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Did you know?

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.

All About The Endangered African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog Facts. The endangered African Wild Dog differs from others in its class for example wolves in that they have four toes instead of five. All About The Endangered African Wild Dog also known as Lycaon pictus, Cape Hunting Dog, and the Painted Hunting Dog. The endangered African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus is a canidae, a group of meat-eaters that includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals. African Wild Dog also known as the African Painted Dog is found only in Africa living in savannas and lightly wooded areas. African Wild Dogs have disappeared from much of their former range. Their population is currently estimated at approximately 6,600, Historical data indicate that African Wild Dogs were formerly distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, from the desert to mountains.  The endangered African Wild Dog coats are spotted in shades of brown, black and beige, no two dogs are alike. African Wild Dogs is long-legged, with enormous jaws with large erect bat-like ears a

Dominique Saatenang the first Black African Shaolin master

Dominique Saatenang the first Black African Shaolin master Former African Prince Dominique Saatenang is Africa’s Bruce Lee who learned Kung Fu at China’s famous Shaolin Temple. The Chinese call Saatenang, DMS The Black Eagle. Former African Prince Dominique Saatenang ( in yellow) is Africa’s Bruce Lee Africa's answer to Bruce Lee Dominique Saatenang. Dominique Saatenang, a Cameroonian tribal king's son swapped his royal robe for that of a Chinese Kung Fu fighter determined to master Kung Fu after watching Bruce Lee's “Enter the Dragon. “ His mission, he says, is to train international "ambassadors of Kung Fu ".   Saatenang soon after met a Chinese doctor living in Cameroon, who also knew Kung Fu. They co-founded a martial arts association in Gabon. Saatenang began traveling throughout the country to organize Kung Fu performances and training courses.   Saatenang is cooperating with the governments of five African countries to send two univers

Monarch King of the Zulu King Goodwill

Zulu King Goodwill is a monarch who holds no formal political power, fulfilling the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the South African Zulu nation. The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg. KwaZulu-Natal province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of  eSwatini  and  Mozambique  to the north. North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its beaches and also known as the place where the Zulu King, Shaka, was buried. KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in South Africa's Constitution that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of KwaZulu and Natal Province were merged. KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who receives an income from the government for his position.  The Zulu royal family consists of the reigning monarch of the Zulus of South Africa, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon. His wives Sibongile Winifred Dlamini mar

Mango Beet Chutney Recipe

Mango Beet Chutney Recipe What is chutney you ask, popular in South Africa, chutney is a sort of a combination pickle and preserve. It is usually made rather sweetly and very hot, and is eaten with curry and rice. Durban South Africa has one of the largest concentrations of Indian people outside of India and South African Indian food recipes are a source of pride. South African Indian Mango Beet Chutney Recipe. African Recipes by African Gourmet   Use Mango Beet chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa. Beets and mangoes are among the sweetest natural foods and contain even more sugar that carrots.   Prep time: 10 min  Cook time: 30  Total time: 40 min Beta vulgaris or beets come in a range of colors, from dark red to red-and-white striped to deep gold to milky white. Beets are mainly grown for their large roots but the leaves can also be eaten as spinach. In South Africa beets are widely grown in home gardens throughout the country.  South African Indian Mango Beet Chu

Ananse Means Teller of Stories and Spider in Akan

Ananse carrier of messages teller of stories and means spider in Akan. This is why the carrier of messages or stories is usually depicted as a spider. Ananse is very clever and can change into many forms of life. Being so clever Awuku also goes by the name Ananse or Anansi the great spider, owner of all of the stories of the Gods, swift messenger of Nyame the sky God who knows all and sees all. Awuku (ah-woo’-koo) is the communicator of information between the mortal and divine.  The Akan Awuku opens the mouth of the departed so that they may be able to communicate with Gods. Awuku is also known as the creator of clever and cunning acts.  Being so clever Awuku also goes by the name Ananse the great spider, owner of all of the stories of the Gods, swift messenger of Nyame the sky God who knows all and sees all.  Awuku or Ananse carries messages for the great mother Nyamewaa and father Nyame who are the Supreme Being . Ananse carrier of m

