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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.

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Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever

Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever Discovery of African Diamonds and the Zulu Clan Discovery of diamonds in 1867 near the Vaal River in South Africa changed African Zulu life forever. Discovery of diamonds in South Africa and the Zulu Kingdom in 1879 fought the Anglo-Zulu War with the British Empire. The Zulu nation was defeated and blacks and diamond mines came under control Colony of Natal and later the Union of South Africa. Changes in the Zulu Kingdom The discovery of gold and diamonds in 1867 near the Vaal River changed Zulu life forever. The Zulu Kingdom, in 1879 fought the Anglo-Zulu War with the British Empire.  British troops invaded the Zulu kingdom 5,000 strong, in January 1879 but within days the British were defeated by the Zulu warriors at the battle of Isandlwana.  Zulu warriors massacred around 1,350 British troops at their camp in the first days of the battle of Isandlwana.  Despite  this early win, t he Zulu nation was ev

Grilled Garden Eggs Recipe

Garden eggs, what are garden eggs? Garden Egg Garden eggs in Africa are a vegetable grown in the subtropics and tropics popular in Central and West Africa. Garden eggs in Africa are a vegetable grown in the subtropics and tropics. The name eggplant originates from the shape of the fruit. The leaves and fruits of eggplants are eaten boiled, steamed, pickled, or in soups and stews with eggplant leaves, other vegetables or meats. Garden eggs, what are garden eggs? Garden eggs are a smaller variety of the eggplant that is highly cultivated and valued in most sub-Saharan African countries. The garden egg gets its name from the small size of the eggplant and is roughly the same size as a chicken egg. In African Igbo society, the garden egg represents fruitfulness and good fortune. The Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria traditionally welcome visitors into their homes by offering eggplant fruits customarily along with kola-nuts and seeds of alligator pepper. Grilled Garden Eggs

Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes

Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes Chutneys, jam, and jelly are a sweet and delicious popular recipe. 16 Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes What makes jam and jellies solidify? Pectin is the substance that makes jellies and jams solidify however, this essential ingredient does not exist in all fruits.  Fruit that is slightly under-ripe contains more pectin than overripe fruits. In addition, the white inner skins of lemons are excellent for jelly and jam making and to supply pectin to other fruits however it has a bitter taste. Sweet and Delicious  Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes Kind of Fruit How To Prepare Amount Of Water Needed For Cooking Amount Of Sugar Needed For Jellying Apples (sour is best) Wash, discard any unsound portions, cut into small pieces. Include seeds skin and core One-half as much water as fruit ¾ cupful of sugar

Chickpea Coriander Chicken Stew

  Chickpea Coriander Chicken with Greens Ingredients 4 skinless chicken thighs 1 cup canned chickpeas 4 cups Swiss chard or kale or mustard greens 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 hot pepper (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Water to cover Directions In a large pot add all ingredients except greens and cover with water. Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes until the chicken is tender. Add greens and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve over rice or couscous.   About Chickpeas Cicer arietinum or Chickpea is an important annual plant consumed all over the world. Chickpea is a highly nutritious grain legume crop and is one of the cheapest sources of protein.  Chickpeas are eaten raw, roasted or boiled and processed into flour. Chickpea exports from East Africa have considerably increased over the last decade. The medium-seed chickpea kabuli variety has enabled chickpea cultivation to spread to the subtr

Tilapia with Orange Sauce Easy Fish Recipe

Tilapia is native to Africa. The fish tilapia and has become the second most popular farmed fish globally and one of the most traded seafood commodities. Tilapia is the common name for mainly freshwater fish with nearly a hundred different species. Eating fish makes you healthy in several ways. The Tilapia fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. Historically tilapia has been of major importance to the everyday fisherman and small fishing businesses in Africa, and they are of increasing importance in aquaculture and aquaponics.  Tilapia fish is consumed as an affordable source of protein in poor rural communities as well as in affluent urban centers. In Sub-Saharan Africa, tilapia, in its various strains, is largely caught from traditional wild sources such as rivers, lakes, and dams. In Africa, tilapia supports wage incomes of many African people and provides vital food security. Tilapia fish is still largely available from traditional fr

