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The person who is not patient cannot eat well-cooked dishes. -African Proverb

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Everyone will Undergo the Sentence of the Grave

Everyone will undergo the sentence of the grave. Death and burial collection of wise Igbo African proverbs teach practical lessons on death and dying since everyone will  undergo the sentence of the grave.



Where there is a dead body, both criers and laughers are found ~Igbo Proverb
Where there is a dead body, both criers and laughers are found ~Igbo Proverb

Everyone will Undergo the Sentence of the Grave
Things that are sweet are killers
~ Igbo Proverb

Igbo Proverbs

Everyone will Undergo the Sentence of the Grave 



The debt that a strong man owes to the earth is death.


Things that are sweet are killers.


One who constantly disagrees will agree on the death mat.


Death does not recognize the chief.


The corpse does not know that it is being mourned.


Death does not recognize the chief  ~ Igbo Proverb
Death does not recognize the chief
 ~ Igbo Proverb
Where there is a dead body, both criers and laughers are found.


A poor person thinks about money more than death.


He who will go tomorrow finds tomorrow has already gone.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Three West African Symbols to Avoid

Adinkra symbols Kintinkantan meaning arrogance, FoFoo meaning jealousy and Tamfo Bebre meaning envy are three West African symbols to avoid using.



Tamfo Bebre pronounced Tah-M-Foh Beh-Breh 


Adinkra symbols Kintinkantan meaning arrogance, FoFoo meaning jealousy and Tamfo Bebre meaning envy are three West African symbols to avoid using.
Three West African
Symbols to Avoid
Secret meaning is envy or the enemy shall suffer.  Envy is deeply rooted in human behavior as well as one of the seven original deadly sins.  Envy leads to feeling resentful of people who have what you want. If you do not confront and sort through the true reason for your envy, you cannot focus on your blessings. You will continue to hate someone for his or her good fortune. If you are not careful, the enemy suffering could be you.

Fofoo pronunced Foh-Fuh 

Secret meaning is jealousy. Mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear is defined as jealously. Longing to have what someone else has with misplaced hatred only leads to a life of self-inflicted suffering.


Kintinkantan pronounced Ken-tin-ka-tan 

Secret meaning is arrogance. The wicked type of arrogance, the misplaced self-importance wrapped around an overbearing pride is the meaning of the Adinkra symbol Kintinkantan. Wicked arrogance is bitter and clouds good judgment.


Adinkra symbol envy
Adinkra symbol envy
Adinkra symbol jealousy
Adinkra symbol jealousy






Adinkra symbol arrogance
Adinkra symbol arrogance












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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mkpuru Ugu Nigerian Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Mkpuru Ugu Nigerian Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Snack

Mkpuru Ugu Nigerian toasted pumpkin seeds
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Mkpuru Ugu Nigerian toasted pumpkin seeds snack recipe is a familiar and easy to make African recipe to make.

 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients
1 cup unshelled pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon palm oil or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Boil pumpkin seeds for 8-10 minutes in salted water. Add oil to heated frying pan, drain seeds and lightly toast. Serve as a snack. 


Did you know...?
Nigerian cooking utilizes the entire pumpkin plant in creating recipes. Pumpkin leaves, seeds, and the pumpkin itself make for delicious eating. 

Mkpuru Ugu Nigerian Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Snack

Mkpuru Ugu Nigerian Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Snack


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Healthy African Kabichi Cabbage Salad Recipe

Cabbage is one of the most popular vegetables in South Africa grown mostly in KwaZulu-Natal inland regions. The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg and is known as the garden providence. The cabbage plant grown throughout the world was thought of as a gift from God. Healthy African kabichi cabbage salad recipe is super easy to make using only three ingredients.



Healthy African Kabichi Cabbage Salad Recipe

Healthy African Kabichi Cabbage Salad Recipe
Healthy African Kabichi Cabbage Salad Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 medium tomato diced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Add all ingredients into a large bowl, mix well refrigerate 2 hours and serve as a side dish for grilled meats or a healthy salad for lunch or dinner.


Did you know?

