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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

African Folklore Story of Huzuni the Sad Frog

Huzuni the sad frog
Huzuni the sad frog


African Folklore Story of Huzuni the Sad Frog

African Folklore Story of Huzuni the sad frog is a heart-wrenching story of a mother who was cruel and cold towards her two loving children. Adamou and Touka have more need of a kind mother than a cruel beating.







African Folklore Story of Huzuni the Sad Frog


As the elders say, there was a woman who lived in the town of Witu who had two children ages 8 and 6 whom she treated brutally. The children hide away one day and whispered together one day. The boy, Adamou, said to his sister, "Little sister, are you happy with our mother?"

"No," answered the little girl, whose name was Touka. "She yells me and beats me for no reason, and I can never please her."

"She was angry with me this morning," said Adamou, "and she beat me until I could cry no more.”

"Let us run away," said Touka. "The animals and the trees will be good to us. They love us and we will be happy together."

That night the two children ran away from their cruel mother. They went far, far into the forest, and at last, they found a cave in which no one lived.

When the mother found that her children were gone, she was very angry. She set off to scour a high mountain pass in the South, covered plains and grasslands for 3,000 miles seeking signs of the children’s footpaths but she never did find it.

Slowly, her anger turning into worry, she searched through the forest to see if she could find her two children along pleading aloud to anyone who could hear "If my children would only come again, I would do everything I could to make them happy!"

"Do you think she tells the truth?" asked the trees.

"I do not know," answered the sky. "She never treated them well when they were with her."

"Please help me!" yelled the mother, "Earth, will you tell me where my children are?"

Adamou told the trees, sky and animals an evil woman was looking for him and his sister to kill them; so the trees would not tell the mother where the children were hiding.

For a long time Adamou and Touka were happy in the forest, for there was no one to yell at them and to beat them, but at last, sadly there was no food, no warmth and death came to Touka quickly.

Adamou sat alone in the unhappy cave weeping for his dead sister.

Then suddenly in his loneliness and sadness, he threw himself down from a high tree and was killed at once.

All this time the children were living and dying in the forest, the mother had been looking for her children, and at last, she saw her son lying at the foot of the tree. Then she too wailed and cried aloud, for she was sorry that she had treated her children so cruelly.

She prayed to the Gods to make her children live, but they could not make them a live again as a human boy and girl.

The Gods said, "You two shall be frogs, and your names shall be Huzuni meaning sadness, you frogs are special, because you will appear to humans only during a Green moon and you shall make your home in the marsh with the reeds and the rushes of the Tana River. There you shall wail as loud as you please for the death of your innocence and the cruel way your mother treated you during your human life.


A crab walks, so walks his children. - African Proverb from Liberia

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths

Egyptian Lotus Flower
Egyptian Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is one the most beautiful flowers in the world with a long history in many Egyptian religious and cultural decorating ceremonies. Egyptians prized the lotus flower as it came to symbolize the Sun and creation.



Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths

Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths



In ancient Egypt, the creation of lotus flower garlands and wreaths became an art form so prized these adornments were held by the highly civilized nation with reverence. With them, the composition of a garland possessed a deep significance, and warriors, political leaders, and poets alike sought-after these flower and aromatic plant emblems as their most valued status.

The ancient Egyptians did not confine flowers and aromatic plants to their sacred rites; they also considered them as essential to their day-to-day life. The Egyptians, though they offered the finest fruit and the finest flowers to the Gods, and employed perfumes at all their sacred festivals, as well as at their daily oblations, were lavish in the use of flowers at their private entertainments, and in all circumstances of their everyday life.

At a reception given by an Egyptian peer of the realm, it was customary, after the ceremony of anointing, for each guest to be presented with a Lotus-flower when entering and this flower the guest continued to hold in his hand throughout the ceremony. Servants brought necklaces of flowers and aromatic plants composed chiefly of the Lotus; a garland was placed round the head, and a single Lotus flower was so attached as to hang over the forehead.

