Find your true life work in Africa.

Find your true life work in Africa. Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history of the African continent. Established 2008 Chic African Culture is a learning tool to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

African music is arguably the most influential music in all of mankind

African music is arguably the most influential music in all of mankind. Because music from Sub-Saharan Africa focused on communal singing, it was one of the earliest to emphasize the use of harmony and structured singing. Though stringed instruments, bells, flutes and even xylophones were all used in traditional African music, there is nothing more important than the basic African hand drum.


Sub-Saharan Music, no music is more purely African than music that originated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Though many regions were influenced by other nations, Sub-Saharan music remains quintessentially African. Because writing and reading came late to parts of Africa, this music was created as a form of communication. In time, it became an interesting and exciting, communal way to celebrate and mark several major milestones in a person's life. For example, there are literally hundreds of African songs and music that celebrate marriage, childbirth or even hunting parties.

Music is also played to scare off evil spirits and to pay homage to deceased ancestors. African music of this type is almost always accompanied by a specific dance or ceremony. It is often performed by professional musicians who have knowledge and experience with ceremonial music.

Because music from Sub-Saharan Africa focused on communal singing, it was one of the earliest to emphasize the use of harmony and structured singing. These singing methods ranged from simple rhythmic structures to incredibly complex and elaborate structures based on improvisation and several variations.


Though stringed instruments, bells, flutes and even xylophones were all used in traditional African music, there is nothing more important than the basic African hand drum. In fact, there are literally dozens of drums that are played on different occasions. A few of the most popular drums that are used in a traditional African musical include: bougarabou, tama talking drums, djembe, water drums and a many different kinds of ngoma drum that are played in parts of Central and Southern Africa. These drums are almost always accompanied by singers or choruses who often keep time with rattles, shakers, woodsticks, bells or by simply clapping their hands' or stumping their feet.



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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Effective teaching and learning in Africa

Effective teaching and learning in Africa

The Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is an independent forum hosted by the African Development Bank for effective teaching and learning in Africa


Who is the ADEA and what do they do?

Association for Development of Education in Africa or ADEA was established in 1988 and is a forum for policy dialogue, composed of all the Ministers of Education in Africa and 14 development partners. ADEA’s charge to the governments of Africa is to communicate that the overhaul of education is in their control for effective teaching and learning in Africa.

Education is a top priority because it is a basic human right and the foundation on which to build peace and drive sustainable development.

ADEA’s functions are to assist with fostering communication between the countries and sharing research information. ADEA works in different areas of education; higher education, technical and vocational skills development, early childhood development, non-formal education, the teaching profession, information and communication technology, books and learning materials, education statistics, policy support, peace education, and sustainable development.

ADEA is governed by 10 Ministers of Education from Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and Northern Africa. The ADEA Secretariat housed in Tunis coordinates overall programs and activities. 

Held every three years the ADEA Secretariat targets decision-makers who are instrumental for policy-formation, implementation and for guiding ADEA’s program of activities. ADEA also has working group activities and publications at the school and community level.

In order to ensure that the recommendations stemming from ADEA work are translated into action, ADEA set up Inter-Country Quality Nodes (ICQNs) bringing together countries facing a similar challenge. The ICQNs are led by Ministries of Education. 

Currently, there are five ICQN, which cover the following themes: Early Childhood Development led by Mauritius, Literacy, and languages steered by Burkina Faso, Mathematics and Science Education led by Kenya, Peace Education managed by Kenya and Technical and Vocational Skills Development headed by Côte d’Ivoire. Education is a top priority because it is a basic human right and the foundation on which to build peace and drive sustainable development.

Association for the Development of Education in Africa three facts

ADEA is based in Tunis, the capital and the largest city of Tunisia at the African Development Bank (AfDB) since August 1, 2008. ADEA’s Triennale regional consultation for West Africa reiterates the need to invest in science, mathematics and information technology

The Association for the Development of Education has called for the establishment of an African Education Fund to open a new sphere of education on the continent. This was part of the outcomes from the 2017 Triennale on education and training in Africa- a flagship event of the Association held in Dakar, Senegal, March 14-17, 2017. The event with the theme “Revitalizing education towards the 2030 Global Agenda and Africa’s Agenda 2063” had about 1,250 participants in attendance.


