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Friday, January 31, 2014

Nigerian Coconut Rice

Africa has a rich history of food and culture. Here is one of our favorite recipes from Nigeria, Coconut Rice. This coconut rice side dish goes well with pork or chicken.


Coconut Rice
Ingredients
2 cups cooked jasmine or white rice
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon sunflower oil

Directions
In a medium saucepan over medium heat add oil, heat then add shredded coconut, toast until light brown. Reduce heat to low, fold in remaining ingredients to shredded coconut mixture. Serve warm.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Universal Dish: Meatless Korma Gravy Recipe

Meatless Korma gravy recipe, korma means simmer slowly or braise, korma recipes have hundreds of different varies and is made all over the world. Korma is truly a worldwide universal dish.



Meatless Korma Gravy Recipe

Meatless Korma gravy recipe photo by Glory Foods Ingredients:
1 medium white minced onion
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 crushed garlic clove
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red pepper (optional)
½ ground cumin
½ ground coriander
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil; add to it the spices and mix in the coconut and buttermilk. Simmer until thick 15- 20 minutes. Serve over vegetables or meat if you choose to, this gravy is especially good with lamb.



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Monday, January 27, 2014

Hibiscus Flower Bloom Tea Recipe

Drinking Hibiscus Bloom herbal tea brewed from freshly gathered and dried hibiscus leaves is an easy way to get nature's healing strength into your body. African hibiscus teas can be hot, at room temperature or iced. There are not hard and fast rules about hibiscus bloom flower African tea brewing.

Red Hibiscus Flower by macinate
Everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. Some like strong herbal teas and other prefer mild or lightly flavored herbal infusions. You can also buy your herbs dried from health food stores, and this is an excellent source for more exotic herbals. A dried herb will have a stronger flavor than a fresh herb. Dried Hibiscus Bloom Tea is the perfect recipe for an exotic yet simple tea.


There are tons of fresh herbs that of course are preferable for making herbal teas such as dried hibiscus flowers or Flor De Jamaica. Be sure to always rinse and wash herbs and flowers prior to making tea. Use one teaspoon of dried herbs per cup of water, more to taste.

When making flower or herbal tea with small leaf and green leaf type plants, you can use a tea strainer. The tea strainer eliminates the need to strain off the small leaves later. Add your desired amount to a tea strainer or teapot. Cover with boiling water a let steep for 2- 5 minutes or until you created your perfect cup of tea based on tour preference.

African Herbal TeaTry these five simple herbal tea recipes combinations using one cup of warmish hot water.

More African herbal tea recipes to drink hot or cold:
1.   1 small piece ginseng root

2.   1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves and 1 teaspoon dried spearmint leaves

3.   1 teaspoon mint and 1 teaspoon lemongrass

4.   1 teaspoon dried Echinacea

5.   1 teaspoon dried hibiscus flowers and 1 teaspoon mint

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature

African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize for Literature
The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 109 times to 113 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2016, four were African authors.

Nobel Prize for Literature


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A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Laureate. The word "laureate" refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honor.


✒ African authors who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature


Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature  

Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka 

Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka (Wole Soyinka) from Nigeria writing in English in 1986 in the genres of drama, novel, and poetry. He says he uses the myths as "the aesthetic matrix" for his writing. Soyinka the first person and only black African from Africa to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

It is the dramas that stand out as Wole Soyinka's most significant achievement. They are of course made to be acted on the stage, with dance, music, masques, and mime as essential components. But his plays can also be read as important and fascinating literary works from a richly endowed writer's experience and imagination - and with roots in a composite culture with a wealth of living and artistically inspiring traditions.

Soyinka is an author who writes with great deliberation, and especially in his novels and poems he can be avant-gardistically sophisticated. During the war years, his time in prison and afterwards, his writing takes on a more tragic character. The psychological, moral and social conflicts appear more and more complex and menacing.


