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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fool at Forty is a Fool Indeed


From groundbreaking foolish human stories to breathtaking animal plots, check out the best Boa Constrictor African Folktale story of the year. African folktales are stories forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next.

Boa Constrictor African Folktale

Boa Constrictor African Folktale



Boa Constrictor in thought
What went wrong? Okando the Boa Constrictor in thought


Fool at forty is a fool indeed



Okando, the famous hunter, lived to such a great age that he was no longer able to go into the forest and chase the deer and the leopard. Life had no other pleasure for him than hunting, so he went to a magician and asked for some charm that would enable him to continue his occupation.

The magician gave him two pots, each containing a charm. Every day Okando dipped his head into the first pot and was at once transformed into a boa constrictor. In his snake form he glided into the forest and hunted to his heart’s content. At night he returned and dipped his head into the second pot, and so became a man again.

This went on for a long time without the knowledge of the old hunter’s family, but when at last they chanced to discover the secret, they were filled with horror, and his son in a rage kicked at the pots and overturned them both.

Okando was at that moment hunting in the forest, and when he returned to his house and found the magic pots overturned and empty, he was filled with dismay, for he had no means of regaining his human form. For some days, the boa constrictor glided about near the house, seeking for a few drops of the charm, but in vain, and at last he disappeared into the forest and was never seen by his family again.




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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

African Countries Largest African Capital Cities

African Countries and Largest African Capital Cities

Africa has a range of diverse environments, from sandy deserts to lush rain forests. Learn about the seven largest African cities, their populations, and an alphabetical list of African countries capital cities.



African Countries Largest African Capital Cities


Republic of South Sudan Independence day
Republic of South Sudan Independence day

Seven largest African cities populations


Lagos, Nigeria – 21 million
Largest population of any African nation; significant population clusters are scattered throughout the country, with the highest density areas being in the south and southwest.


Cairo, Egypt – 20.4 million
Approximately 95 percent of the population lives within 12 miles or 20 km of the Nile River and its delta; vast areas of the country remain sparsely populated or uninhabited.


Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 13.3 million
Urban clusters are spread throughout the country, particularly in the northeast along the border with Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi; the largest city is the capital, Kinshasha, located in the west along the Congo River; the south is least densely populated.


Luanda, Angola – 6.5 million
Most people live in the western half of the country; urban areas account for the highest concentrations of people, particularly Luanda.


Nairobi, Kenya – 3.5 million
Kenya's population is heavily concentrated in the west along the shore of Lake Victoria; other areas of high density include the capital of Nairobi, and in the southeast along the Indian Ocean coast.


Mogadishu, Somalia – 2.1 million
Population distribution varies greatly throughout the country; least densely populated areas are in the northeast and central regions, as well as areas along the Kenyan border; most populated areas are in and around the cities of Mogadishu, Marka, Boorama, Hargeysa, and Baidoa.


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire – 4.7 million
The population is primarily located in the forested south, with the highest concentration of people residing in and around the cities on the Atlantic coast; most of the northern savanna remains sparsely populated with higher concentrations located along transportation corridors.

Faces of Africa
Faces of Africa

African countries and capital cities

African Country
Capital city
Algeria
Algiers
Angola
Luanda
Benin
Porto-Novo
Botswana
Gaborone
Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou
Burundi
Bujumbura
Cabo Verde
Praia
Cameroon
Yaounde
Central African Republic
Bangui
Chad
N'Djamena
Comoros
Moroni
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa
Republic of the Congo
Brazzaville
Cote d'Ivoire
Yamoussoukro
Djibouti
Djibouti
Egypt
Cairo
Equatorial Guinea
Malabo (de jure), Oyala (seat of government)
Eritrea
Asmara
Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Gabon
Libreville
Gambia
Banjul
Ghana
Accra
Guinea
Conakry
Guinea-Bissau
Bissau
Kenya
Nairobi
Lesotho
Maseru
Liberia
Monrovia
Libya
Tripoli
Madagascar
Antananarivo
Malawi
Lilongwe
Mali
Bamako
Mauritania
Nouakchott
Mauritius
Port Louis
Morocco
Rabat
Mozambique
Maputo
Namibia
Windhoek
Niger
Niamey
Nigeria
Abuja
Rwanda
Kigali
Sao Tome and Principe
São Tomé
Senegal
Dakar
Seychelles
Victoria
Sierra Leone
Freetown
Somalia
Mogadishu
South Africa
Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
South Sudan
Juba
Sudan
Khartoum
Swaziland
Mbabane (administrative), Lobamba (legislative, royal)
Tanzania
Dodoma
Togo
Lomé
Tunisia
Tunis
Uganda
Kampala
Zambia
Lusaka
Zimbabwe
Harare



