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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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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Gambia Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe

Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe

Hibiscus Flower Jam

The Gambia Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe

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Hibiscus flower jam is very popular in the African country of The Gambia. This tasty easy to make hibiscus flower tropical jam is used as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes or used to spread on biscuits, toast, and crackers. 

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Ingredients

1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
3 cups of water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups water

Directions

Steep dried blossom in hot water for 2 hours then strain using 1 cup of hibiscus flower water. Add sugar boil until the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Pour into prepared jars and serve on toast, crackers or uses as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes. 



The Gambia did you know



Yes, it is officially true, the The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964. 


Gambian Woman by gisela gerson lohman braun The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names says "A letter dated May 1964 from the Gambian prime minister's office instructed that The Gambia should be used with a capital T. One of the reasons they gave was that The Gambia could be confused with Zambia, which was a new name to the international community at the time."

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kikuyu Tribe Money and Wealth African Proverbs

Kikuyu Tribe Money and Wealth African Proverbs

Kikuyu Tribe of Kenya African Proverbs on Money and Wealth.




Kenyan Police force

Kenya African Proverbs in Kikuyu language and the English language



Gutiri mbura itari gitonga kiayo.

There is no rain that does not bring wealth to someone.


Utonga wa muici nduthuunaga, na ni uteeaga wake.

Unlawful riches do not prosper; they ruin even the legitimate ones.


Guthinga kurugite gutonga

Virtue is better than riches.


Muriio wa njoohi niuriukagwo, no wa indo nduriukagwo.

The drunkenness of beer passes away, but that of wealth does not.


Iroobagia ha muoni.

Vultures haunt the yard of a wealthy man.


Gukiaga na gutonga ititiganaga.

Poverty and riches do not leave each other.


Indo ni kurimithanio

Wealth comes by cultivating together.


Andu ni indo.

People are wealth.


The Kenyan Shilling is the currency of Kenya

Seek wealth, not money or status. Happiness fills your home with joy, good health, and fortune and that is real wealth.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Best of African Sports Stick Fighting Games

The Best of African Sports

Intonga Stick Fighting
The ancient African art of intonga or stick fighting has been practiced in rural South Africa for centuries and is long considered the best African sport.

African Xhosa women

Before the sports of futbol and football, there was the best of African sports the ancient African Xhosa game of intonga or stick fighting.


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Just as with any other African sport there are rules to follow. In Intonga stick fighting there is a penalty for Kumhlaba Wamadoda or hitting in the “Land of Men” otherwise known as hitting below the belt.


The ancient African art of intonga or stick fighting has been practiced in rural South Africa for centuries. In the past when a Xhosa boy went to initiation school, one of the skills he would learn and practice daily was stick fighting. A young Xhosa man who carried himself well as a stick fighter won respect wherever he went. 
African art of intonga or stick fighting in action
One of the first skills five-year-old Nelson Mandela learned as a herd boy was that of stick fighting. In his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom written in 1995, Mandela says, "I learned to stick-fight which is essential knowledge to any rural African boy – and became adept at its various techniques, parrying blows, feinting in one direction and striking in another, breaking away from an opponent with quick footwork."

The sport of stick fighting is one of South Africa’s oldest games developed hundreds of years ago in the rural parts of South Africa where it served as an important rite of passage in Xhosa culture. In today’s stick fighting games, competitors are armed with two sticks and protection for the head and hands. 

People from the age of five upwards are eligible to participate in the game. When you hit the head you get six points. When you hit the neck you get four points, hitting the hip scores you five points, while a blow to the leg gains you six points. The player that can hit the other with the stick the most in this play-fighting, wins.

Before there was football, there was stick fighting. Rules of the stick fighting game:


The referee will regulate the game by using a white stick to separate the players if there are illegal throws or strikes. Two fighters take up position inside the ring. 

Each fighter carries two sticks, namely the attack and the defense stick. The referee blows a whistle to start the game and the fighters try to hit their opponent with their stick, while defending themselves with the defense stick. 

Three judges judge the match and record points scored by each combatant. They also record deductible points where there are infringements of the rules. Points are awarded according to the number of blows that hit the opponent’s body. A bout consists of three rounds of one minute each.

