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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.

Ugali Sukuma Wiki Traditional Kenyan Recipe

Learn to make Ugali and Sukuma Wiki

Ugali Sukuma Wiki Traditional Kenyan Recipe

Learn to make Ugali and Sukuma Wiki
Ugali is a dish made of various types of flours cooked in boiling liquid into a soft dough. Ugali is the most common staple starch in the recipes of the African Great Lakes region and Southern Africa. 

In the African Great Lakes region and many parts of East Africa, sukuma wiki or collard greens is a common dish. The word for word translation of the phrase sukuma wiki is to push the week since it is a vegetable that is affordable. 

Sukuma wiki is usually eaten together with Ugali for dinner in the African Great Lakes region and many parts of East Africa.

Sukuma Wiki Collard Greens Recipe


Ingredients
2 pounds collard greens, chopped
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large white onion, chopped
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
Salt to taste

Directions
In a large pot, add oil heat on medium high then add onions saute 2 minutes. Add greens and vegetable broth, stir well, cover and cook until greens are soft, 20 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt, cook covered 5 minutes. Serve with ugali.

Easy Ugali Recipe


Ingredients
4 cups finely ground cornmeal
8 cups water

Directions
Heat water to boiling in a saucepan. Slowly pour the cornflour into boiling water. Avoid forming lumps. Stir continuously and mash any lumps that do form. Add more cornflour until it is thick as soft bread dough. Serve immediately with sukuma wiki collard greens, stew, or any dish you would use a spoon with to soak up the sauce, ugali is bland tasting on its own.

Sukuma Wiki means to stretch the week and Ugali is a rather low-priced dish, therefore, Ugali and Sukuma Wiki is an inexpensive meal you would cook when you are between paychecks.


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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.

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