Najîb Mahfûz, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature  

Najîb Mahfûz from Egypt writing in Arabic, 1988 in the genre of novel, Cairo also provides, time and again, the setting for his novels, short stories and plays.

Najîb Mahfûz, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature   
Najîb Mahfûz
In Arabic literature, the novel is actually a 20th-Century phenomenon, more or less contemporary with Mahfouz. And it was he who, in due course, was to bring it to maturity. Some of the milestones are Midaq Alley, The Trilogy, Children of Gebalawi, The Thief and the Dogs, Chit-Chat on the Nile, Respected Sir, and Mirrors. Greatly varied and partly experimental, these novels range from psychological realism to an allegorical and mystic-metaphysical design. Naguib Mahfouz has an unrivalled position as spokesperson for Arabic prose.

Through him, in the cultural sphere to which he belongs, the art of the novel and the short story has attained international standards of excellence, the result of a synthesis of classical Arabic tradition, European inspiration and personal artistry. Najîb Mahfûz died August 30, 2006 at age 94 in Cairo.


Nadine Gordimer, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature

Nadine Gordimer, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature
Nadine Gordimer 
The only female to date Nadine Gordimer of South Africa in 1991 in the genres of novel, short story, and essay. Art is on the side of the oppressed, Nadine Gordimer says in one of her essays, urging us to think before we dismiss this heretical idea about the freedom of art. If art is freedom, she asks, how could it exist within the oppressors?

She has had the courage to write as if censorship did not exist, and so has seen her books banned, time after time. Above all, it is people, individual men and women, that have captured her and been captured by her.
It is their lives, their heaven and hell, that absorb her. 

The outer reality is ever present, but it is through her characters that the whole historical process is crystallized. Conveying to the reader a powerful sense of authenticity, and with wide human relevance, she makes visible the extremely complicated and utterly inhuman living conditions in the world of racial segregation. She feels political responsibility, and does not shy away from its consequences, but will not allow it to affect her as a writer: her texts are not agitatorial, not propagandistic.

Still, her works and the deep insights she offers contribute to shaping reality. Thoughts and impressions such as these are called forth by novels like A Guest of Honour, The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter, July's People, and My Son's Story. However, in a manner as absorbing as in her novels, Nadine Gordimer develops her penetrating depiction of character, her compassion and her powers of precise wording in her short stories, in collections like Six Feet of the Country and, as yet untranslated, A Soldier's Embrace and Something Out There.


J. M. Coetzee, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature 

J. M. Coetzee, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature   
J. M. Coetzee
 
J. M. Coetzee in 2003 writing in English in the genres of novel, essay, and translation. To write is to awaken counter-voices within oneself, and to dare enter into dialogue with them. The dangerous attraction of the inner self is John Coetzee's theme: the senses and bodies of people, the interiority of Africa. "To imagine the unimaginable" is the writer's duty. As a post-modern allegorist, Coetzee knows that novels that do not seek to mimic reality best convince us that reality exists.

Coetzee sees through the obscene poses and false pomp of history, lending voice to the silenced and the despised. Restrained but stubborn, he defends the ethical value of poetry, literature and imagination. Without them, we blinker ourselves and become bureaucrats of the soul. John Coetzee's characters seek refuge beyond the zones of power. Life and Times of Michael K. gives form to the dream of an individual outside the fabric of human coexistence.

Waiting for the Barbarians is a disturbing love story about wanting to possess another person and to turn that person inside out as though she were a riddle to be solved. Everyone who has recognized the threat of totalitarianism and felt the desire to own another person can learn from Coetzee's dark fables. With intense concreteness and verbally disciplined desperation, he tackles one of the great problems of the ages: understanding the driving forces of brutality, torture and injustice. Who does the writing, who seizes power by taking pen in hand?


Can black experience be depicted by a white person? In Foe, Friday is an African, already dehumanized by Defoe. To give speech to Friday would be to colonize him and deny him what remains of his integrity. The girl in Waiting for the Barbarians speaks an unintelligible language and has been blinded by torture; Michael K has a harelip and Friday has had his tongue cut out. His life is recounted by Susan Barton: that is, through 'white writing', the title of one of Coetzee's books.



