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Simple Nigerian White Coconut Rice Recipe

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Simple Nigerian White Coconut Rice Recipe



Africa has a rich history of food and culture. Here is one of our favorite recipes from Nigeria, Coconut Rice. This coconut rice side dish goes well with pork or chicken. Simple Nigerian White Coconut Rice RecipeIngredients2 cups cooked jasmine or white rice 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
DirectionsIn a medium saucepan over medium heat add oil, heat then add shredded coconut, toast until light brown. Reduce heat to low, fold in remaining ingredients to the shredded coconut mixture. Serve warm.

Hibiscus Flower Bloom Tea Recipe

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Drinking Hibiscus Bloom herbal tea
Drinking Hibiscus Bloom herbal tea brewed from freshly gathered and dried hibiscus leaves is an easy way to get nature's healing strength into your body. African hibiscus teas can be hot, at room temperature or iced. There are no hard and fast rules about hibiscus bloom flower African tea brewing.
Everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. Some like strong herbal teas and others prefer mild or lightly flavored herbal infusions. You can also buy your herbs dried from health food stores, and this is an excellent source for more exotic herbals. A dried herb will have a stronger flavor than a fresh herb. Dried Hibiscus Bloom Tea is the perfect recipe for an exotic yet simple tea.

There are tons of fresh herbs that of course are preferable for making herbal teas such as dried hibiscus flowers or Flor De Jamaica. Be sure to always rinse and wash herbs and flowers prior to making tea. Use one teaspoon of dried herbs per cup of water, more to taste.
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African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature

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African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize for Literature The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 109 times to 113 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2016, four were African authors.

Nobel Prize for Literature
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1-25-2014


A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Laureate. The word "laureate" refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honor.

✒ African authors who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka, African authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature 
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka (Wole Soyinka) from Nigeria writing in English in 1986 in the genres of drama, novel, and poetry. He says he uses the myths as "the aesthetic matrix" for his writing. Soyinka the first person and only black African from Africa to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
It is the…

Homemade Eight Spices Curry Powder Recipe

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Homemade curry powder spice recipe, fragrant eight-spice curry powder adds a unique flavor soups, stews, sauces, rice, and vegetable dishes.

Homemade Eight Spices Curry Powder Recipe
Ingredients 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon ground caraway 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 6 teaspoons of ground turmeric 1 teaspoon of ground cloves 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Directions Mix well in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place, do not refrigerate.

Did you know? If a recipe calls for the spice garam masala you can substitute curry powder. Pepper Water stew is a healthy African dinner recipe using curry powder.

Anansi Short African Stories for Kids

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Two Anansi Short African Stories for Kids
Anansi and the pot of beans, African folktale is a story forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next. Folktales reflect the morals, superstitions, and customs of the African people.

Anansi is a tricky spider who gets into all sorts of trouble. The word Anansi is Akan simply meaning spider. Anansi is an exceedingly popular folktale character whose stories are told and retold in West Africa and Jamaica.

The Anansi tales are believed to have originated by the Ashanti people of Ghana.  In the southern United States of America, Anansi's name evolved into the beloved Aunt Nancy stories.

Watch Anansi and the pot of beans video African story



More Anansi Short African Stories for Kids


Anansi and the Old Lady’s Field

One day there was an old lady work a very nice field on a rock, And an old-witch boy is the watchman.
And one day Anansi heard about the old-witch boy, And…

What is Négritude?

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What is Négritude

Negritude Négritude is a consciousness of and pride in the cultural and physical aspects of the African heritage. Négritude is the state or condition of being black.

What is Négritude
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1-20-2014


Negritude, who am I?


Léopold Senghor was one of the three founders of Négritude, with Aimé Césaire and Léon-Gontran Damas. A Milestone in African literature the groundbreaking book 'The New Negro and Malagasy Poetry' or 'De la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache' was written in 1948 by Léopold Sédar Senghor.
Elected in 1960, Senghor was the first president of Senegal, a poet, and cultural truth-seeker. The impact of “The new Negro and Malagasy Poetry” is unrivaled establishing Senghor as the father of French African literature. Négritude is a term used to describe that which is unique about the African culture as found on the continent of Africa and in the African diaspora.
In the 1930's as a reje…

Sierra Leone Classical Music Composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor

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Sierra Leone Classical Music Composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Classical Music of Africa The Most Famous African Classical Music Composer is Sierra Leone Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Little Known Facts About Sierra Leone Samuel Coleridge Taylor African Classical Music Phenom
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1-1-2014


Sierra Leone Samuel Coleridge Taylor Most  Famous Classical Music Composition is the Song of Hiawatha

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875-1912 was born in Croydon, the son of a white English mother and a father from Sierra Leone. As a violin scholar at the Royal College of Music, he was taught composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and soon developed a reputation as a composer, with Edward Elgar recommending him to the Three Choirs festival in 1896. By the time he died of pneumonia aged only 37 he had already toured America three times and performed for Theodore Roosevelt at the White House.
At the age of five Samuel began playing the violin and joined…

About Nigerian Author Amos Tutuola

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About Nigerian Author Amos Tutuola About Nigerian Author Amos Tutuola
Nigerian author Amos Tutuola was born in the Southwest State of Abeokuta, Nigeria, near the Ogun River in 1920. His parents earned meager wages as cocoa farmers in the area. Tutuola had eight children and held many odd jobs as he grew up but mainly he worked as a records keeper for the Nigerian Broadcasting Company.
Tutuola's most famous novels are The Palm-Wine Drinkard written in 1946 and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in 1954. Tutuola was Nigeria's first internationally recognized author writing in English. The Palm Wine Drinkard has been translated into more than 15 different languages.
Most of his writings were based on Yoruba folktales however; some fellow Nigerians looked on Tutuola writings as using uncivilized language in his books. Tutuola was also criticized using for clichéd examples of Nigerian culture and writing folktales was not looked upon as true fine art. Despite his fellow Nigerians opinion …

Seven True Ebola Facts | Doctors Without Borders Combating Ebola in Africa

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Seven True Ebola Facts

Facts Ebola in Africa
Since 1971 Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. As one of the Ebola epicentres, the district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone bordering Guinea, was put under quarantine at the beginning of August 2013.

Seven True Ebola Facts
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1-17-2014 “We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill." Dr. James Orbinski, then-President of the MSF International Council, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF in 1999.
1. Ebola got its name from the Ebola River in then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ebola River is a branch of the Congo River, which is the world’s deepest river.

2. Ebola first appeared in June and July in 1976 in s…

Boys Are One-Third of All Trafficked Children

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Human Trafficking African Countries
List of Tier 2 and 3 human trafficking African countries explained. Trafficking people victimize millions of men, women, boys, and girls worldwide. Although precise numbers are unknown, recent estimates of the number of people enslaved in sex or labor exploitation and enslaved for the removal of organs range from 12 to 27 million.


Human trafficking is a violation of human rights that reduces human beings to the status of commodities to be bought and sold. It is fueled by demand for money, prostitution and cheap labor. Human trafficking is facilitated by greed, porous borders, absent rule of law, failure to prosecute traffickers, the complicity of corrupt officials, and misuse of modern communication technology.