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Saturday, March 31, 2018

African Street Food | Fresh Grilled Gingered Corn

African Street Food Fresh Grilled Gingered Corn

African Street Food Fresh Grilled Gingered Corn


African Street Food: Fresh Grilled Gingered Corn
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Add African zest to your grilled corn this summer with this fresh gingered corn African street food recipe. It is a common site to find roasted corn or maize grilling on coals on the streets and in the markets of many African countries. 

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Ingredients
4 ears of fresh sweet corn, shucked
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
¼ tsp salt


Directions
Place corn husks directly on medium heat grill and roast for 20 minutes or until corn is soft. Cool for 5 minutes then peel down the husks and use as a handle when eating. Rub the ears of corn with butter and sprinkle with green onions, ginger, cinnamon and salt and enjoy.

African Street Food: Fresh Grilled Gingered Corn


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Southernmost Tip of Ghana Offshore Gas and Oil Drilling

Southernmost Tip of Ghana Offshore Gas and Oil Drilling

Late Cretaceous discovery and drilling off the southernmost tip of Ghana, Cape Three Points, is producing many rich gas and oil fields off Ghana’s coast.



Oil drums in Africa


The African continent is home to five of the top 30 oil producing countries in the world and Ghana offshore gas and oil drilling in the Tano Basin is the new hot spot. Ghana is a former British colony located on the south side of West Africa between Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. In 1957, it became the first country in Africa below the Saharan desert given independence. Its coastline, formerly called the Gold Coast, extends for about 335 miles or 540 km on the Gulf of Guinea.

Offshore gas and oil fields off Ghana’s Southernmost tip, Cape Three Points



In 2005, off the West Cape Three Points Block, Kosmos executed a 3D seismic survey over a portion of the block and unlocked the Tano Basin petroleum system with the Jubilee oil field in 2007. The Jubilee oil field is currently producing approximately 104,000 barrels per day. The field’s gross resources are estimated between 600 million and one billion barrels of oil equivalent. The 2008 Mahogany Oil field, 211 Akasa Oil field and the 2011 Teak Oil and gas-condensate field are major contributors to the Tano Basin petroleum system.

The Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Integrated Oil and Gas Project include the Sankofa Main, Sankofa East, Gye Nyame, Sankofa East Cenomanian and Sankofa East Campanian fields. The Sankofa gas field was discovered in September 2009, the field was further appraised in April 2011 by drilling the Sankofa-2 well. The Gye Nyame gas field was discovered in July 2011, the field is located 10 miles or 16 km east of the Sankofa field. The Sankofa East gas field was discovered by drilling the Sankofa East-1X well in September 2012. The Sankofa East 2A well, the first appraisal well of the Sankofa East, was drilled in January 2013. Sankofa East Cenomanian and Sankofa East Campanian fields oil production from the projects started in May 2017 and is expected to peak at 80,000 barrels of oil a day in 2019.

On the other side, as gas and oil drilling is booming off Ghana seashores, wealth is not transforming the lives of the indigenous Cape Three Points residents. The Ahantas, who form about 6 percent, and the Nzemas and Evalues 11 percent of Ghanaians by birth in the region, occupy the entire coastline from Shama on the east to the western border of Ghana. The population is relatively young, with over 40 per cent within the age group 0-14.

Those Cape Three Points without electricity use mainly kerosene as lighting fuel. Fuel for cooking is mainly charcoal and firewood. Treated pipe-borne water is available mainly in the urban areas while the rural areas rely mainly on surface waters such as rivers, streams small lakes and springs. A few have access to relatively shallow but clean water wells. Potable water is however gradually being made available to rural communities through pipes sinked into deep drilled holes in the ground. Agriculture and fishing remains the biggest industrial activity in the region, employing more than 60 percent of the people.

Did you know?

Busua, Ghana is the unofficial surfing capital of west Africa and is around 16 miles or 27 km from the Southernmost tip of Ghana, Cape Three Points.


The Cape Three Points lighthouse built in 1875 marks a prominent cape at the southernmost point of Ghana; it is the central point of the three points on the cape. The lighthouse is painted white, lantern and gallery painted red.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Crab Coconut Curry

Crab Coconut Curry


Mozambique crab coconut curry is made of fresh crab, coconut and peanuts, staples in Mozambique coastal cooking.



