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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Malva Pudding a Traditional South African Dessert

Malva Pudding is not only a traditional South African dessert but also a sweet warm cake-like dessert that was loved by Nelson Mandela. Malva pudding is scooped into bowl and topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. A vegetarian version can be made by replacing eggs with condensed milk.

Malva Pudding a Traditional South African Dessert

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Malva Pudding 
Photo by jonolist
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons apricot jam
1 teaspoon baking soda
A small pinch of salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vinegar
3/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream eggs and sugar add jam mix well. Sieve flour, soda and salt. Add melted butter, vinegar, vanilla and milk to the egg mixture alternately with the flour. Bake in an ovenproof dish at 350°f 45 minutes. Malva pudding is scooped into bowl and topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Xenophobia Dangerous Lies and Treacherous Myths

Xenophobia Wisdom African Proverb

Xenophobia Wisdom African Proverb
One person’s truth is another person’s lie; Xenophobia is the unreasoned fear felt to be foreign or bizarre.

Those who suffer from xenophobia in Africa and around the world live a fearful nonexistent life drenched in xenophobia fervent dangerous lies.

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You have the freedom to discover who you are beyond your language, class, gender, and culture. We believe prejudices and stereotypes about other cultures without finding out the truth for ourselves which leads to racism and xenophobic attitudes.

African Proverb

Xenophobia Dangerous Lies and Treacherous Myths

Xenophobia has affirmed indifference to people beyond our own shores, embracing legislation that sharply limits legal immigration; entertaining a further choke hold on admitting immigrants; renouncing commitment to humanitarian ideals and rejecting pleas to help the vulnerable escape from war and bloodshed. Xenophobia is morally inexcusable, those whom Xenophobia shuns include children bereft of family, and survivors of rape, torture, and religious persecution. Africa cannot let Xenophobia define the world’s rich love by a poverty of spirit.

Did you know?
In 2017, Nigeria called on the African Union (AU) to intervene as a matter of urgency to halt xenophobic attacks of other African nationals in South Africa.

There are truths on one side of the world, which are falsehoods on the other - African Proverb

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Umsila Wenkomo or Oxtail Stew a Slow Cooker Recipe

Umsila Wenkomo means Oxtail Stew in the Xhosa (Koh-Suh) language. Xhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa. Nelson Mandela was of the Xhosa people and Umsila Wenkomo or Oxtail Stew was one of his favorite meals.

Umsila Wenkomo

Umsila Wenkomo or Oxtail Stew a Slow Cooker Recipe Photo by Daniel Panev4 pounds oxtails
2 cups beef broth or stock
2 cups baby carrots
4 medium potatoes unpeeled and quartered
1 hot pepper
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients except meat in a large slow cooker and mix well, add meat and simmer on low for 9-10 hours or high 6-7 hours. Serve with white rice.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Three Modern African Fiction Must Reads Recommended by The African Gourmet

Many times people ask me, what is a good fictional book to read on Africa? Walking into a bookstore or browsing online, you are immediately hit with the notion that there are millions of books, what is a true good read? The African Gourmet top three modern African fiction must reads are Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna.

Overall, I happily invest three hours a day reading.  I read to understand things I have never been exposed to by grace. Below is a short list of the books that inspired me to learn, grow, and laugh and to be motivated. Please share books you love in the comments section below.

Someone Knows My Name

by Lawrence Hill

Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, she becomes a scribe for the British, recording the names of blacks who have served the King and earned their freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice of the new colony prompt her to follow her heart back to Africa, then on to London, where she bears witness to the injustices of slavery and its toll on her life and a whole people.

Ghana Must Go

by Taiye Selasi
Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story.

The Memory of Love

by Aminatta Forna

The Memory of Love takes the reader through the haunting atmosphere of a country at war, delicately intertwining the powerful stories of two generations. In contemporary Freetown, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood.
Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a man who has stories to tell from the country’s turbulent postcolonial years that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect, Kai and Elias are drawn unwittingly closer by Adrian, a British psychiatrist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sweet Chicken a traditional down home food

Nelson Mandela's personal chef says he was not a picky eater, he liked traditional down home food. One of Nelson Mandela's favorite meals was Sweet Chicken. Cooking easy meals like Sweet Chicken satisfied Nelson Mandela and will satisfy your the entire family at dinner time.

