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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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Kei-appel Tomato Chutney

Apple Tomato Chutney Recipe  Easy South African Apple Tomato Chutney Recipe  South Africa is famous for kei-apples or Kei-appel and Kei Apple Tomato Chutney is a sort of combination pickle and preserve that goes well with grilled meats . Dovyalis caffra or Kei apple is a spiny evergreen fruit tree whose common names are Kei appel in the Afrikaans language, umqokolo in Zulu , amaqokolo in Ndebele the Wild apricot, or Dingaan’s apricot to name a few. It is native to the Kei River area of Namibia and abundant in the wild around the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  Use Kei Apple Tomato Chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa.   Kei-Appel Tomato Chutney Ingredients 3 large red tomatoes, chopped ¼ cup apple juice ½ cup chopped dates ½ medium finely chopped onion 2 medium finely chopped kei-appel (or any sour apple) Kei-Appel Tomato Chutney 2 tablespoons white sugar  ¼ teaspoon ground clove 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teasp

How to Make Astronaut Cornbread in Honor of the Moon Rock Stolen from Chad

How to make Astronaut cornbread dressing recipe in honor of the missing goodwill rock stolen from Chad in Africa. The stolen Chad goodwill moon rock was a gift from the USA's Apollo 17 mission. Mystery Of The Missing Chad Moon Rock Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture A story of the stolen goodwill moon rock gifted to Chad. The Chad National Museum is a national museum of Chad located in Chad's capital city of N'Djamena. The museum was established in 1962 and opened in 1984 however; many of its artifacts have gone missing due to the unsteadiness in the country. Chad has experienced decades of conflict and instability. The 1972 Apollo 17 lunar Moon rock aka the “goodwill moon rock” fragment is from a lava Moonstone. This was a goodwill gift from the United States of America Apollo 17 mission to Chad and nations worldwide. The goodwill rocks were distributed during President Nixon's term of office between 1973 and 1974. The splashdown and recov

Africa's education system and why policy alone can't fix it

The international community has called for the equal right to secondary education however, bride price and traditional roles of women limit opportunities in education. Africa's education system and why policy alone can't fix it. Gender Equality in Education All too often, women and girls are discriminated against in receiving education. The innovative education programs around the world focus on expanding scholastic opportunities for women and girls. Africa has such a huge young demographic and the number of students that graduate from school and available jobs on the market leaves a huge gap. Bride price in many African societies is tied to the economic life of the family. Traditionally, bride price is when the prospective husband is expected to give a certain amount of money and goods, including cattle, goats, blankets or cowrie shells before marriage is agreed. The tradition of bride price is strongly entrenched in cultures across sub-Saharan Africa. When poverty is a

How Tribal Marks Came To Be Used African Folktale

How tribal marks came to be used is a priceless African folktale.  African folktale How tribal marks came to be used 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. How Tribal Marks Came To Be Used African Folktale How Tribal Marks Came To Be Used A King named Sango sent two slaves to a distant country on an important mission. In due course they returned, and he found that one slave had achieved successfully what he had been sent to do, while the other had accomplished nothing. The King therefore rewarded the first with high honors, and commanded the second to receive a hundred and twenty-two razor cuts all over his body. This was a severe punishment, but when the scars healed, they gave to the slave a very remarkable appearance, which greatly took the fancy of the King’s wives. Sango therefore decided that cuts should in future be given, not as p

If you made your bed hard and you have trouble lying in it, don't complain

Paying the Piper African Proverb Paying the Piper African Proverb If you made your bed hard and you have trouble lying in it, don't complain is an African Proverb. The African culture expresses wisdom in an interesting way through proverbs. If you made your bed hard and you have trouble lying in it, don't complain   - African Proverb More quotes and wise sayings about paying the piper With lies, you may get ahead in the world — but you can never go back. There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. Your life may be the only Bible some people read. Before you begin on the journey of revenge, dig two graves. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Who lies for you will lie against you.

Story of the Hero Makoma African Folktale

African myth of the Hero. Makoma is a brilliant African folktale legend about the giant Hero Makoma who would find no rest until he fought against five powerful giants.  African folktales are stories forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next.   African myth  of Hero Makoma African Folktale Once upon a time, at the town of Senna on the banks of the African river the Zambezi, was born a child.  He was not like other children, for he was very tall and strong; over his shoulder he carried a big sack, and in his hand an iron hammer. He could also speak like a grown man, but usually he was very silent.    One day his mother said to him: 'My child, by what name shall we know you?' And he answered: 'Call all the head men of Senna here to the river's bank.' And his mother called the head men of the town, and when they had come he led them down to a deep black pool in the ri

Why are the Ashanti People a Distinct Tribe

Why are the Ashanti People a Distinct Tribe At the height of its power and glory, the influence and culture of the Ashanti Kingdom stretched beyond the borders of present-day Ghana. The British war against the Ashanti was not an immediate riches of gold and a feast for the pockets for Great Britain as first planned, Ashanti warriors won many battles. Ashanti woman Why are the Ashanti People a Distinct Tribe The  Ashanti  people make up the largest of the subgroups of the Akan, who trace their origins partly to Bono-Manso and Techiman in the present-day Brong Ahafo Region.  Ashanti  constitutes 14.8 percent of all Ghanaians by birth and 30.1 percent of the total Akan population of 8.5 million in the country.  Ashanti people  started with a nucleus of the Oyoko clan around Asantemanso. After several years of subjugation by other empires, such as the Akwamu and the Denkyira, Asante eventually grew to be a very powerful empire founded by King Osei-Tutu I (1695-171

Nelson Mandela Favorite Meal Maize and Beans

Mixture of maize and beans is called Umqusho a simple South African Recipe Nelson Mandela loved to eat. Umqusho or Maize and Beans is a simple vegetarian African food recipe of corn, beans, carrots and spices. Umqusho is a common African dish with many variations that is popular in many regions of Africa.  Nelson Mandela loved to eat Umqusho or Maize and Beans Nelson Mandela Favorite Meal Maize and Beans Ingredients 2 cups frozen whole kernel corn 2 cups canned red kidney beans 1 cup frozen cut carrots 1 teaspoon garlic 1 teaspoon paprika 3 cups puree tomato sauce Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot mix well and heat on medium for 5 minutes. Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s President On 10 May 1994, he was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected President. On his 80th birthday in 1998 he married Graça Machel, his third wife. True to his promise, Mandela stepped down in 1999 after one term as President. He con

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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