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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.

Rice and Beans Ghana Style

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Waakye Rice and Beans Ghana Style    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     Waakye Rice and Beans Ghana Style  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. More easy lunch and dinner rice recipes to make right now so you never have to eat or prepare a boring white rice recipe again. Mozambique Coconut Beans Recipe Black-Eyed Pea Casserole with Rice and Herbs Ri

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. Carrying firewood home in Cameroon  How Cameroon got its name. 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

Berbere Spice Blend Recipe

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Berbere is a popular ingredient in spicy Ethiopian spice blends. It's used to season meats, chicken and veggies, beans, and nuts. Berbere is used in many low-sodium dishes as a salt alternative. Three Berbere Spice Facts. Berbere is a hot spice blend that is an integral ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine. Berbere name means hot in Amharic. Berbere is pronounced bear-bear-ee. Create our easy homemade Ethiopian Berbere spice blend at home. Berbere spice blend made at home is created fresh without additives or preservatives. Recipe for Berbere spice blend Ingredients 1/2 cup ground dried spicy chilies 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 (optional) 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 ingredie

Picking Cotton in Modern Day Africa

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African cotton economy in regards to cotton plantation owners and everyday Benin citizens benefit from the cotton economy but not equally. Cotton in Africa mostly benefits plantation owners, shipping merchants, and the textile industry.   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

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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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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