16 ounce can reduced-sodium fat-free vegetable broth
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
10 ounce package couscous
1 cup frozen cut carrots

Directions
Bring the butter, broth, carrots and water to boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in curry powder, allspice and couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork serve warm as a side dish for lamb, chicken or for a vegetarian option serve with grilled vegetables.



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ewe (awa) Proverb

Ewe (awa) Proverb


Akpa le tome gake menya tsi fe vevie nyenyeo. (Ewe)

A fish is in water but does not know the importance of water. (English translation)




What does it mean?

The meaning of this proverb is that a fish is always in the water, but until it comes out of the water it doesn’t even recognize that the water exists. This proverb is about “taking things for granted” and similar to the saying that familiarity brings discontent.


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Primary school enrollment in Africa for girls

Primary school enrollment in Africa is among the lowest in the world. Limited funds and a lack of adequate teachers, classrooms, and learning materials adversely affect the educational environment throughout most of Africa.


Out-of-school children in sub-Saharan

Primary school enrollment in Africa for girls


Africa, girls account for a majority of the approximately 33 million primary school-aged children who are not enrolled in school. Educational programs emphasize relevant content, institutional capacity building, and the long-term sustainability of the partnerships between African institutions and American counterparts.

Six American universities that serve mainly minorities are collaborating with African Ministries of Education, universities, and various local nongovernmental organizations to develop and produce textbooks and learning materials that fulfill the priority needs of the host country's educational system.

Out-of-school children in sub-Saharan

In 2009, sub-Saharan Africa was home to 21.6 million, or 30 percent, of all lower secondary school-age children who are out of school worldwide. Within the region, 40 percent of all lower secondary school-age girls and 33 percent of boys were out of school.

Female teachers in sub-Saharan Africa


The percentage of female teachers in primary schools varies widely: In Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa in 2007 around 78 percent of primary school teachers were women, compared to 33 percent in Comoros and 34 percent in Mozambique. In secondary school, 50 percent or more of the teachers were women in 6 out of 13 countries.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Guinea-Bissau is a Major Cashew Nut Producer

Guinea-Bissau is the world's fifth-largest cashew exporter behind India, Vietnam, Ivory Coast and Brazil and a major exporter of illegally logged African Rosewood. Average daily consumption of the Guinea-Bissau people is .85 cents, which means the average amount of money people live on in Guinea-Bissau, is .85 cents per day. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on no more than $1.25 per day. It is not surprising to see a potentially profitable illegal logging of African Rosewood emerge in a society with such high levels of poverty.


The Republic of Guinea-Bissau exports cashew nuts, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn timber particularly illegal logging of African Rosewood. Guinea-Bissau is one of the world's biggest producers of cashew nuts however; profitable illegal logging of African Rosewood caused a decrease in the price of cashews, which is Guinea-Bissau’s main export.

Cashew Nut Tree by JoostBeljon
The country's vital cashew nut crop provides a meek living for most of Guinea-Bissau's farmers and is the main source of foreign exchange. During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, nearly 80% of the country’s 1.6 million people are involved in cashew nut production. The country is the world's fifth-largest cashew exporter behind India, Vietnam, Cote D'ivoire and Brazil.


In November 2009 and August 2011 Gibson Guitar Corporation in Nashville was raided by agents with the Fish and Wildlife Service federal authorities for its alleged use of making guitars from illegally sourced endangered trees. Henry Juszkiewicz, the chairperson and chief executive of Gibson Guitar stated, "The wood the government seized Wednesday [August 2011] is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier.”


Other Facts about Guinea-Bissau:
  • Portuguese is the official language of Guinea-Bissau
  • The median age 20 years old
  • Guinea-Bissau is slightly less than three times the size of US Connecticut
  • Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Teaching Simple African Words to Children

It is surprisingly easy to teach simple African words to children since infants and very young children are able to discern the sounds of the world's countless dialects and languages. Their still forming brains are in fact prepared to learn more than one language. 


Take multicultural learning beyond your borders and into Africa and teach easy Malagasy words to a child.
My First African Words


The words featured in this article are of Madagascar’s standard dialect. Take multicultural learning beyond your borders and into Africa and teach easy Malagasy words to a child.

