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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

Spicy Devil Harissa Spice Paste

Fast hot and spicy seasoning Harissa spice paste is known as the devil hot pepper seasoning made from the hottest ground red peppers. Harissa is the basic seasoning used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking and is extremely hot but good. Harissa is typically made hot and served with vegetables, grilled meats and couscous.  Harissa is also used as a condiment, or mixed with soups and stews to flavor stews, soups or couscous. Harissa can be made five days ahead just simply keep covered in the fridge.  Harissa is a devilish flavorful hot chili pepper paste made from dried chilies, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and toasted spices. Harissa pepper spice recipe Harissa Paste Make Harissa devil hot 5-Minute homemade spicy seasoning with step-by-step directions. Ingredients ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 African bird hot peppers, diced, do not remove the seeds. You can use red Thai chili peppers instead. 1 tablespoon ghost chili powder 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 tables

Living With Nigerian Police Brutality

The Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad since 1992 have been accused of roadside executions, motiveless arrests, unlawful detention, jailhouse mock executions, harassment and extortion. The Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has long been accused of committing roadside executions after extracting groundless confessions, harassment and extorting civilians since it was created in 1992 to capture and solve cases of armed robberies, cybercrimes, murders, kidnappings, and other major crimes.  In 2020, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari stated he would disband the SARS unit however, to date, this is the fourth time in as many years that the government has promised to disband or reform the unit that citizens say has terrorized them for decades without any real change. Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad allegedly went from combating violent crime to allegedly committing violent crime. In the most recent incident, a Nigerian police officer, Drambi Vandi has been c

Mau Mau, Words You May Not Know Are Racist

Mau Mau is a racist substitution for the Kenya Land and Freedom Army. There are many words and phases you may not know are racist, the substitution of Kenya Land and Freedom Army (KLFA) with Mau Mau is racist as the word Mau Mau is used as a racial slur against Black African people by the British colonial regime in the 1950s anti-colonialist movement.   Many words and phrases that are commonly used today such as Mau-maued, mau-mauing, and Mau-Mau actually stem from racist offensive propaganda objectives by 1950s British colonial regimes. The year 2022 marked 70 years since the KLFA took up arms against the brutal British colonial regime and thus commenced the Kenyan war for independence , thus the Kenya Land and Freedom Army was born. The KLFA was a peasant army formed among the Kikuyu people and led by revolutionary Dedan Kimathi; it fought against colonial rule and sought land reform and an end to apartheid. British propagandists, however, called it Mau Mau, a term created by white s

One of the most polluted places on earth

Port Harcourt in Southern Nigeria is one of the most polluted places on earth and the center of the largest oil spill on earth. Nigeria's oil industry has been a major source of environmental damage. Shell is to pay 15.9 million USD to Nigerian farmers over oil damage where oil pollution continues to damage the health and livelihoods of many in the area. Nigeria’s crude oil and natural gas exports earned $55 billion in 2018. Land soaked in oil, oil companies are accused of negligence in the Niger Delta that has deep oil and gas reserves. Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa, there are hundreds of oil fields in the Niger Delta, one of the largest in the world. After suffering the effects of major pollution for decades, people have turned to the courts for justice.  Since 2008, the Netherlands branch of Milieudefensie also known as Friends of the Earth along with four Nigerian farmers have been fighting the oil spill case against Shell. In 2021 a Dutch court in the Hague rul

Ghana Slave Castles

The three largest slave castles in Ghana were Cape Coast Slave Castle, Christiansborg and Elmina Castle.  Between 1482 and 1786 in Ghana, European-style coastal forts and slave castles were built to house millions of newly captured African slaves, gold, wood, and textiles arriving in North America to work plantations in English colonies.  Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana Because of the Atlantic slave trade and the profound effect on the history of West Africa numerous forts were built perched on Ghana's Atlantic Coast.  Ghana was called the Gold Coast at the time of the slave trade, the importation of slaves into the United States was outlawed in 1807.  The Castles and Forts of Ghana shaped not only Ghana’s history but that of the world over four centuries as the focus of first the gold trade and then the slave trade. Many rulers of West African empires, such as the Ashanti kingdom, whose descendants still live in this part of modern-day Ghana, also profited, selling captured slav

Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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