Besides lotus flowers, many flowers and aromatic plants were made into wreaths and other garland crafts, were suspended upon stands placed in the room, garlands of Crocus and Saffron encircled the wine cups, and over and under the tables were strewn various sweet-smelling flowers.

Wreaths and garlands were in common use among the Egyptians at a very early period; and although the Lotus was principally preferred in their formation, many other flowers and leaves were used such as the orange and yellow chrysanthemum, purple acinos, yellow acacia tree, yellowish green young branches of the strychnos.

Also used in many Egyptian flower arrangements were the persoluta, anemone, convolvulus, olive, myrtle, amaracus, xeranthemum, bay tree, and many others. In fact, when Agesilaus, King of Sparta who commanded the Spartan army throughout the period supremacy, visited Egypt, he was so delighted with the wreaths of Papyrus sent him by King Nectaneb, that he took some home when he returned to Sparta.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Kaldou Sea Bream Fish Soup

Kaldou Sea Bream Fish Soup

Kaldou Sea Bream Soup is a popular Senegalese fish recipe with a vegetable pottage that is close to soup. Sea bream is very versatile and used in many baked, fried, simmered and sautéed recipes of coastal Senegal.




Kaldou Sea Bream Fish Soup




Ingredients
2 cleaned medium size  sea bream
1 piece of guédji salted and dried fish
4 chopped white or yellow onions
2 large fresh diced tomatoes
2 diakhatou garden eggs chopped
1 clove chopped garlic          
6 pieces of fresh chopped okra
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups vegetable broth
2 handfuls of sorrel leaves
1 teaspoon chili pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon palm oil

Directions

In large pot heat oil add vegetables and spices cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and guédji simmer 20 minutes. Meanwhile season bream with peppers add to vegetable broth and simmer 10 minutes. Serve with rice.

Did you know?
Guédj (guédji or guédji) is a salted and dried fish that is used in soups and stews to heighten the taste. Guédj taste and smell are very strong, so use it in very small quantities.

Mother processing her families catch of fish on Senegal's coast
Mother processing her families catch of fish on Senegal's coast

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

15 Powerful African ASE Proverbs to Encourage You Today

15 Powerful African ASE Proverbs to Encourage You Today



When life gets tough, people turn to a motivational African ASE proverb quote from the elders for encouragement. So read on and let them encourage you today and everyday. Ase. The Yoruba word Ase, pronounced AH SHAY is the divine force, energy, and power to make things happen.



15 Powerful African ASE Proverbs to Encourage You Today







··.•.· ASE Powerful Proverbs to Encourage You ··.•.·



The words of the elders are blessed.

The heavy hanging of the fruit does not mean it will fall from the tree.

The path does not stop the walker from making the journey.

A gourd gets smooth because of being passed around by many hands.

Arriving ahead does not mean success in the raid.

No hyena deserves to be entertained twice.

A healer has no fame in his home.

The one who eats with a spoon does not know the one using fingers is burning.

One who cooks two pots never fails to burn one.

Do not judge a warrior by the strength of his muscles.

Freshly cut firewood laughs at the one that is already burning, not knowing that the same fate will befall it.

A river drowns even the best swimmer.

A goat bound to stray will do so even when its hearder is calling it back.

A zebra takes its stripes wherever it goes.

The withered tree will destroy the healthy tree when it falls down.



Encourage yourself with powerful ASE African Proverbs so it does not feel like the end of the world, it is important to keep encouraging words from African elders at your fingertips and discover a purpose that gives you hope, happiness and power from within.



Seek knowledge in this world
Seek knowledge in this world


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Saturday, February 24, 2018

African Lion Mustard Essential Oil Healing Rub



African Lion DIY Sore Muscle Rub With Essential Oil

African Lion DIY Sore Muscle Rub has been used for centuries under various names using heat from the pepper, mustard, peppermint and ginger plants to improve blood flow to drive away pain.