Teaching Simple African Malagasy Words to Children
Teaching Simple African-Malagasy Words to Children








Interesting Facts About Madagascar:

·        Malagasy (mal-uh-gas-ee) is the national language of Madagascar.

·        Madagascar gets its current name from the 14th-century explorer Marco Polo.

·        The baobab tree can be considered the national tree of Madagascar along with countless wildlife species native only to the island.

·        Madagascar is slightly less than twice the size of Arizona and is the world’s fourth-largest island.

·        Malagasy is the nationality of the Madagascar people as well as the name of their language. English, French, and Malagasy are the official languages of Africa.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wife's Beauty

Swahili -Uzuri wa mke ni tabia si sura 
English- A wife's beauty is in her character, not her looks.











A wife's beauty is in her character, not her looks.
A wife's beauty is in her character, not her looks.



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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Africa is Holding Tight to the Christian Faith

Ghana Holding Tight to the Christian Faith

Africa Christian
Christian growth on the continent is strong, by 2025 there will be 633 million Christians in Africa. Currently in Ghana, 62 percent of the population is of the Christian faith, 22 percent are Evangelical Christians.
Africa Christian love

In Africa Ghana is Holding Tight to the Christian Faith


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Ghana Africa 62 - 71 percent of the population profess Christianity as their religion.



The Presbyterian Church of Ghana is a Protestant church in Ghana founded by the Basel missionaries in 1828. The church is a founding member of the Christian Council of Ghana. The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) was founded on October 30, 1929 by five churches namely African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Zion Church, English Church Mission, Ewe Presbyterian Church now Evangelical Presbyterian Church; Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast and Wesleyan Methodist Church now the Methodist Church Ghana.



Currently the CCG comprises fifteen member churches and two Christian Organizations. The CCG over the years has gone through a series of restructuring and renewal processes in an effort to develop a significant, effective and valuable organization responsive to challenges facing the Ghanaian member churches.

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana

Health care organizations belonging to various Christian Non governmental groups or NGO's in Ghana provide for the majority of Ghana national health care needs. The umbrella organization of which the various mission hospitals, clinics and facilities are members of is known as the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG).

Healthcare clinic in Ghana

Did you know?
Christian faith in Ghana is around Pentecostal Charismatic 28.3 percent, Protestant 18.4 percent, Catholic 13.1 percent, other 11.4 percent, while Muslim 17.6 percent, traditional 5.2 percent, other 0.8 percent, and 5.2 percent profess no organized religion.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers.













Mother carry me; I will carry you as well in future
Mother carry me; I will carry you as well in future.


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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Holds Water

Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.












One who journeys during the time of rains does not look to the skies.
One who journeys during the time of rains
does not look to the skies.




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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow

Shared joy 

is a double joy; 

shared sorrow is 

half a sorrow.





Love rules without rules

Love rules without rules







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Saturday, June 13, 2009

He who gets close to a good tree, will have a good shade

He who gets close to a good tree, will have a good shade.













Nobody can steal your knowledge.
Nobody can steal your knowledge.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lozi (loh-zee) a Bantu Language

Lozi (loh-zee) language

Lozi (loh-zee) language
The Lozi language also known as Silozi and Rozi language is spoken by the Lozi people of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia with total speakers of approximately a half million people.

Zambia, Africa school children

Zambia Lozi people represent 5.7 percent of the population with 5.5 percent speaking the Lozi language.


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Zambia is said to have over 70 languages.



Lozi is an official language in Zambia. It is used in the media in Zambia and in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also used in education and administration in Namibia. 

The spelling system for the Lozi language was standardized in Zambia in 1977.


Lozi (loh-zee) 101 Some common Lozi words are:

1. Ambile- To Speak

The spelling system for the Lozi language was standardized in Zambia in 1977.2. Amo-Tie

3. Boi- Shyness

4. Cali- Shawl

5. Ciso-Burning

6. Good luck- Ni ku lakaleza litohonolo

7. Good night- Lobala ka kozo

8. How are you? - U pila cwang?

9. Sorry- Ni swalele

10. Welcome- Mu amuhezwi


Did you know?
The capital of Zambia is Lusaka however, a proposal to build a new capital city in Ngabwe was announced in May 2017.

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