ADEA goal is to equip African youth with the knowledge and skills to meet challenges of the 21st century and facilitate their integration into the world of work and entrepreneurship. It is also to prepare them to become true citizens not only of Africa, but also the world, and create decent employment to preserve social cohesion and eliminate radicalization in order to ensure the realization of our national, regional and continental visions.


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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park

Plateau of the Shield, Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park

Lesotho

Lesotho is known as the Kingdom in the Sky due to its highlands where many of the villages can be reached only on horseback, by foot or light aircraft.


Kingdom in the Sky


The Maloti-Drakensberg Park crosses two African countries the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho.


The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. 

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site due to its spectacular natural landscape, importance as a haven for many threatened and endemic species, and for its wealth of rock paintings made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. 

The San people lived in the mountainous Maloti-Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind numerous drawings of rock art, providing a unique testimony and insight on the San people way of life and beliefs system.

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Photo by Di.Malealea Flickr
Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park, also known as the Plateau of the Shield is the natural habitat of the Maloti minnow, a critically endangered fish species that is only found in Sehlabathebe National Park. The Maloti minnow was discovered in1938 in the Umkomazana River, KwaZulu -Natal. 

It was thought to be extinct in South Africa since 1940 but was rediscovered in the Tsoelikana River, Sehlabathebe National Park , Lesotho in 1971. The Maloti minnow is currently critically endangered.


Basotho Hat

Lesotho three facts

Full name is The Kingdom of Lesotho

Basotho are a nation that has solid traditions, beliefs and customs. Lesotho’s major natural resource is water, often referred to as ‘white gold’ by the Basotho people.

The Basotho Hat is the Nation’s Symbol


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fishing in West Africa

In coastal communities across West Africa, fishing the ocean is a way of life and vital to providing incomes and nutrition, especially for the poor. West Africa waters are rich in fish of all varieties.

Fishing in West Africa

Despite this fact,  from Nigeria to Ghana, to Senegal, the fishing industry in these countries still grapple with challenges that limit production capacity and by extension, ability to meet the daily nutrition needs of West African families.

Over a billion people, most of whom are poor, depend on fish as a source of animal protein. Fish is the cheapest source of animal protein in the world and supports families by providing income, employment, and food security to West African communities. 

West Africa is gifted with abundant fish resources, supplying over 50 percent of the world’s fishing resources. However, most West African countries import fish instead of relying on the countries rich fishing waters for food and employment.

Although fishing in much of rural Africa tends to be overshadowed by agriculture and stock raising, it is not a marginal sector. Fishing provides direct incomes for about 10 million people, half of whom are women and contributes to the food supply of 200 million more.

According to the WorldFish Centre, an independent research institute headquartered in Malaysia, Africans rely on fish for an average of 22 percent of their consumption of animal protein. In some countries, the rate is as high as 70 percent. Fish also provides essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other nutrients crucial to a healthy diet. The poor rely on fish more than others do, because it is often the most affordable source of protein.

Fishing also makes a significant economic contribution. In Uganda, for example, lake fisheries yield catches worth more than $200 million a year, contributing 2.2 percent to the country’s gross domestic product. They employ 135,000 fishers and 700,000 more in fish processing and trading, and generate $87.5 million in export earnings.




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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia


Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia

Congress made the importation of slaves into the United States illegal in 1808.


Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia

Joseph Jenkins Roberts 1809-1876 was a wealthy Monrovia merchant who had emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia, became the first black American Colonization Society (ACS) governor of Liberia Africa in 1841.




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Roberts was born in 1809, the son of free blacks and the oldest of seven children.

In the year 1818 representatives were sent to West Africa to find a suitable location for the new “back to Africa” colony, but they were unable to persuade local tribal leaders to sell any territory. In 1820, 88 free black settlers and 3 society members sailed for Sierra Leone. They found shelter on Scherbo Island off the west coast of Africa.  

