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Swahili African Proverb

African music is arguably the most influential music in all of mankind

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African music is arguably the most influential music in all of mankind. Because music from Sub-Saharan Africa focused on communal singing, it was one of the earliest to emphasize the use of harmony and structured singing. Though stringed instruments, bells, flutes and even xylophones were all used in traditional African music, there is nothing more important than the basic African hand drum.
Sub-Saharan Music, no music is more purely African than music that originated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Though many regions were influenced by other nations, Sub-Saharan music remains quintessentially African. Because writing and reading came late to parts of Africa, this music was created as a form of communication. In time, it became an interesting and exciting, communal way to celebrate and mark several major milestones in a person's life. For example, there are literally hundreds of African songs and music that celebrate marriage, childbirth or even hunting parties.
Music is also played to scar…

Effective teaching and learning in Africa

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Effective teaching and learning in Africa
The Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is an independent forum hosted by the African Development Bank for effective teaching and learning in Africa
Who is the ADEA and what do they do? Association for Development of Education in Africa or ADEA was established in 1988 and is a forum for policy dialogue, composed of all the Ministers of Education in Africa and 14 development partners. ADEA’s charge to the governments of Africa is to communicate that the overhaul of education is in their control for effective teaching and learning in Africa.
ADEA’s functions are to assist with fostering communication between the countries and sharing research information.ADEA works in different areas of education; higher education, technical and vocational skills development, early childhood development, non-formal education, the teaching profession, information and communication technology, books and learning materials,…

Fishing in West Africa

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In coastal communities across West Africa, fishing the ocean is a way of life and vital to providing incomes and nutrition, especially for the poor. West Africa waters are rich in fish of all varieties.

Despite this fact,  from Nigeria to Ghana, to Senegal, the fishing industry in these countries still grapple with challenges that limit production capacity and by extension, ability to meet the daily nutrition needs of West African families.
Over a billion people, most of whom are poor, depend on fish as a source of animal protein. Fish is the cheapest source of animal protein in the world and supports families by providing income, employment, and food security to West African communities. 
West Africa is gifted with abundant fish resources, supplying over 50 percent of the world’s fishing resources. However, most West African countries import fish instead of relying on the countries rich fishing waters for food and employment.
Although fishing in much of rural Africa tends to be overshad…

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia

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Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia
Congress made the importation of slaves into the United States illegal in 1808.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia Joseph Jenkins Roberts 1809-1876 was a wealthy Monrovia merchant who had emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia, became the first black American Colonization Society (ACS) governor of Liberia Africa in 1841.


By Chic African Culture Roberts was born in 1809, the son of free blacks and the oldest of seven children.

In the year 1818 representatives were sent to West Africa to find a suitable location for the new “back to Africa” colony, but they were unable to persuade local tribal leaders to sell any territory. In 1820, 88 free black settlers and 3 society members sailed for Sierra Leone. They found shelter on Scherbo Island off the west coast of Africa.  
Congress made the importation of slaves into the United States illegal in 1808. In 1819, Congress passed an "Act in addition to …

How is salt made and used to make salted fish in Africa

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How is salt made and used to make salted fish in Africa Thousands of years ago salt was more precious than gold and the African Taoudenni salt mines in the desert region of northern Mali were a valuable commodity. How is salt made and used in Africa There are three methods used to produce salt; solar, evaporation and rock mining. The rock salt mining method is one of the oldest methods of producing salt. Salt appears in veins which are the original bedded salt deposits of ancient underground waters.

Salt also may be found in vaults, which were formed when Earth pressures forced salt up through cracks in the bedrock. Rock salt has always been mined in the rocky under layers of the Earth's surface from ancient underground seas, lakes, and rivers that have long since dried up.


Throughout history in many parts of the world salt has been hard to get, and people feared a lack of salt was parallel to the world ending. Since 1587, salt mining in Taoudenni located in Mali, Northern Africa …

Rice and Beans Ghana Style

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Waakye Rice and Beans Ghana Style
African recipes by African Gourmet

Waakye is a popular easy to make Ghanaian dish of rice and beans and is a meal itself or served as a side with boiled eggs, salad, grilled fish, chicken, goat, pasta or vegetables.

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 40 min

Ingredients:
2 cups white rice
2 15.5 ounce cans red beans
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons shito (pepper) sauce or 1 chopped hot pepper
½ teaspoon baking soda or 2 dry sorghum leaves
4 cups water
Directions:
In a large pot add all ingredients and simmer until rice is cooked about 30 minutes. Serve with boiled eggs, grilled fish, chicken, goat or vegetables.


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Information on Cameroon

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Three quick facts about the Republic of Cameroon


Information on Cameroon
Three quick facts about the Republic of Cameroon; Mount Cameroon is the highest mountain in Sub-Saharan West Africa and an active volcano, former French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon merged in 1961 to form the present country, and The Republic of Cameroon has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry.
Interesting Cameroon facts
Cameroon naming In the 15th century, Portuguese explorers named the area near the mouth of the Wouri River the Rio dos Camaroes (River of Prawns) after the abundant shrimp in the water; over time, the designation became Cameroon in English; this is the only instance where a country is named after a crustacean

Nationality Noun: Cameroonian(s) Adjective: Cameroonian

Life expectancy at birth Total population: 59.4 years Male: 58 years Female: 60.9 years Country comparison to the world: 210


