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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies

Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies
Moroccan Cookies Recipe

A common snack with mint tea is Moroccan orange flower water ghoriba or cookie.

Orange blossoms

Ilma Zhar or orange flower water is a clear strong, distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms. In Morocco, orange blossom water is called Ilma Zhar, a phrase in Arabic meaning flower water. A common snack with mint tea is Moroccan orange flower water ghoriba or cookie.

Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies

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Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies
Moroccan food recipe
Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies Baked goods for sale in Morocco
Ghoriba are baked in Morocco and the ingredients vary depending on the type of cookie you are making. This Moroccan version uses ground almond flour and orange flower water.

Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies

Serves 10
African food

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
Moroccan Cookies
Moroccan Cookies
1 cup almond flour
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup of water or enough for light kneading
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon orange flower water

Sift all the dry ingredients together, rub in butter with the tips of the fingers. Add the required amount of water then the egg. Add the remaining ingredients. Turn out on slightly floured board, roll or pat out the desired thickness, place close together in pan and bake 375 degrees 10-12 minutes.

Ilma Zhar or orange flower water is a clear strong, distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms. In Morocco, orange blossom water is called Ilma Zhar, a phrase in Arabic meaning flower water.
Did you know?
Ilma Zhar or orange flower water is a clear strong, distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms. In Morocco, orange blossom water is called Ilma Zhar, a phrase in Arabic meaning flower water.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Ghana had the first Peace Corps program in the world

 Ghana had the first Peace Corps program in the world. Ghana is a stable, democratic country with a free press, an independent judiciary, an apolitical military, and an active civil societyPeace Corps Ghana traces its roots back to 1961, when President John F. Kennedy sent the very first 52 Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ghana. There are currently 106 Peace Corps volunteers working in Ghana.

Ghana’s completion of free, fair, and open elections five consecutive times since 1992 is a testament to its stability and economic progress in a troubled region. The Government of Ghana and the business sector are said to be among the least corrupt in West Africa. A process of political liberalization has culminated in political rights and civil liberties indicators higher than some high middle-income countries. Civil society is active and potentially a key driver for political governance reforms.
School children from Ghana
Photo by Frontierofficial Flickr

The Government of Ghana announced on November 8, 2010, that it had achieved its goal of reaching middle income status. The economy is shifting from an agricultural base toward services but agriculture is still a major source of employment in the North. To accelerate economic growth and consolidate democratic gains, Ghana is working to modernize agriculture, strengthen citizen participation in local government, improve citizen access to quality education, and strengthen delivery of health care services.

The United States and Ghana have excellent relations based on shared commitments to democracy and human rights, and collaborate on a range of regional and global issues. The U.S. is one of Ghana's principal trading partners. Peace Corps Ghana traces its roots back to 1961, when President John F. Kennedy sent the very first 52 Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ghana. There are currently 106 Peace Corps volunteers working in Ghana. Volunteers learn to speak local languages, including: Buli, Dagaare, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Fanté, Ga, Ghanaian Sign Language, Gonja, Guruni, Hausa, Kasem, Kusaal, Likipakpaalu, Likpakpaln, Mampruli, Nzema, Sisaali, Taleni, Twi and Waale. More than 4,410 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Ghana since the program was established in August 1961.Ghana had the first Peace Corps program in the world and the program has never been suspended.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pumpkin Sweetbreads South African Bredie Stew

Pumpkin Sweetbreads South African Bredie Stew
South African Sweetbread Food Recipe

Pumpkin Sweetbread Bredie Stew Recipe

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African food recipe
Pumpkin Sweetbread Bredie Stew Recipe
What are Sweetbreads? Despite the alluring name, Sweetbreads are not sweet and contain no pieces of bread. Sweetbreads are offal meats or organ meats, the thymus and pancreas from veal and lamb, beef and pork.

Pumpkin Sweetbreads Bredie Stew Recipe

Serves 4
African food

Sweetbreads are available from respectable butchers.

2 pounds veal sweetbreads soaked for two hours and rinsed well
1 cup canned puree pumpkin
1 cup any sliced mushrooms
1 small onion diced
1 cup sliced tomatoes
11/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon butter
11/2 cup cream
4 cups water

Take all the fat off sweetbreads; throw into boiling water; add one teaspoonful of salt and simmer 20 minutes, remove all skin and pick to medium size pieces. Put a tablespoonful of butter in a separate pan and let melt, add flour, onion, and tomatoes then water and cream; stir until it boils, add sweetbreads, pumpkin and mushrooms salt and a little pepper. Simmer 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bokmakiri Goat Cheese Soup

Bokmakiri is a type of soft goat's milk cheese made in South Africa

Bokmakiri Goat Cheese Soup

1 cup of goat cheese
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons of a solid fat (bacon grease, butter, etc...)
1¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne
3 tablespoons flour

Melt fat; add dry ingredients gradually the liquid. When at boiling point and just ready to serve add cheese. Any kind of cheese may be used for this purpose.