Seven largest African cities populations are Lagos Nigeria, Cairo Egypt, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luanda Angola, Nairobi Kenya, Mogadishu Somalia, and Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.


Coming home from market in Yaounde Cameroon Africa
Coming home from market in Yaounde Cameroon Africa

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli Recipe

Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli


Senegal Favorite Food


Vermicelli with chicken is a dish of African Senegalese origin to enjoy with family. Rice noodles or vermicelli is a very fine noodle made of ground rice and used throughout Senegal cooking recipes. Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli Recipe is a mildly spicy dish that can be found in the most humble Senegalese homes to 5 star Senegalese restaurants.

Senegal Favorite Food Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli Recipe
Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli Recipe

Senegalese Chicken Vermicelli




Ingredients
4 chicken legs
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
4 large onions, diced
1 maggi cube
2 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons ground red pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups water
2 eight ounce packages broken vermicelli rice noodles
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups water

Directions
Heat a large pan with 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat and saute the vermicelli lightly until it turns pale golden brown. Add 2 cups water, boil, cover and cook 3 minutes. Once done, remove the vermicelli and set aside. In the same pan heat oil then add chicken, mix flour into cold water and add all ingredients to chicken. Cover and simmer 25 minutes until sauce is thick. Serve chicken over vermicelli.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

NonMonetary Recycling of Poverty

Non Monetary Recycling of Poverty
NonMonetary Poverty

Survivors of the NonMonetary Ongoing Great Depression, Recycling Poverty Into the Next Generation in Africa



Thinking about the future of Africa
Thinking about the future of Africa

NonMonetary poverty is a permanent reality for Africa’s progress in literacy and education, life expectancy and health, freedom from violence.




The picture on African poverty inequality is complex. Seven of the 10 most unequal countries in the world are in Africa, most of them in southern Africa. Because of population growth throughout Africa, many more people are monetary and nonmonetary poor. Many aspects of Africa’s well-being cannot be appropriately priced measured in dollars and cents. The ability to read and write, longevity and good health, security, political freedoms, social acceptance and status, and the ability to move about and connect without the fear of violence are examples of the ongoing great depression.

Women living in a IDP's camp
Women living in a IDP's camp

NonMonetary dimensions of poverty in Africa; income fails to provide a complete picture of Africa's well-being.


Education can expand people’s capabilities. It helps people access and digest information and knowledge. Doing so requires at a minimum being literate. Compared with 1995, adult literacy rates are up by four percentage points and the gender gap is shrinking. More than half the population is illiterate in seven countries, almost all of them in West Africa. Niger (with an adult literacy rate of only 15 percent) and Guinea (where the rate is just 25 percent) have the lowest literacy levels in Africa. At the other extreme, literacy levels exceed 90 percent in Equatorial Guinea and South Africa, and they exceed 70 percent in some poor and fragile countries as well, such as Eritrea and Zimbabwe. Despite substantial improvement in school enrollment, the quality of schooling is often low and more than two in five adults are still illiterate.

A widely used measure of the ability to live a long and healthy life is life expectancy at birth. It provides a comprehensive reflection of the various factors that affect health and mortality. Children in poor, rural households with undernourished mothers are 20 percent more likely to be stunted. Newborns can expect to live six years longer and the prevalence of chronic malnutrition among under five-year-olds is down six percentage points to 39 percent. Even so, at 57 years, life expectancy in the region remains well below the average rate for the world, 70.9 years.

