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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Africa School Children Statics

Africa School Children Statics

Africa School Children Statics


Education is a fundamental human right: Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to it. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have access to a quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come.


Video of photos of every day African-school-children, in this photo gallery, view Africa as she is for her beauty, flaws, laughter and loves.


Africa School Children Statics



Burkina Faso school kids

Burkina Faso literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 36%, male 43% female 29.3% (2015 est.)



Ethiopian school kids

Ethiopia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 49.1% male 57.2% female 41.1% (2015 est.)



Somalia school kids

There are no statics on the Somalia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write. Somalia is complicated by the large number of nomads and by refugee movements in response to famine and clan warfare.



Zambia school kids

Zambia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 63.4% male 70.9% female 56% (2015 est.)




Chic African Culture advocates for high-quality, child-friendly basic education for all, with an emphasis on gender equality and eliminating disparities of all kinds.


When children start school late and lack the necessary tools for learning, their educational progress suffers and they are more likely to drop out, contributing to the intergenerational cycle of poverty. It is crucial that children be adequately prepared for primary school, begin school on time and receive a comprehensive, high-quality education.

In addition, societies must address gender discrimination from birth. By the time they enter preschool, most children have adopted socially-accepted gender roles and models of behavior, which have an enormous impact on their education and their lives.

By getting children ready for school, we arm them with the tools necessary to build fulfilling lives, become productive citizens and take their place in the global community.

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Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe

Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe

African Food, Bread Recipe
Ablo is a traditional Benin and Togo steamed fermented bread recipe.

Ablo steamed bread African food recipe takes a few days to complete in order for the dough to ferment giving ablo a unique sourdough flavor.

Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe


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Ablo steamed bread African food recipe takes a few days to complete in order for the dough to ferment giving ablo a unique sourdough flavor. After fermentation, the ablo is wrapped in cornhusks and steamed.

Ablo steamed bread African food recipe takes a few days to complete in order for the dough to ferment giving ablo a unique sourdough flavor.


Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe

Ingredients
Luke warm water
3 cups white cornmeal
½  teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal and salt with just enough warm water to form stiff dough. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth. Set in a warm place for two days to ferment.

Using prepared fresh or dry corn-husks brushed inside with oil, place dough in the middle of husks making sure the husk is curling around the dough. Place a second husk over the first and tie the ends with string or fold under the ends. Use a food steamer to cook aboloo or steam, tightly covered, over briskly boiling water for 20 minutes. Leftover aboloo can be frozen.



Did you know?
Aboloo is a steamed fermented cornbread recipe from Ghana which is made in the same way as Benin and Togo Ablo. Aboloo and Ablo is eaten with a variety stews and soups.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Killer African Asteroids

Asteroid 1193 Africa and other asteroids are studied by astronomers who want to understand how to protect earth, the history and inner workings of the solar system. Asteroid 1193 Africa is 11.4 miles or 18.4 km unknown class discovered by an U.K. Astronomer, Cyril Jackson who named many of his 72 discovered asteroids after cities, people and tribes of Africa.


Studying earth’s geological past is important to understanding the development of the planets. Asteroid 1193 Africa is a main belt asteroid. What is a main belt asteroid? Main belt asteroids are small rocky bodies largely in orbit between Jupiter and Mars that are too small to be called planets. It is estimated that there are around 100,000 to 1 million undiscovered asteroids on similar Earth crossing orbits.



Asteroid 1931 HB later named 1193 Africa is a main belt asteroid
Asteroid 1931 HB later named
1193 Africa is a main belt asteroid 
Asteroid 1931 HB later named 1193 Africa is a main belt asteroid discovered by an U.K. astronomer, Cyril V. Jackson at the Union Observatory in Johannesburg South Africa on April 24, 1931. Jackson discovered 72 asteroids and 3 comets. Jackson was an expert Astronomer who named Asteroid 1193 after Africa, the world’s 2nd largest continent and his base of discovery operations.

Asteroid 1193 Africa is of an unknown class measuring around 11.4 miles or 18.4 km in size. Asteroids vary in size; the smallest are the size of small pebbles.  Asteroids can reach as large as Ceres, which is around 600 miles or 940 km in size. Asteroid 1193 Africa is larger than a pebble but much smaller than the dwarf planet of Ceres.