African herbalists or inyanga have thousands of years of knowledge to look after the village treating illnesses using, plants growing in the garden and in the wild. Presently millions of Africans still have faith in the healing powers of the local herbalist.


Ingredients
2 teaspoons ground red pepper
2 teaspoon ground ginger
½ cup olive vegetable or olive oil
2 drops essential peppermint oil
2 drops essential mustard oil

Directions
In a small saucepan add all ingredients carefully heat the oil up to body temperature or approximately 98 degrees Fahrenheit; if you accidentally allow the oil to get too hot, let it to cool to the proper temperature. Caution, do not overheat mixture or you will cause severe burns, only use mixture lukewarm which is 98 degrees F or 36 degrees Celsius.

Uses 
Apply lukewarm mixture externally for a heat rub used to temporarily relieve muscle and joint stiffness including menstrual cramps and muscle spasms.

Mustard Essential Oil Healing Rub
Mustard Essential Oil Healing Rub

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Cameroon Beef with Okra Sauce Recipe

Cameroon Beef with Okra Sauce Recipe


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Cameroon African Food Recipe
 Cameroon Fresh Okra
Beef with okra sauce is one of the easiest simmered Cameroonian recipes to prepare. Cameroon beef with okra sauce is eaten with fufu to sop up the delicious okra sauce. Beef with okra sauce is a delicious one-pot stew that is loved by the people of Cameroon as well as the whole of West, East and Southern Africa.


Cameroon Beef with Okra Sauce Recipe

Serves 4
African food
Stew
Nutrition facts: 310 calories, 3 grams fat

Cameroon Beef with Okra Sauce Recipe

Cameroon Beef with Okra Sauce Recipe



Ingredients
½ pound beef strips
12 pieces fresh okra
1 large diced onion
2 chopped cloves garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
2 maggi cubes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups beef stock

Directions
Heat oil in large saucepan and fry the chopped onion and chopped garlic. Add the meat, salt and pepper, let brown, add stock, cover and simmer covered for 1 hour. Finely chop okra add okra, and cubes and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with fufu or rice.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pintade French Guinea Fowl Recipe

Pintade French Guinea Fowl Recipe


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African food recipe
 Pintade French Guinea Fowl Recipe
Pintade is a traditional Senegalese French kitchen recipe of grilled guinea fowl also known as Guinea Hens. The flavor of guinea fowl is between pheasant and chicken, a little gamey but not over the top. The guinea fowl is a wild bird found living across the African continent used in many popular African recipes. Guinea fowl is the food of choice for holiday meals.


Pintade Guinea Fowl Recipe

Serves 4
African food
Stew
Nutrition facts: 350 calories, 5 grams fat

Pintade French Guinea Fowl Recipe
Pintade

Pintade French Guinea Fowl Recipe

Ingredients
1 guinea fowl about 3 1/2 lb. or 2 guinea fowl 2 pounds each, cut into serving pieces
2 large onions, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 whole bay leaf
½ teaspoon dried thyme
4 sprigs fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary
5 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Directions
Season cut-up guinea fowl with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet large enough to hold the pieces in one layer. Add the hen pieces skin side down and cook, turning the pieces often, until browned all over. Remove fowl, add the onions and spices, and stir. Cook about two minutes. Sprinkle onion mix with flour and stir so that the ingredients cook evenly. Add the broth, cover and cook about 20 minutes. Uncover and let cook about 10 minutes longer. Serve your guinea fowl in the casserole dish of your choice, with sides such as rice, potatoes or vegetables.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Damn Good Cameroon DG Chicken Recipe


Happily cooking in Cameroon
Happily cooking in Cameroon
Damn Good Cameroon DG Chicken Recipe


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African food recipe


DG stands for Le Directeur Général in French or the boss man, general manager or the head person in charge; DG was a dish served only to the finest of guests because it is a dish that is often cooked to receive Cameroons aristocratic. This dish is made of chicken, plantains, vegetables and spices and is a national dish of Cameroon loved by everyone. Once you make DG Chicken, you will find DG stands for Damn Good.