Cabbage was used for therapeutic purposes to treat arthritis, stomach problems, ear nose and throat issues, and headaches.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You become wise when you begin to run out of money

African proverbs on being wise, humble and sensible. African Proverbs are one of the oldest wise sayings revered the world round. Proverbs teach us to worry less and love more, listen to good advice and take responsibility for our actions. African proverbs show us how to accept change and understand ourselves.


African proverbs on being wise, humble and sensible.


You become wise when you begin to run out of money ~ Ghanaian Proverb
You become wise when you
begin to run out of money ~ Ghanaian Proverb

Leading a race does not mean that you will win it. ~ Bemba Proverb



Optimism leads to riches and pessimism leads to poverty. ~ Kenyan Proverb


It is survival, not bravery that makes a man climb a thorny tree. ~ Ugandan Proverb
 


One cannot see oneself, a stone cannot push itself. ~ Boran Proverb


If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom ~ Nigerian Proverb

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


Even the lion will eat grass if he is starving ~ Ndebele Proverb

You become wise when you begin to run out of money ~ Ghanaian Proverb

One should either become a pillar or lean against one. ~ Kenyan Proverb


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Monday, October 26, 2015

A Distant Shelter Does Not Shield You From Danger

The past years are in moonlight, the years to come are in darkness; safety is not a tool but a state of mind. African proverbs teach us safety does not happen by accident, wisdom and good sense is what saves us from ourselves and others who wish to cause harm.


Mental Safe Havens African Proverbs 


A distant shelter does not shield you from danger.


A distant shelter does not shield you from danger ~ African Proverb
A distant shelter does not shield you from danger
~ African Proverb
You can be punished as you do wickedness, but for others it comes later.


Those who are thought to be dying are the old, but those who actually die are the young.


The plan kills; the weapon only does the deed.


One who travels at an unfavorable time comes home at a favorable time.


Do not fight for a coward; he will not fight for you.



A woman’s body is precious to her but means nothing to someone else.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

What does wisdom look like African Proverbs

What does wisdom look like Kanuri African Proverbs

Kanuri African Proverbs

What does Kanuri wisdom look like? The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

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Kanuri Wisdom African Proverbs



What does wisdom look like Kanuri African Proverbs

What does wisdom look like? Kanuri Wisdom African Proverbs
What does wisdom look like?  
Kanuri Wisdom African Proverbs

Angalte simlan gani kdrgd, kdldlan kdrgd
Wisdom is not in the eye but in the head.

Kdrgete, sima kdm kdnnuro tsdtin, sima kdm tsdnndro tsdtin
It is the heart that carries one to fire or to heaven.

Ago komdnde ntsinite, diinon mdnem, pdndem bdgo
If you seek to obtain by force what God has not given you, you will not keep it.

Ge'di kdnadiben tsdnndwa
At the bottom of patience, there is heaven.

Tama siigo dinidbe
Hope is the pillar of the world.

Did you know?
The Kanuri language is a collection of African language dialects with about 4 million speakers from the ancient Kanem and Bornu empires of Chad, Cameroon Libya, Niger, Nigeria, and Sudan.

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The Ladle Cannot Serve Anything If The Pot Is Empty

Educating girls is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the lives of everyone in their communities. Education is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people. Education is a key factor for achieving success and self-enlightenment. The idea of not attending school because of you are a girl is unthinkable however, it is true. The ladle of equality and freedom cannot serve anything if the pot of education is empty.



Even in areas of Africa where there is a generally positive response to girls’ education, there is still a tendency for parents to support boys’ education over girls’.
Educating Africas' girls'
Because I am a Girl Africa Report 2012 answers two major questions on obstacles to girls’ education in Africa; Why is it that across Africa girls are still less likely than boys to enroll and remain in school and Why, in 47 out of 54 African countries, do girls have less than a 50% chance of going to secondary school?

Why is it that across Africa girls are still less likely than boys to enroll and remain in school?

Many of the concerns and constraints in girls’ education in Africa are rooted in deep-seated gender inequalities. Entrenched assumptions about girls’ roles as careers, mothers, brides and household laborers influence perceptions of the value of girls’ education and the life and career choices that are available for them. 