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia
Congress made the importation of slaves into the United States illegal in 1808. In 1819, Congress passed an "Act in addition to the acts prohibiting the Slave Trade." Africans removed from slave ships by the U.S. Navy after the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade were also put ashore in Liberia. By 1867, more than 5,700 people came to Liberia under the abolishment of the transatlantic slave trade agreement.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts 1809-1876 was a wealthy Monrovia merchant who had emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia, became the first black ACS governor of Liberia in 1841. In 1848, he was elected the first president of an independent Liberia. He achieved international recognition for the new country before leaving the presidency in 1856. After many years as president of Liberia College, Roberts again served as Liberian president from 1872-1876.

Those who believed that Liberia was a symbol of African American capacity to govern a republic, to expand their commercial skills, and to spread Christianity and education, held Roberts up as an example of black achievement. The settlers endeavored to retain the American culture they brought from the United States. Today, about 5% of the population of Liberia is descended from these settlers. 

The settlement in 1824 was named Liberia and its capital Monrovia, in honor of President James Monroe who had procured more U.S. Government money for the venture.

The U.S. Government provided little financial and military support to Liberia as a result, in 1847, Liberia declared independence from the American Colonization Society in order to establish a sovereign state and create its own laws governing commerce. The Liberian flag is a symbol of the history of the Liberian state and its relationship with America.



Liberia politics did you know

Joseph Jenkins Roberts was the last governor of Liberia and served as the first President of Liberia after independence was won July 26, 1847.


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

African White Gold

How is salt made in Africa

Thousands of years ago salt was more precious than gold and the Taoudenni salt mines were a valuable commodity.


Salt was not always convenient to buy as it is now. Everyone needed salt, but only a few people could mine the precious slabs of salt.



African history of salt


How is salt made? 


There are three methods used to produce salt; solar, evaporation and rock mining. The rock salt mining method is one of the oldest methods of producing salt. Salt appears in veins which are the original bedded salt deposits of ancient underground waters. 

Salt also may be found in vaults, which were formed when Earth pressures forced salt up through cracks in the bedrock. Rock salt has always been mined in the rocky under layers of the Earth's surface from ancient underground seas, lakes, and rivers that have long since dried up.


Salt mines in Africa

Throughout history in many parts of the world salt has been hard to get, and people feared a lack of salt was parallel to the world ending. Since 1587, salt mining in Taoudenni located in Mali, Northern Africa remains a trading tradition. Camel caravans have been traveling through the Sahara desert to the salt mines of Taoudenni in northern Mali to Timbuktu to mine rock salt for centuries.


Founded by the Imagharen Tuareg, Timbuktu in Mali was established in the 12th century, almost nine hundred years ago as a place where nomads could pasture and water their camels after traveling through the Sahara desert mining salt in Tauodenni. Timbuktu is located close to the river Niger that soon became known as a place for trading due to its location.



Taoudenni salt miner
Taoudenni salt miner
For the Berabish Tuareg, the salt caravan is not something just for money; it is tradition, a rite of passage. Trucks on unpaved roads through the desert now handle most of the trade replacing camels. 


Trucks can carry much more than camels since they move faster and do not require long periods of rest. In addition, with the changing climate and rain becoming scarce, finding water in the desert for camels to drink is an increasing problem. The camel's hump is not used for water storage, but they do drink up to 20 gallons of water at a time.



Azalai (as-ah-lie) is the semiannual salt caravan route expertly navigated by the Berabish Tuareg salt miners in the Sahara desert between Timbuktu and the Taoudenni mines. The rock salt is extracted as slabs by hand weighing up to 132 pounds or 60 kilograms. 


The salt will be sold locally or shipped, mining and transporting salt is an exhausting undertaking nevertheless, the Berabish Tuareg salt miners sees the camel salt caravan as not just a trade for money; it is tradition, a rite of passage.



How is salt made three facts

There are three methods used to produce salt; solar, evaporation and rock mining.

The largest source of salt is in our seas and oceans.

China is the largest salt producer in the world.