Did you know?
The Nobel Prize is named for Alfred Bernhard Nobel the inventor of dynamite. He used his fortune after his death and stated in his will money to institute the Nobel Prizes. Nobel held views that were considered revolutionary during his time; he took special interest in social and peace-related issues. The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded by the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Homemade Eight Spices Curry Powder Recipe

Homemade curry powder spice recipe, fragrant eight-spice curry powder adds a unique flavor soups, stews, sauces, rice, and vegetable dishes.



Homemade Eight Spices Curry Powder Recipe

Homemade Eight Spice Curry Powder Recipe
Homemade Eight Spice Curry Powder Recipe
Ingredients
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon ground caraway
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of red pepper
6 teaspoons of turmeric
1 teaspoon of cloves
4 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom

Directions

Mix well in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place, do not refrigerate. 


Did you know?

If a recipe calls for the spice garam masala you can substitute curry powder. Pepper Water stew is a healthy African dinner recipe using curry powder.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Anansi and the pot of beans African Folktale

Anansi and the pot of beans African folktale is a story forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next. Folktales reflect the morals, superstitions and customs of the African people.

Anansi is a tricky spider who gets into all sorts of trouble. The word Anansi is Akan simply meaning spider. Anansi is an exceedingly popular folktale character whose stories are told and retold in West Africa and Jamaica. The Anansi tales are believed to have originated by the Ashanti people of Ghana.  In the southern United States of America, Anansi's name evolved into the beloved Aunt Nancy stories.







Have you ever wondered about...How the baboon’s bottom got swollen and red an African folktale



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Monday, January 20, 2014

What is Négritude?

What is Négritude

Negritude
Négritude is a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of the African heritage. Négritude is the state or condition of being black.

Négritude is a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of the African heritage.

What is Négritude


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Negritude, who am I?



Léopold Senghor was one of the three founders of Négritude, with Aimé Césaire and Léon-Gontran Damas. A Milestone in African literature the groundbreaking book 'The New Negro and Malagasy Poetry' or 'De la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache' was written in 1948 by Léopold Sédar Senghor.

Elected in 1960, Senghor was the first president of Senegal, a poet, and cultural truth-seeker. The impact of “The new Negro and Malagasy Poetry” is unrivaled establishing Senghor as the father of French African literature. Négritude is a term used to describe that which is unique about the African culture as found on the continent of Africa and in the African diaspora.

In the 1930's as a rejection of French colonial racism, négritude was established as a literary and sociopolitical movement. Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal, with Aimé Césaire and Léon-Gontran Damas helped to develop the idea of négritude.

Négritude is a term used to describe that which is unique about the African culture as found on the continent of Africa and in the African diaspora. Senghor's Anthology “De la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache de langue française” written in 1948 is a collection of stories reflecting négritude, and is noted as a milestone in African literature.


Négritude is a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of the African heritage. Négritude is the state or condition of being black.

Did you know?
In many interviews on Négritude, the French Caribbean Césaire stated his friendship with African Senegalese Senghor and the Frenchmen Damas meant the meeting between Africa, the African Diaspora and Black France. Together they all discovered the Black American movement of Harlem Renaissance.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sierra Leone Classical Music Composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor Little Known Facts

Sierra Leone Classical Music Composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor Little Known Facts

Classical Music of Africa
The Most Famous African Classical Music Composer is Sierra Leone Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
Sierra Leonean Coleridge Taylor African Classical Music Phenom

Little Known Facts About Sierra Leone Samuel Coleridge Taylor African Classical Music Phenom


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Sierra Leone Samuel Coleridge Taylor Most  Famous Classical Music Composition is the Song of Hiawatha



Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875-1912 was born in Croydon, the son of a white English mother and a father from Sierra Leone. As a violin scholar at the Royal College of Music, he was taught composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and soon developed a reputation as a composer, with Edward Elgar recommending him to the Three Choirs festival in 1896. By the time he died of pneumonia aged only 37 he had already toured America three times and performed for Theodore Roosevelt at the White House.