Penalty points are deducted for every penalty committed. The following constitutes a penalty:

• Hitting no hit areas, namely “below the belt” or kumhlaba wamadoda, meaning the land of men, and also behind the head.
• Hitting an opponent during a break.
• Hitting an opponent when they are down.
• Prodding or attacking the opponent with the defense stick.
• Poking the opponent.
• Hooking or grabbing with a stick.
• Using sharpened sticks.

A Win

The player who has scored the most points at the end of the game is the winner, unless one of the players quits before the end of the game.



Did you know?
The most popular sports in South Africa are cricket, rugby and futbol (soccer).

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty

Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. - Nelson Mandela


Suri Boy Ethiopia


Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty


Seafood
Seafood is a highly consumed food in Africa and there is early evidence to support adequate intake of 8-12 ounces per week with a cognitive boost and mood enhancement due to the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding more salmon, mackerel, sardines, and shellfish to your plate, or algal oil if you are vegan or vegetarian.


Avocado
This nutrient-packed fruit is filled with vitamin B6 and magnesium, a combo that may help with serotonin production in your brain. Adding avocado slices to omelets, salads, and even smoothies will also help you get more fiber and healthy fats in your diet.


Beans and Legumes
Chickpeas, lentils, beans, and legumes also provide antioxidants, vitamin B6, and magnesium. They are protein-rich powerhouses, so try them as a swap for red meat in sautés and stir frys.


Whole Grains
Prebiotics, meanwhile, fuel your body’s probiotics so they can survive and thrive. Find them in 100% whole grains like oats, barley, and bran, as well as various fruits, vegetables, and beans. Eating more of these foods helps serotonin receptors in your GI tract function properly and they've been linked to reducing the risk of chronic disease.


Pumpkin Seeds
An ounce of pumpkin seeds provides nearly 20% of your daily value of magnesium, plus potassium. Sprinkle these seeds and nuts, like walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, and cashews on your meals or snack on them plain for a nutrient boost.



Easy seafood recipe from the Spice Island of Zanzibar.



Zanzibar is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. There are hundreds of seafood recipes our favorite is an easy 20-minute Zanzibar shrimp recipe.


There are hundreds of seafood recipes; our favorite is 20-minute Zanzibar shrimp.

Easy 20-Minute Zanzibar Shrimp


Ingredients
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
2 onions, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 hot peppers, chopped
3 tomatoes, finely diced
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shrimp stock
2 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons peanut oil


Directions
Heat a deep-sided frying pan until hot and add the oil. Add the onions, garlic, hot pepper and tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Add spices to the onion tomato mixture. Add the shrimp stock and coconut milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Add shrimp to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through. Serve over rice.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Seven African Countries Are On Both Sides Of The Equator

All About The African Equator Countries

African Equator Countries
There are seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator.

Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia are the seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator.


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An equator is an imaginary line around the middle earth. Cities and towns located on the Earth’s equator have the fastest sunrises and sunsets and the transition from day to night takes only a few minutes.

Republic of the Congo

Mother elephant with twins in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa by Diana Robinson

About 70% of the population of the Congo lives in its capital of Brazzaville, city of Pointe-Noire, or along the railroad between the two cities. 

Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon. The ethnic groups are Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, Teke 17%, Europeans and other 3%.



Kenya


Fruit Market in Libreville Gabon by Brian GratwickeKenya is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Nanyuki Kenya is sort of like the main office for people pursuing the adventure of climbing the highest mountain in Kenya. 

Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano and is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The median age of the Kenyan people is 19 years old.




Sao Tome and Principe


In the 16th century colonized by the Portuguese becomes a post for slave trade. Sao Tome and Principe was granted independence in 1975. The islands of Sao Tome and Principe are located in Central Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, just north of the Equator, and west of Gabon.



Uganda


The median age of Ugandans is 15 years old. Uganda is a landlocked, fertile, country with many lakes and rivers. One such lake, Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world. Uganda is located East-Central Africa, west of Kenya, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



Gabon


Gabon is located in Central Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Gabon's small population of a little more than 1.5 million, rich natural resources, and sizeable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.


