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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.

Kebbi African Green Hot Pepper Sauce

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Kebbi African Green Hot Pepper Sauce African Recipes by African Gourmet   Kebbi African green hot pepper sauce is a spicy African hot sauce recipe used as a topping for vegetables, French fries, beans, meat seafood, and anything that needs an extra kick. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 20 min K ebbi African Green Hot Pepper Sauce  I ngredients       2 minced any type of hot green pepper      3/4 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup white vinegar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 bunch green onions chopped 1 teaspoon green peppercorns 2 teaspoon ground onion powder Directions Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook 5 minutes. Pour sauce into prepared heatproof jars and use on seafood, meats, vegetable dishes, beans, French fries and anything that needs an extra kick.

Be Careful Who You Trust African Proverbs

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Be careful who you trust African proverbs teach that sweet and sour walk hand in hand and not everyone that smiles at you is reliable, good, and honest. Choose your friends wisely.  Be Careful Who You Trust African Proverbs The lion is a beautiful animal, when seen at a distance - Zulu Proverb One who defames another's character, also defames their own -Nigerian Proverb People may tell little lies small as a thorn but, they will grow to the size of a spear and kill you -Yoruba Proverb The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart  - Democratic Republic of Congo   Proverb Who created thunder does not fear it  - African Proverb Hunger makes the big fish come out of hiding in the river  - African Proverb The lizard had the tree in mind before challenging the dog to a fight. - African Proverb War has no eyes  - Swahili Proverb Eggs and metal do not go in the same basket  - Ewe Proverb When you see

Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe

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Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   South African recipe for potato pudding tastes amazing when finished. Make and share this sweet traditional South African potato pudding dessert recipe today. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 35 min Total time: 55 min Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe Ingredients 3 high-starch potatoes such as Russets peeled and diced 4 large eggs ¾ cup sugar 1 cup whole milk ½ cup butter 1 teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. In a large pot boil the potatoes, then mash. Add milk, butter, sugar and spices. In a separate bowl whisk eggs and add 1 tablespoon of potato mixture, whisk again then add eggs to potato mixture. Transfer to the baking dish, bake until light brown about 35 minutes.

Burundi Elections History of Fragile Peace

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Many Hutu and Tutsi Burundians are refugees in neighboring countries due to Burundi's Presidential elections protests and demonstrations, coups and fear of another civil war. Burundi Elections History of Fragile Peace Burundi is located in Central Africa east of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lake Tanganyika, south of Rwanda, and west and south of Tanzania. In 1959 Tutsi refugees from Rwanda migrate into Ruanda-Urundi however in 1962 Urundi is separated from Ruanda-Urundi and becomes independent kingdom of Burundi.   From 1963 to 1994 Tutsis to fled to Burundi due to some of the worst atrocities and lingering resentments leading to massacres of Tutsis throughout Rwanda. By the end of the 1980's some 480,000 Rwandans had become refugees, primarily in Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.   On April 6, 1994, the deaths of the Presidents of Burundi and Rwanda in a plane crash caused by a rocket attack, ignited 100 days of extreme and systematic

Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns

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Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns African Recipes by African Gourmet   Chadian steamed honey cassava bun recipe has as many variations as to the fillings and the preparations. Our recipe offers a tasty filling of sweet honey to compliment the delicate soft steamed buns. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 25 min Total time: 35 min Ingredients 2 cups cassava flour ½ cup water ¼ cup honey ½ teaspoon salt Honey for drizzling Directions Mix together cassava flour, water and salt. Knead until dough is formed then divide into 10 equal balls. Using your thumb make a deep indication in the center of each ball, fill with honey and smooth the dough back over the filling. Place squares of parchment paper under each ball so the dough does not stick to the steamer, steam in a bamboo steamer for 25 minutes. Drizzle with honey and serve warm as a snack, appetizer or with meals. [Read: Largest Ethnic Groups Of Chad Africa .] Chad Food Recipes

Prosecuting Criminals for the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

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Rwandan genocide International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established by the United Nations Security Council to prosecute those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Prosecuting Criminals for the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Since its inception, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or ICTR indicted 93 individuals for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda 1994. In 1959 Tutsi refugees from Rwanda migrate into Ruanda-Urundi however in 1962 Urundi is separated from Ruanda-Urundi and becomes the independent kingdom of Burundi. From 1963 to 1994 Tutsis to flee to Burundi due to some of the worst atrocities and lingering resentments leading to massacres of Tutsis throughout Rwanda.  Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Kigali Rwanda housed Tutsi refugees during their fight against the Hutu militia during a 100-day period between April and June 1994 in Rwanda.

