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Saturday, June 30, 2018

African Folktale Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark

African Folktale Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark

African Folklore short story of Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark was told to an ancestor whose ancestors told them to them, who had received the African folktale from their ancestors, and so back into African folklore storytelling history.



African folklore with animals offers valuable moral lessons. 


African Folktale Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark

African Folktale Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark



Once upon a time Bahati, the monkey, and, Aza the shark, became great friends.


The monkey lived in an immense mkooyoo tree which grew by the sea shore with half of its branches being over the water and half over the land.


Every morning, when the monkey was eating her breakfast of kooyoo nuts, the shark would put in an appearance under the tree and call out, “Throw me some food, my friend;” which the monkey fulfilled most willingly.


This continued for many months, until one day Aza said, “Bahati, you have done me many kindnesses: I would like you to go with me to my home, that I may repay you.”


“How can I go?” said the monkey; “we land beasts cannot go about in the water.”


“Don’t trouble yourself about that,” replied the shark; “I will carry you. Not a drop of water shall get to you.”


“Oh, all right, then,” said Bahati; “let’s go.”


When they had gone about halfway the shark stopped, and said: “You are my friend. I will tell you the truth.”


“What is there to tell?” asked the monkey, with surprise.


“Well, you see, the fact is that our king is very sick, and we have been told that the only medicine that will do him any good is a monkey’s heart.”

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“Well,” exclaimed Bahati, “you were very foolish not to tell me that before we started!”


“How so?” asked Aza.


But the monkey was busy thinking up some means of saving herself, and made no reply.


“Well?” said the shark, anxiously; “why don’t you speak?”


“Oh, I’ve nothing to say now. It’s too late. But if you had told me this before we started, I might have brought my heart with me.”


“What? Haven’t you your heart here?”


“Huh!” shouted Bahati; “don’t you know about us? When we go out we leave our hearts in the trees, and go about with only our bodies. But I see you don’t believe me. You think I’m scared. Come on; let’s go to your home, where you can kill me and search for my heart in vain.”


The shark did believe her, though, and exclaimed, “Oh, no; let’s go back and get your heart.”


“Indeed, no,” protested Bahati; “let us go on to your home.”


But the shark insisted that they should go back, get the heart, and start afresh.


At last, with great apparent reluctance, the monkey consented, grumbling sulkily at the unnecessary trouble she was being put to.


When they got back to the tree, she climbed up in a great hurry, calling out, “Wait there, Aza, my friend, while I get my heart, and we’ll start off properly next time.”


When she had got well up among the branches, she sat down and kept very still.


After waiting what he considered a reasonable length of time, the shark called, “Come along, Bahati!” But Bahati just kept still and said nothing.


In a little while he called again: “Oh, Bahati! Let’s be going.”


At this the monkey poked her head out from among the upper branches and asked, in great surprise, “Going? Where?”


“To my home, of course.”


“Are you mad?” yelled Bahati.


“Mad? Why, what do you mean?” cried Aza.
“What’s the matter with you?” said the monkey. “Do you take me for a fool?” Get out of there, and go home by yourself. You are not going to get me again, and our friendship is ended. Good-bye, Aza.”

Aza turned away and started swimming home with a heavy heart ashamed of deceiving a good friend who was trusting, generous and kind.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Incredible Edible Breadfruit

Incredible Edible Breadfruit

Cooking with breadfruit sounds exotic because breadfruit does not look like your typical supermarket fruit. Breadfruit is cooked by baking, steaming, frying, dried and ground into flour.


Eating breadfruit

What is breadfruit


Breadfruits are edible large cantaloupe size fruit yellow green in color with hard starchy white flesh similar to a potato. Skin texture of breadfruit ranges from smooth to rough to spiny. 


It is easy to select breadfruit select a firm to the touch breadfruit creamy white or pale yellow inside. Cooking breadfruit is as easy as baking a potato. Baked breadfruit taste similar to potatoes and when making breadfruit treat breadfruit as you would a potato. 


Your new best cooking friend incredible edible breadfruit is rich in riboflavin, iron, niacin, thiamin, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, selenium and phosphorus.



Baked Breadfruit Recipe


Ingredients      
1 whole breadfruit, peeled and sliced into 12ths  
Salt, desired amount
¼ cup butter


Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly oil a large sheet pan. 

