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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

Health garden at home easy

Making a health garden at home is easy growing stinging nettles, dandelions, and calendulas make a healing herb garden. Stinging nettles are easy to grow and used as a diuretic and laxative, Dandelions are multipurpose herbs used for loss of appetite and upset stomach, Calendula is often used as an ingredient in baby-related skincare items. Make a Healing Herb Garden Stinging Nettles Stinging Nettles are easy to grow; the root is also used for joint ailments, as a diuretic, and as an astringent. Stinging nettle above ground parts is used for anemia, poor circulation, urinary tract infections, allergies, kidney stones or as a general tonic. In foods, young stinging nettle leaves are eaten as a cooked vegetable. Do not forget to wear gloves when harvesting. Nettles have a harmless but unpleasant sting if brushed. Stinging nettle leaf has a long history of use. It was used primarily as a diuretic and laxative in ancient Greek

Who are the Tuareg People

Tuareg people and the desert trail are joined at the hip. They live, move, eat, and sleep on the sands of the Sahara desert. Tuareg largely reside in the Sahara in a huge region extending from southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. About Tuareg people and a timeline of major events from 1962 to 2013. Tuareg largely reside in the Sahara in a huge region extending from southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Tuareg are nomadic tribesmen in the Sahara and Sahel regions of Saharan Africa surviving the dry harsh climate of the desert. Tuareg people have also been fighting for independence in Niger and Mali. 1962-64 The First Tuareg Rebellion. The Nomadic Tuareg peoples in north Mali are dissatisfied with their position in the new state and want a state of their own. The Malian government army is much better-equipped than the rebels, and after defeating them, force Tuareg areas under military administration. This stoke

Who Was Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement

Steve Biko was one of South Africa's key political activists and a leading founder of South Africa's anti-Apartheid Black Consciousness Movement, BCM. The death of Steve Bikoin police detention in 1977 led to his being hailed as a martyr of the anti-Apartheid struggle. Steve Biko Date of birth was December 18, 1946 in King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa his date of death was September 12, 1977 in a Pretoria prison cell, South Africa. Steve Biko’s Early Life Story. From an early age, Steve Biko showed an interest in anti-Apartheid politics. After being expelled from his first school, Lovedale, in the Eastern Cape for 'anti-establishment' behavior, he was transferred to a Roman Catholic boarding school in Natal. From there he enrolled as a student at the University of Natal Medical School (in the university's Black Section). Whilst at medical school Biko became involved with the National Union of South African Students or NUSAS.

The Owl House Helen Elizabeth Martins Outsider Artist

The Owl House Helen Elizabeth Martins is considered South Africa's foremost Outsider Artist or Raw Art Helen Elizabeth Martins is considered South Africa's foremost Outsider Artist or Raw Art About Helen Martins White women hiring a black man Death of the Owl House artist Helen Martins was born on 23 December 1897 in Nieu Bethesda, a small and isolated Karoo village in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Helen Martins was the youngest of six children. She earned a teaching degree after attending school in Graaff-Reinet which is the fourth oldest town in South Africa. In 1919 she moved to the Transvaal to begin working as a teacher. Transvaal is the land north of the Vaal River in modern-day South Africa. Helen Martins whose nickname was "Miss Helen" in 1964 employed Koos Malgas, who happens to be black, to help her make the cement and glass statues which fill her house, the Owl House and her surrounding land ca

Lokma Fried Sweet Dough Recipe

Lokma Fried Sweet Dough Recipe Culture and food of Africa would not be complete without including the iconic African street food recipe of Lokma Fried Sweet Dough. Lokma is a fried sweet dough that is covered in syrup. Served as a dessert, lokma is a popular coffee accompaniment. How to Make Lokma Fried Sweet Dough Recipe Every region of Africa makes some form of fried sweet dough pastries. Cost about $1 per serving Takes about 2 hours Serves around 10 people Ingredients 1 1/4 cup warm water 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon active dry yeast 2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons 1 teaspoon salt Vegetable oil for frying For The Syrup 3 cups of sugar 1 1/3 cups water 2 tablespoons lemon juice Recipe Directions Preheat vegetable oil.  In a measuring cup, add yeast and sugar to warm water. Stir until dissolved.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.  In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add yeast water and stir with an oiled wooden spoon un

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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