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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. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

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 crop

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

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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 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 establish the rhythm) Oh Mama, M

Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe

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Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe Cooking with breadfruit is easy. Breadfruit is a large, creamy fleshed, mild tasting and starchy with a texture similar to a potato, so of course everyone loves breadfruit in Africa and throughout the Caribbean and the world. Breadfruit is cooked and eaten green or ripe but is usually eaten when ripe but still firm. Ripe breadfruit can be boiled, steamed, or baked and replace potatoes in many recipes. Treat breadfruit as you would a potato. African Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit is an easy African recipe to make as side dish or a main meal. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 50 min Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe Ingredients 1 breadfruit cored, peeled and diced 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 medium chopped onion 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable stock 2 tablespoons butter Directions In a large pot, add enough water to cover the breadfruit, simmer 20 minutes or unt

Palm Oil Spinach Smoked Meat Stew

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Africa Food Spinach Smoked Meat Stew Recipe Spinach Smoked Meat Stew Recipe As suggested by the name Spinach and Smoked Meat Stew is a delicious mix of beef, fish, chicken, pork, and shellfish served over rice. Spinach leaves alone have a bitter taste and are sold fresh or dried. The leaves are green with a robust odor and a bitter taste. Yorubas call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbos Onugbu, every part of the plant is beneficial from the stem, leaves, and root. Liberian stews are unlike most recipes, Liberian stews are hearty stews that combine numerous meats, fish, and vegetables in one stew. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 55 minutes Spinach Smoked Meat Stew Serves 4 Nutrition facts: 340 calories and 3 grams fat Ingredients 5 ounces of cubed smoked beef 5 ounces of smoked pork sausage 2 skinless chicken thighs 3 smoked fish, flaked 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 onions, chopped finely 1/4 cup palm oil 1 bunch

All About Voodoo African Batá Drums In Yoruba Africa

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Batá drums are the voice of the Voodoo religion, batá are talking drums speak to and for the Yoruba people. Voodoo African Batá Drums In Yoruba Africa. Batá drums are the iconic symbol and sound of the Voodoo religion. The word voodoo comes from the West African word vodun which means spirit. Rhythms of Voodoo Batá Drumming. Batá drums are the voice of the Voodoo religion, batá are talking drums. Voodoo drumming and ceremonies are intimately linked in Africa. Batá drums are a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one cone larger than the other. The Batá drum is a percussion instrument used primarily for the use of religious or semi-religious purposes for the native culture from the land of Yoruba, located in Nigeria. Batá drums are also the iconic symbol and sound of the Vodun or Voodoo religion. The talking drums express the histories of the West African Yoruba Oyo. Vodun is one of the world's oldest known religions. It is commonly believed by academic re

Eswatini African Growth Opportunity Act

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African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA was signed into law on May 18, 2000. The Act offers incentives to African countries who continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. The former Kingdom of Swaziland, renamed Eswatini is reportedly not holding up its end of the bargain of the AGOA. Eswatini capital, Mbabane, lies at the northern end of the Ezulwini Valley. The landlocked Kingdom of Eswatini is surrounded by South Africa but on the east shares a small border with Mozambique. Eswatini is the smallest country in the African southern hemisphere and is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of New Jersey. The threat of Eswatini being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement for poor progress in meeting democratic norms is threatening the means of support for an extensive number workers in the Kingdom where unemployment is 47%. Swaziland Protest seen outside the Savoy Hotel The African Growth a

Gesho Plant Used For Food, Firewood, Wages and Medicine

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Gesho Plant in Africa Used For Food Firewood Money and Medicine. Gesho plant is highly valued in rural Africa growing in parts of Kenya, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Rhamnus prinoides or gesho plant is an indispensable plant for the rural African community. Gesho plant was discovered in 1788 is also known as Dogwood or Shiny Leaf in English, Blinkblaar in Afrikaans, umGlindi in Xhosa, Musvosvadziva in Shona, umNyenye in Zulu and gesho in Amharic. The African dogwood is a dense shrub or a small tree with glossy foliage and decorative red and purple berries, the tree is no relation of the American and Asian dogwoods. Gesho is a versatile plant used for food, firewood, wages and medicine. Gesho grows bordering forest and at high elevations. The fruits, roots and leaves are utilized, no part of the Gesho is wasted. The leaves stems and branch are used to brew

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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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