Peel the breadfruit; remove the core, cut into 12 even wedges, place on baking sheet and brush with butter and sprinkle with salt. 

Baked 45 minutes or until breadfruit is tender. 

Sprinkle with more salt and brush with extra butter. Serve warm with steak and vegetables. 


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

African Proverbs for Students

African inspirational proverb quotes for students.

African Proverbs for Students


Students and kids learn from African proverbs and meanings to smooth out the rough patches in school life. Through the proverbs of Africa quotes from African elders Africa provides the world wisdom.

African inspirational proverb quotes for students and kids

Six African inspirational proverb quotes for students and kids.



  • Never give up: The tree does not fall at the first stroke.



  • Diligence: For the last-comer the bones.



  • Fearlessness: Not every dog that barks bites.



  • Friendship: The mouth is responsible for discord among people.



  • Ask for help: A good swimmer is not safe from drowning.



  • Inner beauty: A fine cage will not feed the bird.


  • Six African inspirational proverb quotes for students and kids

    More African inspirational proverb quotes for everyone



    You will then learn your measure, when you spend a night with yourself.


    Look at a person’s deeds, not whether they are tall or short.


    One can be kept well by a hundred, not a hundred by one.


    Who dies inside has lost.


    The load that the mule will not carry, you yourself should not carry.


    Keep your head up African inspirational proverb quotes
    Keep your head up African inspirational proverb quotes 


    Although there are many roads, there is only one that is the straightest.


    The thorn which is sharp is so from its youth.


    A person’s values are not nullified by passing storms.


    Who today is humiliated easily, tomorrow will be lost.


    Fear and shame are father and son.


    Until one dies, others will not be satisfied.


    Until one dies, others will not be satisfied.



    None so busy as those who do nothing.


    The sheep on the mountain is higher than the bull on the plain.


    Bad watch often feeds the wolf.


    Two crows on the same ear of corn are not long friends.


    Do not offer one candle to God and another to the devil.


    An enemy does not sleep.


    The eagle does not hunt flies.


    Who dies inside has lost.

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    African Folklore Short Story of Rice

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    African Folklore Short Story of Rice

    African Folklore Short Story of Rice



    Mystifying legend of rice African folklore is a short story with a moral lesson of be happy with what you have. Why One Grain of Rice No Longer Feeds the Village is one of many short African folklore stories from Sierra Leone Africa.


    White rice


    Why One Grain of Rice No Longer Feeds the Village

    Once one grain of rice covered well with water and cooked afforded a good meal for several persons. At that time the Supreme God, the ruler of all, had a wife from the people.


    One day her numerous relations come to visit her. She decides that one grain in the pot will not suffice for so many, therefore she puts in plenty rice.


    The Supreme God sees the pot boiling, and becomes very angry and says, “One grain would have sufficed to feed all the people but since you have broken my law, hereafter, to get enough to eat, everybody must put plenty rice in the pot."




    Did you know?

    African rice has been cultivated in Africa for over 3,500 years. Rice is consumed in large quantities and is part of a traditional diet in Sierra Leone.



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    Saturday, June 16, 2018

    Simple Couscous with Honey Recipe

    Couscous is pasta, not rice. Couscous recipes are eaten throughout North Africa. The best way how to cook couscous is simple with honey and a few spices. When honey and couscous combine the beneficial result is a tasty delightful dish of perfect North African couscous origin.



    Simple Couscous with Honey Recipe
    Simple Couscous with Honey Recipe


    Couscous with Honey Recipe


    Ingredients
    2 cups low fat milk
    2 tablespoons honey
    3 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 cups dry couscous


    Directions
    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, honey, and cinnamon. As soon as it comes to a boil, stir in the couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve warm.



    Did you know?

    Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.


    Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.


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    Saturday, June 9, 2018

    Coconut Curried Shrimp

    Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp

    Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp


    Best Coconut Curry Shrimp Recipe

    Tanzanian coconut curried shrimp recipe is a simple African food dish. Curried coconut shrimp is the favorite African food dish of coastal Tanzania.


    Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp

    Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp
    Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp


    Ingredients
    1 pound cleaned shrimp
    2 tablespoons good quality curry powder
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1 yellow onion chopped finely
    2 tablespoons of salted butter
    2 medium white potatoes, finely diced
    1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
    1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 hot pepper, chopped
    Salt to taste
    2 cups coconut milk
    1 cup vegetable stock


    Directions
    In a large saucepan brown over medium, heat butter, curry, onions, garlic, cumin and paprika. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp, cover tightly, and simmer until potatoes are soft 15 minutes. Add shrimp, cover simmer 5 minutes. 


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    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Read Write English African Adult-Literacy Rates

    Read and Write in English African Adult Literacy Rate

    Read and Write in English African Adult-Literacy Rates


    You are considered literite if you can read and write in English in Africa





    African Adult-Literacy Rates


    In this article, you will learn that the power is in the definition. October 2015 African adult literacy rates are calculated using African country populations aged 15 to 24 years who can both read and write in English with understanding a short simple statement about everyday life. Around 38% of African adults are illiterate; two-thirds of these are women by the read and write in American English literacy standard but this must be taken in context.


    Keep in mind there are no universal definitions and standards of literacy, therefore, literacy rates in Africa are subjective. In addition, Africa is the second most populous continent with about 1.1 billion people or 16% of the world’s population. Mexico, China, Eastern, and Western Europe, India, the USA, and Japan can all fit into Africa's total land area very comfortably. 


    Lastly, most importantly, over 25% of all languages are spoken only in Africa with over 2,000 languages spoken on the continent. With such diversity in language, a person is counted as literate by the World Bank if you are aged 15 to 24 years who can both read and write in English with understanding a short simple statement about everyday life. Generally, literacy exams also encompass numeracy, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. 

    Many Africans cannot read and write is a subjective statement since African adult literacy rates are skewed figures since literacy means you can read and write in American English in Africa. Literacy standard in Africa must be taken in context



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    African Adult Literacy Rate
    Note:  Data is calculated using African country populations aged 15 to 24 years who can both read and write in American English with understanding a short simple statement about everyday life.
    African Countries
    Total %
    read and write in English
    Male %
    read and write in English
    Female %
    read and write in English
    Algeria
    73
    81
    64
    Angola
    71
    82
    60
    Benin
    29
    41
    18
    Botswana
    87
    87
    88
    Burkina Faso
    29
    37
    22
    Burundi
    87
    89
    85
    Cabo Verde
    85
    90
    80
    Cameroon
    71
    78
    65
    The Central African Republic
    37
    51
    24
    Chad
    38
    47
    29
    Congo
    79
    86
    73
    Côte d'Ivoire
    41
    52
    30
    The Democratic Republic of the Congo
    75
    88
    63
    Djibouti
    -
    -
    -
    Egypt
    72
    80
    64
    Equatorial Guinea
    95
    97
    92
    Eritrea
    72
    81
    63
    Ethiopia
    39
    49
    29
    Gabon
    82
    85
    80
    The Gambia
    53
    62
    45
    Ghana
    71
    78
    65
    Guinea
    25
    37
    12
    Guinea-Bissau
    58
    70
    45
    Guyana
    85
    82
    87
    Kenya
    72
    78
    67
    Lesotho
    76
    66
    85
    Liberia
    43
    61
    27
    Libya
    90
    96
    84
    Madagascar
    64
    67
    62
    Malawi
    61
    72
    51
    Mali
    31
    43
    20
    Mauritania
    46
    57
    35
    Mauritius
    89
    92
    87
    Morocco
    67
    76
    58
    Mozambique
    51
    67
    36
    Namibia
    76
    74
    78
    Niger
    15
    23
    9
    Nigeria
    51
    61
    41
    Rwanda
    66
    71
    62
    Sao Tome and Principe
    70
    80
    60
    Senegal
    52
    66
    40
    Seychelles
    94
    93
    94
    Sierra Leone
    46
    57
    35
    Somalia
    -
    -
    -
    South Africa
    93
    94
    92
    South Sudan
    27
    35
    19
    Sudan
    74
    82
    66
    Swaziland (renamed the country eSwatini in April 2018)
    83
    84
    82
    Togo
    60
    74
    48
    Tunisia
    79
    87
    71
    Uganda
    73
    83
    65
    United Republic of Tanzania
    68
    75
    61
    Zambia
    61
    72
    52
    Zimbabwe
    84
    88
    80


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