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Child Marriage | A Bride Before Puberty

Child Marriage | A Bride Before Puberty In Africa
Child Marriage Explained

Child marriage is defined as marriage before the age of 18 and applies to both boys and girls, but the practice is far more common among young girls. Out of the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world, nine are in Africa.

Too many African families practice child marriage simply because early marriage is the only option they know.
Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Out of the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world, nine are in Africa: Niger, 75 percent; Chad and Central African Republic, 68 percent; Bangladesh, 66 percent; Guinea, 63 percent; Mozambique, 56 percent; Mali, 55 percent; Burkina Faso and South Sudan, 52 percent; and Malawi, 50 percent. If current levels of child marriages hold, 14.2 million girls annually or 39,000 daily will marry too young.

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful Ears

West African Folktale Why Mosquitoes Buzz Only In Beautiful EarsA long time ago, when the world was much quieter and younger than it is now, people told and believed many strange stories about wonderful things which none of us have ever seen. 

In those very early times, in West Africa, there lived a Mosquito and a beautiful ear ready for marriage. 

There were all sorts of living things courting the beautiful ear professing their undying love. 

Ear had a difficult time making a decision, then along came mosquito.


“I want you to be my wife”, said Mosquito.

Ear said “marry you, are you serious? You are a tiny weak mosquito and will be dead before the week is over, I will never marry the likes of you!”
Mosquito was really hurt by all that Ear said. It was very embarrassing to be talked to like that in front of all the other living things. 

They began whispering and snickering to each other as mosquito flew away. Mosquito said to himself "dead before the week is over, we will see about that!…

Learn About Seychelles Giant 66 Pound Sea Coconut

Seychelles Home of the Giant 66 pound Sea Coconut of Africa

Seychelles Sea Coconut The Sea Coconut has the largest leaves and the largest seed in the plant kingdom. The seeds weigh in around 14.9 kg or 33 pounds to a hefty 29.9 kg or 66 pounds.

Seychelles Home of the Giant 66 pound Sea Coconut of Africa
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
1-26-2016


Seychelles is a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest island on the Seychelles is Mahe, which is home to about 90% of the population of Seychelles and the site of its capital city Victoria.


Seychelles Sea Coconut is endemic to the Seychelles. It occurs naturally only on the islands of Fond Ferdinand, Vallée de Mai, Anse Marie-Louise Praslin and Curieuse. It is also found in the Praslin National Park and the Curieuse Marine National Park. The sea coconut population consists of a total of 8,282 mature trees, of which most are found within three subpopulations 1,440 in the Vallée de Mai, 1,380 in Fond …

Africa’s top 20 most important Agriculture Products

What Three Products are Important to Africa
Africa’s top 20 most important agricultural products are in order, Livestock, Maize, Cassava, Cotton, Coffee, Rice, Peanuts, Bananas, Sorghum, Fish, Sugarcane, Cocoa, Millet, Non-root Vegetables, Beans, Palm Kernels and Oil, Timber, Wheat, Sweet Potatoes, and Tea Leaves.



African Agriculture Products Number of 
African Countries 
Dependent Livestock 41 Corn (Maize) 35 Cassava 28 Cotton 27 Coffee 25 Rice 23 Peanuts 21 Bananas 20 Sorghum 19 Fish 17

Step In The Name of Love | Gumboot Dancing History in South Africa

Gumboot Dancing in Africa.

Strolls, Step Shows, Stomping the Yard in Africa Gumboot Dancing history performed in South Africa by dancers wearing wellington boots.

The History of Gumboot Dancing
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
2-16-2015


Step in the name of love; today gumboot dancing is more popular than ever across the world especially in African American college Fraternities and Sororities

During the apartheid era gold mining was big business in South Africa. Black miners worked underground in terrible conditions, digging for gold for low wages. They carried out the most dangerous dirtiest jobs in the mines and the safety of the workers during the time was not a high priority. Small mining villages which later grew into larger settlements, towns and cities grew up around the gold mining industry. One of the first settlements was Johannesburg, also known as Egoli or the Place of Gold.
The two most common methods in South Africa for mining gold are panning and…

Botswana Palm Tree Art

Botswana Palm Tree Art

Palm Tree Art The Hyphaene Petersiana tree is locally known in the African country of Botswana as the Mokolwane Palm. The Mokolwane Palm is a tree that produces the leaves used in the internationally popular Botswana traditional basket weaving art. Botswana Palm Tree Art
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
2-14-2015


Mokolwane Palm Tree grows from Central Africa to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa in dry sandy areas, often away from rivers.




There are a series of small villages alongside the West Side of the Okavango Delta Botswana that create the woven art. The around 68,000 sq km or 17 million acre Okavango Delta marshlands and plains are home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large animals, such as lions and cheetahs, white and black rhinoceros, and the endangered African wild dog.


