African Culture is World Heritage

That African Fabric You're Wearing Isn’t African

That African Fabric You're Wearing Isn’t AfricanAfrican print fabrics represent African culture visually. People connect with heritage fabric as a representation of African identity, culture, and heritage by wearing African print head wraps and clothing. However, most African prints and designs have nothing to do with African heritage and almost no manufacturing economic benefit to Africa.

Vlisco is a 170 year old in Helmond, the Netherlands who is one of the largest importers of African print fabrics in the world along with the Chinese company Hitarget located in Guangdong province in South Eastern China.

According to Vlisco the fabric above first appeared on the market in early 1960 and goes by many names such as Plaque-Plaque, Target, and Nsu Bura in the Twi language of Ghana and means, water well.

The meaning behind the circular design is when someone throws a stone in a water well, you can see a ripple effect. The message is that whatever you do, good or bad, it will have a…

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Two Ways to Cook Pumpkins Roasted and Toasted

Fresh pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are popular African recipe ingredients. Pumpkins are a gourd growing on vines popular in Uganda and South Africa.
Pumpkins are one of the most popular fruits in Africa used in countless African food recipes. Pumpkins are a fruit botanically despite most people considering pumpkins a vegetable. They are eaten many different African food recipes used in stews, side dishes, and baking. 
The taste is slightly sweet when ripe and bitter when green however all pumpkins are a good source of beta-carotene. The African pumpkin weighs between 5 and 50 pounds in many different oval shapes. 
The rind varies in color from light to dark green when immature and light orange to beige when mature, and can be smooth or rough with the flesh orange in color when mature.
Pumpkins are a popular African food recipe so let's make roasted fresh pumpkins and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Roasted African Pumpkin Recipe

Ingredients 2 pounds fresh pumpkins cut into bite size pieces 2 table…

Life is Precious African Proverbs

African proverbs reaffirming we are all distinctive miracles of this universe and every moment of our life is precious.

25 African proverbs to affirm that all human life is precious and is to be valued and protected.
Though many African common sayings and proverbs seem simple to the common person and even coarse to the wisest and noblest of educators, there is complexity in simplicity.

1. The basket that was used to carry a precious gift to a neighbor will bring back another gift.
2. Whoever counts the mistakes of a friend will never love.

3. If you are filled with pride then you will have no room for wisdom.

4. If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.

5. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges, and the foolish build dams.

6. Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.

7. The fool speaks, the wise man listens.

8. Wealth, if you use it, ends; learning, if you use it, increases.

9. One fly does not provide for another.

10. Communication does not …

African Proverbs Are To Speech What Salt Is To Food

Yes, African proverbs are important because they teach life lessons in short simple sayings. African proverb wisdom is not the wisdom of the schools but of the village, the farm, and the elder. African proverbs do not have meaning for people who understand learning is not based on someone’s race or class.

Essential lessons learned from African proverbs carry heavy weight in world culture. African proverbs are common African sayings used by honored ancestry. The influence of African proverbs over the hearts and lives of people was second only to the words from Spirits. 

African Proverbs help people to cope with life and death matters by adding traditional common sense to a complex situation. Few people dare to question the African proverb truthfulness and authority. African proverbs enable people not only to win their independence but also to overcome the many trials and disappointments of life.

Through African proverbs as through African folklore, songs, traditions, rhymes, superstitio…

Egyptian Bread and Stew Classic Recipe

Egyptian Lentils and Bulgur Wheat along with fresh made Eesh Baladi Egyptian bread is the perfect classic combo recipe.
First the stew.

Egyptian lentil and bulgur wheat recipe is the perfect vegan and a traditional delicious vegetarian Northern African food dish made with lentils and bulgur wheat. Bulgur can be used in recipes calling for rice, and a plus is bulgur wheat has been found to be more nutritious than brown rice.
Egyptian Lentils and Bulgur Wheat Recipe Ingredients and Directions
Ingredients2 cups quick-cooking bulgur wheat 1 cup yellow lentils1 cup dried chopped dates 2 medium white chopped onions 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground ginger2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 cups vegetable stock DirectionsIn a large pot over high heat, add oil, spices and brown onions until slightly soft. In the same large pot add lentils and stock, bring to a boil. Simmer on Medium heat until lentils are slightly hard. Add bulgur wheat and dates to the pot an…

War African Symbols and Meanings List

Akoben the war horn.

Akofena sword of war.

Sepow the executioner knife. 

African war symbols of old are widely used today as designs but the true meaning of African war symbols is no laughing matter.

War African Symbols and Meanings List

Horn used as a battle cry.

Many horns have been used as sounding cries by ancient societies. The blowing horn or winding horn is a sound device that is usually made of or shaped like an animal horn, arranged to blow from a hole in the pointed end of it. Akoben the war horn symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry in battle to give the West African warrior courage and to frighten the enemy.

Sword of war and death.

Some West African populations are world renowned for constructing swords. Iron smelting and forging technologies may have existed in West Africa hundreds of years BCE. Metalsmithing including the production of iron tools and weapons helped to advance West African Kingdoms, and of course successful wa…

African Folktales Help Families Connect To Their Cultural Heritage

Everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, age or education, knows African folklore stories. Reading African folktales will help families make connections to their cultural heritage better than a genetic DNA test. Read the African folklore stories Why Frogs Croak and Beauty Does Not Pay The Bills.

Reading African Folktales Help Families Connect To Their Cultural Heritage

African folklore is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual. Most often African folklore stories have a moral underlined at the end of the story and are of diverse origins. Anthropology is the study of humans and human behavior and scholars from many nations have devoted and are devoting their lives to the study of folklore. 
The African folklore originally belonged to the oral tradition and was not collected in writing until missionaries began recording their missions to Africa. Many African folklore stories use as ethical guides as a theme, are proverbial in context, and have differ…