Xoliswa Ndoyiya in her new book Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela's Kitchen says Sweet Chicken was one of the President Nelson Mandela's favorite meals. Xoliswa Ndoyiya started cooking for him two years before he became president, which is over 22 years of cooking meals like Sweet Chicken.

Below is Tour of Africa's take on one of Nelson Mandela's beloved dishes, Sweet Chicken.

Sweet Chicken

Sweet Chicken was one of Nelson Mandela's favorite dishes.

Sweet Chicken was one of Nelson Mandela's 
favorite dishes. Photo by jypsygen 


2 skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 chicken bouillon cube spice

1 cup any sweet marmalade or jam

1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Season chicken with the spices and add chicken to pot. Add broth and let sit for about 10 minutes or until juice runs clear. Meanwhile in a large bowl mix yogurt and jam well. Add yogurt mixture to chicken and over low heat cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

What is coming does not beat a drum

What is coming does not beat a drum

What is coming does not beat a drum

African Proverb

What is coming does not beat a drum - Malawi Proverb

Malawi Facts

 In 1891, present day Malawi was sectioned off and became the British protectorate of Nyasaland.

1.         In the year 1480, Bantu tribes unite several smaller political states to form the Maravi Confederacy that at its height includes large parts of present-day Zambia and Mozambique plus the modern state of Malawi.

2.         In 1891, present day Malawi was sectioned off and became the British protectorate of Nyasaland.

3.         Malawi celebrates independence day on July 6, 1964 from the British.

4.         Malawi is named for the East African Maravi kingdom of the 16th century; the word "maravi" means "fire flames".

5.         Christian population of Malawi is around 83%.

6.         Malawi ranks among the world's most densely populated and least developed countries.

7.         Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries with a GDP of around $230.

8.         In 2015, about half of Malawi’s 29 districts were hit by floods, destroying agricultural livelihoods, leaving more than 1,150,000 people affected and 336,000 displaced.

9.         English and Chichewa are both the official languages of Malawi.

10.      The median age of Malawi is 16.5 years old.

Malawi is one of the world's hardest hit by HIV-Aids and home to more than one million children orphaned by the disease.

11.      Malawi is one of the world's hardest hit by HIV-Aids and home to more than one million children orphaned by the disease.

12.      Lilongwe is the largest and capital city of Malawi named after the Lilongwe River.

13.      Zomba was the capital of Nyasaland before the establishment of Malawi in 1964.

14.      Malawi is the 38th largest country in Africa.

15.      Malawi is 100th largest country in the world.

16.      Malawi is landlocked and has no coastline.

17.      Malawi is surrounded by Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania.

18.      Lake Nyasa, some 580 km long, is the country's most prominent physical feature; it contains more fish species than any other lake on earth.

19.      Lowest point is the junction of the Shire River.

20.      Highest point is Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) at 3,002 m.

Malawi's economy is predominately agricultural with about 80% of the population living in rural areas.

21.      Malawi's flag is three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green with a radiant, rising, red sun centered on the black band; black represents the native peoples, red the bloodshed in their struggle for freedom, and green the color of nature; the rising sun represents the hope of freedom for the continent of Africa

22.      Malawi's economy is predominately agricultural with about 80% of the population living in rural areas.

23.      Population enjoys electricity access, 9%, urban areas 32% and rural areas 4%.

24.      Malawi’s internet users total around 9%.

25.      Currency of Malawi is the kwacha.

26.      Agriculture accounts for about one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues.

27.      Tobacco accounts for more than half of Malawi’s exports.

28.      The government faces many challenges, including developing a market economy, improving educational facilities, addressing environmental problems, dealing with HIV/AIDS, and satisfying foreign donors on anti-corruption efforts.

29.      Malawi’s national symbol is a lion.

30.      National anthem "Mulungu dalitsa Malawi" (Oh God Bless Our Land of Malawi)

Did you know?
Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa established in 1891; the British territory of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964.

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Fatherly Love African Proverbs

Fatherly Love African Proverbs

African Proverbs
Fatherly Love African Proverbs; Fatherly love is the greatest gift given to a child.
Father and daughter

Fatherly Love African Proverbs

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African proverbs, fatherly love is the greatest gift given to a child. Fatherly love African proverbs teach us love holds a child tight, supports the soul and teaches how to love the world in return. African proverbs on the importance of fathers in a child’s emotional and social development sets the stage for the path followed by the child later in life. 

