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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.

African Culture is World Heritage

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

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. 

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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