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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.

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Spicy Ostrich Stew

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What does Ostrich meat taste like? Ostrich meat tastes like a lean cut of beef. Ostrich Meat is a red meat low in fat and is used in any recipe using red meat. Ostrich meat is used for frying, stewing, sautéing or in any of dish as a substitute for beef. Ostrich meat is very lean with very low-fat content and is a healthier red meat. Spicy Ostrich Stew Recipe  South African Food Yield 6-8 servings Ingredients: 4 cloves garlic crushed 2 cups peeled yam cut into 1 ″ cubes 3 cups fresh green beans 1 ½ pounds cleaned ostrich 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 medium onion, sliced 2 teaspoons coriander 2 tablespoons red pepper flake 2 cups beef stock 1 cup whole stewed tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste Directions In a large pot on medium heat, add oil then sauté garlic one minute. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Serve warm. [Read: All About Food of North Africa ] About the African Ostrich The ostrich eats the food of both plant and animal origin, is nat

Papaya Seed Tea Recipe

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The black seeds in the center of papayas are edible and have a peppery taste making a unique African Wedza Papaya Seed Tea recipe . Papaya Seed Tea Recipe Papaya Seeds are usually thrown away but these little black seeds make the best teas. Papaya is a tropical fruit crop in Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire , Uganda, and Zimbabwe. It is grown widely both as a commercial crop and in small gardens where it is an important source of nutrition and income.  Papayas are large oblong shaped tropical fruits with thin skin that are golden yellow when they are ripe and ready to eat.  The fruit will be slightly soft to the touch and ripe papayas can be yellow, orange, pink or red, depending on the variety.  Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet Most people only eat the flesh of the papaya, but you can also create tasty teas from the small, black seeds in the cavity of the papaya.  Prep time: 3 days   Cook time: 10 min   Total time: 3 day

Popular Anansi West African Folktale

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Popular Anansi West African Folktale Anansi is a popular spider character in West African Akan folktales. Read with your child and share wonderful popular African folktales. Popular Anansi Folktale One Good Meal Deserves Another Anansi the Spider hated to share! When Turtle came to his house at mealtime, he said, "I can't give you food until you've washed your dusty feet!" Turtle licked his lips when he saw the big plate of steaming food but politely walked to the stream to wash. When he returned, the plate was empty. "Good meal," Anansi said, patting his full stomach. "One good meal deserves another!" said Turtle.   "Come to my house for dinner tomorrow."   Turtle fixed a fine dinner at the bottom of the river. "Come on down and eat!" he said. Anansi filled his jacket pockets with stones so that he would be weighted down enough to stay at the river's bottom and eat.  "It's impolite to wear a jacket to dinner!&

How to Eat Fufu

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How to Eat Fufu African Food For many Africans, stew and fufu is a classic meal similar to soup and crackers in the US. How to Eat Fufu Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 4-22-2009 FuFu is a staple food of Africa Conventional West African fufu is made by boiling starchy foods as cassava, yam, plantain or rice then pounding them into a gummy mass.  Fufu is a staple food to Western and Central Africa and is what mashed potatoes are to traditional American cooking. For many Africans, stew and fufu is a classic meal similar to soup and crackers in the US. Cocoyam fufu flour is specialty flour specifically formulated to produce instant fufu. Fufu can be prepared using different basic food materials.  Fufu is a staple food to Western and Central Africa and is what mashed potatoes are to traditional American cooking.  It can be made using cassava, African yams, potatoes, corn meal, plantains, Rice, and Mill

Dinka and Nuer Tribes of South Sudan

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Sudan was the largest country in Africa until 2011 when Sudan and South Sudan became two separate countries. The Dinka are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Republic of Sudan. Dinka and Nuer Tribes of Sudan Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Whether Nuer or Dinka, traditionally the focus for Sudanese people has been a nomadic community, the small communities are made up of extended families based on lineage of male relatives and ancestors. The members of a lineage act in the group's interest, safeguarding territory or forming important ties with other families by marriage. Usually, a family leader is a respected elder. Overview of South Sudan Dinka and Nuer Tribes Sudan lies wholly within the tropics, and with the exception of the Sudd region in the south, and some hilly districts towards its western and eastern extremities, constitute one vast plain. The extreme north is Saharan in its heat and aridity, but below this, a central belt

Pop Culture and Swahili words used by Disney, Lionel Richie, and Star Trek

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Pop Culture and Swahili words used by Disney, Lionel Richie, and Star Trek Swahili is spoken in the African countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Swahili is also one of the official languages of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. About 35 percent of the Swahili vocabulary derives from the Arabic language. Lionel Richie Pop Culture Quiz Swahili words used by Disney, Lionel Richie, and Star Trek Disney's animated film The Lion King contains several Swahili references. Simba, the main character's name, means lion, Rafiki means friend, Sarabi means mirage and Pumbaa means foolish. Gene Roddenberry took the name of Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek from the Swahili word uhuru meaning freedom. Do you remember Lionel Richie’s 1983 hit song All Night Long? The line “We're going to, party Karamu, fiesta, forever, come on and sing along; Karamu means party in Swahili.  The game Jenga is derived from the Sw

Ngai Supreme God of the Gikuyu of Kenya

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Origin  of Kenyan Gikuyu Tribe Key Kikuyu also known as Gikuyu Facts ·         Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a place for prayers and sacrifices.  ·         The common name used when addressing “the possessor of all” is Ngai.  ·         Numbering about 6 million Gikuyu people are the largest ethnic group in Kenya . ·         While praying the Gikuya people address Ngai as Mwene-nyaga.  ·         The Gikuyu name for Mount Kenya is also Mwene-nyaga.  ·         The Gikuyu God and possessor of all is Mwene-nyaga meaning owner of the snow, possessor of brightness or possessor of the white patch.  ·         Mwene-nyaga, lives on Mount Kenya, is also known as Kere-Nyaga.  ·         The Gikuyu pray under large sacred trees such as fig trees and this is where Mwene-nyaga is praised and prayers and sacrifices are offered. Origin  of the Gikuyu tribe Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a place for prayers and sacrifices. Mogai

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.

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