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Africa School Children Statics

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Africa School Children Statics Education is a fundamental human right: Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to it. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have access to a quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Video of photos of every day African-school-children, in this photo gallery, view Africa as she is for her beauty, flaws, laughter and loves. Africa School Children Statics Burkina Faso literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 36%, male 43% female 29.3% (2015 est.) Ethiopia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 49.1% male 57.2% female 41.1% (2015 est.) There are no statics on the Somalia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write. Somalia is complicated by a large numb

Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe

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African Food, Bread Recipe Ablo is a traditional Benin and Togo steamed fermented bread recipe. Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe Ablo steamed bread African food recipe takes a few days to complete in order for the dough to ferment giving ablo a unique sourdough flavor. After fermentation, the ablo is wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe Ingredients Lukewarm water 3 cups white cornmeal ½ teaspoon salt1 tablespoon vegetable oil Directions In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal and salt with just enough warm water to form stiff dough. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth. Set in a warm place for two days to ferment. Using prepared fresh or dry corn-husks brushed inside with oil, place dough in the middle of husks making sure the husk is curling around the dough. Place a second husk over the first and tie the ends with string or fold under the ends. Use a food steamer to cook aboloo or steam, tightly covered, over briskly boiling water f

Killer African Asteroids

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Killer African Asteroids Asteroid 1193 Africa and other asteroids are studied by astronomers who want to understand how to protect the earth, the history and inner workings of the solar system. Studying earth’s geological past is important to understanding the development of the planets. Asteroid 1193 Africa is the main belt asteroid. What is the main belt asteroid? Main belt asteroids are small rocky bodies largely in orbit between Jupiter and Mars that are too small to be called planets. It is estimated that there are around 100,000 to 1 million undiscovered asteroids on similar Earth crossing orbits.   Asteroid 1931 HB later named 1193 Africa is a main belt asteroid Asteroid 1931 HB later named 1193 Africa is the main belt asteroid discovered by a U.K. astronomer, Cyril V. Jackson at the Union Observatory in Johannesburg South Africa on April 24, 1931. Jackson discovered 72 asteroids and 3 comets. Jackson was an expert Astronomer who named Asteroid 1193 after Africa

Peaceful Igbo African Proverb

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Igbo African proverbs express the ageless wisdom of the Igbo African culture. Clever Igbo sayings in the language of proverbs are passed down for generations in Igbo culture. A soft word causes anger to turn back; a humble heart helps settle quarrels. Igbo Proverb.  All About Igbo People and African Proverbs.  Nigeria is a country with a long past. The history of the peoples that constitute the present state dates back more than 2,000 years. Three dominant alliances are the Hausa in the northern kingdoms of the savanna, the Yoruba in the southwest, and the Igbo in the southeast. Igbo people live primarily in southeastern Nigeria who speaks the Igbo language. Except for the northeastern groups, the Igbo live in rainforest regions. The Igbo may be grouped into the following main cultural divisions: northern, southern, western, eastern or Cross River, and northeastern. Nigeria, between the 1550s and the 1850s had become a major area for the slave trade thus many Igbo tribal people wer

African proverbs about love of trees

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African proverbs about love of trees Yesterday afternoon I went to the park, looked at every tree, and named a reason why I love each one inspired by African proverbs on the love of trees. African tree proverbs Proverbs For the Love of Tree African tree proverbs are simple, unique pearls of wisdom.  Wisdom is wealth; trees are more precious than money in the sense of shelter, pleasure, and gifts of life they give freely to the world.   --------------------------------------------- A person who is always looking at the top of trees will never discover the beauty of its roots. Trees that bear sweet fruit always have a stick under it. Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root. Unexpected rainfall allows friends and enemies to seek shelter under the same tree. Around a flowering tree, there are many insects. Those who master the art of climbing trees with their teeth are in a better position to know the trees whose bark

African Palindrome Locations

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Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with seven locations whose names are palindromes. Madagascar holds the record for the longest location with a palindromic name, Anahanahana, Madagascar. Palindromic African Location in Burkina Faso A palindrome is a name that can be spelled either from left to right or right to left identically. In other words, palindromes are words, which read the same backwards. Mom and Dad are two simple palindromes. Just in case you were wondering, palindrome is not a palindrome. Palindromic African Locations Angola Iai Burkina Faso Ibi Chad Madaradam Madagascar Anahanahana Mali Lellel Morocco Akka Niger Tassessat Nigeria Aba Abiriba Apapa Elleyelle Ibi Oyo Uburubu Senegal Matam Sierra Leone Dibid Somalia Daba Qabad Aluula Sudan Illibilli Zimbabwe Madoko Dam Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with

Beautiful African Orchids in Pictures

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Southern Africa is home to diverse family of interesting beautiful flowers, the orchid whose blooms are colorful and sweet-scented attracting bees and butterflies. The orchid is a member of the Orchidaceae family; wild orchids are more and more harder to find leading to environmentalists endorsing laws to protect indigenous orchids. Southern African Orchids in Pictures  Southern African terrestrial orchids are orchids that grow on the ground in subtropical and tropical areas. Orchid roots are very popular and sold in markets fresh, dried, as snacks or ready-made Chikanda dish. The Nyika Plateau of eastern Zambia and northern Malawi is world renowned for its abundant orchid plants. African ground orchids are threatened with extinction by illegal trade.   In the Southern African region around 479 species in 53 genera or subfamily of wild orchids are indigenous to the region, 65 percent are found no place else in the world.   Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground, epip

