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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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Nelson Mandela Favorite Meal Maize and Beans

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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

Malva Pudding a Traditional South African Dessert

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Malva Pudding is not only a traditional South African dessert but also a sweet warm cake-like dessert that was loved by Nelson Mandela. Malva pudding is scooped into bowl and topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. A vegetarian version can be made by replacing eggs with condensed milk. Malva Pudding  Malva Pudding a Traditional South African Dessert Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons apricot jam 1 teaspoon baking soda A small pinch of salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vinegar 3/4 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Cream eggs and sugar add jam mix well. Sieve flour, soda, and salt. Add melted butter, vinegar, vanilla and milk to the egg mixture alternately with the flour. Bake in an ovenproof dish at 350°f 45 minutes. Malva pudding is scooped into a bowl and topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. More

Xenophobia Dangerous Lies and Treacherous Myths

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Xenophobia Lies and Myths in South Africa One person’s truth is another person’s lie; Xenophobia is the unreasoned fear felt to be foreign or bizarre. Those who suffer from xenophobia in Africa and around the world live a fearful nonexistent life drenched in xenophobia fervent dangerous lies. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 2-25-2014 You have the freedom to discover who you are beyond your language, class, gender, and culture. We believe prejudices and stereotypes about other cultures without finding out the truth for ourselves which leads to racism and xenophobic attitudes. Foreign nationals in South Africa say they are not taking anyone's jobs. They say that they are targeted because they are hard workers, and succeed at making money honestly. Foreign nationals say South Africans are bitter of their successes and should work with them as African brothers in order to learn valuable skills. The South African Go

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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