Democratic Republic of the Congo


Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC is located in Central Africa, northeast of Angola. Nyamuragira is Africa's most active volcano and is located in the Virunga Mountains of the DRC. Nyamuragira has erupted over 40 times in 130 years.



Somalia


Somalian grandmother and grandson by TrocaireSomalia has been under Egyptian, French, British, and Italian control in 1960 becomes independent. The median age of Somalis is around 17 years old. 

The local name for Somalia is Soomaaliya, the official name is Federal Republic of Somalia.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Add African Culture to Your Wrists | DIY African Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

Add African culture to your wrists and up your bracelet game with a few easy steps. Create beautiful DIY fabric-wrapped bangles while adding African culture to your accessory wardrobe. You can make African wrapped bangles for pennies, garage sales, are a great place to find bangles.

DIY African Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

DIY African Fabric-Wrapped Bangles


Supplies

·        Simple bangle bracelets
·        A variety of African prints
·        Fabric scissors
·        Fabric glue
·        An iron and ironing board

Directions


Cut a long strip of fabric that measures double the width of your bangle.

Lay the fabric down on the ironing board, fold the edges in toward the center, and iron flat. Your strip should now have a front side that is clean and a back side with an ironed seam.

Add African culture to your wrists Place the end of the strip inside the bangle, with the front side facing out, apply a drop of glue and tightly wrap the strip around the bangle, fully covering the glued end to keep the strip in place.

Continue tightly wrapping the fabric strip around the bangle until you cover the entire bracelet. Apply a bit of glue inside the bangle under the final wrap. Cut the strip just after the glued section, and hold it in place until the glue dries.

Now show off your beautiful DIY African fabric-wrapped bangles to the world!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

African Honey Acne Treatment

Before the introduction of acne treatments, honey was used as the main ingredient for skin problem cures. For centuries throughout Africa, people use honey as a skin treatment for acne, eczema, cuts, and sores. Africa has a wealth of traditional knowledge of apitherapy, the healing properties of bee products. 


Pure acne treatment honey photo by Oxfam East Africa

Honey is a sweet thick syrup produced by honeybees. Bees deposit nectar into honeycombs and seal them with beeswax to preserve the honey. Honey is made up of a solution of sugars and minerals in water, and is twice as sweet as sugar. Honey has a fairly long shelf-life, microbial activity is restricted and the product is stable for many months.

Honey has long been used as medicine. Africa has a wealth of traditional knowledge of apitherapy, the healing properties of bee products. Honey has antibiotic properties: it is a sterile solution with a high sugar concentration that prevents the growth of microorganisms. 

It is highly acidic. It contains enzymes which produce hydrogen peroxide that kills bacteria. Honey is good for healing wounds and for skin treatment.



African Honey Acne Treatment



On clean dry skin using a cotton swab, dab high-grade honey on blemish; leave on 5 minutes then rinse skin with luke-warm water and pat dry. African Honey Acne Treatment seems to work well on most types of skin issues such as a rash, acne, eczema, or psoriasis.


Pure natural clover honey

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Love Never Loses Its Way Home | The Language of African Symbols

Love Never Loses Its Way Home | The Language of African Symbols

African Symbols, Adinkra symbols
African Adinkra symbols meanings originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana.

African Adinkra symbols meanings Bi Nka Bi (harmony), Ese Ne Tekrema (interdependence), Denkyem (adaptability), Fihankra (security), Gye Nyame (importance of God)

Love Never Loses Its Way Home | The Language of African Symbols


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West Africa Adinkra symbols represent ideas, proverbs, expressions, attitudes and behavior depicted in simple drawn figure. Adinkra symbols are well-known visual symbols that have a hidden meaning, deciphering Adinkra symbols is the same as reading a sentence as long as you know what is the symbols true meaning. 







Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan - secret meaning is “Love never loses its way home" Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan is the symbol for the power of love.








Akoma Ntoso - secret meaning isunderstanding, agreement and unity” Akoma Ntoso is the symbol for extension of the heart.