In some areas of Africa, official school fees may have been abolished, many schools continue to charge other fees such as for enrollment or examinations.
Education is the key that unlocks the door to poverty
There are still biased attitudes towards girls’ education and some parents still believe that girl’s education has no value and they cannot succeed even when educated. Changing these attitudes and behaviors is one of the greatest challenges facing girls’ education and one of the most complex to address. For many parents, such choices are made based on how far education supports or threatens traditional roles for girls. In Ethiopia and Kenya, parents noted that men felt threatened by, and were reluctant to marry, educated girls unless they were educated themselves. 

Similarly in Mali and Senegal, parents voiced concerns that girls would not marry if they stayed in school. There was also uncertainty about the benefits they would receive from educating their daughters, as boys were destined to be the head of the family and care for parents whilst girls would go to another family through marriage.

Why, in 47 out of 54 African countries, do girls have less than a 50% chance of going to secondary school?


Even in areas of Africa where there is a generally positive response to girls’ education, there is still a tendency for parents to support boys’ education over girls’. In Mali 48% of parents surveyed said they would keep their sons in school rather than their daughters if forced to make a choice, compared to only 28% who opted for keeping their daughters in school. 

Many of the concerns and constraints in girls’ education in Africa are rooted in deep-seated gender inequalities.
Learning to read opens the window of a child's mind
In the Ashanti area of Ghana, this difference increased to 50% opting for keeping boys in school against only 10% for girls. Many countries across Africa have national policies stating that primary education is free. The reality for children and their parents, however, is very different. In some areas of Africa, official school fees may have been abolished, many schools continue to charge other fees such as for enrollment or examinations. Added to the costs of uniforms, books, transport, stationary and other ‘hidden costs’ of education, sending a child to school remains a significant financial investment for families. This increases further at secondary school levels where costs are often 3 to 5 times higher than at primary level.

The Ladle Cannot Serve Anything If The Pot Is Empty ~ African Proverb

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Farming in Africa Changed Little in 3,515 Years

Farming in Africa

Agricultural productivity in Africa is rising, but still lags behind much of the world.

Pounding grain requires great skill and stamina. Traditional crops such as yam, sorghum, millet and teff have been ground in Africa for centuries. The traditional hand tools and techniques for threshing, winnowing, and milling have changed little in 3,515 years and are still commonly used throughout Africa.


Pounding grain is a communal activity in Africa
Pounding grain is a communal activity in Africa
Since around 1500 B.C., African women were processing grain using a hand milling method with a mortar and pestle to separate the indigestible hulls from the edible grain. 

To many people living in Africa, foods such as wild greens, yams, corn, millet, cassava, teff, rice, sorghum and groundnuts are indispensable in the diet. Traditional crops such as yam, sorghum, millet and teff have been ground in Africa for centuries. Traditional simple hand tools for threshing, winnowing, and milling are commonly used throughout Africa having changed little in 3,515 years. Rural African diets are influenced by mainly subsistence farming specific to the geographical region. In some regions, rice is the main crop while, in others harvesting of wheat supplemented by fruits and vegetables comprises the bulk of daily food intake. 


What is threshing, winnowing and milling?


Pounding grain is often a necessary communal activity and many hours are spent each day milling grain by hand.
African groundnuts or peanuts
Threshing is hitting the stems and husks of grain or cereal plants to separate the grains or seeds from the straw. Wind winnowing or screening is a method used for separating grain from chaff. Pounding or milling grain requires great skill and stamina, the goal is not to produce very fine flour but rather to mill the grain to a point of coarseness that is acceptable to the cook. 

Milling, pounding and grinding are used interchangeably to describe the process of taking grain and decreasing it down to smaller sizes.

Pounding grain is often a necessary communal activity and many hours are spent each day milling grain by hand. Pounding grain is therefore still a common sight and sound in many areas of Africa.

Many people in Africa cannot afford to pay for store bought flour or industrial grain milling and they grind by hand using traditional techniques such as a mortar and pestle.
Rice before milling
Mortar and pestle grinding methods are still in common use throughout Africa today. However, mills are very important machines for many urban communities in Africa as they eliminate much tedium and time-consuming labor. 

Bakhresa Grain Milling, a subsidiary of Tanzania-based Bakhresa Group, is the largest producer of wheat flour in East Africa. Bakhresa Grain Milling operates mills in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique and Burundi selling store bought flour.

Many people still cannot afford to pay for store bought flour or industrial grain milling and they grind by hand using traditional techniques such as a mortar and pestle. 