Cameroon cooking
Cameroon cooking

Damn Good Cameroon DG Chicken Recipe



Serves 8
African food
Chicken Stew


Nutrition facts: 350 calories per serving, 7 grams fat


Cameroon DG Chicken Recipe


Ingredients
4 chicken thighs
2 large carrots, diced
2 large bell peppers, diced
2 large onions, diced
3 large tomatoes, diced
Handful of parsley
4 celery stalks, diced
2 cups frozen green beans
2 yellow plantains, peeled and cut into pieces
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
1 teaspoon ground paprika
2 Maggi cubes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon peanut oil
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste

Directions
In a large lidded pot over medium high heat add oil, brown chicken and remove from pot. Bloom spices; add vegetables except plantains into the pot. Place chicken over vegetables add water simmer 25 minutes. Add plantains, cover pot and simmer 10 minutes longer. Serve over rice.

Cooking in a small village in the center region of Cameroon
Cooking in a small village in the center region of Cameroon

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Africa and Hate Have Five Things In Common

Africa and Hate Have Five Things In Common


Hate is defined as the intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury. Africa and hate have five things in common, White Privilege, Colonialism, Apartheid, Xenophobia and Tribalism.


Despite improvements in the security, tribalism and humanitarian situation in Darfur, continued deadly challenges remain in 2018
Despite improvements in the security, tribalism and humanitarian situation in Darfur, continued deadly challenges remain in 2018


Africa and Hate Have Five Things In Common



Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture






White Privilege

The attitude of white supremacy and white privilege, the idea that white people are brought up with - that psyche of being above blacks - rests on their privilege and advantage over black people. It rests on the reality that each day of their lives, from birth, their lived experience as a collective is to be served by blacks. There must always be millions of black people available as cheap and easily disposable labor for the advancement of the privilege of white people.

In Africa, a country with a majority of blacks, black people are worth less than land their ancestors lived on for millennia. White privilege in Africa causes the lives of millions of black Africans to turn upside down inside out and subjected to unspeakable hardships. White Africans privileged by their white skins can lead comfortable lives by ignoring what was happening around them. The layer of selective unawareness is most noticeable in rural African towns.

Colonialism

Colonialism is a political-economic systematic construction whereby various European nations explored, conquered, settled, and exploited large areas of the world. Africa faced colonization, occupation and aggression from the United Kingdom, Germany, Romans, Arabs, Danish, Berbers, Turkish Ottoman Empire, the French, Portuguese, Italians, the Dutch and countless internal battles. The colonization of Africa imposed boundaries without regard to culture or heritage of native Africans.
 
Between January and December of 1960, 17 sub-Saharan African nations, including 14 former French colonies, gained independence from their former European colonists. The longest, most divided, and bloodiest wars against colonialism in the subcontinent occurred in the Portuguese colonies. War lasted from 1961-1974. African independence, which mainly took place in the 1960’s, meant indigenous Africans were finally able to exercise self-government over the territory in which their ancestors, ancestors lived riding the continent of the relics of colonization, in theory.

In Africa, Ghana was the first to achieve independence in 1957. The new nation's most influential figure was its prime minister, later president, Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana's route to independence became the model for the rest of the continent. 

"We face neither East nor West: we face forward." -Kwame Nkrumah.

The American Colonization Society (ACS) had its origins in 1816, when Charles Fenton Mercer, a Federalist member of the Virginia General Assembly, discovered accounts of earlier legislative debates on black colonization in the wake of Gabriel Prosser's rebellion. Some blacks supported emigration because they thought that blacks would never receive justice in the United States. Others believed blacks should remain in the United States to fight against slavery and for full legal rights as American citizens. Some whites saw colonization as a way of ridding the nation of blacks, while others believed blacks would be happier in Africa, where they could live free of racial discrimination. Still others believed black American colonists could play a central role in Christianizing and civilizing black Africans.

