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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.

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

Okra With Tomato Sauce photo by thefoodplacecouk

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 garlic, finely minced

2 medium tomatoes, peeled, diced, or 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Dash salt and pepper

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the okra for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the saucepan. When hot, add the chopped onion; sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and stir together until the mixture boils. Turn down to a simmer; add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes longer.

To serve spoon about a few tablespoons of sauce into a serving dish. Top with the okra then cover with remaining sauce. Serves 4 to 6.


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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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