Mozambique Crab Coconut Curry



Mozambique Crab Coconut Curry Recipe

Serves 4
African food


Mozambique Crab Coconut Curry


Ingredients
1/4 pound fresh crabmeat
1 large onion diced
2 large tomatoes chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 small fresh ginger grated
3 tablespoons good quality curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 hot pepper diced
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil


Directions
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry onion and spices for about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, peanut butter and coconut milk simmer 20 minutes or until slightly thick. Add crabmeat.  Serve with rice.




Mozambique was once one of the largest coconut or coqueros, as they are locally called, producers in the world until 2011 when Lethal Yellowing (LY) spread across the African country, plummeting a once thriving industry into chaos.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

African Folktale Story of Lightning and Thunder


African Folktale Story of Lightning and Thunder
African Folktale

African folktales are a cherished African oral storytelling tradition. African Folktale storytelling is the basis for everything in world society; the way we think, interact, live, love, communicate, and dream all derives from African Folklore storytelling.



African stories help us make meaning of our lives with the unseen.


African Folktale Story of Lightning and Thunder



As the ancestors say the thunder and lightning lived on the earth amongst all the other people, but the king made them live at the far end of the town, as far as possible from other people's houses.


The thunder was an old mother sheep, and the lightning was her son, a ram. Whenever the ram got angry he used to go about and burn houses and knock down trees; he even did damage on the farms, and sometimes killed people. 


Whenever the lightning did these things, his mother used to call out to him in a very loud voice to stop and not to do any more damage; but the lightning did not care in the least for what his mother said, and when he was in a bad temper used to do a very large amount of damage.


At last the people could not stand it any longer, and complained to the king.So the king made a special order that the sheep (Thunder) and her son, the ram (Lightning), should leave the town and live in the far bush. This did not do much good, as when the ram got angry he still burnt the forest, and the flames sometimes spread to the farms and consumed them.


So the people complained again, and the king banished both the lightning and the thunder from the earth and made them live in the sky, where they could not cause so much destruction. Ever since, when the lightning is angry, he commits damage as before, but you can hear his mother, the thunder, rebuking him and telling him to stop. Sometimes, however, when the mother has gone away some distance from her naughty son, you can still see that he is angry and is doing damage, but his mother's voice cannot be heard.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ghana Ashanti History

Ghana Ashanti History

Ashanti is an administrative region in Ghana centrally located in the middle belt of Ghana. Most of the region's inhabitants are Ashanti people, one of Ghana's major ethnic groups. The main language spoken in the Ashanti region is Twi (pronounced tree).



Ghana Ashanti History




At the height of its power and glory the influence and culture of the Ashanti Kingdom stretched beyond the borders of the present day Ghana. The Ashanti were able to preserve what was best in Akan culture, including the use of gold dust as currency and gold weights as a measure.


Ashanti people


The Ashanti people make up the largest of the subgroups of the Akan, who trace their origins partly to Bono-Manso and Techiman in the present-day Brong Ahafo Region. Ashanti constitute 14.8 percent of all Ghanaians by birth, and 30.1 percent of the total Akan population of 8.5 million in the country. 


Ashanti people started with a nucleus of the Oyoko clan around Asantemanso. After several years of subjugation by other empires, such as the Akwamu and the Denkyira, Asante eventually grew to be a very powerful empire founded by King Osei-Tutu I (1695-1717), after defeating the Denkyira King Ntim Gyakari during the battle of Feyiase.


Ironically, King Osei Tutu I had spent his childhood days in the court of the Denkyira King, according to custom, and had escaped from there to Akwamu where he met his lifelong friend and spiritual mentor, the legendary Okomfo Anokye. It is believed that it was through Okomfo Anokye’s extraordinary supernatural powers that King Osei Tutu founded the Ashanti Empire; as he is said to have commanded the Golden Stool to fall from the heavens, the stool that, to this day, serves as the symbol of the spirit, unity and strength of the Ashanti.


The Ashanti fought many successful wars against the Denkyira and their allies including the Wassa, the British, the Fante, and even the Bonos (Brongs). Indeed, it was the Ashanti King Opoku Ware I who defeated the Bonos in 1723 and destroyed Bono-Manso, forcing the Bono Empire to move its capital from Manso to present day Techiman. The Ashanti Empire eventually collapsed with the defeat and exile of King Prempeh I, first to El-Mina Castle and eventually to the Seychelles.