The ability to live free from violence affects people’s survival, dignity, and daily life. Insecurity significantly reduces the choices a person can make, specialty with voting rights and personal safety. After years of multiple large-scale conflicts and civil wars election-related violence, extremism, terror attacks, drug trafficking, maritime piracy, and criminality have been growing. Wars are increasingly being fought by armed insurgents on the periphery of factionalized and militarily weak states, such as the Arab and Tuareg uprisings in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria. West Africa has emerged as a key transit point in the trafficking of narcotics between Latin America and Europe, and piracy has expanded in the Gulf of Guinea. Africa has 54 countries, there are 15 African countries fighting wars and involved with perpetual terrorism violence. Sadly 27 percent of people on the African continent are directly affected by bloodshed, mayhem and post traumatic stress.

Long walk home
Long walk home



Did you know?

African countries involved in war

There are over 1.2 billion people living in Africa; 44.5 million live with daily threats of terrorism and war. As of June 2017, there are fifteen African countries involved in war, or are experiencing post-war conflict and tension.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Madagascar Ethnic Groups

18
Ethnic
Groups



Madagascar Ethnic Groups

Madagascar Ethnic Groups


Madagascar people
Madagascar people


Most of population of Madagascar lives on the eastern half of the island; significant clustering is found in the central highlands and eastern coastline. More than 90 percent of Madagascar population is Malagasy, which is divided into about 18 ethnic groups all of whom speak the same Malagasy language. 

Most Malagasy are multi-ethnic, however, reflecting the island’s diversity of settlers and historical contacts. Madagascar’s legacy of hierarchical societies practicing domestic slavery most notably the Merina Kingdom of the 16th to the 19th century is evident today in persistent class tension, with some ethnic groups maintaining a caste system. 

Slave descendants are vulnerable to unequal access to education and jobs, despite Madagascar’s constitutional guarantee of free compulsory primary education and its being party to several international conventions on human rights. Historical distinctions also remain between central highlanders and coastal people.

Madagascar Map
Madagascar Map

Madagascar Ethnic Groups Economy



  • Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo)
  • Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry - Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava)
  • French
  • Indian
  • Creole
  • Cormoran

Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is the lifeline of Madagascar economy, accounting for more than one-fourth of GDP and employing nearly 80 percent of the population. Madagascar produces around 80 percent of the world’s vanilla supply; although supply was interrupted by hurricane-related damage in 2017, international demand drove prices to record highs, increasing export earnings for Malagasy vanilla. Other major industries on Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island are meat processing, seafood, soap, beer, leather, sugar, textiles, glassware, cement, automobile assembly plant, paper, petroleum, tourism, and mining.

Ifaty Beach Madagascar
Ifaty Beach Madagascar

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Religion in Africa The Lord's Prayer Translated into Arabic Swahili Hausa and Amharic

Religion in Africa The Lord's Prayer Translated into Arabic Swahili Hausa and Amharic
The Lord's Prayer ✝

Religion in Africa The Lord's Prayer translated into the five most popular African languages


Happy in Africa


The Lord's Prayer translated into the five most popular African languages to calm your restless spirit when you are having a bad day. The Lord's Prayer is brilliant in its simplicity. Just as it is on every continent, there is passion and tension about religious life. There are thousands of languages spoken in Africa over 2,000 in fact. The top 5 most spoken languages in Africa in order are; Arabic, Kiswahili (Swahili), Hausa, English, and Amharic.



Africans among world's most religious people, below is Matthew 6:9-14 The Lord's Prayer in Arabic, Kiswahili (Swahili), Hausa, English, and Amharic.


The Lord's Prayer in Arabic ✝

'abina fi alsama'i, hla yakun asmuka, mumlaktuk tatii, sayatimu alqiam bika, ealaa al'ard kama hu alhal fi alsama'a. aetana khabazana alyawmia alyawma. wayaghfir lana duyuwnana, kama ghafarna madinina. wayaquduna la 'iilaa 'iighra'in, walakun yuslimuna min alsharr.


The Lord's Prayer in Swahili ✝

Baba yetu mbinguni, jina lako liwe takatifu, ufalme wako uje, mapenzi yako yatimizwe, duniani kama ilivyo mbinguni. Tupe leo mkate wetu wa kila siku. Na kutusamehe madeni yetu, kama sisi pia tumesamehe wadeni wetu. Na usiingie katika majaribu, bali utuokoe kutoka kwa mwovu.