Guinea-Bissau is the 5th largest cashew nut producer

Guinea-Bissau is the world's fifth-largest cashew exporter behind India, Vietnam, Cote d'Ivoire, and Brazil and a major exporter of illegally logged African Rosewood.  Cashew Nut Tree Cashew Nuts and Rosewood from Africa's Guinea-Bissau Average daily consumption of the Guinea-Bissau people is .85 cents, which means the average amount of money people live on in Guinea-Bissau, is .85 cents per day. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on no more than $1.25 per day. It is not surprising to see a potentially profitable illegal logging of African Rosewood emerges in a society with such high levels of poverty. The Republic of Guinea-Bissau exports cashew nuts, shrimp, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn timber particularly illegal logging of African Rosewood. Guinea-Bissau is one of the world's biggest producers of cashew nuts, however; profitable illegal logging of African Rosewood caused a decrease in the pr

Africa is Holding Tight to the Christian Faith

Christian growth on the continent is strong, by 2025 there will be 633 million Christians in Africa. Currently in Ghana, 62 percent of the population is of the Christian faith, 22 percent are Evangelical Christians Ghana Africa is holding tight to the Christian faith doctrine. Ghana Africa 62 to 71 percent of the population profess Christianity as their religion. The Presbyterian Church of Ghana is a Protestant church in Ghana founded by the Basel missionaries in 1828. The church is a founding member of the Christian Council of Ghana.  The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) was founded on October 30, 1929 by five churches namely African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Zion Church, English Church Mission, Ewe Presbyterian Church now Evangelical Presbyterian Church; Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast and Wesleyan Methodist Church now the Methodist Church Ghana. Currently the CCG comprises fifteen member churches and two Christian Organizations. The CCG over the years has gone throug

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers. Mother carry me; I will carry you as well in the future. Mothers and Children African Proverbs We Love If the herders are lost the sheep will get lost. - African Proverb A small hole not mended in time will become a big hole much more difficult to mend. - African Proverb   Work the clay while it is still wet. - African Proverb Love has twenty pairs of eyes. - African Proverb   Trust is built and maintained by many small actions over time. - African Proverb   Love, like rain, does not choose the grass on which it falls. - African Proverb   A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. - African Proverb   Honor a child and he will honor you. - African Proverb Mother African Proverbs and Sayings We Love A child may have too much of its mother's blessing. Wars detested by mothers. Children suck the mother when they are young, and the father when they are old. Our mothers give to our spirit heat

What Is the Wettest Country in Africa

Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Equatorial Guinea are the three wettest countries in Africa with the highest annual rainfall. Sierra Leone , Liberia, and Equatorial Guinea are the wettest countries in Africa according to The World Bank weather, water, and climate statistics. Africa has the world’s least developed weather, water, and climate observation network, with half of its surface weather stations not reporting accurate data. All crops need water to grow and produce yields. The most important source of water for crop growth in Africa is rainfall. Too much water means a waste of water which is so precious in dry countries. It can also lead to a rise of the groundwater table and an undesirable saturation of the root zone. Too little water during the growing season causes the plants to wilt. Long periods during which the water supply is insufficient, resulting in loss of yield or even crop failure.   The climate determines the amount, intensity and distribution of rainfall which have a

Kwame Nkrumah independence of 1957

First educated by Catholic missionaries Kwame Nkrumah political skills allowed Ghana to be the first to achieve independence in 1957 Africa. Kwame Nkrumah history. First educated by Catholic missionaries Kwame Nkrumah was the first African-born Prime Minister of Ghana. Nkrumah was a prominent political leader of Africa’s Gold Coast, now Ghana. He also evaded several assassination attempts. Kwame Nkrumah born in Nkroful, Gold Coast he was the leader of the Gold Coast's movement toward independence from Britain during the 1940s and '50s, headed the new nation of Ghana following its independence in 1957 until 1966, when he was overthrown by a coup.   Kwame Nkrumah appealed to President John Kennedy to confirm that the United States would help underwrite the Volta River Project History of Kwame Nkrumah In the period of African colonial independence, the beacon country from Africa was Ghana, first to achieve independen