Photo by Tavallai

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Smart Beautiful and Hot African Fashion Magazines

Haute African Fashion Magazines

Highlighting modern African perspectives of African fashion and everything in between.

Haute African Fashion Magazines
Photo- by Kris Krug
Each magazine has its own uniqueness however; each magazine provides a positive portrayal of Africa and her continuing inspiration on culture throughout the world.
Listed are a few of our favorite haute African fashion magazines. Many more print and digital African publications are media standouts reflecting Africa’s gorgeous diverse culture discover your favorite.

Zen Magazine Africa is a vibrant African - based global online magazine that promotes fashion, travel, models, African Heritage and cultural arts from Africans.

Highlighting modern African perspectives of African fashion and everything in between.
Photo- by Kris Krug
ARISE is Africa’s first and foremost international style magazine. Highlighting African achievement in fashion, music, culture and politics, it provides a positive portrayal of the continent and its contribution to contemporary society across the world.

New African Woman is a colorful lifestyle magazine dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of fashion and beauty, health and wellbeing, parenting and family, and much, much more. The magazine is a celebration of black beauty and culture and with a unique indigenous twist; we offer an insight into the life of the African woman in an intelligent, meaningful and inspirational manner. It offers intelligent, meaningful and inspirational features and news in areas that embrace and celebrate the African woman’s diverse accomplishments and aspirations in all spheres.

Smart Beautiful and Hot African Fashion Magazines
Photo- by Kris Krug
FabAfriq is a unique concept magazine offering culture and lifestyle information for people of black origin and individuals who want to learn about African culture. Our objective is to challenge and dispel the stereotypes and myths about Africa and people of black origin, showing the world there is much more to our beautiful continent and people than meets the eye.

AfriPOP! Dynamic, engaging and celebratory, AfriPOP! gives readers a front-row seat to the modern African perspective. We aim to inspire across borders by curating relevant cultural conversations around what affects Afropolitans around the globe. Our smart and engaging take on African pop culture, fashion and art is relevant, fun, and in the know.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Republic of Benin Crest: Dahomey achieved independence in 1960

The West African Country French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975.


Republic of Benin Crest

Crest Two horns (cornucopias) with corn in the ear and filled with sand

The shield is broken into four quadrants:
(1) Somba Castle
(2) Star of Benin
(3) Palm Tree
(4) Ship

The shield is supported by two leopards which are the national animal of Benin

Motto below the shields states Fraternité, Justice, Travail

"Brotherhood, Justice, Work"

Anthem of Benin: L'Aube Nouvelle (French)

The Dawn of a New Day

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ten Interesting Facts About Madagascar

Interesting facts about the 4th largest island in the world, Madagascar. Madagascar is an island country located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa.

Madagascar is the world's 4th largest island

Madagascar in Pictures

Hello from Anjajavy Madagascar. In the past, Madagascar was an independent kingdom however Madagascar became a French colony in 1896 but regained independence in 1960.

Ring-tailed Lemur eating tamarind leaves. Lemurs are found only on the African island of Madagascar and nearby islands.

After the rain, daily life in the city. Antananarivo is the capital and the largest city of Madagascar. It is located in the highlands region, very near to the geographic center of the island.

Madagascar smile. French and Malagasy are the official languages of Madagascar.

Madagascar’s Baobab trees, the trees God planted upside down. The baobab is described as "the upside down tree" due to its unusual shape.

Madagascar's three-eyed lizards. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (at 587,041 square kilometers, the fourth-largest island in the world), as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which include Nosy Be and Nosy Boraha (Ile Sainte-Marie).

Madagascar's flag

The Madagascar flag has two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and green with a vertical white band of the same width on hoist side; by tradition, red stands for sovereignty, green for hope, white for purity.

Madagascar's flag

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kipchoge Kip Keino Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportsman of The Year in Track and Field

Kipchoge Kip Keino was Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportsman of The Year in Track and Field. Kipchoge Kip Keino the first chapter in Kenya’s success story in distance running. Kip Keino born January 17, 1940 in Nandi Hills, Kenya. Keino, played rugby before taking up athletics. Keino’s father, a long-distance runner himself, encouraged his son in the sport. Keino is a four time Olympic winner in 1,500, 5k and steeplechase fields. Keino won a bronze, two silver and gold in 1968.

At the 1968 Olympics, he competed in six distance races in eight days. Kip Keino beat the favored Jim Ryun in the Olympic in Mexico City by 1,500 meters in 1968 the widest margin of victory in that event in Olympic history.