China has invested more than 60 billion dollars in African infrastructure. Today China has become Africa’s largest trade partner and has greatly expanded its economic and political connections to the continent. Increasing Chinese investment in everything from food enterprises, monuments, and real estate to colossal railway projects across Africa has surely put a new face on modern day colonization of Africa and a future dependency on China as a superpower claim on Africa. Disturbingly, on January 29, 2017, China fiercely denied reports that it spied on the African Union for five years after building its new headquarters.

Apartheid

Apartheid is the Afrikaans name given by the white-ruled South Africa's Nationalist Party in 1948 for the institutionalized system of racial segregation. The international community begun to take notice of Apartheid after white South African police opened fire on unarmed black protesters in the town of Sharpeville in 1960, killing 69 people and wounding 186 others.

Senzeni na, a powerful song was frequently sung during funerals and anti‐apartheid demonstrations. Steve Biko was one of South Africa's most significant political activists and a leading founder of South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement. His death in police detention in 1977 led to his being hailed as a martyr of the anti-Apartheid struggle.

Massacres, forced removals, substandard education and the consequent political crisis that gripped South Africa had awakened a militant attitude among the people, including women. Between 1963 and 1985, three women were murdered and one executed in South Africa freedom struggle. Victoria Nonyamezelo Mxenge, Ruth Heloise First, Dulcie Evonne September, and Notemba Bozwana.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African political activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and in 1994, he became the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully representative democratic elections. Patrice Émery Lumumba was a Congolese independence leader and the first democratically elected leader of the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) calling for national unity and overall African independence. 

“Third World is a state of the mind and until we change our attitude as Africans, if there is a fourth, fifth and even sixth world, we will be in it.” -Patrice Lumumba. 

Apartheid officially ended in 1994.

Xenophobia

Xenophobia is the unreasoned fear felt to be foreign or bizarre. Xenophobia is defined as someone who prejudices and is afraid of people from different countries or cultures. Xenophobia has affirmed indifference to people who live in Africa and beyond her our own shores, embracing legislation that sharply limits legal immigration; entertaining a further choke hold on admitting immigrants; renouncing commitment to humanitarian ideals and rejecting pleas to help the vulnerable escape from war and bloodshed.

“Who No Know Go Know” is a song by the legendary Nigerian Fela Kuti.; Chimurenga in Zimbabwe’s Shona language is a Pan-African publication of culture, art and politics based in Cape Town South Africa. The Chimurenga Chronicle challenged South Africa to look at the man in the mirror the week of May 11 – 18, 2008, the period marked by the rash xenophobic violence in South Africa that is occurring to this day in 2018.

Tribalism

Tribalism is the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one's own tribe or social group. Tribes are not built on independent ideas; tribalism and tribal interests have played a major role in armed conflict and civil unrest across the African continent. In the absence of efforts to build genuine political parties that compete on the basis of ideas, many African countries have reverted to tribal identities as foundations for political competition.
 
Why is a United Africa a distant dream? The allegiance to ones tribe is most times placed before the welfare of the country. There are an estimated three thousand African tribes each commonly having its own language and culture. Africa has many tribes who share the same region; tribalism is a result of arbitrary post-colonial boundaries that force different communities to live within artificial borders.

Unrest and violence persist today in Sudan and Chad; the War in Darfur located in western Sudan is a major armed that began in February 2003 when the Arab Janjaweed, Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups began fighting the government of Sudan. The Darfur civil war is a form of tribalism ethnic cleansing to a historic extreme. 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 hate, bloodshed, mayhem and post traumatic stress. During a 15 year period the cost of conflict in Africa was equivalent to the funds granted to the continent in international aid over the same period, from 1990-2005.