A little girl and her father walk on Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. ∽ African Proverb

Father and child fishing on LakeVictoria

Hold a child with both hands. ∽ African Proverb

Father with his baby in the village of Ngon, Ebolowa District, Cameroon.

Learning expands great souls. ∽ African Proverb

Ethiopia father and son 

If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings. ∽ African Proverb

Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Arua District, Northern Uganda 

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ∽ African Proverb

A father and his children in Mukono. Uganda.

Nobody is born wise. ∽ African proverb

A person is a person because of other persons ∽ African Proverb

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Nakupenda means Love in Swahili

In the Swahili language the word Nakupenda means you are in love. Nakupenda is pronounced just as its spelled Na-ku-pen-da.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long

A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long

Igbo African Proverb
A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long is an African Proverb of the Igbo People. The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa and live mostly in densely populated southeastern Nigeria.
A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long

A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long

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Igbo culture places strong importance on families’ kinship systems, particularly the descent on father's side.

A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long - Igbo Proverb

Did you know?
Today many Igbo people are Christians however; some Igbo people practice traditional Igbo religious beliefs called Odinani. Odinani played a huge role in their everyday lives of the Igbo people.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Yam Porridge Recipe

Yam Porridge Recipe

Easy Yam Recipe

Igbo New Yam Festival or iri ji ohuru is the celebration of yams with dancing, music and every imaginable dish made with yams.

Yam Porridge recipe is a delicious yam porridge recipe, this West African recipe is easy to make, just use canned yams.

Yam Porridge Recipe

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Perfect yam cereal porridge for a delicious way to start the day, from Tour of Africa. Yam tubers have an extraordinary cultural value to the Igbo culture. 

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Yam Porridge Recipe

1 cup cooked white rice
1/2 cup can yams 
2 cups whole milk
Salt and sugar to taste

Add all ingredients to a large pot, simmer until thick 15 minutes. Serve warm as a cereal. 

Igbo Yam Festival photo by Jeff HaskinsDid you know?
Yam belt of Africa includes Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Central Africa, Cameroon and Togo. Nigeria alone produces 71% the yams in Africa. Yams are major sources of income to Africa who produces 96% of the world’s yams.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Womens Gold, African Shea Butter

There are four types of shea butter and unlimited shea butter uses. African shea butter is cream colored oil extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Shea butter is made from the oil of the shea tree and has earned the name woman's gold in Africa because of its economic value to African women.

Women processing Shea nuts using traditional methods
Women processing Shea nuts using traditional methods
Of the estimated 600,000 tons of Shea nuts harvested in West Africa, about 350,000 tons are exported, mostly as raw nuts. Currently 90% of Shea demand comes from the confectionery industry affording chocolate manufacturers an alternative to cocoa butter. Only 10% of Shea is currently used for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Shea butter is cream colored oil extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Shea tree’s grow from Senegal to Uganda and has probably been used for thousands of years in food, skin balms, soaps and shampoos, traditional medicines and cooking and lamp oils. The use of Shea butter has been increasing steadily in recent years as consumers are demanding better quality natural, minimally processed ingredients in personal care items and food.

It takes approximately 20 years for a tree to bear fruit and produce nuts, maturing on average at 45 years. Most trees will continue to produce nuts for up to 200 years after reaching maturity. Eight African countries produce high quantities of Shea nuts; they are in order Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo and Guinea.
Unrefined African shea butter
Unrefined African shea butter

Until recently, as much as 90% of exported Shea product was raw nuts that were processed abroad. In 2010 that figure was 65% as processing operations in West Africa have increased in the last five years. 

Most raw and unrefined Shea butter comes from producers in Africa who export the product for further refining. 

Raw shea butter is butter is shea butter which has not been filtered or molded into shapes and unrefined shea butter is filtered and sometimes molded. Both raw and unrefined shea butter have a distinctive odor, if you add a few drops of high grade essential oil this will improve the scent. 

Refined shea butter has undergone processing to remove its odor. Ultra-Refined Shea Butter has been significantly filtered and processed, which almost always loses the natural goodness of the shea nut.

The nuts of shea tree can be collected and processed by crushing and grinding by hand or a machine to yield shea butter. Shea has long been recognized for its emollient and healing properties, ideal for soothing skin in the dry climate of the region. Reports of its use go back as far as the 14th century.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Your Old Phone Could End Up as e-Artwork

Your old Phone, CD’s or computer could end up as e-Artwork in the hands of an e-waste designer entrepreneur.