African Folktale | How the moon and the stars came to be

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Origin of the moon and stars short African folktale How the moon and the stars came to be truish African Folklore. One day in the times when the sky was close to the ground a young woman went out to pound rice.  Before she began her work, she took off her beads from around her neck and a comb from her hair, and hung them on the sky. Then she began working, and each time that she raised her pestle into the air, it struck the sky.  For some time she pounded the rice, and then she raised the pestle so high that it struck the sky very hard. Immediately the sky began to rise and it went up so far that she lost her comb and beads.  Never did they come down, for the comb became the moon and the beads are the stars that are scattered about the sky. Indigenous Healing Gardening Ideas Ever wonder what  indigenous healing  garden plants   or do p enguins live in Africa ?

African Immigrants are a Lucrative Business

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African illegal immigrants are a lucrative business bringing billions of dollars to governments, business, human smugglers and individuals. African Immigrants are a Lucrative Business April 2015, Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed a multimillion dollar deal with Israel to host its Eritrean and Sudanese African More than 1,800 people are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2015 so far - a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.  Italy received more than 170,000 of the 2014 arrivals, large numbers of which were from Syria and Eritrea. Egypt's ambassador to the United Kingdom warned of boats full of terrorists if the international community does not act against human smugglers , while the Italian government has expressed fears of militants infiltrating the boats, while emphasizing that the boats are a humanitarian crisis.  However, experts have cautioned that it is difficult to verify the threat without evidence. Israel is set to deport Eritrean and Sudanese

Funny African Proverbs That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

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Funny African Proverbs African proverbs are wise and level headed sayings and some are very funny putting a smile on your face. Funny African Proverbs That Will Put a Smile on Your Face Chic African Culture Considered the cradle of humanity and the origin of humankind, Africa has 54 countries and 9 territories and funny African Proverbs that will bring a smile to your face. Funny memorable African Proverbs Country Proverb South Africa Manure does not turn into chocolate. eSwatini Dress up a stick and you get a doll. Zambia The one who suffers from diarrhea is the one that fights with the door at night. Nigerian You should never spit in your own well, you might come back for a drink. West Africa The mosquito that perches on the scrotum must be chased away with caution. South Africa Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without br

Black Eyed Pea Leaves Sweet Smoothie

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Black eyed peas and leaves grow throughout sub-Saharan Africa, in Botswana and South Africa it's known as Morogo. Morogo is a Botswana and South African word that refers to many kinds of green, leafy vegetable particularly from the green leaves of plants such as green amaranth , cowpeas or black eyed peas. South Africa and Botswana are African countries where many people still use traditional vegetables in their daily lives for food such as black eyed pea leaves. Black eyed pea leaves sweet smoothie ingredients and directions. Black eyed pea leaf sweet smoothie recipe mixes eyed pea leaves with bananas, mangoes, ginger and honey to create a healthy delicious green smoothie. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 2 minutes Total time: 12 min Ingredients 2 handfuls of wild African spinach or black eyed pea leaves 1 overripe banana 1 cup mango juice 1 tablespoon honey 1 small piece fresh ginger 10 ice cubes Directions Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You can add

Peace in Darfur Through Athletics

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Sports promote peace in Darfur acting as a universal language bringing people together. Athletics is a great tool to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice. Athletics have long been recognized as an instrument for promoting peace tackling problems in post conflict situations ease as sports has the ability to bring people together. The United Nations Mission in Darfur hosted an outreach event in the El Sereif locality of North Darfur in western Sudan designed to serve as a bridge to foster interaction and prevent tribal division. Thousands of El Sereif residents, many of whom were displaced from clashes that took place in early 2013 in and around Jebel Amir, turned out for the festivities, which included speeches, cultural performances, soccer and football matches, volleyball tournaments and horse races. “Athletics helps us in spreading messages of peace, driving social change and meeting the Millennium Development Goals,” said United

Challenging and Embracing Bushmeat

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Majority of the bushmeat harvested in the Congo Basin consists of the porcupine, pouched rat, and small antelopes. Monkeys are hunted in large numbers in some areas, but they represent a small percentage of bushmeat. Bushmeat Hunter, Bushmeat Trade, Bushmeat Conservation. Eating Bushmeat in Africa. Congo Basin porcupine In rural areas of the Congo basin around 70 percent of the inhabitants depend on bushmeat for their protein intake since there is no livestock in the 3.7 million square kilometers or 1.4 million square miles of Congo basin. Also referred to as earth's 2nd lungs, due to its size, much is still unknown about the Congo basin.  The Congo basin is the 2nd largest rainforest in the world covering seven African countries, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and small areas of Nigeria and Angola with about half lying within the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bushmeat is very important to the live