At the age of five Samuel began playing the violin and joined the choir of a Presbyterian church in Croydon, where H.A. Walters guided his progress and arranged his admittance to the Royal College of Music in 1890.

Compositions such as Coleridge-Taylor’s African Suite attempted to incorporate African influences in the same way that, say, Dvorák used Hungarian folk themes, but much more successful is Hiawatha’s Wedding, which is occasionally performed today. Even better are Coleridge-Taylor’s works for violin and orchestra, which are elegant pieces of fin de siècle romanticism.

In 1898, Coleridge-Taylor was fresh from his success with his orchestral Ballade in A minor, which was performed at the Three Choirs Festival of 1898 after Edward Elgar had recommended him as "far and away the cleverest fellow going amongst the younger men". Having been greatly inspired by his reading of Longfellow's epic poem The Song of Hiawatha (even later naming his own son Hiawatha), he decided to set the words to music in a choral work called Hiawatha's Wedding Feast.

List of works by Samuel Coleridge Taylor


Works With Opus Number
Op.1 - Piano Quintet (1893)
Sierra Leone Classical Music Composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Op.2 - Nonet (1893)
Op.3 - Suite for Violin and Piano
Op.4 - Ballade in D Minor for Violin and Orchestra (1895)
Op.5 - 5 Fantasiestücke for String Quartet (1895)
Op.6 - Little Songs for Little Folks (1898)
Op.7 - Zara's Earrings for Solo Voice (1895)
Op.8 - Symphony in A Minor (1896. Premiered(?) 6 March 1896)
Op.9 - 2 Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano
Op.10 - Clarinet Quintet in F Sharp minor
Op.11 - [Not used]
Op.12 - 5 Love Songs (1896)
Op.13 - String Quartet in D Minor (1896) (lost)
Op.14 - Legende for Violin and Orchestra (1897)
Op.15 - Land of the Sun, Song (1897)
Op.16 - 3 Hiawathan Sketches for Violin and Piano (1896)
Op.17 - 7 African Romances, Songs (1897)
Op.18 - Morning and Evening Service (1899)
Op.19 - 2 Moorish Tone-pictures for Piano (1897)
Op.20 - Gipsy Suite for Violin and Piano (1897)
Op.21 - 2 Partsongs
Op.22 - 4 Characteristic Waltzes for Orchestra (1899)
Op.23 - Valse Caprice for Violin and Piano (1898)
Op.24 - In Memoriam, 3 Songs (1898)
Op.25 - Dream Lovers, Operatic Romance (1898)
Op.26 - The Gitanos, Cantata-Operetta (1898)
Op.27 - [Not used]
Op.28 - Violin Sonata in D Minor
Op.29 - 3 Songs
Op.30 - Scenes from The Song of Hiawatha (1898/99)
Op.31 - 3 Humoresques for Piano (1897)
Op.32 - [Not used]
Op.33 - Ballade in A Minor for Orchestra (1898)
Op.34 - [Not used?]
Op.35 - African Suite for Piano (1898)
Op.36 - [Not used]
Op.37 - 6 Songs (1899)
Op.38 - 3 Silhouettes for Piano (1897)
Op.39 - Romance in G Major for Violin and Orchestra (1899)
Op.40 - Solemn Prelude for Orchestra (1899)
Op.41 - 4 Scenes from an Everyday Romance, Suite for Orchestra (1900)
Op.42 - The Soul's Expression, 4 Sonnets (1900)
Op.43 - The Blind Girl of Castél-Cuillé (1901)
Op.44 - Idyll for Orchestra (1901)
Op.45 - 6 American Lyrics (1903)
Op.46 - Toussaint l'Ouverture (1901)
Op.47 - Herod, Incidental Music
Op.48 - Meg Blane, Rhapsody
Op.49 - Ulysses, Incidental Music (1901-02)
Op.50 - 3 Song-Poems (1905)
Op.51 - Ethiopia Saluting the Colours, March
Op.52 - 4 Noveletten for Strings, Tambourine and Triangle (1903)
Op.53 - The Atonement, Sacred Cantata (1903)
Op.54 - 5 Choral Ballads (1904)
Op.55 - Moorish Dance for Piano (1904)
Op.56 - 3 Cameos for Piano (1904)
Op.57 - 6 Sorrow Songs (1904)
Op.58 - 4 African Dances for Violin and Piano (1904)
Op.59 - 24 Negro Melodies for Piano (1905)
Op.59 - Romance for Violin and Piano (1904)
Op.60 - Unknown
Op.61 - Kubla Khan, Rhapsody (1906)
Op.62 - Nero, Incidental Music (1906)
Op.63 - Symphonic Variations on an African Air for Orchestra (1906)
Op.64 - 4 Scenes de Ballet for Piano (1906)
Op.65 - Endymion's Dream, Cantata (1910)
Op.66 - 5 Forest Scenes for Piano (1907)
Op.67 - 3 Partsongs (1905)
Op.68 - Bon-Bon Suite, Cantata (1908)
Op.69 - Sea Drift, Choral Rhapsody (1908)
Op.70 - Faust, Incidental Music (1908)
Op.71 - Three-Fours, Valse Suite for Piano (1909)
Op.72 - Thelma
Op.73 - Ballade for Violin and Piano (1907)
Op.74 - Scenes from an Imaginary Ballet (1910)
Op.75 - The Bamboula, Rhapsodic Dance (1910)
Op.76 - A Tale of Old Japan, Cantata (1911)
Op.77 - Petite Suite de Concert for Orchestra (1911)
Op.78 - 3 Impromptus for Organ (1913)
Op.79 - Othello, Incidental Music (1910-11)
Op.80 - Violin Concerto (1912)
Op.81 - 2 Songs
Op.82 - Hiawatha, Ballet
Op.82 - Minnehaha, Suite

