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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.

African Culture is World Heritage

Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

Nakupenda means Love in Swahili

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In the Swahili language, the word Nakupenda means you are in love. Nakupenda is pronounced just as its spelled Na-ku-pen-da. Swahili is a relatively simple language to learn, mostly because words are pronounced as they are written. Hakuna matata is the most popular quote and means no worries. The phrase gained international recognition after it was used in the animated movie The Lion King.      Learn the Swahili language of love English Language Swahili Language Desire Hamu Want Unataka Passion Shauku I’m Sorry Samahani I Love You Ninakupenda Appreciation Shukrani Devotion Ibada Emotion Hisia Fondness Upendo Friendship Urafiki Infatuation

A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long

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A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long Igbo African Proverb A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long is an African Proverb of the Igbo People. The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa and live mostly in densely populated southeastern Nigeria. A child carried on its mothers back does not know the walk is long Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 2-13-2014 Igbo culture places strong importance on families’ kinship systems, particularly the descent on the father's side. About Igbo people The Igbo culture originated around the Awka-Orlu plateau nearby the Niger and Benue Rivers sharing linguistic ties with their neighbors the Bini, Igala, Yoruba, and Idoma. Igbo’s traditionally farmer staples of yams, cassava, and taro. The other crops grown are corn, melons, okra, pumpkins, and beans which men are chiefly responsible for yam cultivation, women f

Yam Porridge Recipe

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Igbo New Yam Festival or iri ji ohuru is the celebration of yams with dancing, music and every imaginable dish made with yams.   Yam Porridge recipe is a delicious yam porridge recipe, this West African recipe is easy to make, just use canned yams. Yam Porridge Recipe Perfect yam cereal porridge for a delicious way to start the day, from Tour of Africa. Yam tubers have an extraordinary cultural value to the Igbo culture.  Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 15 min Total time: 25 min Yam Porridge Recipe Ingredients 1 cup cooked white rice 1/2 cup can yams  2 cups whole milk Salt and sugar to taste Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot, simmer until thick 15 minutes. Serve warm as a cereal.  Did you know? Yam belt of Africa includes Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Central Africa, Cameroon and Togo. Nigeria alone produces 71% the yams in Africa. Yams are major sources of income to Africa who produces 96% of the world’s yams.

Four Types of African Shea Butter

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There are four types of shea butter and unlimited shea butter uses.  African  shea butter is cream colored oil extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Shea butter is made from the oil of the shea tree and has earned the nam woman's  gold in Africa because of its economic value to African women.   Women processing Shea nuts using traditional methods Of the estimated 600,000 tons of Shea nuts harvested in West Africa, about 350,000 tons are exported, mostly as raw nuts. Currently, 90% of Shea demand comes from the confectionery industry affording chocolate manufacturers an alternative to cocoa butter. Only 10% of Shea is currently used for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Shea butter is cream colored oil extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Shea trees grow from Senegal to Uganda and have probably been used for thousands of years in food, skin balms, soaps and shampoos, traditional medicines and cooking and lamp oils. The use of Shea butter has been increasi

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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