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Mozambique in Pictures

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Mozambique in Pictures Mozambique in Africa Officially the Republic of Mozambique, it is a former Portuguese colony located in Southeast Africa. Mozambique in Pictures Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture The historical sites of Mozambique from the Fort of São Sebastiãoto the Polana Church, to Sailing in Ilha de Moçambique and shopping in the numerous markets in Xai-Xai makes the African country of Mozambique a popular tourist destination.    The Fort of São Sebastião also known as the Tower of São Sebastião is a 16th century military design on the Island of Mozambique.     Market and cafe in the popular tourist town of Xai-Xai, Mozambique    Maputo is the capital and largest city of Mozambique    African fabric blowing in the breeze of Mozambique Sailing in Ilha de Moçambique (The Island of Mozambique), Mozambique Market in Xai-Xai which is a popular city in the south of Mozambique. The Chapel of Nossa

Maasai Cattle and Children Are Maasai Treasures

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Maasai Cattle and Children Are Maasai Treasures Maasai Cattle and Children Are Maasai Treasures Maasai tribes feel that their society has been given less thought and respect than that of wild animals. Cattle and children are an important aspect to the Maasai people. The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. Maasai own large herds of cattle, sheep, and goats which they follow around seasonally in search of new grazing grounds and water sources. Traditionally Maasai tribes have been an independent tribe. Cattle and children are an important aspect to the Maasai people. Cattle play a central role in the life of the Maasai. Cattle represent food and power; the more cattle a Maasai has, the richer he is and therefore the more power and influence he will have within his tribe. Individual, families, and clans established close ties through giving or exchange of cattle. While the Maasai

Everyone Walks Around Naked Myths About Africa

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There many lies and myths about Africa and African people that are debunked but are still believed to be true. Africa is Dangerous. Africa is a continent with revolutions, child soldiers, and stolen children making the news almost every day, it is no wonder the myth about Africa being a dangerous place is a common. "If it bleeds it leads" of course, as we all know bad news sells papers, therefore you do not get to hear about the good things that happen in Africa unless you seek the positive stories out on your own. Given the size of the continent, it is not hard to see that there are many perfectly peaceful and safe places in Africa as well as places to avoid, just like any area across the world. There are people in every African country going to work every day, worshiping at church services, laughing with friends and family and watching their kids play soccer on the weekends. Africa is Full of Diseases. Diseases takes millions of lives every year in Africa because

Ghana History of Krobo People and Beads

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Ghana History of Krobo People and Beads After learning about Ghana's Krobo people and beads follow step by step directions to make a beautiful endless, no-clasp Ghana glass beaded necklace. The Krobo people are a large ethnic group in Ghana. They are the largest group of the seven Dangme ethnic groups of Southeastern Ghana. The Ga-Adangbe people of the Krobo Mountain were originally wanders.  Krobo Mountain was a natural fortress that would defy the ascent of an army against the tribe. The people are supposed to consist of emigrants from the coast neighborhood of Ningo, Shai and Ada. The bulk of the people are today are primary trading in Krobo beads, printed cloth and employed in farming work, particularly in the growing of coffee, cocoa, and palm oil. This district contains large and important towns, the chief of which are Odumase, Sra, Kpong and Akuse. An excellent trade road now exists from Accra through Aburi, Akropong, Odumase, Pong, Akwamu, to Anum in the Peki country. B

What are cowpeas, what is bitter leaf?

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What are cowpeas, what is bitter leaf? What are cowpeas, what is bitter leaf?  Cowpeas originated in Africa. The cowpea is also commonly referred to as black-eyed pea however; the bean is a variety of the cowpea. Cowpeas are an important staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa. Cowpeas are a valuable source of vegetable protein, vitamins as well as valuable income.  Bitterleaf is a widely used cooking vegetable throughout Africa. Bitter leaf has a strong odor and a bitter taste. Yoruba people call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbo tribe Onugbu. The bitter leaf grows in a large range of biological zones in Africa, produces many leaves, and is drought tolerant. Here is an easy recipe for Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew. Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Recipe Ingredients 2 cups dry cowpeas or black-eyed peas 2 scallions, chopped 3 handfuls of chopped bitter leaf 1 potato, chopped into la

List of African countries and languages spoken

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The top 10 most spoken languages in Africa in order are; Arabic, Kiswahili (Swahili), Hausa, English, Amharic, French, Oromo, Yoruba, Igbo and Zulu. There are thousands of languages spoken in Africa; over 2,000 in fact. Below is a list of African countries and their languages compiled by the World Factbook. Every language is a temple, in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined. - Oliver Wendell Holmes List of African countries and languages spoken   Algeria Arabic (official), French (lingua franca), Berber dialects: Kabylie Berber (Tamazight), Chaouia Berber (Tachawit), Mzab Berber, Tuareg Berber (Tamahaq)   Angola Portuguese (official), Bantu and other   African languages   Benin French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)   Botswana Setswana 78.2%, Kalanga 7.9%, Sekgalagadi 2.8%, English (official) 2.1%, other 8.6%, unspecified 0.4% (2001 census)   Burkina Faso French