Not even the last stalwart stand by the great warrior Queen Yaa Asantewaa could revive the fame, fortune and power of Ashanti. However, the culture, kinship and social structure of Ashanti, like many of the other Akan groups, has been preserved and maintained to the present day, and underlines the cultural heritage, not only of the Ashanti, but of the entire Akan ethnic group. The present Asanti King Asantehene Osei Tutu II is a direct matrilineal descendant of Osei Tutu I.


Several festivals are celebrated in the region, the major ones being the Akwasidae and AdaeKese. These are religious festivals celebrated by some members of the Akan ethnic group of which the Ashanti belong. The festivals are celebrated to remember past leaders and heroes. Though they are dead, their spirits are supposed to be alive and taking interest in the affairs of the living, watching their doings and consulting with them at Adae.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Unique Bread Recipe Injera Bread


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Injera is a flatbread with a unique, spongy texture made from teff flour
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March 26, 2018

  Injera Bread 
History of African food is traditional such as homemade injera bread. How to make delicious Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea injera bread in African households comes with practice. 



Unique Bread Recipe Injera Bread

Making Ingria bread is an unique bread recipe art.



At the very core, Ingria bread requires simple ingredients flour, salt, water, and time. Injera is traditionally eaten in the African countries of Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. History of African food is traditional and foreign since African food recipes like the unique bread recipe injera bread is influenced by colonialists. African main dishes common ingredient is starches and injera bread is eaten with many African food recipes.

Unique Bread Recipe Injera Bread



Injera is a flatbread with a unique, spongy texture is made from teff flour. Teff flour is light whole grain flour you can substitute whole wheat flour in the recipe but the taste will be different. The taste and texture on injera, however, are quite unique and unlike the crepe. Injera bread is thicker than a crepe but thinner than a pancake. Injera is eaten daily in all most every in Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea family households.



Injera Unique Bread Recipe

Injera Bread Recipe
Injera Bread Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups teff flour
2 cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for coating the pan

Directions
Mix flour, water and salt. Put the batter aside overnight or up to three days to ferment. The batter will start to bubble and obtain its well-known tartness.

Heat a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over medium low heat. In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and lightly mix well. Heat a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over medium low heat. Coat skillet with a thin layer of batter. Cook until holes appear on the surface of the bread flip and repeat cooking on other side. Cover completed bread with a damp cloth.


Unique Bread Recipe Main Ingredient
Teff flour where to buy is an easy answer, buy Teff flour at Whole Foods, Walmart or online at Amazon or Bob's Red Mill Natural foods.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lamb Recipe

Lamb Recipe

Lamb recipe has a myriad of spices and this tagine lamb recipe is best served with warm couscous, pita or flatbread.



Our lamb recipe tagine are primarily used to slow cook stews and vegetable dishes. Because the domed or cone-shaped lid of the tagine traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot, a minimal amount of water is needed when cooking. Use a stew pot instead of a tagine for this lamb recipe just add an extra 1 cup of broth to the recipe.



Lamb recipes used in tagines make delicious North African family meals.
Lamb recipes used in tagines make delicious North African family meals.

Lamb Recipe


Ingredients

2 pounds lamb cut into 2-inch chunks
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 large onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups tomato juice
2 large chopped tomatoes
4 ounce dried apricots, cut in half
2 ounce dates, cut in half
2 ounce raisins
3 ounce flaked almonds
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1½ tablespoon paprika
1½ tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon turmeric
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon saffron
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon coriander, roughly chopped
2 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon argan oil


Directions

Preheat the oven to 300F. Place the cayenne, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon into a small bowl and mix to combine. Place the lamb in a large bowl and toss together with half of the spice mix. Cover and leave overnight in the fridge. Heat 1-tablespoon olive oil and 1-tablespoon of argan oil in a large casserole dish. Add the grated onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes so that the onions are soft but not colored. Add the crushed garlic for the final 3 minutes.

In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the cubes of lamb on all sides then add the browned meat to the casserole dish. Deglaze the frying pan with ¼ pint of tomato juice and add these juices to the pan. Add the remaining tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish. Bring to the boil, cover with a fitted lid, place in the oven and cook for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender. Place the lamb in a tagine or large serving dish and sprinkle over the chopped herbs.





Lamb Recipe

Lamb Recipe

Lamb recipes used in tagines make delicious North African family meals.
Serves 8
Lamb Recipe North Africa

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Chicken Peanut Butter Stew




There are many different versions of peanut butter stew

African groundnut stew with chicken is a hearty traditional African stew recipe that's easy to make and can be made vegan, vegetarian or with chicken.