Ethnic groups C…

Ethiopian Berbere Spice Blend Recipe

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Spice Blend Recipe
Ethiopian Berbere Spice Recipe
Create our easy homemade Ethiopian Berbere spice blend at home. Learn to make Ethiopian African Spice Blend Recipe, there are more exciting spices in your food life than just salt and pepper.
Simple Africa Spice Blend Recipe
By Chic African Culture



Save money and make organic Ethiopian Berbere spice blend at home without additives or preservatives.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Ethiopian Berber spice blend
Ingredients: 1/2 cup ground dried spicy chiles 1/4 cup paprika 1 teaspoon ground powdered ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Directions: Finely grind fenugreek seeds and combine well with remaining ingredients


3 Berbere Facts
Berbere is a hot spice blend that is an integral ingredient in Ethiopian cu…

Picking Cotton in Modern Day Africa

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African Cotton Economy


Cotton is King in Benin




Picking Cotton in Modern Day Africa
Where is Benin

Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that raised to prominence in about 1600 and over the next 250 years became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade.
Benin is located in Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo. Benin is slightly smaller than Pennsylvania. The languages of Benin include French the official language, Fon and Yoruba, and numerous tribal languages.

The population of Benin is mainly located in the south, with the highest concentration of Beninese people living in and around the cities on the Atlantic coast. Most of the north of Benin remains sparsely populated with higher concentrations of residents in the west. Nevertheless, no matter Beninese people live, almost half the population is dependent on cotton to earn a living.

Cotton in Benin

The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence a…

Namib Coastal Desert Where the Fog Rolls In

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Fog on Africa's Namib desert is the primary source of water creating a unique African desert environment influenced by the Atlantic Ocean creating a dense coastal foggy atmosphere. 
Namib Desert spectacular scenery

Africa Namib Desert on the Atlantic Ocean coastline of the African Country Namibia means vast place.
Namib desert is an old volcanic crater where fog is regularly seen. 
Namib desert sands and the Atlantic Ocean coastline makes the Namib the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive sand dune fields influenced by fog.
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
8-22-2010


Fog on the Namib Desert is the primary source of water creating a unique environment in which numerous penguins, invertebrates, reptiles, and animals adapt to an ever-changing climate.


The huge Messum crater was possibly created by a meteor millions of years ago reveals geologic clues linking this area to Brazil prior to the continental drift. The crater was named after Ca…

Making Injera Bread of Ethiopia and Eritrea

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Making Injera Bread of Ethiopia and Eritrea
Injera is traditionally eaten in the African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Eating good African food In the African countries of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Djibouti use Teff grass to make flour. Teff flour can be used in a number of things such as cereal, bread, cookies, and other snacks. Today the African Gourmet will be teaching you how to make Ethiopian flatbread called injera bread.
Making Injera Bread of Ethiopia and EritreaIngredients
2 cups teff or whole wheat flour
2 cups of water
¼ teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for coating the pan

Directions
Put the batter aside overnight or up to three days to ferment. The batter will start to bubble and obtain its well-known tartness. Heat a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and lightly mix well. Heat a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Coat skillet with a thin layer of batter. Cook until holes appear …

Sweet Green Plantain Porridge

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Plantains are one staple food of Africa sometimes eaten with fish or meat. Plantains tend to be firmer and lower in sugar content than dessert bananas.
Bananas are most often eaten raw, while plantains usually require cooking or other processing, and are used either when green or under-ripe (and therefore starchy) or overripe (and therefore sweet).

Plantains are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world, treated in much the same way as potatoes and with a similar neutral flavor and texture when the unripe fruit is cooked by steaming, boiling or frying.



Sweet Green Plantain Porridge
Yields 3 generous portions
Ingredients3 Green Plantains
¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
¼ cup Whole Milk
½ cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup Raw Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
5 cups Water


Directions
Cut off the tips of each plantain and make an incision along the whole length of the banana. Slowly slide your thumb along the incision and remove the skin.

Chop the plantain …

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

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Roasted Curry Maize Soup
Roasted Curry Maize Soup
African Recipes by African Gourmet

Roasted corn or maize is a healthy African recipe made with onions, cabbage, and potato, hot peppers, corn and curry spice. Our African Roasted Curry Corn Soup has all the flavors you love from Africa street corn wrapped up into one comfort maize corn soup.

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 50 min

Ingredients
1 large package frozen whole kernel corn ½ head cabbage shredded 1 white onion chopped finely 1 medium sized potato, diced small 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup vegetable broth

Directions In a large frying pan add oil and corn, sauté 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients mix well, cover and simmer 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve over rice or as a soup dish. 



Did you know?
Maize or corn is one of the most important cereal crops in the African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kids Are Kids The World Over All Kids Love Playing Africa Hand Clapping Games

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Africa for Kids Playing Hand Clapping Games

Africa for Kids, Hand Clapping Games Oral traditions are important in African history and culture. One such oral tradition takes the form of hand clapping games played by children throughout the African continent.

Liberian Refugee Orphans in Ghana at the Africa Heartwood Project Refugee Orphan Home at Buduburam Refugee Camp perform three Liberian clapping games.
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
7-25-2010


The children are speaking traditional Liberian Pidgin-English which they commonly refer to as Coloqwa (KOH-loh-kwah).


Kids Are Kids The World Over All Kids Love Playing Africa Hand Clapping Games, here are three popular hand clapping games in Liberia, Africa.  




Hand Clapping Game #1 Title: Unknown Performed by: Rannecia and Promise
Hand Clapping Game #2  Title: Oh Mama Performed by: Felicia, Victoria, Promise,  Jackerline, Temoh and Princess (We are going "cera", in "cera", in "cera" - used to…