Osram Ne Nsoromma - secret meaning is “love, faithfulness, harmony” Osram Ne Nsoromma represents the moon and the star reflecting the harmony that exists in the bonding between loved ones.







Akoma - secret meaning is “take heart” using patience, love and faithfulness.

Bi Nka Bi - secret meaning is "do not bite one another" symbol of peace and harmony. This symbol cautions against incitement and conflict. The image is based on two fish biting each other tails.



"The flowers of tomorrows are in the seeds of today." – African Proverb. Love binds us all together in perfect unity.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes

Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes

Kenyan African proverbs on the virtues of discerning what is true and wise and avoiding stupid mistakes; being wise is different from being smart. Being wise can save you needless unhappiness and negativity in life.



Wise Maasai elder of Kenya


Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes


What was withheld, as a secret thought will come out through a slip of the tongue.


You do not benefit from a lie, a lier does not benefit from another lier.


The plan kills; the weapon only does the deed.


However long it may grow, the neck will never surpass the head.


A climbing plant with tendrils cannot grow on its own without the support of a tree.


One should either become a pillar or lean against one.


A distant shelter does not shield one from cold.


A wise man plans for tomorrow, a fool plans only for today.



Without patience, we cannot reach an honorable position.



Kenyan Proverbs


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Indigenous Healing

African Indigenous Healing

There are around 27 million consumers of indigenous healing medicine in South Africa

African Indigenous Healing

In Zulu societies, the Sangoma is a highly respected indigenous healing person and Nyanga is the esteemed herbalist. Men and women take up the profession after a long training period in Southern African society.



Indigenous Healing


The Traditional Healers and Indigenous Healing Organization organizes about 69,000 traditional health practitioners in South Africa to promote African Traditional healing as a holistic healthcare practice. Traditional indigenous medicines use herbal, animal, and mineral materials for physiological and symbolic purposes. Twenty seven million South Africans use traditional medicine in one form or another because pharmaceutical drugs are too expensive or traditional methods are considered an appropriate tradition.

The traditional indigenous medicine trade in South Africa is a large and growing industry. There are some 27 million consumers of traditional medicine, for many people in South Africa indigenous traditional medicine is not considered an inferior alternative to western medicine but a desirable complement or alternative necessary for treating a range of health problems. 

Traditional Healers contribute to the economy by expanding commercial trade in plants and animal parts for use in the traditional medicine practice. The importance of the trade in indigenous plant species for traditional medicine in South Africa is estimated at 40 million dollars a year.

Despite the persistence of customary controls on use of many species, the trade in animal parts in South Africa still persists. Indications by the Traditional Healers Organization research journal is that roughly 200 animal species and 550 plant species are actively traded for traditional medicine in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The most popular species traded as traditional medicine are the African Rock Pythons, Black Mambas, Black Rhinos, Dwarf Chameleons, Giant Golden Moles, Hyaenas, Monitor Lizards, Crocodiles and Vultures.



African Indigenous Healing


Indigenous Healing

Traditional indigenous healing is linked to wider belief systems and remains integral to the lives of most Africans. People consult indigenous healers whether or not they can afford medical services. A true indigenous healer cannot take part in any action that can harm or negatively influence another person and believes God has the ultimate power, it is a spiritual calling.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hertzoggies African Classic Tartlet Recipe

Hertzoggies African Classic Tartlet Recipe


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What is even better than a cookie? A tartlet! Hertzoggies are a delicious classic South African dessert of tartlets filled with apricot jam and coconut topped with meringue. 

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Hertzoggies are named after General Hertzog, who was South Africa's Prime Minister between 1924 and 1939.

Ingredients

Dough
2 cups self-rising flour
¼ cup castor sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
3 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Meringue
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter

Directions

For the dough, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well combined. Chill the dough for at least 15 minutes.

For the filling, beat together all ingredients until well combined.
To assemble tartlet, take a golf ball sized chunk of dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten the dough into a disc between your hands and place into prepared muffin pans. Place a teaspoonful of filling into the center of each.


For the meringue, in large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture forms stiff peaks. Top each stuffed cookie with a dollop of meringue. Bake tartlet at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the lightly golden.


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