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Works Without Opus Number

A lovely little Dream for Strings
8 Anthems
Sierra Leone Classical Music Composer Samuel Coleridge TaylorClarinet Sonata in F Minor (1893) (Lost)
Eulalie (1904)
Fantasiestück in A Major for Cello and Orchestra (1907)
5 Fairy Ballads, Songs (1909)
From the Prairie, Rhapsody for Orchestra
Interlude for Organ
Papillon for Piano (1908)
Piano Sonata in C Minor
Piano Trio in E Minor (1893)
3 Short Pieces for Organ (1898)
2 Songs (1909)
2 Songs (1916)
5 Songs of Sun and Shade
St. Agnes Eve, Incidental Music (1912)
Te Deum (1890)
The Clown and the Columbine, Melodrama
Viking Song
Variations on an Original Theme
Variations for Cello and Piano (1918)


Did you know?
Florence B Price 1887-1953 was the first African American woman to have a work played by a major orchestra the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor in 1933, but despite success during her lifetime, her many compositions are rarely played today.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Amos Tutuola Yoruba Folktales: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Palm-Wine Drinkard

Amos Tutuola Yoruba Folktales

Nigerian author Amos Tutuola was born in the Southwest State of Abeokuta, Nigeria, near the Ogun River in 1920. His parents earned meager wages as cocoa farmers in the area. Tutuola had eight children and held many odd jobs as he grew up but mainly he worked as a records keeper for the Nigerian Broadcasting Company. Tutuola's most famous novels are The Palm-Wine Drinkard written in 1946 and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in 1954. Tutuola was Nigeria's first internationally recognized author writing in English. The Palm Wine Drinkard has been translated into more than 15 different languages.


