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Wonderful Child African Folktale

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Wonderful Child is a delightful African folktale. Folktales reflect the morals, superstitions and customs of the African people. 
The Wonderful Child African Folktale
A man had two wives named Kengi and Gunga. One day he called them to him, and said that he was going to a nearby town to buy salt, and so might be away some time. He left them both well. Sometime after he had gone, Kengi became heavy with child. And Gunga asked her how it was that she was in that condition. "It is true," said Kengi, "that I am with child; but never you mind. When the child is born, you will see that it is his." "How can it be, when he has been gone so long?" said Gunga. Now when the child was born, it carried with it a handful of hair. And all the people marveled. Then the child spoke, and said: "This is the work of God." And the people ran away, they were so much afraid. And when the child grew up, he went into the woods to hunt elephants. And all this time the father h…

Horn of Plenty African Folktale

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Horn of plenty is a charming African folktale. Children enjoy listening to many types of African folktales learning from the wisdom and rich tradition of African storytelling. 
The Horn of Plenty African Folktale
At the entrance to a village, a brown-skinned boy sat watching the sunset. He was thin and small, and he had been crying. Out on the savannah the other children were laughing and shouting, but he did not join in their play, for his heart was sore. He had had no supper, and the women of the village were all so busy looking after their own children that they had forgotten him.


The boy's mother died when he was a babe, and ever since he had been driven from one hut to another. His father was out all day hunting and snaring birds, and when he came back at sundown seldom spoke to his little son. That day one of the women beat him because the load of firewood which he brought back was small, and his heart was hot with anger.


"I will go away and never come back," he said…

Lightly Sweetened Cocoa Tea Biscuits

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African food is a fusion of many different nations. One influence over the centuries is that of the European colonialists.

As legend has it, Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford is said to have made afternoon tea time a fashionable practice when she complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoons.
From this time on, a pot of tea and a light snack in the middle of the afternoon became a part of European traditions. One very popular light snack is that of the lightly sweetened cocoa tea biscuit or cookie.
Lightly Sweetened Cocoa Tea Biscuits
Ingredients 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 3 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 4 tablespoons of powdered cocoa 2 tablespoons of lard 2/3 a cup of milk or enough to make a firm but not a stiff dough

Directions
Sift all the dry ingredients together, rub in lard with the tips of the fingers. Stir in the required amount of milk. Turn out on lightly floured board, roll or pat out the desired t…

Green Plantain Sweet Porridge

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Cooking with plantains is easy
Green Plantain Sweet Porridge
Plantains look similar to bananas, but plantains are bigger, have a different taste, and texture. However, plantains and banana's do have one thing in common, as the plantain ripens, it becomes sweeter and its color changes from green to yellow to black, just like bananas. Green Plantains are sold in the fresh produce section of most supermarkets.  Ingredients
3 green plantains
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole milk
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup of raw sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 cups of water

DirectionsCut 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 place into a blender. Add flour and ½ cup water blend for 2 minutes until smooth (add more water if needed). Bring the remaining cups of water to boil in a large saucepan reduce to medium heat. Add the pl…

Simple African Peanut Soup Recipe

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Easy African food recipe to make tonight and have again for leftovers tomorrow. Serve with rice or warm bread.< /p>


African Peanut Soup Recipe

African Peanut Soup Recipe is a delightful combination of tomatoes, onion, peanut butter, and chicken that make for a perfect African soup, everyone around the world will enjoy.
Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
2 tablespoons palm oil
2 filleted chicken breasts optional
4 cups vegetable stock
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
16 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon red pepper flake
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup uncooked brown rice

Directions
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté onions, bell pepper and garlic about 3 minutes. Add chicken, tomatoes, vegetable stock, peanut butter, and spices. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 …

Nigerian Pepper Water Stew Recipe

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Pepper water stew is a combination of hot and delicious chili peppers, onions and two different kinds of meat. There is not much to making pepper water stew, this is why the recipe is popular inside and outside of Nigeria.
Nigerian Pepper Water Stew is hot but there is nothing to stop you from adjusting the heat to suit your taste. Nigerian food is delicious with recipes full of flavor and spice lovingly prepared by Nigerian families for generations.

Simple Nigerian Pepper Water Stew RecipeIngredients3 pounds of dark meat chicken 1 pound veal cut into small chunks 6 cups of water 2 chopped onions
3 large diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 stalk celery chopped 1 large tomato diced 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon red pepper 1 hot pepper sliced Juice of one lemon DirectionsIn a large pot add all ingredients. Simmer together slowly until the veal is tender 1 hour. Serve with rice.

Walking Six Hours to Collect Water in Rural Ethiopia

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In rural Ethiopia, women and children can walk up to six hours to collect clean water.

Collecting clean water in Ethiopia is a struggle because walking up to six hours to collect water is normal day-to-day activity.
Ethiopia has one of Africa’s lowest rates of access to water supply, and sanitation despite abundant surface and groundwater resources.
Ethiopia's main health problem is the spread of disease caused by poor water and sanitation. During the dry-season, more traditional sources of water are placed under pressure as shallow wells or other permanent sources dry-up.
Ethiopia’s 96 million people, 86.5 million people or 83 percent live in rural areas. A vast majority of Ethiopia’s population lacks adequate access to safe water and proper sanitation facilities. That is 49 million people or 51% lack safe water and 76 million or 79% have no sanitation services.
At most, 49 percent of people have access to safe water, while proper sanitation facilities are available to about 21 p…

Do not tell the person who is carrying you that he stinks

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He stinks but you stink
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Do not tell the person who is carrying you that he stinks is a wise saying in the language of proverbs have been passed down for generations in African culture.Toxic people stink
Nothing satisfies them, even if they achieve a goal or get something they want. It seems like they have an insatiable hunger. They just never feel full. They usually have had it tough early on. 

Perhaps they came from an abusive family, or they went through something traumatic that was not handled right. Toxic people look for the big payback every time. 

When you are in their company, you feel a sense that you “owe” them something, and you cannot quite put a finger on what that is. Anger is an emotion that they easily go to. 

They are either churning about something that happened in the past resenting how they were treated or finding fault with what is going on in the present. 

You feel like you have to watch your every word when you are around them. There is no one, …

Why Worms Are Blind, Elephants Have Small Eyes African Folklore

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Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore

African Folklore Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore is a unique animal folklore story for kids to learn about lending valuables to a friend.

Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore
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Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore
When Ambo was king of Calabar, the elephant was not only a very big animal, but he had eyes in proportion to his immense bulk. In those days’ men and animals were friends, and all mixed together quite freely. At regular intervals King Ambo used to give a feast, and the elephant used to eat more than anyone, although the hippopotamus used to do his best; however, not being as big as the elephant, although he was very fat, he was left a long way behind.
As the elephant ate so muc…

Where Do Ostriches Live In Africa?

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Where Do Ostriches Live In Africa?
The ostrich, Struthio camelus, is native to Africa and is the largest birds in the world. Ostriches live in portions of 25 African countries. The first commercial ostrich farm was established in South Africa around the year 1860 to farm ostrich feathers, meat and hides.

The ostrich is an omnivore native to Africa and the largest birds in the world. Ostriches live in portions of 25 African countries. The chicks, a few days after being hatched, are covered with a thick and silky down, of a light-fawn color, with black stripes. The neck and head are similarly covered.
The ostrich is native to Africa and is the largest birds in the world. When fully-grown stand Ostriches stand about 7 to 9 feet tall and can weigh 200 to 400 pounds. Female ostriches are brown and gray; males are black with white wings and tail feathers.


As the world's largest bird, the ostrich lays the largest egg of any living bird, however; the ostrich egg is one of the smallest in rel…

Love Found and Love Lost African Short Story

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Lonely Frog and His Beautiful Wife African Folklore Short Story Short Story of love found and love lostA lonely frog had some difficulty in finding a wife, at last, carved the trunk of a tree into the shape of a woman and placed cowry shells in the spot where her heart should be and this brought her to life. Frog named her Ayo since she was very beautiful pledged his undying love to her daily.  
Frog married her and they lived happily in his home deep in the forest, until one day in his absence, some of the chief's men happened to pass by and saw the beautiful Ayo working outside in the garden. 

They asked for fire and water, which she gave them, and on their return told the chief about a beautiful woman living deep in the forest.
The chief shortly afterward sent the men back to frogs’ house, and they, finding the husband again absent, carried Ayo off. 
She cried out, "Husband! I am being taken away!" but there was none to hear, and when the husband came back, he found he…

Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down

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Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down anecdotes, myths, and legends.

Common names for the baobab tree are cream of tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, tabaldi, and mowana. 
Why is the baobab tree called the upside down tree?The gigantic trunk of the baobab tree leads upwards to branches resembling the roots of a tree, which is why it has often been referred to as the upside-down tree.


The baobab is also known as the tree of life. It is also legendary for its gigantic size growing to more than 70 feet high and 35 feet in diameter, its canopy spreading to 235 feet.

Baobab legendBaobabs provide food, water, shelter and belief water collected from the seeds, leaves, and roots relieve sickness. 

Baobab proverb“Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.”

Baobab mythSome African tribes believe if you drink water in which a baobabs’ seeds have been soaked you will be safe from crocodile attacks.

Seven Baobab did you knows?

Baobab trees live to be 1275 years old, making it one of t…

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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