Women were walking greater distances every year, frequently a full day's journey, to find young Mokolwane Palms to harvest in …

Drinking Cow, Goat, Sheep and Camel Fermented Milk in Africa

Drinking Cow, Goat, Sheep and Camel Fermented Milk in Africa
In Africa drinking cow, goat, sheep, and camel milk are usually consumed raw or unpasteurized. Milk and fermented products are important nutrient-dense foods having vital sources of proteins in the diets of African people. The practice of milk fermentation in every African region shows similar types of naturally fermented milk products that are regularly prepared by different ethnic groups of people.
Drinking Cow, Goat, Sheep and Camel Fermented Milk in AfricaCows and camels, goats and sheep contribute to a rich and diverse dairy industry to create traditional fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and drinkable sour milk. Depending on the breed, a cow’s (cattle) milk fat makeups about 3 to 4 percent of the solid content, and protein about 3-4 percent. Goat milk has about 3-4 percent protein, is easier to digest and has more fat and calcium than cow’s milk. Sheep’s milk has 5-7 percent milkfat and 4-6 percent protein and i…

Love is beautiful in every language African Proverbs

Love is beautiful in every language African Proverbs

Collection of African proverbs about love. Uthando, Upendo, Lief, ፍቅር, Amour, Ƙauna, Ịhụnanya, Love is beautiful in every language.

Love is beautiful in every language African Proverbs
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
2-9-2015


Wisdom of love African proverbs gathered by the ancestors.

Love African Proverbs Ancient African Proverbs About Love
One who loves should not hate - African Proverb
Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river - Malagasy Proverb
When troubles befall a person, then he finds out those who love them - African Proverb
Children are the reward of life. - African Proverb
If you are ugly you must either learn to dance or make love. - African Proverb
The gazelle gives birth to its kind. - The Democratic Republic of Congo African Proverb
You don’t pursue two partridge at the same time. - The Democratic Republic of Congo African Proverb
Water enters your bottle …

Zambian Bean and Cabbage Fritter Recipe

Zambian Bean and Cabbage Fritters Recipe

African Food Recipe Besides corn, cabbage and beans are major crops in the everyday lives of Zambians. Zambian bean and cabbage fritters are an easy simple dish to make as a snack or appetizer. Zambian Bean and Cabbage Fritter Recipe
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
2-7-2015


Zambia is home to seventy various ethnic groups. Small family farms and subsistence farming accounts for around 80 percent of Zambia's agricultural areas.
Zambian Bean and Cabbage Fritters


African Recipes by The African Gourmet

Zambian bean and cabbage fritters are an easy simple dish to make as a snack or appetizer.


Ingredients
1 can soybeans washed and drained
2 cups cooked shredded cabbage
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for frying


Directions
Mix all ingredients well, roll into small size balls and fry until golden brown. Serve as a snack or appetizer.



Zambia did you know Under Zambian …

Ibwatu African Energy Drink Recipe

Ibwatu African Energy DrinkFermented beverages are a significant part of people’s diets in Africa. Ibwatu is afermented drink made from grain and is a natural energy drink.

Fermented beverage Ibwatu is consumed in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) region and Zambia. Popular similar drinks are Zimbabwe’s chikubu and togwa and South Africa's mahewu drink. 
Locals distinguish Ibwatu plants through their leaves, stems, and root. The roots of the plant are a rich as a source of amylolytic enzymes.Rhynchosia heterophylla or Ibwatu roots is a perennial shrub native to Tanzania, Zaire, and Zambia. The plant also grows in the Sudano-Zambezian Region.
The ingredients of traditional production Ibwatu are sugar, water, starch, and roots of the Ibwatu plant. Maize or corn is the most widely used source of starch however, other plants are used depending on the region such as sorghum, finger millet, cassava, sweet potato, and Irish potato. 
The roots of the plant contribute to the col…

Island of Mauritius coat of arms Dodo birds

Island of Mauritius coat of arms Dodo birds
Mauritius is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean and home to some of the world's rarest plants in the world and the Dodo bird.
The Republic of Mauritius is an island off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.

The Dodo is an extinct flightless bird that became isolated on the African island of Mauritius. The Dodo is frequently used as a mascot on Mauritius by clubs, teams, and businesses. Moreover, the Dodo makes an appearance on the Mauritius coat of arms. 
The first recorded mention of the Dodo was by European sailors around 1598. Naturally, no photographs exist of the Dodo bird, its appearance is only known by written literature, and illustrations. Wild and domesticated animals hunted the bird and more importantly their eggs. It is widely accepted that the last Dodo was spotted between the years of 1658-1680.
A team from Oxford University and the Natural History Museum, London, has uncovered evidence on the genetic origins of…



African proverb friendship quote to live by

<br><br>African proverb friendship quote to live by
Peace and love to your mind body and soul today