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The Gambia Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe

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Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe
Hibiscus Flower Jam
African Recipes by African Gourmet

Hibiscus flower jam is very popular in the African country of The Gambia. This tasty easy to make hibiscus flower tropical jam is used as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes or used to spread on biscuits, toast, and crackers.

Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 20 min Total time: 2 hours 20 min

Ingredients 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers 3 cups of water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 cups water
Directions Steep dried blossom in hot water for 2 hours then strain using 1 cup of hibiscus flower water. Add sugar boil until the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Pour into prepared jars and serve on toast, crackers or uses as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes. 


The Gambia did you know

Yes, it is officially true, the The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964. 
The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names says "A letter dated May 1964 from the Gambian prime minister's office instructed that The Gamb…

Kikuyu Tribe Money and Wealth African Proverbs

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Kikuyu Tribe Money and Wealth African ProverbsKikuyu Tribe of Kenya African Proverbs on Money and Wealth.


Kenya African Proverbs in Kikuyu language and the English language

Gutiri mbura itari gitonga kiayo.

There is no rain that does not bring wealth to someone.


Utonga wa muici nduthuunaga, na ni uteeaga wake.

Unlawful riches do not prosper; they ruin even the legitimate ones.


Guthinga kurugite gutonga

Virtue is better than riches.


Muriio wa njoohi niuriukagwo, no wa indo nduriukagwo.

The drunkenness of beer passes away, but that of wealth does not.


Iroobagia ha muoni.

Vultures haunt the yard of a wealthy man.


Gukiaga na gutonga ititiganaga.

Poverty and riches do not leave each other.


Indo ni kurimithanio

Wealth comes by cultivating together.


Andu ni indo.

The Best of African Sports Stick Fighting Games

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The Best of African Sports

Intonga Stick Fighting The ancient African art of intonga or stick fighting has been practiced in rural South Africa for centuries and is long considered the best African sport.

Before the sports of futbol and football, there was the best of African sports the ancient African Xhosa game of intonga or stick fighting.
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
6-25-2015


Just as with any other African sport there are rules to follow. In Intonga stick fighting there is a penalty for Kumhlaba Wamadoda or hitting in the “Land of Men” otherwise known as hitting below the belt.

The ancient African art of intonga or stick fighting has been practiced in rural South Africa for centuries. In the past when a Xhosa boy went to initiation school, one of the skills he would learn and practice daily was stick fighting. A young Xhosa man who carried himself well as a stick fighter won respect wherever he went. 

One of the first skills five-year-old Nelson Mande…

Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty

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Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. - Nelson Mandela


Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty
Seafood Seafood is a highly consumed food in Africa and there is early evidence to support adequate intake of 8-12 ounces per week with a cognitive boost and mood enhancement due to the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding more salmon, mackerel, sardines, and shellfish to your plate, or algal oil if you are vegan or vegetarian.

Avocado This nutrient-packed fruit is filled with vitamin B6 and magnesium, a combo that may help with serotonin production in your brain. Adding avocado slices to omelets, salads, and even smoothies will also help you get more fiber and healthy fats in your diet.

Beans and Legumes Chickpeas, lentils, beans, and legumes also provide antioxidants, vitamin B6, and magnesium. They are protein-rich powerhouses, so try them as a swap for red meat in saut├ęs and stir frys.

Whole Grains Prebiotics, meanwhile, fu…

Seven African Countries Are On Both Sides Of The Equator

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All About The African Equator Countries
Find out more about the seven countries on both sides of the equator.

An equator is an imaginary line around the middle earth. Cities and towns located on the Earth’s equator have the fastest sunrises and sunsets and the transition from day to night takes only a few minutes. The equator divides Earth into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere and there are seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator.


Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia are the seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator.
Read on to learn about the location of each African equator country lying on the equatorial bulge.