David Nderitu, a former homeless teen makes jewelry from waste computer and cell-phone parts. He manages to make 60 pairs of earrings from the scrap materials in about 15 days. David Nderitu according to Kenya's Daily Nation says his venture into the profit-making jewelry business can be attributed to motivational speakers who always visited the Children, Youth Empowerment Center in Nyeri County. The Children, Youth Empowerment Center provides educational and social services to former street-dwelling children of Kenya with the goal of teaching the children a trade that they can use to support themselves.
Alex Matizo Design

David states the center has professors from universities such as The Pennsylvania State University Owen Reitenauer in the United States and The University of Nairobi who give motivational forums on creation of employment through the use of waste materials. When Owen Reitenauer spent two weeks volunteering at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center, it was a life-changing experience not just him but also for David. During his visit in June 2010, Reitenauer made an important decision, to sponsor David’s education.

At 16, David was picked by an administrator to join a children’s home in Thunguma where he first realized that indeed there could be life out of the streets. He was then enrolled into a welding program in the jua kali sector at the center from which he got the unique idea of making jewelry using scrap-material from phones and computer motherboards for a tidy sum of money.

According to Revivn they are a company re-purposing outdated technology to support education in low-income communities. Revivn states on their website they build various corporate initiatives that collect unused electronics and provide them to people who lack computer access. Revivn impact programs raise awareness about the power of re-purposing technology and create a company culture of giving back.

In June 2014 Revivn released its list of 10 Artists Using E-Waste here are our three favorite artists:

Steven Rodrig creates sculptures from e-waste using circuit boards for his trademark green designs, and builds a variety of cleverly named objects. This one is called Piña Data:
Piña Data by Steven Rodrig Design

Alex Matizo is a 19-year-old from Kenya who recently started a business selling the jewelry and art she makes from e-waste. These earrings are fashionable, functional, and friendly to the environment.
Alex Matizo Design

Peter McFarlane imagines the fossils of our time through e-waste representations of ancient fossils.
Peter McFarlane Design

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Iconic Black Hair Photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

Iconic Black Hair Photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

Black hair photographer Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere better known as J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere was an internationally celebrated Nigerian hair photographer.

Article Topics
J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere , Love natural hair, hair photography, Nigerian art

Talented photographer of Nigerian Hairstyles, Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere also known as J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere highlighted modern and traditional African perspectives of the art of hair design. Each African hairstyle had its own uniqueness giving a glimpse into the talented camera of a legendary Nigerian photographer. 

Nigerian photographer hairstyle Legend, Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere also known as J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere was born in Nigeria in 1930.  Ojeikere was a photographer who is known for his work with unique hairstyles found in Nigeria. Ojeikere was raised in a small town in rural southwestern Nigeria.

The unique artistry of African hair has a long storied tradition
He lived and worked in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of nineteen, JD Okhai Ojeikere buys a modest camera from a neighbor who taught him the basics of photography. His talent was noticed by the West Africa Publicity for which he worked full-time from 1963 to 1975 when he set up his studio "Foto Ojeikere." 

JD Okhai Ojeikere began working on his Hairstyle series in the late 1960s after he joined the Nigerian Arts Council and began documenting the country's culture. 

Forty years, he continued across Nigeria photographing hairstyles. Ojeikere photography of hairstyles of Nigerian women in everyday life, on the street, in the office, at parties leaves a heritage of anthropological, ethnographic and documentary legacy.  

For Ojeikere, this was a never-ending project as hairstyles evolve with fashion: "All thesis hairstyles are ephemeral. I want my photographs to be noteworthy traces of Nigeria. I always wanted to record times of beauty, knowledge of times. Art is life. Without art, life would be frozen."

This iconic photographer passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Leftover Mixed Vegetable Curry

Leftover Mixed Vegetable Curry

Leftover Mixed Vegetable Curry photo by artist in doing nothing
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Niger leads West Africa in onion production, easy recipe using leftover vegetables such as peas, beans, potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes etc., make easy vegetable curry. 

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

2 cups of your favorite cooked vegetables
1 teaspoon ground curry


Add all ingredients mix well and serve warm. Vegetables may be either freshly prepared or leftovers. Add as much curry powder as is desired.

Leftover Mixed Vegetable Curry photo by artist in doing nothing

Did you know...?
Niger leads West Africa in onion production.

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