Africa is Famous for Coffee and Chocolate | Chocolate Bread Recipe

Chocolate Coffee Bread Recipe Chocolate Coffee Bread Recipe Africa is famous for coffee and chocolate Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 9-19-2013 By Chic African Culture African food recipe Delicious Chocolate Bread is an easy one bowl recipe. Infused with dark roasted coffee Chocolate Bread is rich, moist and delicious. Chocolate Bread Recipe Serves 4 African food Total time from start to finish 20 minutes Ingredients 2 tablespoon of unsalted butter 1/3 a cup of granulated sugar ½ cup chocolate chips (optional) 1 large egg ¼ a teaspoon of salt 1 cup of hot strong coffee 1 package yeast ¼ teaspoon of extract cinnamon ½ a cup of cocoa 3 ½ to 4 cups of flour Directions Mix in order given, having dough as soft as can be handled, turn onto kneading surface, roll into a square about an inch in thickness, sprinkle on one-half cup of chocolate chips, fold the sides to meet the center, then each end

The Equator passes through Nanyuki Kenya

There are seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator. The Equator passes about 4 miles south of the town Nanyuki in Laikipia County, Kenya. An equator is an imaginary line around the middle earth, seven African countries  are on both sides of the Equator An equator is an imaginary line around the middle earth. The equator is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole at ‘0’ degrees latitude. The equator divides the planet into a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere. Areas located on the Earth’s equator have the fastest sunrises and sunsets. The time it takes for the sun to set and rise at the Equator is the fastest on Earth. The transition from day to night takes only a few minutes. Kenya is slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Nevada. Kenya is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Nanyuki Kenya is sort of like the main office for people pursuing the adventure of climbing t

African Proverbs- May the ancestors impart knowledge to you

Proverbs of African people are the index of our lives. Proverbs from Africa contain the essence of moral truth and practical lesson; they are drawn from real life and are generally the fruit of philosophy grafted on the stem of experience. African proverbs express the ageless wisdom of the African culture. Those who derive fun watching lunatics, out to have one as a child or relation to know the pains of it.  A man who is trampled to death by an elephant is a man who is blind and deaf.  Don't look where you fell, but where you slipped.  One does not become great by claiming greatness.  Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.  Clever sayings in the language of proverbs are passed down for generations in the African culture. A fowl does not forget where it lays its eggs.  The fish that can see that its water is getting shallower, cannot be stranded.  The dog's bark is not might, but fright.  What forgets is the ax,

Fish Salad a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes

Fish Salad a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes Fish Recipe Healthy Fish Salad for Lunch or Dinner Africa’s largest lake is Lake Victoria and its longest river is the Nile. The nourishment and industry of millions of Africans rely on the fishing trade. Fish Salad a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes Fish Salad Ingredients Amounts are your choice Fish fillet any type, cooked Red pepper Curry Salt Lemon Juice Lettuce Green onions Directions Sprinkle fish with a few drops of lemon juice then add salt, curry and pepper. Garnish with green onions. Serve and enjoy a healthy meal. Did you know? Fish farming is a major business throughout the African continent.

Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe

Healthy Moroccan Sardine Recipe. How to Make Healthy Moroccan Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe. Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe African recipes by Chic African Culture Peri-Peri Sardine Stew is a traditional Moroccan African recipe made with sardines, hot peri peri sauce, and healthy vegetables. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 40 min Ingredients Three 4 oz cans sardine boneless, skinless sardines packed in olive oil, drained 1 onion finely chopped 2 medium white potatoes, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon palm oil 2 cups water 1 tablespoon peri-peri sauce 1 chopped hot pepper 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon curry powder Salt to taste Directions In a large pot over medium heat sauté onion with palm oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft; add sardines simmer 10 minutes more. Serve over rice. Did you know? Morocco has a large sardine fishery off the northwest African coast; it is curr

Top five skin bleaching African countries

Creams and injectable skin whitening products are popular in Africa despite the health risks, 77 percent of Nigerians use skin whitening products. Skin-lightening creams and injections work by reducing or deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps produce melanin in the skin. Top five skin bleaching African countries fading dark skin to light skin on a regular basis. 77% of Nigerians 59% of Togolese 35% of South Africans 27% of Senegalese 25% of Malian from Mali The World Health Organization has reported that Nigerians are the highest users of skin-lightening products; 77% of Nigerians skin bleaching products on a regular basis followed by Togo 59%, South Africans 35%, Senegalese 27%, and Malian 25%. Studies have found that men are also bleaching their skin. Some creams contain harmful steroids and other mercury. Mercury is a common ingredient found in skin lightening soaps and creams. Mercury salts inhibit the formation of melanin, resulting in a lighter skin ton

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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