An Astronomical Unit is the unit of measure or AU used to describe solar system distances, 1193 Africa is located at an average distance from the sun of 2,646 AU taking 1,572 days to complete one orbit around the sun. Asteroid 1193 Africa is made of rock and metal, and may contain organic compounds but for now it remains an unknown class. 

Asteroid Africa 1193 is not classified by NASA as a Near-Earth Objects or NEOs since NEOs are classified as such when its trajectory brings it within 1.3 AU near the earth. Asteroid Africa 1193 is not part of nearly 4,000 asteroids large enough to destroy all life on earth. However, in the South African town of Vredefort Dome the remains of Earth's largest and oldest impact crater from an asteroid can be found.


Did you know?

One Astronomical Unit =92,955,807 miles or 149,597,871 kilometers. Want to observe asteroid 1193 Africa, NASA provides the coordinates for your neck of the universe. 


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Peaceful Igbo African Proverb

Igbo African proverbs express the ageless wisdom of the Igbo African culture. Clever Igbo sayings in the language of proverbs are passed down for generations in Igbo culture.



A soft word causes anger to turn back; a humble heart helps settle quarrels.  Igbo Proverb



Did you know...?

The spiritual system of the Igbo people is one of the most ancient religious practices on Earth.



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Monday, September 28, 2015

Proverbs For the Love of Trees

Nothing as lovely to the ear than proverbs about trees on the blogosphere.


African tree proverbs are simple, unique pearls of wisdom. Wisdom is wealth; trees are more precious than money in the sense of shelter, pleasure and gifts of life they give freely to the world. 

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Nothing as lovely to the ear than proverbs about trees on the blogosphere.
African tree proverbs
A person who is always looking at the top of trees will never discover the beauty of its roots.


Trees that bear sweet fruit always have a stick under it.


Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.


Unexpected rainfall allows friends and enemies to seek shelter under the same tree.


Around a flowering tree, there are many insects.



Those who master the art of climbing trees with their teeth are in a better position to know the trees whose barks are bitter.



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Sunday, September 27, 2015

African Palindrome Locations

Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with seven locations whose names are palindromes. Madagascar holds the record for the longest location with a palindromic name, Anahanahana, Madagascar.



A palindrome is a name that can be spelled either from left to right or right to left identically. In other words, palindromes are words, which read the same backwards. Mom and Dad are two simple palindromes. Just in case you were wondering, palindrome is not a palindrome.

Palindromic African Locations

Palindromic African Location in Burkina Faso
Palindromic African Location in Burkina Faso

Angola
Iai

Burkina Faso
Ibi

Chad
Madaradam

Madagascar
Anahanahana

Mali
Lellel

Morocco
Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with seven locations whose names are palindromes
Nigeria has the most places on the African continent
with seven locations whose names are palindromes
Akka

Niger
Tassessat

Nigeria
Aba
Abiriba
Apapa
Elleyelle
Ibi
Oyo
Uburubu

Senegal
Matam

Sierra Leone
Dibid

Somalia
Daba Qabad
Aluula

Sudan
Illibilli

Zimbabwe
Madoko Dam



Did you know

IDI is the first name of a notorious Ugandan dictator whose first name is a palindrome.


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beautiful African Orchids in Pictures

Southern Africa is home to diverse family of interesting beautiful flowers, the orchid whose blooms are colorful and sweet-scented attracting bees and butterflies. The orchid is a member of the Orchidaceae family; wild orchids are more and more harder to find leading to environmentalists endorsing laws to protect indigenous orchids.


Southern African Orchids in Pictures

                         PLUS

Interesting facts about Southern African Orchids


African Orchids in the Wild

Southern African terrestrial orchids are orchids that grow on the ground in subtropical and tropical areas.


Zambian Chikanda dish of ground orchid roots.

Orchid roots are very popular and sold in markets fresh, dried, as snacks or ready-made Chikanda dish.


Nyika Plateau of eastern Zambia and northern Malawi is world renowned for its abundant orchid plants.

The Nyika Plateau of eastern Zambia and northern Malawi is world renowned for its abundant orchid plants.


African ground orchids are threatened with extinction by illegal trade.

African ground orchids are threatened with extinction by illegal trade.


In Southern Africa 65 percent of wild orchids are found no place else in the world.

In the Southern African region around 479 species in 53 genera or subfamily of wild orchids are indigenous to the region, 65 percent are found no place else in the world.


Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, epiphytic orchids grow on trees and epilithic orchids grow on rocks.

Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, epiphytic orchids grow on trees and epilithic orchids grow on rocks.


Southern African Orchids


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Teaching Through Conversation Education

Multicultural Education

Multicultural Education

Teaching through conversation Nyamanda multicultural education makes a difference in the lives of billions. Nyamanda education unlocks the door to learning throughout life and is essential to development and healthy multicultural emotional growth. Education is the key that unlocks the door of hated also known as xenophobia.

Everyone smiles in the same language

Healthy Growth Human Rights Program


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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.

Xenophobia is defined as someone who prejudices and is afraid of people from different countries or cultures. 

Nyamanda multicultural education charity
Nyamanda multicultural education charity

The Chic African Culture Nyamanda ”Until There is Peace in Africa” human rights project gives 100% of donations through PayPal to support lectures to students on the importance of acting globally and assisting the most fragile regions of Africa. 

Nyamanda teaches one person can make a difference in the lives of billions through healthy multicultural growth.



Donate any amount to our Nyamanda Healthy Multicultural Growth Human Rights Program





Odenkyem the crocodile Adinkra symbol for prudence and practicality.
Odenkyem the crocodile Adinkra
symbol for prudence and practicality. 
Nyamanda education is essential to emotional development and healthy multicultural growth. 

Nothing is too small to make a difference in the lives of billions. 

Nyamanda education follows the educational model of teaching through conversation. The skills to practice, express, and exchange healthy multicultural ideas are best taught through conversation, questions and awareness.





If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito – The Dalai Lama

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Friday, September 25, 2015

African Folklore Story Why African Tribes Wander

African Folklore Story Why African Tribes Wander

African Folklore Story Why African Tribes Wander
African Folklore Story Why African Tribes Wander



As the elders say, God created a beautiful garden. In this garden, he created a man and a crocodile.


God loved his creations visiting them every day on the banks of a river from which the purest water flowed. Man and crocodile loved the river; however, crocodile began tracking dirty mud and muck in to the pure waters.  


Man pleaded to crocodile to stop polluting the pure river waters but crocodile ignored man doing as he pleased. Man was so upset by this he killed crocodile.


God punished man for killing crocodile by driving him out of the garden to wander as nomad tribes until time ceases to exist. 


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

What is Africa Eating

What is Africa Eating

What is Africa Eating


Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner!

Eat what Africa is eating for dinner

Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner. Don’t worry, smoking fish at home may sound scary, but it's no more complicated than grilling. Almost any fish can be smoked, fatty fish, such as snoek and salmon are brined and smoked easily.




Recipe

Smoked Snoek

Ingredients
Two large pieces of snoek
4 cups warm water
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups salt

Smoked Snoek Rub

2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground paprika
1 tablespoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground cloves


Brining the snoek
In a large shallow dish add water, brown sugar and salt; stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Add fish, place covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours.


Snoek rub
Add all ingredients together mixing well. Remove fish from the brine and coat with spice mixture. Coat fish in the rub mixture and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.


Smoking snoek
Just add aromatic wood to a charcoal grill such oak but remember but too much smoke can make fish bitter. Place 2 tablespoons of wood shavings such as oak or in the prepared braai (grill), smoke over hot coals for 20 minutes or the fish is heated all the way through to at least 160 degrees F. Use a standard meat thermometer to monitor internal temperature by inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the fish.



Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner!


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African Giant Swallowtail Butterfly in the Sky

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high. The African giant swallowtail butterfly is found in 18 African countries however, little is known about Africa’s largest butterfly.



African giant swallowtail butterfly scientific name is Papilio antimachus. They are currently listed as DD for data deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since little is known about the butterflies.
The African giant swallowtail butterfly is the largest butterfly in Africa.
The African giant swallowtail butterfly
is the largest butterfly in Africa. 

The African giant swallowtail butterfly is the largest butterfly in Africa. Some specimens have a wingspan of nearly 10 inches, which is much bigger than the average human hand, which is 7.5 inches.

African giant swallowtail butterfly is found from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.

Little is known about the butterfly, especially the female except the females are larger than males. The Royal Museum for Central Africa is currently the only scientific institute in Belgium to own a female African giant swallowtail butterfly.


The Royal Museum for Central Africa is currently the only scientific institute in Belgium to own a female African giant swallowtail butterfly.