Chicken Peanut Butter Stew



Chicken Peanut Butter Stew
African recipes by African Gourmet


African groundnut stew recipe with chicken, the peanut butter adds richness and complexity this delicious African food recipe.


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Ingredients 
2 large chicken breasts, chopped
1 medium sliced onion
1 medium chopped green pepper
1 cup smooth peanut butter
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups baby carrots
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt to taste

Directions 
Boil chicken in 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth in a large pot for 10 minutes. Add onion, chopped pepper, carrots, tomato paste, salt, and cayenne pepper to chicken broth. Cook for 10 minutes. Add remaining broth to peanut butter and mix well. Add peanut butter to remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over rice or with Injera bread.

Ethiopian bread and stew
Injera bread

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Friday, March 23, 2018

African Proverbs For Your Leadership Spirit


African Proverbs For Your Leadership Spirit


African Proverbs For Your Leadership Spirit

African proverbs to help you remember that a happy life is up to you; and even when trouble comes your way, what is important is not the problem, but how you respond as a leader. African Proverbs on setting a good leadership example for others to follow motivates and inspires us to be our best at leadership, teamwork, and creating successful lives.



You cannot deny the simple beauty and power of an African Proverb.



African Proverb

African Proverb

African Proverbs

African Proverb

African Proverb

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

African Rose Garden

African Rose Garden

Intoxicating Fragrances of Kenya African Rose Garden



That Valentine's Day rose probably came from Kenya. Kenya is world famous for its cut flower farms especially the roses. The rose is the favorite flower of 85 percent of Americans and this is probably why President Reagan in 1986 made the rose the National flower of the United States. 


Red Rose from Kenya


Kenya lies on both sides of the equator on the eastern coast of Africa. Countries on or near the equator, like Kenya, benefit from good growing conditions, including 12 hours of daylight all year round. The country's rose flower power is also attributed to its sunny climate, which enables high-quality blossoms to be grown year-round without the need for expensive-to-run greenhouses. 


Rainfall peaks in most areas are in November and April. Kenya is the third largest exporter of cut flowers in the world, accounting for around 35 percent of all sales in the European Union. In 2017, Australians imported more than 5.22 million rose stems between February 1 and 14, mostly from Kenya. Assuming typical bouquets of 24 roses, that is 217,500 bouquets sold in two weeks.

Horticulture has been one of the top GDP earners for Kenya contributing 1.45% in 2015. The flower industry in 2015 earned Kenya Shillings 62 billion which equals around 59 million US dollars, exporting 122,825 metric tons. The main production areas for Kenya’s floriculture are around Lake Naivasha, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, Thika, Kiambu, Athi River, Kitale, Nakuru, Kericho, Nyandarua, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gichu and Eastern Kenya.  Since the start of February 2018, 5.22 million rose stems had been imported from Kenya, up by nearly 850,000 roses in the same period last year.

Every rose may have a thorn, but it also has a meaning. Sought-after through the ages for it’s simply beauty and intoxicating fragrance, whether imported from Kenya or grown in your backyard, rose colors have very different symbolic meanings.

Rose Color Meanings


Rose Dark Red
Similar to the common red rose, the dark red means a deep unconscious beauty. You might consider sending to someone who does not know just how special he or she really is to you.

Rose Green Flower   
The green rose, although rare, is a symbol for fertility. Abundance in not just the material things that life offers but of the intangible things such as newly formed friendships, good health of loved ones among others. Green roses are best given to those whom you wish happiness and many blessings.

Rose Lavender Flower       
Lavender is a rare color for the rose. It incites fantasies and imagination for many. Lavender roses are the perfect choice for those who want to enchant or charm someone. Tradition has it, too, that a lavender rose is used to show feelings of love at first sight.

Rose Orange Flower 
The color orange, with the vivid color seemingly emanating a blazing energy, is often associated with desire, enthusiasm and interest. Like the red rose, the orange rose is also taken as a symbol for passion and excitement, an expression of zealous romance. A bouquet of this variety sends a powerful and meaningful message to the recipient. An orange rose tells someone you are interested in knowing them.

The color orange, with the vivid color seemingly emanating a blazing energy, is often associated with desire, enthusiasm and interest.

Rose Peach Flower    
Similar to a warm yellow rose that sends out feelings of warm friendship and companionship, a peach rose is said to symbolize appreciation. It expresses gratitude as well, and at times, sympathy. A bouquet of bright colored - peach roses could make any person happy especially when they are at the lowest times of their lives.