Stewed Gizzards Nigerian Gizdo Recipe

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Stewed Gizzards Nigerian Gizdo Recipe What are gizzards? A gizzard is a stomach like organ that birds use to grind their food before they digest it. Gizzards are a good source of protein, high in iron and zinc but are high in fat and cholesterol. Classic way to prepare gizzards in Africa. Stewed Gizzards Nigerian Gizdo Recipe Nutrition Facts Calories 620 Fat 25g Saturated Fat 3.5g Sodium 1630g Protein 41g Nigerian Gizdo Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   Dodo gizzards or Gizdo is a popular Nigerian stew made with a delicious combination of gizzards and fried plantains.    Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 45 min Total time: 1 hour 5 min Ingredients 1 pound chopped chicken gizzards 2 yellow plantains, diced 1 white onion, chopped 1 bunch green spring onions, chopped 2 large red tomatoes, diced 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped 1 hot pepper, chopped 1 teaspo

About Benin Language, Ethnic groups and Economy

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About Benin Language, Ethnic groups, Flag and Economy About Benin Language, Ethnic groups, Flag and Economy There are thousands of languages spoken in Africa; over 2,000. The top 10 most spoken languages in Africa in order are; Arabic, Kiswahili (Swahili), Hausa, English, Amharic, French, Oromo, Yoruba, Igbo and Zulu.  The languages spoken in Benin are French the official, Fon and Yoruba are most common in the south of Benin, and tribal languages there are at least six major ones in north Benin. The Republic of Benin  location in Africa L'Aube Nouvelle, The Dawn of a New Day is the African County Benin national anthem.  There are 10 million people living in Benin The population is primarily located in the south, with the highest concentration of people residing in and around the cities on the Atlantic coast; most of the north remains sparsely populated with higher concentrations of residents in the west. Benin ethnic groups are: Fon and related 3

15 Interesting facts about Namibia

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Fifteen interesting facts about Namibia. Dragon’s Breath Cave is the largest underground lake in the world and is located in the Southern African country of Namibia.  There are many interesting facts about Namibia, the second least populated country on earth. The African country of Namibia is the 34th largest country in the world. The Kalahari Desert runs along Namibia southeastern border while the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert extends along the entire west coast of Namibia.  Namib desert kuiseb canyon Despite its enormous size, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries on the African continent.   In the 2011 census, just over 2 million people live in Namibia. People commonly speak two or three languages and more than 49% of the population speaks Oshiwambo.  Namibia is divided into 14 regions and subdivided into 121 districts. Namibia’s economy remains very dependent on trade with South Africa. 

When Does African Tourism Become Unethical

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When does African tourism become unethical, there can be a fine line between cultural tourism and human safaris. When Does Tourism in Africa Become Unethical. Cultural tourism is an organized tour that takes visitors to a place where they can observe "locals" in their indigenous settings. You can also visit cultural villages to learn more about how indigenous and inhabitants lived, and how the various languages, customs, and traditions are celebrated. Enjoy dust dancing and singing by the locals; enjoy long tables groaning with food dishes. There can be a fine line between cultural tourism and human safaris. True cultural tourism offers an opportunity for interaction, perhaps alongside shopping opportunities , food demonstrations or craft lessons. Human safaris focus on the opportunity to see, photograph and video local people in an exploitative manner; for example, a tour that takes vacationers to a tribal village, encourages vacationers to bribe locals with food

Spiced Curry Mixed Nuts and Paneer Cheese

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Five spice curry powder adds a unique flavor to any nut mixture. Nuts and fresh curry powder are a natural pairing with South African wine and Paneer cheese. Paneer cheese is the most common cheese used in Indian food in South Africa because it tastes good, does not need aging and does not melt. This cheese handles being paired with the strong taste of curry. Five Spiced Curry Mixed Nuts. African food recipes are easy to make at home. Five spiced curry mixed nuts to serve with paneer cheese. Ingredients. 2 tablespoons butter. 2 cups walnuts halves. 1 cup whole almonds. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. 1 teaspoon chili powder. 1 teaspoon dried curry powder. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Directions. Preheat the oven to 300°. Add butter to a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan; set the pan in the oven to melt the butter. Remove the pan from the oven; add nuts and Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Gently stir until well mixe

Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew

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Chad has numerous languages with over 120 in fact, the official languages in Chad are Arabic and French. باذنجان (eggplant in Arabic and aubergine in French) Ragoût de Aubergine  is a time-honored Chadian recipe using eggplants cooked with okra and peanut butter. Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew Ingredients 1 eggplant cubed 2 cups fresh okra, chopped 10 plum tomatoes, chopped 1 large green pepper chopped 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter Salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste Water to cover Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew  Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot except peanut butter and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for half an hour, or until the vegetables are tender. Mix peanut butter until a smooth sauce forms. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Serve with white or brown rice or with boiled green plantains.

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