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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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Akara Fried Black Eyed Peas African Recipe

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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. 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 pr

Mali Tea Ceremony

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Welcoming guests with tea is a sign of friendship in the African country of Mali. Mali Tea Culture Tea Ceremony in Africa is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation to honored guests and even strangers. Welcoming guests with tea is a sign of friendship in the African country of Mali. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 10-4-2013 Mali tea ritual is common throughout North Africa. The custom in Mali is to welcome people with green tea simmering with mint leaves . The hot, sweet tea is poured from a small teapot into shot-glass size glasses from a great height in order to get a good head of foam on the tea. The glasses are then offered to guests, who slurp the tea loudly, to indicate politeness and respect for their host. Welcoming guests with tea is a sign of friendship in Mali. Around 17 percent of the population in Mali has access to electricity , much lower than in other low-

Timbuktu Elite University in the Desert

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Timbuktu is located close to the river Niger which soon became known as a place for business due to its location. Timbuktu Elite University in the Desert Founded by the Imagharen Tuareg, Timbuktu Mali was established in the 12th century, almost nine hundred years ago as a place where nomads could pasture and water their camels after traveling through the Sahara desert. Tuaregs in Timbuktu, Mali Three important mosques were constructed in Timbuktu, Djingareyber, Sankore, and Sidi Yahia. The Djingareyber Mosque, the initial construction in 1327, the Sankore Mosque or The University of Sankoré date it was constructed is unknown, but probably in the 14th century, between 1325 and 1433, not long after the Djingareyber was constructed, and the Sidi Yahia Mosque, was built around 1400. The three mosques compose the famous University of Timbuktu. Beginning in the 15th century Timbuktu established itself as an important educational, spiritual, cultural, and business hub.

DR Congo Festival of African Dance

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo Gungu Festival masks, dances and songs are seen as African art in America. African dances, songs and masks are sacramental, ritualistic, and an important piece of the traditional culture and art of the peoples of Africa. Festival culture of the Democratic Republic of Congo. African masks, dances and songs have spiritual significance at the DR Congo Festival of African dance. DR Congo Gungu Festival is African art. Masks and headdresses are used in dances, marriage ceremonies, funeral ceremonies, and other special events.  The National Gungu Festival, FESMAG, is an annual gathering that embraces the musical and dance cultures of the DR Congo. In the 1980s the Democratic Republic of the Congo became well known in the African music world known as Congolese music or rumba.  Masks have always been important to the peoples of Africa. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo  the Gungu Festival first took place 1925-1960 under the name Saga or Luvidi Pen

Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever

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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

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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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