Mama Africa Wisdom and Love African Proverbs

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African proverbs of wisdom and love of mothers, may the blessings of motherly love flow like a river through your heart forever more. Every mother leaves her footprints   African-Proverb A mother is like a kernel, crushed by problems but strong enough to overcome them  African-Proverb The strength of a mother is in the ears and on the lips. Mali-Proverb Who built the drum knows best what is inside  Burundi-Proverb Alone a child runs fast, with a mother slow, but together they go far  African-Proverb If you educate the mother, you have educated the child  Burundi-Proverb The eagle does not hunt flies   African-Proverb A fine cage will not feed the bird   African-Proverb What is learned in the cradle lasts until the grave  African-Proverb We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

Hoender Tamatie Bredie Chicken Tomato Stew

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Easy recipe for South African Hoender Tamatie Bredie Chicken Tomato Stew Cooking African food together as a family Hoender Tamatie Bredie is a simple South African Chicken Tomato Stew recipe made with onions, tomatoes, apricot jam, and many spices. Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 1-hour Total time: 1 hour 30 min. Ingredients. 4 skinless chicken thighs. 2 tablespoons chicken fat. 1 white onion, sliced thin. 1 chili pepper, finely chopped. 6 large tomatoes chopped. 2 large white potatoes diced. 1 tablespoon minced garlic. 2 tablespoons apricot jam. 1 teaspoon ground curry. ½ teaspoon nutmeg. ½ teaspoon cinnamon. 2 dried bay leaves. Salt and pepper to taste. 8 cups of water. Directions. In a large pot, lightly brown the meat in the fat, remove and set aside. Using the same pot sauté onions with the jam and garlic. Add all ingredients to the pot cover and simmer for one hour. Serve with jasmine rice. South African Chicken Tomato Stew

North African Tahini Honey Butter Recipe

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North African Tahini Honey Butter Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   Tahini is sesame seeds ground into a paste. Use sweet North African tahini honey butter recipe as a spread on crackers and breads, or with fruits or vegetables as a sweet delicious dip.   Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 20 min Ingredients 1 cup honey ½ cup sesame seeds 2 tablespoons salted butter Directions In a food processor add sesame seeds and butter grind until a thick paste, add honey and store in the refrigerator in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.   North African Tahini Honey Butter Recipe

Senegal Seafood Okra Soup

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African seafood and okra soup from the African country of Senegal is a traditional African food recipe. Families live on seafood in Senegal Africa.   Make African recipes with The African Gourmet.    Senegalese fish from pirogues or canoes made from hollowed tree trunks or from the shore with nets and poles. Soupou Kandia literally means okra sauce in the Woolf language of Senegal so lets stew some Soupou Kandia African Seafood Okra Soup for dinner. Prep time: 10 min  Cook time: 45 min  Total time: 55 min Senegal Seafood Okra Soup Recipe Ingredients 2 large filet of any flaky white fish 1 pound peeled shrimp 1 cup crab meat 3 pieces of any smoked fish 8 finely chopped green onions 2 large chopped red tomatoes 1 large chopped yellow tomato 3 cups chopped okra 2 cups tomato juice 1 hot pepper, chopped 2 whole cloves Salt and black pepper to taste 8 cups of water Directions Add all ingredients except shrimp to a large pot mixing ingredients well. Simmer 30 minutes,

Killer Daisy Growers in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda

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Pyrethrum killer daisy Growers in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda The Pyrethrum daisy flower natural insecticide flower thrives at high altitudes, in volcanic soil and grows in some of the most interesting places in East Africa's Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Rwanda is the most densely populated country in sub-Saharan Africa with around 10 million people living on about 10,000 sq. miles or 26,000 sq. km, which is about the size of the US state of Maryland.  According to the most recent statistics, around 57 percent of the Rwandan population lives below a poverty line of about $1.30 per day and nearly 37 percent fall below an extreme poverty threshold of about $0.90 per day.  In the 1970's, Rwanda began building its pyrethrum industry, regrettably conflicts and genocides caused the Rwandan infrastructure to fall. However, flower power is helping the small East African nation increase is trading power and income, the pyrethrum flower is in great demand by many international compani

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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.

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