Timbuktu Taoudenni Rock Salt
Timbuktu Taoudenni Rock Salt

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rice and Beans Ghana Style

Waakye Rice and Beans Ghana Style


African recipes by African Gourmet
    
Waakye is a popular easy to make Ghanaian dish of rice and beans and is a meal itself or served as a side with boiled eggs, salad, grilled fish, chicken, goat, pasta or vegetables.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:
   

Ingredients:

2 cups white rice

2 15.5 ounce cans red beans

1 medium onion, chopped

2 teaspoons garlic salt

2 teaspoons shito (pepper) sauce or 1 chopped hot pepper

½ teaspoon baking soda or 2 dry sorghum leaves

4 cups water

Directions:

In a large pot add all ingredients and simmer until rice is cooked about 30 minutes. Serve with boiled eggs, grilled fish, chicken, goat or vegetables.


Waakye is a popular easy to make Ghanaian dish of rice and beans.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Information on Cameroon

Three quick facts about the Republic of Cameroon


Information on Cameroon

Three quick facts about the Republic of Cameroon; Mount Cameroon is the highest mountain in Sub-Saharan West Africa and an active volcano, former French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon merged in 1961 to form the present country, and The Republic of Cameroon has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry.

Interesting Cameroon facts

Carrying firewood home in Cameroon
Carrying firewood home in Cameroon 

Cameroon naming
In the 15th century, Portuguese explorers named the area near the mouth of the Wouri River the Rio dos Camaroes (River of Prawns) after the abundant shrimp in the water; over time, the designation became Cameroon in English; this is the only instance where a country is named after a crustacean


Nationality
Noun: Cameroonian(s)
Adjective: Cameroonian


Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 59.4 years
Male: 58 years
Female: 60.9 years
Country comparison to the world: 210



Ethnic groups
Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1%



Population distribution
The population is concentrated in the west and north, with the interior of the country sparsely populated.



Religions
Indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%



Languages
24 major African language groups, English (official), French (official)



Location
Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria



Area comparative to US States
Slightly larger than California



Border countries
Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria



Climate
Current Weather varies with terrain, from tropical along coast to semiarid and hot in north



Terrain
Diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in west, plains in north



Elevation extremes
Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest point: Fako 4,095 m (on Mt. Cameroon)



Natural hazards
Volcanic activity with periodic releases of poisonous gases from Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun volcanoes


Did you know?
Cameroon is also referred to as the hinge of Africa; throughout the country, there are areas of thermal springs and indications of current or prior volcanic activity.



Information on Cameroon
Information on Cameroon

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Ethiopian Berbere Spice Blend Recipe

Spice Blend Recipe

Ethiopian Berbere Spice Recipe

Create our easy homemade Ethiopian Berbere spice blend at home.

Learn to make Ethiopian African Spice Blend Recipe, there are more exciting spices in your food life than just salt and pepper.


Simple Africa Spice Blend Recipe

Simple Africa Spice Blend Recipe
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Ethiopian Berber spice blend

Save money and make organic Ethiopian Berbere spice blend at home without additives or preservatives.



Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes

Ethiopian Berber spice blend


Ingredients:
1/2 cup ground dried spicy chiles
1/4 cup paprika
1 teaspoon ground powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions:
Finely grind fenugreek seeds and combine well with remaining ingredients



3 Berbere Facts


Berbere is a hot spice blend that is an integral ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine.

Berbere name means hot in Amharic.

Berbere is pronounced bear-bear-ee.


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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Visualizing African Politics

African cartoonist, author, and activist



Tayo Fatunla is a Nigerian caricaturist, teacher, storyteller, and illustrator as well as one of Africa's leading comic artists. 




Fatunla holds exhibitions, cartoon workshops and is an internationally published storyteller, cartoonist, and illustrator. Fatunla produced cartoons for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the human history and culture institution the British Museum. Fatunla published two books on black history, Our Roots and Thro’ The Years. Tayo Fatunla a Nigerian caricaturist and illustrator speak about African Political Cartooning.


Police of the world political cartoon from 1905

Tayo Fatunla is a Nigerian cartoonist, author, and activist. When Fatunla draws an editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon he creates an illustration designed to convey a social or political message. 