Keino and his wife took in many orphaned children while having seven of their own. After finishing his sporting career in 1973, Keino lived on a farm in Western Kenya where he heads a charitable foundation for orphans and became president of the Kenyan Olympic Committee. Sports Illustrated 1987 named him Sportsman of The Year in Track and Field category. Keino says “I’m just a simple man with simple dreams that used my God given talents to help make a difference and create a better future for our children.”
The Kipkeino foundation

Kipchoge Kip Keino 1968 Olympics

The Kipkeino foundation endeavors to play a leading role in promoting a solid social culture by contributing to educational, economic and social needs of the society. “We come into this world with nothing…and depart this world with nothing… it’s what we contribute to the community that is our legacy.” -Kip Keino

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tribes of Kenya Facts

Tribes of Kenya Facts

Facts About Kenya

Kenya has one of the most culturally diverse populations in Africa. Kenyan tribes include, the Kikuyus, also known as Gikuyu, Luhya, Luo tribe, Kalenjin, the Kamba tribe, also called the Akamba, Kisii, Maasai, and the Meru.

Kenyan Culture

Tribes of Kenya Eight Interesting Facts

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There are over 40 Kenya tribes; indigenous tribes of Kenya fall into three ethnic groups, namely: the Bantus, the Cushites and the Nilotes.

Kenyan Tribes Facts 

Capital: Nairobi
Area: 580,367 sq. km (slightly more than twice the size of Nevada)
Population: 45 million

The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands.

Largest tribes in Kenya


The Kikuyus, also known as Gikuyu or Agikuyu, make up Kenya’s largest ethnic group around 22%.The Kikuyu tribe is a Bantu tribe that neighbors the Embu, Mbeere and Meru tribes around Mount Kenya. Kikuyus speak the Kikuyu language, and most of them live around the fertile central highlands and Mount Kenya where they mainly grow tea and coffee. The Kikuyu tribe dominates leadership and politics in Kenya.


Luhyas are Kenya's second largest ethnic tribe making up around 14% of the population. The Luhya tribe, also known as the Abaluhya, Baluhya, or Abaluyia, are neighbors to the Luo, Kalenjin, Maasai and Teso tribes. Although considered one tribe, the Luhya consist of over 18 small tribes, each speaking a different dialect of the Luhya language. The Bukusu and Maragoli are the two largest tribes within the Luhya tribe. Traditional bullfighting is a popular sport with some of the Luhya tribe. Luhyas are mainly agriculturists, growing sugarcane and other crops; most of the sugar eaten in Kenya is produced in Mumias, a Luhya land.


Kenya has one of the most culturally diverse populations in Africa.
A road in Kenya
Luo tribe is a subgroup of the larger Luo society that is spread across Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Congo and Ethiopia. The Luo tribe is the third largest community in Kenya and makes up around 13% of the population. Luo people as an initiation to manhood remove six teeth from the lower-jaw. 
The Luo community is a significant player in the Kenyan political scene. The late father of Barack Obama was from the Luo tribe. Fish and ugali are the staple foods of the Luo tribe.


Kalenjin is the fourth largest community in Kenya making up around 12% of the population. The Kipsigi’s are the largest of the Kalenjin group. Kalenjin’s are famously known as Kenyan running tribe. Many legendary Kenyan long distance runners are Kalenjin’s, they continue to dominate the marathon scene to this day.


The Kamba tribe, also called the Akamba are the fifth largest tribe in Kenya making up about 11% of Kenya's total population. Kamba people are gifted dancers, singers, woodcarvers and basket weavers. The Kamba men and women hold high seats in politics and leadership Kenyan political landscape.


The Kisii tribe are also known as the Gusii tribe. The Kisii live in the highlands in Nyanza, Western Kenya between the Luo and Luhya tribes. The Kisii are the sixth largest ethnic group, comprising about 6% of Kenya’s population. They are farmers and raises livestock on their densely populated farmlands. Classic Kisii foods are ugali, cassava, and matoke.


Kenya's flag was adopted on December 12, 1963. The black represents the people of Kenya, the red represents blood, the green represents natural wealth, and the white represents peace. The Masai shield and spears represents the defense of freedom.
Kenya flag
The Meru lives on the northeastern slopes of Mount Kenya and make up about 6% of Kenya’s total population. The name Meru refers to both the people and the location. The Meru are agriculturalists and coffee, tea and cotton are the most commonly grown cash crop. The Meru tribe is divided into subtribes, Igemebe, Igoji, Imenti, Miutuni, Muthambi, Mwimbi, and Tigania. The Chuka and Tharaka are considered part of the Meru tribe but they have different oral histories and traditions.

