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Zambian Coconut Milk Rice Porridge

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Zambian Coconut Milk Rice Porridge Recipe
African Recipes by African Gourmet

Delightful and easy homemade coconut milk rice porridge African recipe deliciously reuses your leftover rice for breakfast.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 10 Total time: 15 min
Ingredients 1 cup cooked rice ¼ cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 1 cup coconut milk
Directions In a medium saucepan over medium heat add milk, honey and peanut butter mixing well. Stir in rice and peanuts, top with your favorite fruit and serve warm. 


African Music Mix: FEMUA African Music Festival

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Freshlyground and Meta and Cornerstones performed to the delight of the 2015 FEMUA African Music Festival crowd.
In April 2015 over a period of three days, Festival of Urban Music Anoumabo or FEMUA music festival theme of integration and understanding played live to millions of people across the world. 


The social and sports event was initiated by musician Salif Traoré in 2008. While providing enjoyment to millions of people, FEMUA primary goal is to improve health, education and business opportunities for needy folks in Côte d’Ivoire. Salif Traoré is UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador and lead singer of the band Magic System.



FEMUA music festival hosted 13 artists from Africa, France and the United States. Two artists, Freshlyground and Meta and Cornerstones performed to the delight of the crowd. 


Freshlyground is a South African band that formed in Cape Town in 2002 and is made up of seven diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 


Senegalese Meta Dia of Meta and Cornerston…

Why Hyenas Have Hind Legs Shorter Than Their Front African Folktale

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Hyenas have hind legs shorter than their front legs, this popular Zulu African Folktale explains what happened to Hyenas legs.



Wolf and Hyena were together when a white cloud floated by high in the sky. Wolf jumped up, landed upon it, and ate of the cloud as if it were fresh meat.

When wolf had his fill of the white cloud, he said to Hyena, "My cousin, I am ready to come down, if you catch me I will bring you a piece of the cloud for you to taste!" 


So Hyena caught him, and broke his fall. The cloud wolf gave her was so delicious she wanted more; she jumped up on top of a white cloud and ate until she was full. 


She told wolf, “Catch me and I’ll bring a piece of cloud for us to eat later as a snack my wolf cousin, now catch me as well." The scoundrel wolf said to hyena, "My cousin trust me, I will catch you, jump down now!"

Wolf held up his hands, and hyena jumped down from the cloud, and when she was near, Wolf started jumping around yelling, "My cousin, do …

West African Pepper Wing Sauce Recipe

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Friendly Fire West African Pepper Wing Sauce
African Recipes by African Gourmet

West African pepper fruits and leaves are used as seasonings in West African pepper wing sauce for their strong blistering peppery taste. West African hot peppers are also a delicacy chewed fresh from the plant to extract the delicious spicy flavor

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 20 min Total time: 40 min
Ingredients    1 minced piri piri pepper or any type of hot pepper 3 dried crushed pepper leaves    3/4 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flake ¼ teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon ground paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cayenne 1 teaspoon ground habanero chili powder
Directions Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat and simmer 20 minutes. Pour sauce into prepared heatproof jars and use on grilled fish, or as a chicken wing sauce.



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Limpopo Venda Five Cultural Points of Interests

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Limpopo Venda Five Cultural Points of Interests
In South Africa the Venda culture has strong beliefs in the origins of Water Spirits, Lighting and Rain Bird, God and Ancestors adding to the belief lakes and rivers are sacred shared by many Southern African Bantu tribes. Venda was created for the Venda people but is now incorporated into Limpopo named after the Limpopo River.


Water Spirits, Lighting and Rain Bird, God and Ancestors of the Venda people of Limpopo South Africa

The Venda, also known as Vhavenda are a Southern African people living mostly in Thohoyandou near the South Africa Zimbabwe border in Limpopo. 

As in most cultures around the world, fire and water hold a special fascination with the Venda people and the Venda can conjure up ancestral spirits to assist with early matters.
Thohoyandou is the former capital of the independent black homeland and the proud heart of the Venda people. It was named after the great king of Vhavenda, King Thohoyandou, who ruled the Vhavenda kin…

West Africa Green Banana Fish Stew Recipe

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West Africa Green Banana Fish Stew Recipe Green bananas or unripe yellow bananas have a flesh firm flesh and starchy taste making them a delicious alternative to potatoes.

West Africa Green Banana Fish Stew Recipe
African Recipes by African Gourmet

Favors of West African green banana fish stew deliciously blend together creating a tasty easy African seafood recipe

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 20 min Total time: 35 min
Ingredients 2 fresh white fish filets 4 green bananas, sliced 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 hot pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 cups vegetable stock Salt and pepper to taste

Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer 20 minutes. Serve over rice. 



Did you know? Green bananas or unripe yellow bananas have a flesh firm flesh and starchy taste making them a delicious alternative to potatoes.

Had a Bad Day? African Proverbs to Help Soothe Your Soul

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Have flowers and African proverbs kinda life.

African Proverbs to calm your restless spirit when you've had a bad day.
African proverbs of love and hope for a rotten day.