In societies around the world, not knowing how to read or write or having a lack of credible knowledge about a particular subject, the visual expression of a social or political message is important to convey and send a clear message using images which will be familiar to all people. 



The visual expression of African politics, Tayo Fatunla speaks about political cartooning. 




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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Picking Cotton in Modern Day Africa

African Cotton Economy

Cotton is King in Benin






Picking Cotton in Modern Day Africa


Where is Benin



Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that raised to prominence in about 1600 and over the next 250 years became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade.

Benin is located in Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo. Benin is slightly smaller than Pennsylvania. The languages of Benin include French the official language, Fon and Yoruba, and numerous tribal languages.


The population of Benin is mainly located in the south, with the highest concentration of Beninese people living in and around the cities on the Atlantic coast. Most of the north of Benin remains sparsely populated with higher concentrations of residents in the west. Nevertheless, no matter Beninese people live, almost half the population is dependent on cotton to earn a living.


Cotton in Benin



The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade.
Benin cotton
The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. An insufficient electrical supply continues to adversely affect Benin's economic growth though the government recently has taken steps to increase domestic power production.

Benin, which was a leading global producer of cotton between 2004 and 2006, has since experienced a sharp fall in production. Cotton exports have not been able to recover its former output levels.

The Benin government has also taken over the export of cotton and cottonseed. After a difficult period, production is now once again getting under way, but with output likely to be below Benin’s glory days as King of Cotton.


Picking Cotton


In Benin, large cotton plantations or farms are dedicated to growing cotton. Picking cotton in Benin without machinery is very hot, hard, physical work where women work the same hours as men. At harvest time, pickers are expected to pick a certain amount of cotton each day or they do not earn enough money to support their families. Most work as field hands on cotton plantations. Today raw cotton is processed in the state's grain mills which the picker must pay for the use of the mill.

Cotton pickers can work in the fields from sunrise to sunset and at harvest time; they might work an 18-hour day. At harvest time, the cotton bolls are collected into large sacks and weighed. A good picker can harvest 100-300 pounds of cotton in a day. This size of harvest would consist of one-third fibers and two-thirds seeds. Harvesting is mechanized today on some larger farms.


Cotton is still King in the African country of Benin, cotton accounts for nearly 40 percent of the country's revenue. Cotton provides an income to roughly three million people however; cotton productivity and profitability have declined in recent years due, in part, to poor governmental management practices and piracy against commercial shipping in its territory off the Port of Cotonou.

Nigna Latifa and Dadjan Wassinatou carrying harvested cotton to be deseeded. Burkina Faso, Africa.

Cotton in Benin Africa Three Facts



Cotton is Benin’s most important cash crop.

Cotton is highly susceptible to pests such as cotton bollworm, and more pesticides are used on it per unit than on any other crop. Organic farming is catching on but relies on farmers rotating their crops, which takes time, and monitoring insects.

Cotton has mainly been farmed in Benin using agrochemicals including, in some cases, the banned insecticide endosulfan, to raise yields.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Namib Coastal Desert Where the Fog Rolls In

Fog on Africa's Namib desert is the primary source of water creating a unique African desert environment influenced by the Atlantic Ocean creating a dense coastal foggy atmosphere. 


Namib Desert spectacular scenery

Africa Namib Desert on the Atlantic Ocean coastline of the African Country Namibia means vast place.
Namib Coastal Desert

Namib desert is an old volcanic crater where fog is regularly seen. 


Namib desert sands and the Atlantic Ocean coastline makes the Namib the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive sand dune fields influenced by fog.


Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture




Fog on the Namib Desert is the primary source of water creating a unique environment in which numerous penguins, invertebrates, reptiles, and animals adapt to an ever-changing climate.



The huge Messum crater was possibly created by a meteor millions of years ago reveals geologic clues linking this area to Brazil prior to the continental drift. The crater was named after Captain W. Messum, an explorer of Southern Africa until around 1849.

There are currently no active land volcanoes. The Brukkaros Mountain in the Karas Region, Namib desert is an extinct volcano that was used as a base for astronomical observation by the Smithsonian Institute in the 1930s.