Republic of the Congo
About 70% of the population of the Congo lives in its capital of Brazzaville, city of Pointe-Noire, or along the railroad between the two cities. Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa, bordering the South …

Add African Culture to Your Wrists | DIY African Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

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Add African culture to your wrists and up your bracelet game with a few easy steps. Create beautiful DIY fabric-wrapped bangles while adding African culture to your accessory wardrobe.You can make African wrapped bangles for pennies, garage sales, are a great place to find bangles.
DIY African Fabric-Wrapped Bangles
Supplies·Simple bangle bracelets ·A variety of African prints ·Fabric scissors ·Fabric glue ·An iron and ironing board
Directions
Cut a long strip of fabric that measures double the width of your bangle.
Lay the fabric down on the ironing board, fold the edges in toward the center, and iron flat. Your strip should now have a front side that is clean and a back side with an ironed seam.
Place the end of the strip inside the bangle, with the front side facing out, apply a drop of glue and tightly wrap the strip around the bangle, fully covering the glued end to keep the strip in place.
Continue tightly wrapping the fabric strip around the bangleuntil you cover the entire bracelet. Ap…

African Honey Acne Treatment

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Before the introduction of acne treatments, honey was used as the main ingredient for skin problem cures.For centuries throughout Africa, people use honey as a skin treatment for acne, eczema, cuts, and sores. Africa has a wealth of traditional knowledge of apitherapy, the healing properties of bee products.

Honey is a sweet thick syrup produced by honeybees. Bees deposit nectar into honeycombs and seal them with beeswax to preserve the honey. Honey is made up of a solution of sugars and minerals in water, and is twice as sweet as sugar. Honey has a fairly long shelf-life, microbial activity is restricted and the product is stable for many months.
Honey has long been used as medicine. Africa has a wealth of traditional knowledge of apitherapy, the healing properties of bee products. Honey has antibiotic properties: it is a sterile solution with a high sugar concentration that prevents the growth of microorganisms. 

It is highly acidic. It contains enzymes which produce hydrogen peroxide …

Love never loses its way home but is it cultural appropriation

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Love never loses its way home but is it cultural appropriation
African Adinkra symbols meanings originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana. We will learn why wearing Adinkra symbols are popular and is wearing Adinkra symbols cultural appropriation.





Love Never Loses Its Way Home | The Language of African Symbols
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West Africa Adinkra symbols represent ideas, proverbs, expressions, attitudes and behavior depicted in simply drawn figure. Adinkra symbols are well-known visual symbols that have a hidden meaning, deciphering Adinkra symbols is the same as reading a sentence as long as you know what is the symbols true meaning.





Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan - secret meaning is “Love never loses its way home" Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan is the symbol for the power of love.







Akoma Ntoso - secret meaning is “understanding, agreement and unity” Akoma Ntoso is the symbol for extension of the heart.





Osram Ne Nsoromma - secret meaning is “love, faithfulness, ha…

Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes

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Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes
Kenyan African proverbs on the virtues of discerning what is true and wise and avoiding stupid mistakes;being wise is different from being smart. Being wise can save you needless unhappiness and negativity in life.



Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes
What was withheld, as a secret thought will come out through a slip of the tongue.

You do not benefit from a lie, a lier does not benefit from another lier.

The plan kills; the weapon only does the deed.

However long it may grow, the neck will never surpass the head.

A climbing plant with tendrils cannot grow on its own without the support of a tree.

One should either become a pillar or lean against one.

A distant shelter does not shield one from cold.

A wise man plans for tomorrow, a fool plans only for today.


Without patience, we cannot reach an honorable position.




Hertzoggies African Dessert Recipe and Hertzog History

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What is even better than a tartlet recipe? A history lesson and recipe named after General General Hertzog. Hertzoggies are a delicious classic South African dessert of tartlets filled with apricot jam and coconut topped with meringue.



Prep time: 45 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 55 min

Hertzoggies are named after General Hertzog, who was South Africa's Prime Minister between 1924 and 1939.

Hertzoggies African Dessert Tartlet Recipe

Ingredients
Dough

2 cups self-rising flour

¼ cup castor sugar

½ cup unsalted butter

3 large egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Filling

1/2 cup apricot jam

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Meringue

3 large egg whites

3/4 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
For the dough, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet …