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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.

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Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

Togo Okra With Tomatoes Recipe

Okra with tomatoes is a popular Togo African recipe convenient to make cooking with the traditions of the African diaspora. Hibiscus Esculentus or okra is of African originating from Ethiopia. Okra grows wild along the White Nile and the upper Nile country as well as in Ethiopia. From Ethiopia to North Africa, okra was cultivated in Egypt for many hundreds of years. One of the earliest accounts of okra is by the Spanish in Egypt in 1216.  As is true with a number of less popular vegetables, many people fail to appreciate okra. Okra is rarely cooked alone except when fried. Okra alone is considered too slimy.  Here is a delicious recipe using okra and tomatoes. The acid in the tomatoes counterbalance the natural goo of the okra and the soup become rich and thick. Togo Okra With Tomatoes Recipe Ingredients 1 pound fresh baby okra, washed, dried, stem ends trimmed very close to top, or use frozen thawed whole baby okra 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 clove g

Sierra Leone 2035 Strong

Sierra Leone’s Vision for 2013 to 2035 is to become a middle-income country Before the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone was on track to overcome its troubled past. The countries Ebola epidemic threatened to stop the progress of Sierra Leone economic and social growth. The post-Ebola recovery period is proving challenging.  Sierra Leone’s Vision for 2013 to 2035 is to become a middle-income country, be an inclusive, green country, with 80% of the population above the poverty line, have gender equality, a well-educated, healthy population, good governance and rule of law, well-developed infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, with private-sector, export-led growth generating wide employment opportunities; there would be good environmental protection, and responsible natural resource exploitation. The post-Ebola recovery period could prove challenging but the small African nation since the end of the civil war in 2002 has found the strength and resources to inch by inch re establish its

Slow Cooker Lamb Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Lamb Vegetable Stew What is lamb? Lamb is meat from young sheep less than 12 months old, lamb tastes like lamb which is tender and mild in flavor. If your family is trying lamb for the first time, slow cooker lamb stew is the perfect meal. Slow Cooker Lamb and Vegetable Stew Slow Cooker Lamb Vegetable Stew Ingredients 2 pounds lamb stew meat, or cubed lean boneless lamb 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded, chopped 1 diced carrot 2 medium potatoes 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves 1 bay leaf 2 cups chicken stock 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour Directions Place lamb and vegetables in a slow cooker. Mix salt, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf into stock; pour over lamb and vegetables. Cover and cook on low 8 to 9 hours, until lamb and vegetables, are tender. Turn to high setting. Blend flour and butter, and the

Not Being Anyone's Fool African Proverbs

African proverbs that make you think. I will not be your fool any more African proverbs explains to us that sometimes it is hard to know if you are being taken for granted. Not Being Anyone's Fool African Proverbs Not being anyone's fool African proverbs convey the message that you must not fool yourself. After being fooled once, read wise relationship African proverbs and be wary so you cannot be tricked again. African Proverbs Good looking fruit could be rotten inside Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet. No hyena deserves to be entertained twice. Denial cannot hide cigarette smoke. The wise chief does not eat from two sides. An honest enemy is better than a best friend who lies. He who smiles too much with you will frown too much with you at your back. The good looking fruit could be rotten inside. Ashes are a result of a fire. A friend's eye is a good mirror. An honest enemy is better than a be

Recipes, Facts, and Legends Abound About the African Marula Tree

The South African marula fruit and oil are edible and loved by humans and animals, especially the warthog, elephant, waterbuck, giraffe, and kudu all eat the fruit, nut, and leaves of the tree. Recipes, Facts, and Legends Abound About the African Marula Tree Recipes and legends abound on the multiple uses of the marula tree bark, leaves, fruits, nuts, oil, and kernels. Nonalcoholic drinks, wines, teas, spices, oils, and medicines are all created using the Marula Tree of Southern Africa. South African marula fruit  Eswatini Marula Festival A popular drink in eSwatini (formally known as Swaziland) is Buganu also known as marula wine. The third weekend in February is a popular time for the people of Eswatini because this kicks off a celebration of the beginning of the marula fruit season and the week-long Marula Festival.  The Marula Festival is a tradition-filled with song and dance and Brewing of marula wine. The king and qu

Delicious Chicken Groundnut Stew

African food is delicious; recipes are full of flavor and spice lovingly prepared by African families for generations. Learn how to cook 30-minute healthy chicken groundnut stew African food recipe tonight. Chicken Groundnut Stew is a popular street foods in Africa Groundnuts are used as food and for cooking oil. The seeds in Africa are popularly used for thickening soups and stews and as a seasoning. The groundnut taste like chickpeas with a very mild flavor. Delicious Chicken Groundnut Stew Recipe Ingredients 2 pounds cut up chicken legs 1 medium onion, sliced 1 medium red or green pepper, chopped 1 cup peanut butter 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch circles 1 teaspoon. salt 1 teaspoon red pepper flake Salt to taste 1 teaspoon tomato paste Water Directions Boil chicken in about 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Boil until chicken is done; remove from saucepan. Add onion, chopped pepper, tomato paste, salt, and cayenne pepper to chicken broth. Cook for

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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