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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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Umsila Wenkomo Oxtail Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Umsila Wenkomo Oxtail Stew Slow Cooker Recipe Umsila Wenkomo means Oxtail Stew in the Xhosa African language. Xhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa. Nelson Mandela was of the Xhosa people and Umsila Wenkomo or Oxtail Stew was one of his favorite meals. Umsila Wenkomo Oxtail Stew   Slow Cooker African Oxtail Stew Ingredients 4 pounds oxtails 2 cups beef broth or stock 2 cups baby carrots 4 medium potatoes unpeeled and quartered 1 hot pepper 1 tablespoon crushed garlic 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon brown sugar Salt and pepper to taste Directions Add all ingredients except for meat in a large slow cooker and mix well, add meat and simmer on low for 9-10 hours or high 6-7 hours. Serve with white rice. Why are oxtails an expensive cut of meat? They are not really expensive, its all about trendy supply and demand. Oxtails are the tail of cattle. Oxtails were not always expensive, years ago they were inexpensive. Oxtail is a more recent example of cooking shows using le

Three Modern African Fiction Must Reads

Three Modern African Fiction Must Reads Many times people ask me, what is a good fictional book to read on Africa?  Walking into a bookstore or browsing online, you are immediately hit with the notion that there are millions of books, what is a truly good read? The African Gourmet top three modern African fiction must read are Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Overall, I happily invest three hours a day reading.  I read to understand things I have never been exposed to by grace. Below is a short list of the books that inspired me to learn, grow, and laugh and to be motivated. Please share books you love in the comments section below. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, sh

What is coming does not beat a drum

What is coming does not beat a drum What is coming does not beat a drum African Proverb What is coming does not beat a drum - Malawi Proverb What is coming does not beat a drum means danger doesn't announce itself with trumpets. This African Proverb is meant to warn that dangerous situations are not announced publicly in advance. By engaging in selfish behavior such as corruption, politicians are effectively subjecting themselves and their country to an ill-fated future. In Malawi, the country’s economic performance has historically been constrained by policy inconsistency, poor infrastructure, and rampant corruption. About Malawi the warm heart of Africa Malawi 1.           In the year 1480, Bantu tribes unite several smaller political states to form the Maravi Confederacy that at its height includes large parts of present-day Zambia and Mozambique plus the modern state of Malawi. 2.           In 1891, present day Malawi was sectioned

Nelson Mandela Sweet Chicken Recipe

Sweet Chicken Nelson Mandela's personal chef says he was not a picky eater, he liked traditional down-home food. One of Nelson Mandela's favorite meals was Sweet Chicken. Cooking easy meals like Sweet Chicken satisfied Nelson Mandela and will satisfy the entire family at dinner time. Xoliswa Ndoyiya in her new book Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela's Kitchen says Sweet Chicken was one of President Nelson Mandela's favorite meals. Xoliswa Ndoyiya started cooking for him two years before he became president, which is over 22 years of cooking meals like Sweet Chicken. Below is our take on one of Nelson Mandela's beloved dishes, Sweet Chicken.   Nelson Mandela Sweet Chicken Recipe   Ingredients 2 skinless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons curry powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 chicken bouillon cube spice 1 cup any sweet marmalade or jam 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt Salt and pepper to taste   Direction

Fatherly Love African Proverbs

African proverbs on the importance of fathers. One good father is worth a hundred teachers; fatherly love is the greatest gift given to a child. Fatherly Love African Proverbs. African proverbs, fatherly love is the greatest gift given to a child.  Fatherly love African proverbs teach us love holds a child tight, supports the soul and teaches how to love the world in return. African proverbs on the importance of fathers in a child’s emotional and social development set the stage for the path followed by the child later in life. When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. - African Proverb Hold a child with both hands. - African Proverb Learning expands great souls. - African Proverb If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings. ∽ African Proverb Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. - African Proverb Nobody is born wise. - African proverb A person is a person because of other persons - African Proverb Ten additional fatherly love quotes an

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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