Girl from the Kpelle tribe in Kpaiyea, Liberia
Liberia is Africa's oldest republic and a long-running, catastrophic civil war

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Classic African Yellow Rice Recipe

Classic African Yellow Rice Recipe


Preparing Classic African Yellow Rice Recipe in South Africa

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African Rice Recipe


African yellow rice is quick, easy fragrant rice spiced with saffron, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and raisins. Spice up dinner with sweet, fragrant African rice packed with flavourful spices.


Shake up the kitchen trying out this classic African yellow rice recipe.



South African yellow rice with raisins


South African Yellow Rice Recipe


Serves 4

Nutrition facts: 340 calories, 3 grams fat

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 piece of stick cinnamon, 2 inches long
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground saffron
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup seedless raisins
2 cup boiling water


Directions
In a heavy 2 to 3 quart saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam begins to subside, add the rice and stir until the grains are coated with butter. 

Do not let the rice brown. Add the water, cinnamon, turmeric, saffron and salt and, stirring constantly, bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid in the pan. 

Remove the pan from the heat, discard the cinnamon stick, and add the raisins. Fluff the rice with a fork, stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar, taste, and add more if you wish. 

Cut a circle of wax paper or foil and place it inside the pan directly on top of the rice. Cover the pan with its lid and let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Petit Pois Senegal Green Peas Chicken Stew Recipe



Petit Pois Senegal Green Peas Recipe

Petit Pois is a favorite recipe of the West African country of Senegal. Petit Pois is an easy African recipe of green peas cooked with chicken in a rich onion sauce.



Cooking lunch in Senegal


Petit Pois Senegal Green Peas Recipe

2 chicken breasts cut into pieces
3 cups frozen peas
3 white onions, diced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 cups chicken broth

Directions
Over medium heat in a large lidded pot add oil then saute onions and spices 3 minutes. Brown meat in the pot with onions. Add water, cover pot cook 15 minutes. Add peas, stir well, simmer 5 minutes longer. Serve over rice.

Green peas fresh from the garden
Green peas fresh from the garden

Did you know?
Approximately 70% of the population of Senegal is rural. Senegal’s economy is driven by mining, construction, tourism, fisheries and agriculture, which are the primary sources of employment in rural areas. Senegal’s main agricultural products are green vegetables, peanuts, millet, corn, sorghum, rice, cotton, tomatoes, cattle, poultry, pigs and fish.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Speak Swahili | 25 Easy Swahili Words to Impress Your Friends

Speak Swahili | 25 Easy Swahili Words to Impress Your Friends
Africa - Language - Swahili

Speak Swahili | 25 Easy Swahili Words to Impress Your Friends




Kiswahili or Swahili is one of the top ten languages spoken in Africa.


Swahili is spoken in the African countries of Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania (Zanzibar), and Uganda with over 140 speakers as either a first or second language. Even though Swahili uses the same alphabet as English, the letters Q and X are not used in Swahili.



Learning A B C's

Swahili is the culture of many groups uniquely blended together. Swahili was given its name by the Arabs in the 16th century meaning “people of the coast” in Arabic. The word for the Swahili language is Kiswahili. The name comes from the plural sawahili of the Arabic word sahil, which means boundaries or coast. With ki- at the beginning of the word, Kiswahili means coastal language.