Farming in Africa

Farming in Africa three facts

Agriculture forms a significant portion of the economies of all African countries. Agriculture employs 65 percent of Africa’s labor force and accounts for 32 percent of gross domestic product.

Africa has enormous potential, not only to feed itself and eliminate hunger and food insecurity, but also to be a major player in global food markets.

2014 was the Year of Agriculture in Africa. More than half of all people living in Africa depend on agriculture for all or part of their livelihood. More so than in other continents, Africa is dominated by family farming, which relies mainly on family labour.


Farming in Africa Changed Little in 3,515 Years


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Confidence is Overrated African Proverbs

African ancestors have a wealth of proverbs on the bolstering overconfident fool. In the world today, there is no shortage of confident people who believe in faking their way to success.



Most people would rather swallow a self-confidence pill to increase their knowledge and ingenuity since embracing inner insecurities and self-doubts is seen as a sign of weakness.

African proverbs on the confident fool
African proverbs on the confident fool
People have more confidence than they need but are not as great as they think. Many see confidence as the key component of success and think that increasing confidence is the only solution to relationship and career problems. 

Fake it till you make it, life is all about perception acting as if but, if people never allow themselves to feel vulnerable and insecure it becomes impossible to build self-confidence. What remains in the world are people playacting at life instead of actuality living life.


African proverbs on the confident fool


Fools are easily deceived.


Hurry Hurry has no blessing.


Stolen things never really make one rich.


If one does too much whispering, a deaf person hears him.


A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.


A fool runs when nothing is running after him.


Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.


A fool’s words taste sweet in his mouth.


Knowledge is like a garden, if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.


Distant water does not extinguish the fire.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe

Discover a new twist on ordinary peanut stew, add goat!  Make and share this easy one pot West African goat peanut butter stew recipe with family and friends tonight.


West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe


Ingredients
1 pound goat meat cut into small cubes
West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe

    West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe

2 medium yellow sliced onion
2 medium chopped green pepper
2 large potatoes diced
2 medium carrots diced
1 cup smooth peanut butter
5 cups vegetable broth
One big pinch of salt or to taste
2 whole cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
2 hot peppers sliced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions

Sauté goat and olive oil until goat is browned, add onions and green peppers and heat for 3 minutes. Add broth to peanut butter in a separate cup and stir well. Add all ingredients to goat mixture cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Serve over rice.


Did you know?
Goats are very competitive with each other having a distinct pecking order.

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When Husband and Wife are in Harmony

Nigerian Igbo proverb when husband and wife are in harmony, one piece of yam is enough for their food teaches us that by watering the seeds of kindness and cooperation  you can plant togetherness which will bring peace to your heart and home.


When husband and wife are in harmony, one piece of yam is enough for their food. Nigerian Igbo proverb
Peace, love and harmony

When husband and wife are in harmony, one piece of yam is enough for their food. ~ Nigerian Igbo proverb 


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

When Does Life Begin African Folklore

When Does Life Begin African Folklore


Story of When Does Life Begin African Folklore

The African folklore story of crocodiles fortune and when does life begins is still debated by beasts and birds to this day.
When Does Life begin African Folklore
The question of when life begins seems to be a basic answer but, it is one of the most interesting and meaningful questions we can possibly ask. The African folklore story of crocodiles fortune and when does life begins is still debated by beasts and birds to this day.




Questions about the very beginnings of life


When Does Life Begin African Folklore



Crocodile was very old. Finally he died. News of his death spread among the Beasts; and his relatives and friends came to mourn. After a proper number of days had passed, the matter of the division of the property was mentioned. At once a quarrel developed, on the question as to who were his nearest relatives.

The tribe of Birds said, "He is ours and we will be the ones to divide the property." Their claim was disputed, others asking, "On what ground do you claim relationship? You wear feathers; you do not wear plates of armor as he." The Birds replied, "True, he did not wear our feathers. But, you are not to judge by what he put on during his life. Judge by what he was in his life's beginning. In his beginning, he began with us as an egg. His mother bore him as an egg. He is our relative, and we are his heirs."

But the Beasts said, "Not so! We are his relatives, and by us shall his property be divided. "Then the Council of Animals demanded of the Beasts on what ground they based their claim for relationship, and what answer they could make to the argument of the birds as to Crocodile's egg-origin.