Those who want rain must also accept the mud. - Ghanaian proverb

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. - Malawi proverb

Those who want peace make their own peace. - Zambian proverb



If you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping in a room with a pesky Mosquito - African Proverb

The sun does not forget a village just because it is small. - Mali proverb

However long the night, the dawn will break.  - African Proverb

The best bed a person can sleep on is peace. - Somali proverb


African Food Pantry Staples Ogbono Seeds

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African Food Pantry Staples Ogbono Seeds
African food pantry staples will prepare you for whatever the kitchen throws at you to make soups and sauces

When you want to thicken African soups and sauces, there are many ingredients. African bush mango seed is made up of nearly 65% oil, the seed is really more oil than seed.Gabon chocolate, dika paste bread or Ogbono seeds are pounded to a chocolate buttery paste as an African pantry essential ingredient used in thickening and flavoring African soup and sauce recipes.


African Gabon Chocolate, Dika Paste, Ogbono seeds Recipe
African Recipes by African Gourmet

Gabon chocolate, dika paste bread or Ogbono seeds are ground into a chocolate butter like paste to thicken African soups and sauces.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 2 min Total time: 7 min


Ingredients ½ cup African mango dried seeds

Directions Add all ingredients to a coffee grinder and pulse until mixed well into a paste. Store refrigerated in plastic wrap (treat like butter). Leftover seeds may…

Beautiful Bamboo Forests of Ethiopia

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Beautiful Bamboo Forests of Ethiopia
Over 1 million hectares or around 2.5 million acres of bamboo are growing wild in Ethiopian forests, that's 7 percent of the world's bamboo resources growing wild in Africa.

Beautiful Bamboo Forests of Ethiopia
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

When you think of Bamboo, does Africa come to mind? Bamboo grows throughout Africa in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Cameroon, Rwanda, DR Congo, Malawi and Zambia. Bamboo is one of Ethiopia's most under-utilized resources.

Currently there are over 1 million hectares or around 2.5 million acres of bamboo growing wild in Ethiopian forests. Ethiopia has Africa's largest bamboo forest.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated to news agencies that there were no formal bamboo economies in Ethiopia until 2013 with an award going to the African Bamboo company for the Biomass-Powered Thermal Processing of Ethiopian Bamboo. Afr…

Top Five Golf Courses in Kenya

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Top Five Golf Courses in Kenya
Best Golf Resorts in Africa but first a short quiz.

The French word Cadet means youngest child and is where the word Caddy comes from?True or False True

False



First 18-Hole golf course was on a apple farm.?True or False True

False



The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million?True or False True

False




Kenya’s first golf course, Nairobi golf club, now the Royal Nairobi golf club, opened in 1906?True or False True

False



Golf in Kenya is a popular sport?True or False True

False



Australian golfer Peter Thomson inaugurated the Kenya Open Golf Championship in 1967?True or False True

False




Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club has a 10 hole course?True or False True

False

Kenya has 42 golf courses from the coast of the Indian Ocean to the Great Rift Valley and central highlands. Kenya’s first golf course, Nairobi golf club, now the Royal Nairobi golf club, opened in 1906.
According to Kenya Golf Guide Kenya’s first golf course, Nairobi golf club, now t…

West African Eba Onion Fritters Recipe

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West African Eba Onion Fritters Recipe


Onion Fritters
Culture and food of Africa would not be complete without including the West African food recipe Eba Onion Fritters recipe.

West African Eba Onion Fritters Recipe
African recipes by African Gourmet

West African Eba Onion Fritters are a delicious golden brown recipe made with ground cassava flour, onions and spices fried into delicious snacks.

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 Total time: 20 min
Ingredients 2 cups cassava flour
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 - 1/3 cups water
1-2 cups oil for frying


Directions In a large frying pan heat vegetable oil. Add all ingredients, mix well and form small fritters, fry in hot oil until golden brown about 3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with extra salt or curry powder before serving.

Taro Root Tomato Pottage Stew Recipe
What is Cocoyam?
West African Ginger Beer Recipe

Nearly every person in Africa eats around 176 pounds or 80 …

Waiting for Justice in Uganda's Luzira Maximum Security Prison

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Luzira Men's and Women's Maximum Security Prison is the second largest prison in Uganda, there is nothing routine about a court appearance or a sentencing hearing at Luzira.

Yellow is the color of sunshine, it is associated with joy and happiness. In Uganda's Luzira Maximum Security Prison yellow is anything but the color of joy, yellow is associated with a prison sentence or awaiting charges, sometimes waiting for years for justice.
Luzira is a district of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Luzira is best known for Luzira Maximum Security Prison, Kampala Uganda's largest Prison. According to the Institute for War and Peace reporting under the Ugandan constitution, anyone accused of murder has the right to have their case heard by the High Court within a year of being arrested. 

According to the ministry of justice, the number of imprisonment cases that are yet to be heard stands at more than 40,000, some 32,000 on legal custody in prison and the rest on bail. The majority o…