African giant swallowtail butterfly

The giant African swallowtails have no known natural predators besides humans, because their bodies contain chemicals called cardiac glycosides. These glycosides are toxic because of their potency in disrupting the function of the heart. The common monarch butterfly also carries the deadly cardiac glycosides in their abdomens. 


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Serengeti Orchid Kiss DIY Lip Gloss Recipe

Orchids are beautiful flowers, natural Serengeti orchid kiss DIY lip gloss recipe is simple to make and uses all natural ingredients. Tanzania’s Serengeti of Flowers 45 wild species of ground orchids carpet the world famous Kitulo National park.



Tanzania’s Serengeti of Flowers is also known as the Garden of God with its glorious multi-color fields of wildflowers staring the orchid. Be sure to share Serengeti orchid DIY lip gloss with the orchid lover in your life.
Serengeti Orchid Kiss DIY Lip Gloss Recipe
Serengeti Orchid Kiss
DIY Lip Gloss Recipe

Serengeti Orchid Kiss DIY Lip Gloss Recipe



Ingredients
1/4 cup beeswax
2 tablespoons pure shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions

On low heat place all ingredients into a small saucepan, stir occasionally until ingredients are melt. Pour into containers of your choice and cool 2 hours. This recipe makes enough lip balm for six containers, share Serengeti orchid kiss DIY lip gloss recipe with the orchid lover in your life.


Serengeti Orchid DIY Lip Gloss Recipe
Tanzania’s Serengeti orchid kisses
Did you know?

Kitulo National Park is the first protected area in Africa to be declared a national park because of the rare plant life.



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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Natural Nguvu Healing Rub Recipe

All natural African Nguvu healing rub recipe has been used for centuries using the heat from pepper, mustard and ginger plants found throughout Southern Africa to improve blood flow and bring relief to tired sore muscles.



All Natural Nguvu Healing Rub Recipe


All Natural Nguvu Healing Rub Recipe

Nguvu means strength is the African language of Swahili.
Strength

Nguvu means strength is the African language of Swahili.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Show Your Brain Some African Love

Some age-related losses in memory are the result of inactivity and lack of mental stimulation. Many exercises exist that can help you develop mental strength; here is a brain exercising game to challenge your brain and learn something new about Africa and her flags.



Show Your Brain Some African Love


Brain exercising game to challenge your brain and learn something new about Africa and her flags.
Brain exercising game to challenge your
brain and learn something new about Africa and her flags.
Challenge your ability to stay focused

Quickly read aloud the color that each word is printed in, not the word itself. Try it repeatedly to see if you can improve.

The Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Comoros, Namibia uses five colors in their flag design. South Africa is the only nation to use six colors in the flag's design making it one of the world's most colorful flags. Blue, white, black, green, yellow, and red are the most common flag colors used in Africa. Red is the most popular color used on flags in the world.

Red
                Green
                             Yellow
White
              Black              Blue


Have fun while learning something new about Africa!


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Amani Kinship Stone African Folktale

Amani Kinship Stone of Efia and Fola African Folktale



In Arua, the entrance to the Barifa Forest lays a stone. The stone is known all over the village, for each time it is removed from its resting place by strangers, it returns to the same spot. Why it wanders in this strange manner, nobody knows, but why it stands there is a folktale known to all in the village.
Efia and Fola Peace Stone African Folktale

As the elders say, two young village women, Efia and Fola were working on the edge of the village for a rich farmer who was known to be quite cheap. The farmer was anxious to get his crops in while the good weather lasted, so he promised to increase the pay of the women if they worked twice as hard as last week. At this promise Efia and Fola eagerly labored, but at the end of the week instead of paying them as he promised, the farmer instead gave to Efia two loaves of bread, while to Fola he gave but one.

On their way home, Fola began to argue with Efia that she worked the hardest and she should have all of the bread, saying, “Efia you are greedy! You only worked hard when the farmer was watching, while I worked hard the entire time!” Efia said “No Fola! It is I who worked hard; you talked more than you worked!”


At last, the argument grew so hot that the two women began to attack each other. They fought with sticks, striking and piercing each other until they fell down and died, there they were buried. Over them was placed a peace stone by the Chief as a reminder to his village when we have no peace, we have forgotten that we belong to each other. 

( Amani Kinship Stone African Folktale )

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