The Beasts said, "It may be true that the mark of tribe must be found, in a beginning, but not in an egg. For, all Beings began as eggs. Life is the original beginning! When life really begins in the egg, then the mark of tribe is shown. When Crocodiles life began, he had four legs as we have. We judge by legs. Therefore, we claim him as our relative. And we will take his property."

But, the Birds answered, "You Beasts said we were not relatives because we wear feathers, and not Crocodile plates of armor. But, you, look you! Judge by your own words. Neither do you wear Crocodile plates of armor, you with your hair and fur! Your words are not correct. The beginning of his life was not, as you say, when little crocodile sprouted legs. There was life in the egg before that and his egg was like ours. You are not his relatives. He is ours!" However, the Beasts disputed still. Therefore, the quarrel went back and forth and they never settled it.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

There is no medicine to cure hatred

There is no medicine to cure hatred

There is no medicine to cure hatred


Ashanti proverbs express the timeless wisdom of the Ashanti people. Wise sayings in the speech of proverbs have been passed down for generations in Ashanti culture. 



There is no medicine to cure hatred Ashanti proverb



There is no medicine to cure hatred is the Chic African Culture's favorite proverb. Anger leads to hate which leads to misery, which leads to hate which leads to anger; it is a never-ending cycle of negativity. Only when you insert love into the cycle it will become clear that love is stronger than hate. Hate destroys but love builds.



More quotes and wise sayings about hate



Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.



I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. - James Baldwin



I do not have time to hate people who hate me because I am too busy loving people who love me. - Unknown



I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. - Booker T. Washington



Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. - Henry Emerson Fosdick



A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is — a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves. - E. Stanley Jones



Hate must make a man productive. Otherwise, one might as well love. - Karl Kraus



All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first. - James Thurber



Hatred is one long wait. - René Maran


One does evil enough when one does nothing good.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fat Wife Makes A Happy Marriage Life in Africa Desert Country of Mauritania

Fat Wife Makes A Happy Marriage Life in Africa Desert Country of Mauritania

Fat wife, happy life
Stretch marks, rolls of fat and broad backsides are considered extremely beautiful in areas of Africa desert country of Mauritania. In Mauritania, Africa, fat wife makes for a happy life.

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Fat Wife Makes A Happy Marriage Life in Africa Desert Country of Mauritania


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In Mauritania, overeating is not a sign of addiction, but rather of a tradition. Beauty as always is in the eye of the beholder.


In the eleventh largest country in Africa, Mauritania, among the white Moor Arab population, fat women are traditionally seen as more desirable and obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige. The fatter the wife the happier the husband and the marriage bed. Why? If a girl was thin, she was considered poor or sickly, and would not be respected enough for marriage. 


To attain Mauritanian traditional standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of gavage, or "fattening up." Gavage is French meaning forced feeding. Drinking high-fat camel's milk mixed with a plant called Aish, the mixture is churned until thick as cream. 

Drinking the Aish mixture, 12-14 gallons per day is the traditional way to gain weight, the other more modern way is using weight gain drugs. In Mauritania, overeating is not a sign of addiction, but rather of a tradition.

Mauritanian traditional standards of beauty


Not a single fast-food franchise exists in Mauritania however; around 20 percent of the women are obese, according to the World Health Organization.  Although the practice is becoming outdated, force-feeding remains a serious threat to girls and women's health in rural areas of Mauritania.

However, the view that a fat girl is more desirable for marriage is seen as old-fashioned in certain regions of the country. What is shaping the perception of beauty? Social media is changing Mauritanian traditional standards of beauty in the younger generation. 

A study by the Mauritanian ministry of health in 2007 found that force-feeding is dying out. Now only 10 percent of young girls under the age of 19 are force-fed, 32 percent of women and 29 percent of men in Mauritania approved of the traditional practice of gavage.



Did you know?
Ethnic groups in African Desert Country of Mauritania are Black Moors 40 percent, White Moors 30 percent, and Mauritanians non-Arabic speaking, Halpulaar, Soninke, Wolof, and Bamara ethnic groups 30 percent.
Making lunch in the desert of Mauritania Africa


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