25 Easy Swahili Words To Impress Your Friends


1. Amani [Ah-Mah-Nee] - Peace
2. Asante [Ah-Sah-Nteh]- Thank You          
3. Baba [Bah-Bah] -Father
4. Ghali [Ghah-Lee] -Expensive
5. Hata [Hah-Tah] -Forever
6. Jambo [Jah-Mboh] -Hello
7. Jiko [Jee-Koh] -Kitchen
8. Kahawa [Kah-Hah-Wah] -Coffee
9. Kanisa [Kah-Nee-Sah] - Church
10. Kuzwe [Kooz-Way] - Name
11. Kwaheri [Kwah-Heh-Ree] -Goodbye
12. Maji [Mah-Jee] - Water
13. Mbinguni [M-Been-Goo-Nee] -Heaven
14. Nguvu [N-Goo-Voo] -Power
15. Pesa [Peh-Sah]- Money
16. Pole Pole [Poh-Leh] - Slowly
17. Rafiki [Rah-Fee-Kee] - Friend
18. Rahisi [Rah-Hee-See] -Cheap
19. Shamba [Shah-Mbah] -Garden
20. Shule [Shoo-Leh] - School
21. Soko [Soh-Koh] -Market
22. Tafadhali [Tah-Fah-Thah-Lee] -Please
23. Usiku [Oo-See-Koo] -Night
24. Yetu [Yay-Too] -Day
25. Zetu [Zay-Too] –Bread


Reading his school book in Tanzania Africa
Reading his school book in Tanzania Africa

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing

Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing

Salad is a universal recipe; salad is easy to make, healthy and versatile. Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing makes eating healthier a bit easier by infusing Arab seasonings, olives and mint leaves to create the perfect healthy salad.





Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing




Serves 2
Healthy Salad


Low Calorie Food
Nutrition facts: 110 calories, 2 grams fat


Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
1 large tomato, diced
1 large cucumber, sliced
Amount to your taste of green olives
Amount to your taste of black olives

Arabic Salad Dressing Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon Baharat spice
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds


Directions
Combine all the ingredients, pour the dressing on top of the Arabic salad, mix and serve.


Did you know?

The Arabic language is the most widely-spoken languages in Africa. One of the official languages in the countries of North Africa is Arabic; this includes Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Your Attitude African Proverbs

Your Attitude African Proverbs

Your Attitude African Proverbs

In life attitude is everything
Happiness is a red balloon

As the ancestors say, if you really want to be happy, be happy. Your number one mission in life is to create and maintain a positive attitude for yourself and everyone around. When you have an attitude of hopefulness, belief and enthusiasm, prospects grow and difficulties disappear.




Attitude is one of the most commonly used and yet most misunderstood words.



Most people think they have a positive attitude-unfortunately, most of those people are wrong. Learn from your African ancestors with these thought provoking African Proverbs.

Suffering is a teacher.

If you heal the leg of a person, do not be surprise if he uses to run away from you.

Truth crosses fire without getting burnt.

The one who does not ask does not learn.

Days look alike but yet they are not the same.

Don’t bargain for a cut that is still hidden in a bag.

Every town with its way of cutting a chicken.

The chicken is never proven innocent in the court of the hawks.

The crocodile does not have babies that end up acting like fish.

A leopard always has the spots.

A wise person does not fall down on the same hill twice.

The patient person eats ripe fruit.

The one who loves does not take revenge.

A person in need never gets tired.

Even sweet things have their limits.

The beer pot untie many tongues.

The basket that was used to carry a gift to a neighbor will bring back another gift.

The person who stirs the filth ends by smelling bad.

Blessing is like the wind, even when doors are closed it enters.

Your friend’s wealth is not yours.

Whoever counts the mistakes of his or her friend can never love.




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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tea Steamed Fish African Recipe


Tea Steamed fish
Tea Steamed Fish

Tea Steamed African fish recipe is a simple delicate flavor fish recipe. It takes less than 30 minutes, start to finish, and is delightful. The key ingredient to this African steamed fish recipe is high quality dried tea leaves. A perfectly steamed fish has flesh that is cooked to the bone but never dry.

Tea Steamed Fish African Recipe


Ingredients
4 white fish fillets
1 tablespoon dried tea leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cut four foil squares large enough for each fillet. Center fillets on top of tea leaves and sprinkle each with salt. Sprinkle lemon juice over each fillet. Fold foil over fillets to make a pocket and fold the edges to seal. Place sealed packets on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes. Serve with plantains, cassava or rice.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Life and Death of the First African Nobel Prizewinner

Life and Death of the First African Nobel Prizewinner

Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli

Albert John Luthuli Nobel Peace Prize body of work was molded by the pattern of the Zulu African tribal community and by the influence of Christianity.