Amos Tutuola
Most of his writings were based on Yoruba folktales however; some fellow Nigerians looked on Tutuola writings as using uncivilized language in his books. Tutuola was also criticized using for clichéd examples of Nigerian culture and writing folktales was not looked upon as true fine art. Despite his fellow Nigerians opinion on his writing style, in 1952 the London printing house of Faber and Faber bought Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in the Observer newspaper called the novel “brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching story” bringing more attention to the book and to the attention of American and French literary critics. Notable later works of Tutuola were The Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town written in 1981, Yoruba Folktales in 1986 and The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories in 1990.

Tutuola is one of the founders of the Mbari Club, the writers' and publishers' organization in Ibadan, Nigeria. In Ibadan 1961, the capital city of Oyo state, Nigeria, the Mbari Club was created for African writers, artists, and musicians. Mbari is the Igbo’s word for creation. Amos Tutuola passed away on June 8, 1997 at the age of 76.

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is the journey of a young African boy who in the forest is left alone and strays into the world of ghosts. The Palm Wine Drinkard draws from the Yoruba folktale traditions told to him by his mother and aunts, Tutuola describes the journey of an ardent palm wine drinker through a truly nightmarish voyage.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Seven True Ebola Facts | Doctors Without Borders Combating Ebola in Africa

Seven True Ebola Facts

Facts Ebola in Africa
Since 1971 Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
 As one of the Ebola epicentres, the district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone bordering Guinea, was put under quarantine at the beginning of August 2013.

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“We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill." Dr. James Orbinski, then-President of the MSF International Council, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF in 1999.


Seven True Facts About Ebola



1. Ebola got its name from the Ebola River in then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ebola River is a branch of the Congo River, which is the world’s deepest river.

Doctors without Borders - Congo by TetterooMedia
2. Ebola first appeared in June and July in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, South Sudan, and Yambuku, Democratic Republic of the Congo located in Central Africa.

3. Fruit bats aka Flying Foxes are considered to be the original host of the Ebola virus.

4. The time from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days.

5. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. Ebola then spreads through human to human transmission through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons and with surfaces and materials such as bedding and clothing contaminated with these fluids.

6. There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but two potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.

7. The case-fatality rate of Ebola varies from 25% to 90% depending on the strain.

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Did you know?
Ebola was previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever and is a deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus species. Currently there are 5 Ebola virus species and four are known to cause the Ebola disease in human beings. The four Ebola virus species are Ebola virus, Sudan virus, Taï Forest virus, and the Bundibugyo virus.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Brighten Your Home with The Big 3 African Textile Designs

Three of the most famous beloved African textile designs are Kente cloths, Mud cloths or bogolanfini and Ndebele patterns.


African culture, particularly in the areas of dance, music and the fine arts has influenced cultures around the world for two millennia. African people are creative having a long history of unique cultural elegance valued around the world over.  The making and trading of cloth have been vital elements in African culture. 
Three of the most famous beloved African textile designs are Kente cloths, Mud cloths or bogolanfini and Ndebele patterns.

Through cloth we can understand not only Africa’s history but also its engagement with other parts of the world. Textiles can be used to address global issues and to express individual traditions of Africa. African textiles unspoken language often provides a way of suggesting thoughts and feelings which may not or cannot be expressed in other ways, and these cloths regularly move between the kingdoms of the earthly and the revered. Three of the most famous and beloved African textile designs are Kente, Mud cloth or bogolanfini and Ndebele.




The African cloth kente is made by the Ashanti people of Ghana and the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo. Kente cloth is the most recognizable of all African textiles.

Pink Ashanti Kente Cloth 











Mud cloths or bogolanfini are a distinctive fabric made by the Bamana peoples of Mali, West Africa. The geometric designs that are created are often stylized forms of animals or other objects from the natural world. The zigzag motif on this cloth is known as 'the legs of a cricket'.

African Mud cloth Parasol
















The Ndebele patterns have a strong symbolic value and are closely linked to the home and to the relationship of the person. This art form has developed in the second half of the nineteenth century, using bright of the brightest colors. Earth tones were used in the past.

Vintage Ndebele South African Beaded Doll

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