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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.

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Pumpkin Vegetable Stew

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Simple Pumpkin and Vegetable Stew in 30-minutes Ingredients 1 cup of your favorite canned beans 1 cup mashed pumpkin 1 cup whole corn 1 large red tomato, chopped 1 large yam, diced 2 cups vegetable broth 1 diced hot pepper White pepper to taste Garnish with sour cream (optional) Directions Add all ingredients to a large bowl mix well and then add to a casserole dish, heat for 30 minutes. Serve from the casserole dish. Garnish with sour cream. Great with fish and rice. Did you know? Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, pumpkin, etc which after being dried and ground is used as an ingredient in East and West African recipes. More recipes you will find yummy. African Mexican Salsa Learn how to cook buttermilk fried yams Recipe of peppered goat San Pedro African Seafood Recipe Nigerian Breakfast Fried Akara and Ogi

Off-Grid Challenge how to build a fire

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Off-Grid Challenge how to build a fire Chic African Culture Sub-Saharan Africa's lack of electrical power, Off-Grid Challenge how to build a fire One of the most persistent problems to creating maintainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa is the lack of electrical power. Sub-Saharan Africa is considered the portion of Africa that lies south of the Sahara Desert : this portion includes all of Central, West, East and South Africa. More than 69% of the population of sub-Saharan  Africa has no access to electricity.  In the rural areas of Africa, the number of people without access to electricity rises to more than 85%. In other words, that is over 600 million people in the 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa lacking access to electricity. Twelve U.S. government agencies, whose combined capabilities form the backbone of Power Africa, are working closely with African governments to prioritize and address key legal, regulatory and policy

How to use a pestle and mortar

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African spice recipe that makes full use of your pestle and mortar. Use a mortar and pestle to grind and mix spices, crush herbs and nuts. The mortar and pestle are one of the oldest most recognized pharmacy and kitchen tool used throughout the world. African spice recipe that makes full use of your pestle and mortar. The mortar and pestle is a kitchen gadget that was found in every urban and rural African kitchen . However, emerging technology in the African food culture is threatening the once commonplace mortars and pestles of old. Mortars and pestles were once used to husk and dehull grain but village electric grain mills are slowly replacing the hand labor intensive mortars and pestles. There are many recipes where hand mixing and grinding with a mortar and pestle put the consistency of the mixing and grinding in your hands. Place ingredients in the mortar or bowl portion, using the pestle end slowly move the rounded pestle end against the mortar to grind. In order to poun

Africanized Honey bees

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What Are Africanized Bees What Are Africanized Bees Africanized Honey bees October 19, 1990, a honeybee swarm unlike never before took over a small south Texas town in the United States. Africanized honeybees dramatically labeled as "killer bees" are the result of honeybees brought from Africa to Brazil in the 1950s in hopes of breeding a bee better adapted to the South American tropical climate.  These honey bees reached the Brazilian wild in 1957 and then spread south and north until they officially reached the United States on October 19, 1990. Actually all honeybees are imports to the New World and are not native. Those that flourished here before the arrival of Africanized honeybees are considered European honeybees, because European colonists introduced them in the 1600s and 1700s. Africanized honeybees are so called because it was assumed that the African honey bees spreading out from Brazil would interbreed with existing feral Europ

Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew

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Fresh bonga fish is used in cooking stews and fried fish recipes. Some boil the fresh bonga fish and use it as a side dish for local recipes. Other African home chefs buy bonga fish roasted, salted and dried, or smoked bonga fish.  It is estimated that nearly 70 percent of the total fish supply in West Africa is marketed in the smoked or dried forms.  Bonga fish is caught in the coastal and estuarine waters, and lagoons along West Africa from Senegal to Cameroon. During the dry season it is caught far inland when salt water penetrates the rivers.   Making Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew  Cooking fish in Cameroon Africa. Cameroon in West Africa, bonga fish is a popular fish to use in recipes, bonga is usually smoked with lots of fresh vegetables.  Prep time: 15 min  Cook time: 20 min  Total time: 35 min  Ingredients  4 smoked bongas or any smoked fish  2 green plantains cut in quarters  2 medium onions, chopped  2 green pepper

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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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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