Albert John Luthuli Nobel Peace Prize body of work was molded by the pattern of the Zulu African tribal community and by the influence of Christianity.



Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was the first African Nobel prizewinner for Peace advocating non-violent resistance to racial discrimination in South Africa. He believed in and fought for full political, economic and social opportunities for the oppressed people of South Africa. Luthuli was nominated in 1960 and received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1961.


The Life and Death of Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli

Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was the first African Nobel prizewinner for Peace
Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli and family

b. 1898 - d. 1967

In South Africa, nonwhites are denied all right to participate in the government of the state. They are discriminated against legally, economically, and socially. And this discrimination between whites and nonwhites was growing steadily, this is where Luthuli inserted his Nobel Peace Prize nonviolent leadership.


Born 1898, near Bulawayo, Rhodesia, now in Zimbabwe, Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, was educated in Christian Mission Schools and graduated from the American Board Mission’s teacher-training college at Adams, near Durban South Africa, becoming one of its first three African instructors; he later taught at Adam’s until 1935.


In 1921, Josiah Mqwebu succeeded Luthuli’s Uncle Martin Luthuli in a democratically elected assembly and after Mqwebu term as Chief ended; Albert Luthuli was elected as Chief of Groutville in 1935. Luthuli eagerly took on the responsibilities as the elected chief of the Christian AbaseMakholweni community of Umvoti Mission Reserve later to be known as Groutville. 


However, as a chief, he was not allowed to take part in politics; he defied this ban. When he was called upon by the Government to choose between his chieftainship and the African National Congress, he chose the African National Congress stating, “The road to freedom is via the cross.” He was unseated in 1952 and elected president general of the African National Congress the same year.


In December 1956, Luthuli and 155 others were rounded up and charged with high treason. His long trial failed to prove treason, a communist conspiracy, or violence, and in 1957, he was released. During this time Luthuli’s quiet authority and his inspiration to others profoundly impressed distinguished foreign observers, and this led to his nomination for the Nobel Prize. 


In 1959, the government confined him to his rural neighborhood and banned him from gatherings this time for five years for promoting feelings of hostility between the races. His first ban for two years was in 1952. It was renewed in 1954 and in 1959; he was banned for a further period of five years that was again renewed when it expired.


In 1960, when police murdered and injured more than 250 black Africans demonstrating against the pass laws at Sharpeville, Luthuli called for national mourning. On virtual house arrest over many years, in December 1961, Luthuli was allowed by the South African government to leave his rural home in Groutville when he flew to Oslo Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. 


He also traveled to America to issue the 1961 Appeal for Action against Apartheid with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Committee on Africa. King once wrote to Luthuli, “I admire your great witness and your dedication to the cause of freedom and human dignity.” On July 21, 1967, Chief Luthuli allegedly was struck by a train and was killed.


Albert Luthuli was a South African anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Zulu chief, taught at the elementary and college levels and was a preacher and board member of the Christian Council of South Africa and African National Congress president.


Albert John Luthuli stated in his 1960 Nobel Prize speech as the first black African awarded the prize, "Previous to being a chief I was a school teacher for about seventeen years. In these past thirty years or so, I have striven with tremendous zeal and patience to work for the progress and welfare of my people and for their harmonious relations with other sections of our multiracial society in the Union of South Africa. In this effort I always pursued the path of moderation. Over this great length of time I have, year after year, gladly spent hours of my time with such organizations as the church and its various agencies, such as the Christian Council of South Africa, the Joint Council of Europeans and Africans, and the now defunct Native Representative Council."



Albert John Luthuli Quick Facts


Albert John Luthuli

Albert John Luthuli


Born: 0 1898, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

Died: 21 July 1967, Stanger, South Africa

Residence at the time of the award: South Africa

Role: President of the African National Congress, in South Africa

Field: human rights

Albert Lutuli received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1961.

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