The Namib Desert is a narrow plain about 40-102 miles or 65-165 km wide and runs the entire length of the 994 mile or 1,600 km Atlantic coastline.

The icy, north-flowing Benguela Current and high-pressure atmospheric conditions are responsible for the extremely low rainfall and contribute to the regular occurrence of fog along the coast.

The cold Benguela current originates in the Antarctic regions and carries dense cold polar water up to the Southern African West coast.

Namib Desert of the African Country Namibia

The desert plain takes two forms: extensive sand seas, including the highest dunes in the world 984 feet or 300 meters and stony deserts.

Vast stretches of this plain are almost bare with no vegetation, except in the south, where there is a light cover of low succulent shrubs and lichens sustained by fog. Unlike the Namib, the Kalahari Desert of eastern Namibia is well vegetated, despite its deep sands and absence of surface water. These sands are often in the form of parallel stabilized fossil dunes.



Brief facts about the African country Namibia penguin population


African penguins breed from Hollams Bird Island Namibia to Bird Island Algoa Bay in South Africa. Gansbaai South Africa Dyer Island is a protected bird sanctuary home to large colonies of endangered African Penguins. African Penguin population was estimated at 179,000 in 1998 and is still declining despite conservation efforts. African Penguins are the only penguin species that breed in Africa.


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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Making Injera Bread of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Making Injera Bread of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Injera is traditionally eaten in the African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

Making Injera Bread of Ethiopia and Eritrea



Teff flour is light whole grain flour you can substitute whole wheat flour in the recipe but the taste will be different. The taste and texture on injera, however, are quite unique and unlike the crepe. Injera bread is thicker than a crepe but thinner than a pancake. Injera is eaten daily in all most every household.



Injera Bread Recipe


Ingredients

2 cups teff or whole wheat flour
2 cups of water
¼ teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for coating the pan



Directions

Put the batter aside overnight or up to three days to ferment. The batter will start to bubble and obtain its well-known tartness. Heat a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and lightly mix well. Heat a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Coat skillet with a thin layer of batter. Cook until holes appear on the surface of the bread flip and repeat cooking on other side. Cover completed bread with a damp cloth.


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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sweet Green Plantain Porridge

Plantains are one staple food of Africa sometimes eaten with fish or meat. Plantains tend to be firmer and lower in sugar content than dessert bananas.


Plantains are one staple food of Africa

Bananas are most often eaten raw, while plantains usually require cooking or other processing, and are used either when green or under-ripe (and therefore starchy) or overripe (and therefore sweet).

Plantains are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world, treated in much the same way as potatoes and with a similar neutral flavor and texture when the unripe fruit is cooked by steaming, boiling or frying.



Sweet Green Plantain Porridge


Yields 3 generous portions

Ingredients

3 Green Plantains
¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
¼ cup Whole Milk
½ cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup Raw Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
5 cups Water


Directions


Cut off the tips of each plantain and make an incision along the whole length of the banana. Slowly slide your thumb along the incision and remove the skin.

Chop the plantain place into a blender. Add flour and ½ cup water blend for 2 minutes until smooth (add more water if needed).

Bring the remaining cups of water to boil in a large saucepan reduce to medium heat. Add the plantain mixture to the boiling water and stir for about 3 minutes or until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Let porridge simmer for about 15 minutes serve warm.


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

Roasted Curry Maize Soup
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Roasted corn or maize is a healthy African recipe made with onions, cabbage, and potato, hot peppers, corn and curry spice. Our African Roasted Curry Corn Soup has all the flavors you love from Africa street corn wrapped up into one comfort maize corn soup.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


Ingredients
1 large package frozen whole kernel corn
½ head cabbage shredded
1 white onion chopped finely
1 medium sized potato, diced small
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup vegetable broth


Directions
In a large frying pan add oil and corn, sauté 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients mix well, cover and simmer 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve over rice or as a soup dish. 




Corn farming in Uganda AfricaDid you know?
Maize or corn is one of the most important cereal crops in the African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

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