Other Groups of Kenya

African 15% and non-African 1% including the Maasai. The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. A majority of the Maasai population live in Kenya and small portions of Tanzania. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people who adhere to traditional communal land; the concept of private ownership was a foreign concept to the Maasai people. Traditionally, the Maasai diet consisted of mainly meat, milk and blood from cattle. Maasai people drink blood only on special occasions.

Kenya is five times the size of Ohio slightly more than twice the size of Nevada.
The Kenyan Highlands comprise one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa.
Glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak.
More than 40% of Kenyans are under the age of 15.
Kenya in 1967 was the first sub-Saharan country to launch a nationwide family planning program.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

International Literacy Day

Reading inspires children to be successful in school and life. On November 17, 1965, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO declared September 8th of each year International Literacy Day. 

International Literacy Day goal is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. The goal of the program is the promotion of literacy being an essential human right and the groundwork for learning. With formal and non-formal reading programs worldwide, UNESCO works to realize the vision of a literate world for all.

September 8th is International Literacy Day

·        793 Million Adults Worldwide Cannot Read These Words
·        64% of them are Women
·        10 Countries Account for 72% of All Illiterate Adults
·        67 Million Primary School-Age Children are not enrolled in school

Why Is Reading Important?

·        Reading is fundamental to function in today's society
·        It is a means of language acquisition
·        Many well-paying jobs require reading as a part of job performance
·        Reading develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise
·        Reading develops the imagination 
·        The pen is mightier than the sword

Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection. 
-Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

What can you do?
Read aloud to your children
Reading aloud is a gift you can freely give to your children from the day they are born until the time they leave the nest. Children's reading experts agree that reading aloud offers the easiest and most effective way to help children become lifelong readers. It can also be as much fun for you as it is for your children.

A child whose day includes listening to lively stories is more likely to grow up loving books and wanting to read them. To spark this desire in your children, you may want to try some of these suggestions offered by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a national nonprofit organization that inspires youngsters to read.

1. Set aside a special time each day to read aloud to your children. 

2. Vary your selections. For very young children, look for picture books with artwork and stories that is simple, clear and colorful. 

3. Read slowly and with expression. Try substituting your child's name for a character in the story. 

4. Have your children sit where they can see the book clearly.

5. Allow time afterwards to talk about the story.

6. As you read aloud, encourage your children to get in on the act. It is even fun to dramatize the roles in the story or read lines of dialogue.

7. Children like a sense of completion, so finish what you begin.

8. Continue to read aloud to your children even after they begin school and are independent readers. There is no age limit to reading to your children. 

9. Teenagers may enjoy reading aloud to a younger sibling.

10. Reread your child’s favorite story, children often like to revisit some of their old favorites.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Farming African Proverbs

Farming African Proverbs

Farming African Proverbs

Farming in Ethiopia Africa

If the day of harvesting or eating yams is the same as the day of planting yams, even goats will not be allowed to eat the yam peels. (English)

Nenye etedugbe enyetefagbe la anye gbowoha madu tetsro o. (Ewe language)

Ikiwa siku yakuvuna magimbi ingekua kama siku ya ku panda, basi hata mbuzi wasinge ruhusiwakula maganda. (Swahili)

Si le jour de récolte d’ignames serait comme le jour de sasemence, même les chèvres ne séraient pasautorisées à manger ses pelures. (French)

Planting seeds in Africa

Farming African proverb explained

Due to changing conditions in many African societies from rural agrarian populations into blue-collar urbanites, this kind of proverb is well placed to educate people to be humble and not forget their humble backgrounds even when they become very successful people later on in life.

They should be kind to others who may not be fortunate enough to benefit from the joys of modern life. They should have open minds and open hearts in sharing and helping others in need. 

One billion people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger, which kills more people every year than Malaria, Ebola, Tuberculosis and AIDS combined.

Farming African Proverbs

What is agriculture and farming

Agriculture is divided into two different types; industrialized agriculture and subsistence agriculture. Subsistence agriculture occurs when farmers grow food crops to feed themselves and their families. In subsistence agriculture, farm output is targeted to survival and is mostly for local requirements with little or no surplus trade. 

Industrial agriculture is a form of modern farming that refers to the industrialized production of livestock, poultry, fish, and crops. The impacts of industrial agriculture on the environment, public health, and rural communities make it an unsustainable way to grow our food over the long term.

Farming is divided into nine classifications according to what is grown and how it is grown.
Arable - Crops
Pastoral -  Animals
Mixed -  Crops and animals
Subsistence -  Grown just for the farmer and his family
Commercial -  Grown to sell
Intensive -  High inputs of labor or investment usually small
Extensive -  Low inputs of labor or capital
Sedentary -  Permanently in in one place
Nomadic -  The farmers move around to find new areas to farm

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