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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. 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: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Akara Fried Black Eyed Peas African Recipe

Akara fried black eyed peas African recipe is popular street food in Nigeria. Nigeria is not only the cellular phone capital of Africa but also famous for rich, delicious Akara recipes.


Akara Fried Black Eyed Peas African Recipe

Easy-to-Follow Akara Fried Black Eyed Peas African Recipe


Ingredients
1 15 ounce can black eyed peas with all liquid drained (press down on peas)
1 tablespoon self-rising flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Oil for frying


Directions
In large bowl add all ingredients and with clean hands squeeze the mixture until smooth. Form into small balls, roll in flour and fry until brown about 2 minutes.


Ten Akara Black-eyed peas facts

1. Cowpea is an important staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in arid Savannahs of West Africa and the Sahel.

2. Cowpeas are a valuable source of vegetable protein, vitamins as well as valuable income.

3. Western and Central Africa is the leading cowpea producing regions in the world producing around 64 percent of the estimated 3 million tons of cowpea seed produced each year.

4. Nigeria is the world’s leading cowpea producing country; Senegal, Niger, Ghana, Mali, Cameroon and Burkina Faso are significant also significant producers.

5. Niébé is a variety of cowpea grown by many women small farmers, throughout West Africa.

6. Black-eyed peas get their name from their characteristic appearance of a black dot in the middle of a cream colored bean.

7. The black-eyed pea is believed to have been introduced to the United States through the African slave trade.

8. Black-eyed peas are said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year's Day in the Southern US.

9. The peas represent good luck, and are served with collard greens that represent money.

10. Black-eyed peas are full potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron.

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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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