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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Edible Roselle Hibiscus Flower Jam

Edible Roselle Hibiscus Flower Jam Learn to make an easy recipe for edible roselle hibiscus flower jam like home chefs in The Gambia Africa. Serve on bread, toast, crackers or uses as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes. 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.  The Gambia Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe. 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.  How to

Kikuyu Tribe Money and Wealth African Proverbs

Kikuyu Tribe Money and Wealth African Proverbs Kikuyu 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. People are wealth. Seek wealth, not money or status. Happiness fills your home with joy, good health, and fortune and that is r

The Best of African Sports Stick Fighting Games

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 t

Five Foods That Help With Outer Beauty

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

Seven African Countries Are On Both Sides Of The Equator

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. The equator is located in Kayabwe, Mpigi District in Uganda. 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 ci

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

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.

African Honey Acne Treatment

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 pro

Love never loses its way home but is it cultural appropriation

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. African Adinkra symbols meanings Bi Nka Bi (harmony), Ese Ne Tekrema (interdependence), Denkyem (adaptability), Fihankra (security), Gye Nyame (importance of God) Love Never Loses Its Way Home | The Language of African Symbols Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 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 symbo

Kenyan Proverbs on Avoiding Stupid Mistakes

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

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

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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