Rose Pink Flower      
The color pink is the symbol for grace and elegance. Often, the pink rose is given to others as a way of saying how much one appreciates the recipient of the rose. Pink roses also convey feelings of gratitude, appreciation and happiness. A bouquet of dark pink roses may be a way of saying how much you appreciate the presence of that loved one in your life. The lighter shade of pink in roses may be a roundabout way of saying you admire the recipient for her grace, gentleness, sweetness and even the joy she brings to you life.

Rose Red Flower       
Fiery red is the color that depicts love, fire or heat and passion. Hence, a red rose being given to a lover is like saying ‘I love you” out loud. Apart from love, passion, heat, and even fire, a red rose can also symbolize beauty and perfection.

Rose Red and White Flower       
Given in conjunction with each other, these two roses combine in one flower bouquet to mean unity and as one.

Rose White Flower    
The reason why the white rose is so often used for weddings, is that a white rose symbolizes happy love. This flower is great to send when you are not apologizing, but merely celebrating your love, hence its use in weddings.

Rose Yellow Flower  
Yellow evokes feelings of friendship or companionship and happiness. A yellow rose is often given to friends to represent joy and friendship. A yellow rose may also bring about the message of starting a new---the promise of a new beginning. Therefore, if you want to be friends with someone, let her know by giving her a yellow rose.


The Meaning of Every Ancient Flower



Flower Name

Ancient Floral Vocabulary

Absinth
The Bitterness and Torments of Love
Acacia
Love, pure and platonic
Acanthus
Love of Fine Arts
Althea
Exquisite Sweetness
Amaranth
Fidelity and Constancy
Anemone
Abandonment
Angelica
Gentle Melancholy
Argentine
Ingenuity
Aster
Elegance
Balsam
Impatience
Basil
Poverty
Betony
Emotion and Surprise
Bindweed
Coquetry
Bluet
Clearness and Light
Box
Firmness and Stoicism
Bramble
Injustice and Envy
Burdock
Importunity
Buttercup
Sarcasm
Calendula
Anxiety
Camellia
Constancy and Steadfastness
Carrot
Good Character
Cinquefoil
Maternal Love
Colchicum
Bad Character
Cypress
Mourning and Grief
Dahlia
Sterile Abundance
Daisy (Easter)
Candor and Innocence
Dandelion
Oracle
Darnel
Vice
Digitalis
Work
Dittany
Discretion
Elder
Humility
Ephemeris
Transient Happiness
Everlasting
Constancy
Fennel
Merit
Fern
Confidence
Forget-me-not
Faithful Remembrance
Foxglove
Adulation
Fuchsia
Amiability
Fumitory
Hatred
Geranium
Folly
Hawthorn
Sweet Hope
Heliotrope
Eternal Love
Hellebore
Wit
Hemlock
Perfidy
Holly
Defense
Honeysuckle
Bond of Affection
Hyacinth
Amenity
Hydrangea
Coldness
Iris
Indifference
Ivy
Attachment
Jasmine
Amiability
Jonquil
Amorous Languor
Jujube-tree
Relief
Larkspur
Open Heart
Laurel
Victory and Glory
Lavender
Silence
Lilac
First Troubles of Love
Lily
Purity and Majesty
Maidenhair
Bond of Love
Marjoram
Consolation
Marvel of Peru
Flame of Love
Mallow
Maternal Tenderness
Mint
Wisdom and Virtue
Milfoil
Cure and Recovery
Moonwort
Bad Payment
Myrtle
Love
Narcissus
Self-esteem and Fatuity
Nettle
Cruelty
Olive
Peace
Orange-tree
Virginity, Generosity
Peony
Shame
Periwinkle
Unalterable Friendship
Pineapple
Perfection
Pink
Pure and Ardent Love
Poppy
Sleep
Privet
Youth
Rose
Beauty and Love
Rosemary
Power of Re-kindling extinct Energy
Rue
Fecundity of Fields
Sage
Esteem
Sensitive-plant
Modesty
Solanum
Prodigality
Spindle-tree
Ineffaceable Memory
Strawberry
Intoxication, Delight
Thyme
Spontaneous Emotion
Trefoil
Uncertainty
Tulip
Grandeur
Valerian
Readiness
Vervain
Pure Affection
Viburnum
Coolness
Violet
Modesty

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