The Lord's Prayer in Hausa ✝

Ubanmu wanda ke Sama, tsarki ya tabbata ga sunanka, Mulkinka yă zo, yardarka a duniya kamar yadda yake cikin sama. Ka ba mu abinci yau da kullum. Kuma Ka gãfarta mana basusukanmu, kamar yadda muka gafarta wa masu bashin mu. Kuma kada ku fitine mu cikin fitina, sai ku tsĩrar da mu daga mũnanãwa.


The Lord's Prayer in English ✝

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.


The Lord's Prayer in Amharic ✝

besemayati yemitinori ābatachini hoyi, simihi yik’edesi, menigišitihi timit’a; fek’adihi besemayi inide honechi inidīhu bemidiri tihuni. ye‘ileti inijerachinini zarē sit’eni. inyami degimo yebedelunini yik’iri inideminili bedelachinini yik’iri beleni. kekifumi ādineni inijī wede fetena ātagibani; menigišiti yanite natina ḫayilimi kibirimi lezele‘alemu; āmēni.


Amen, Amiyn, Amina, Amin, āmēni ✝


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

When Home is Not Safe | Internally Displaced People of Africa


Internally Displaced People When Home is Not Safe
IDPs ≋ Violence ≋ Homeless

Africa has more countries affected by displacement than any other region, and is home 9 - 12 million internally displaced people (IDPs). IDPs are displaced within their own country as a result of conflict, violence, disasters and human rights abuses.


Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons near El Fasher the capital of North Darfur, Sudan.
Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons near El Fasher the capital of North Darfur, Sudan.


Internally Displaced Persons means persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border.

The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, sought to protect persons outside their country of origin. In these aforementioned documents was the lack of a binding African and international legal and institutional framework specifically, for the prevention of internal displacement and the protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons, IDPs.

It was expected that IDPs Colonial and African governments would provide for their wellbeing and security. In 2012, Kampala Convention formally known as the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, Date of Adoption October 23, 2009, Date entry into force December 06, 2012 and Date of last signature May 24, 2017 came into being.

The Kampala Convention is the world’s first continental instrument that legally binds governments to protect the rights and wellbeing of people forced to flee their homes by conflict, violence, disasters and human rights abuses.

The Kampala Convention is legally binding and by becoming parties to it, African governments recognise that they are responsible for the protection and wellbeing of their country’s IDPs and make a commitment to respond to their needs. As of November 2014, 40 of the African Union 54 member states had signed the convention and 22 had ratified it.

Across the continent, progress towards fully embracing the convention has been uneven. Some states have made significant steps toward implementation, while others have stalled at the ratification stage. For countries that have ratified, it is only the first step toward instituting real change for people affected by displacement.

The issue with the Kampala Convention is though it is legally binding, most countries in Africa fail to demonstrate commitment to the Kampala Convention and many African governments have yet to incorporate its provisions into national legislation.

Hamza Ahmad Mohamed is in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced People, North Darfur, Sudan with his bicycle.
Hamza Ahmad Mohamed in Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced People, North Darfur, Sudan with his bicycle. 



Did you know?
Long walk home
Long walk home
Internal displacement means the involuntary or forced movement, evacuation or relocation of persons or groups of persons within internationally recognized state borders.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

No Oil Mango Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe


No Oil Mango Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe

Simple Cooking with no oil easy mango tangy vinegar salad dressing.



Mango salad
Mango salad


Mango Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe Without Fattening Oil


Ingredients
2 mangoes peeled, seeded, and cubed
1/2 pound fresh strawberries quartered
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
8 cups mixed salad greens

Directions
Add fruits, pepper and vinegar in a jar with a lid. Seal jar, and shake vigorously to mix. Sit overnight in the refrigerator. In a large bowl, mix salad greens, with mango mixture, serve.

Mango salad
Mango salad




Did you know?
Mangoes will produce their first crop after 4 - 6 years when grown from seed. Harvesting can be done for up to 20 years before the mango tree becomes unable to produce fruit.

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