Turmeric Pan Fried Goat Recipe

What does goat meat taste like? Goat meat tastes like a cross between lamb and venison but honestly goat meat taste like goat meat similar to chicken tastes like chicken. Certain religions, the process of preparation of the meat rather than the meat itself are examined. In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. Islamic laws, divide foods into Ḥarām, which are forbidden or sinful, and halal, which are permitted foods. Goat meat is an important source of meat for centuries around the world. Turmeric Pan Fried Goat Recipe Ingredients ½ pound goat fillets cut into 1-inch strips ½ turmeric ½ garlic powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cumin ½ curry ½ cup fresh coriander leaves Ghee for frying Directions Fill pan with ghee to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy frying pan. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Sauté goat meat and spices in ghee about 3 minutes. Remove fr

Slow Cooker Curry Goat Stew

Learn How to Cook Healthy Slow Cooker Curry Goat Stew Slow Cooker Curry Goat Stew is delicious; the recipe is full of flavor and spice lovingly prepared by African families for generations.  You don't need to brown the meat before cooking it in a slow cooker since goat meat is very low in fat. Remember, every time you lift the lid, you lose heat especially if you are cooking on low, therefore, each time you lift the lid, extended cooking time 25- 30 minutes.   Slow Cooker Goat Stew Slow Cooker Curry Goat Stew Recipe Ingredients 5 cloves of garlic crushed 1 ½ pounds goat cut into 1” cubes 1 cup chopped onions 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon curry powder 2 cups beef stock Salt and pepper to taste 14 ounce can stew tomatoes Directions Add all ingredients in the slow cooker. Simmer on high 4-5 hours or on low 8-10 hours. Add tomatoes the last hour if cooking on low or 30 minutes if cooking on high. More easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to

Palm Oil Nigerian Groundnut Stew

Some of the best food originates from Nigeria. Pounding FUFU to eat with groundnut stew Peppery stews are commonplace everyday meals in Nigerian households. One such stew is groundnut stew. Groundnut stew is commonly eaten with another West African staple Fufu, below is a variation of groundnut stew using chicken. Nigeria is located in Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon. Nigeria is slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state of California.  The three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous country in the world. Palm Oil Nigerian Groundnut Stew Ingredients 2 tablespoons palm oil 2 filleted chicken breasts 4 cups vegetable stock 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large bell pepper finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 16 oz can crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon red pepper flake 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon

Senegal's Door of No Return Dispute

On Senegal's Goree Island outside of its capital Dakar, an important historical site sits as a memorial to the human toll of African slavery. But, at what point does the symbolism overshadow the reality? Statue of captured slaves on Goree island The House of Slaves and its door of no return is a museum and memorial opened in 1962 but many believe Senegal's Goree Island is marginal to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The House Slaves in Goree is the former home of the merchant Nicolas Pépin, built on ancient walls in the late eighteenth century. From 1501 to 1866, an estimated 12 million slaves from Africa were captured, bought and enslaved thru the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; of these, 33,000 came from Goree Island.  That means only 0.27 percent of slaves ever actually stepped through the door of no return. The House of Slaves plaque states millions of slaves passed through its walls and the door of no return. In 1978, UNESCO officially named The House of Slaves a world h

What is the Comoros Fomboni Accord?

Union of the Comoros, Fomboni Agreement. In 2001, the Union of the Comoros; Anjouan, Moheli and Grande Comore signed the Fomboni Agreement. The Fomboni Agreement states the federal presidency rotates among the three islands of Anjouan, Moheli and Grande Comore, however, each island maintains its local government. The Fomboni Agreement is named after the capital of the island of Moheli in the Union of Comoros The African nation Comoros is actually three small islands; Anjouan, Moheli and Grande Comore. The African nation Comoros is actually three small islands; Anjouan, Moheli and Grande Comore. In Southern Africa lies a group of African islands at the northern opening of the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean , Anjouan, Moheli and Grande Comore volcanic islands collectively known as Union of the Comoros. In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Azali Assoumani seized power of the government and hel

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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