Eat what Africa is eating for dinner

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Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner! Smoked fish is what South Africa is eating for dinner. Don’t worry, smoking fish at home may sound scary, but it's no more complicated than grilling. Almost any fish can be smoked, fatty fish, such as snoek and salmon are brined and smoked easily. Recipe for Smoked Snoek South African Style Fish Ingredients. Two large pieces of snoek 4 cups warm water 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups salt Smoked Snoek Rub 2 tablespoons mustard seeds 1 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon ground paprika 1 tablespoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cloves Directions. Brining the snoek In a large shallow dish add water, brown sugar and salt; stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Add fish, place covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Snoek rub Add all ingredients together mixing well. Remove fish from the brine and coat with spice mixture. Coat fish in the rub mixture and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Smoking sn

Natural Nguvu Healing Oil

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Nguvu means strength in Swahili. All-natural African Nguvu healing rub recipe has been used for centuries using the heat from pepper, mustard and ginger plants found throughout Southern Africa to improve blood flow and bring relief to tired sore muscles. All Natural Nguvu Healing Rub Recipe Nguvu means strength in the African language of Swahili. Practitioners of traditional healing agree that proper blood circulation is a key factor of health and wellness. There are a number of different ways to improve blood flow, including diet and lifestyle. Improving circulation naturally In addition to taking vitamins and supplements to boost your blood flow, you can improve your body’s circulation by leading a healthy lifestyle that incorporates the following: Exercise This is among the top methods for getting your blood flowing. Because the heart is at the center of the body’s blood flow, it’s important to have a healthy heart if you aim for optimal circulation everywhere in

Female game rangers on the dangerous poaching front lines

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Women game rangers to the rescue of animals. Illegally taking animals from the wild threatens many species with extinction, poaching in Africa is a major issue. Training of female game rangers Female game rangers on the front lines stopping poaching in Africa Poachers sometimes kill or capture animals to sell them locally or for the global trade in wildlife. Wildlife trading is a major black market that has increased as food, jewelry, decor, or traditional medicine. Poaching has devastating consequences for wildlife. In some instances, it is the primary reason why an animal faces a risk of extinction. The beautiful but deadly serious Black Mamba anti-poaching unit is a South African ranger group consisting mostly of women, brave women. Since it was first created in 2013, the 26 member unit has arrested six poachers, shut down five poacher camps, and reduced snaring by 76 percent in the Balule Private Game Reserve. July 31st

Behind a Family of Elephants

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African elephants are living natural history Elephants are intelligent creatures and continue to roam across much of Africa’s Samburu County Mount Kenya where the 1966 movie born free was filmed. Cinnamon, Celery, and cousins from  the Spices family of elephants in Kenya Samburu National Park Behind a Family of Elephants On September 15, 2015, Google released street view imagery of Kenya including the Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Google street view in partnership with Save the Elephants and the support of the Samburu County governor Moses Lenolkulal allow internet users to take a virtual safari to promote wildlife conservation. The mission is to let internet users follow the stories of the elephant families in the park. The route follows one of the roads through the 65 sq mile or 165 sq km central Kenyan reserve. "We hope that by bringing Street View to Sam

South African Herbal Medicine Nature's Gift To The World

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South African herbal medicine. Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness and has been Africa’s primary form of medicine since the beginning of time.  South African Herbal Medicine, Nature's Gift To The World Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture [ Nyanga South African Herbalists ] The herbal medicine field and practitioners are found throughout the world, from New Orleans, to Oregon, to Florida and Mississippi, across the ocean to Great Britain to India and China. Modern day practicing of herbal medicine is not unique to Africa, the world recognizes the gift of healing nature provides. Nyanga South African Herbalist treating a young woman for ear pain.  South African herbal medicine practitioners are called Nyanga. They seek the nature of the illness and its cure by meditating or going into a trance in order to get advice from a God or spirit. Nyanga's are not witchdoctors h

Africa's 10 Favorite Food Dishes

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When it comes to African food most Americans know very little about her food dishes. Africa's 10 favorite food dishes, there is no better way to understand the culture of Africa than through food. Have you tasted dessert hertzoggies or Egusi Stew? From Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew to Bunny Chow, these are just a few of Africa’s top ten superb traditional foods. Visiting Africa; do not leave the mother continent of Africa without tasting her 10 favorite food dishes.   Senegal Soupou Kandia Seafood Okra Soup Soupou Kandia is an African Seafood Okra Soup West African recipe. Families have lived off seafood from the Atlantic Ocean for generations in Senegal. Senegalese fish from pirogues or canoes made from hollowed tree trunks or from the shore with nets and poles.   Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns Chadian steamed honey cassava bun recipe has as many variations as to the fillings and the preparations. A tasty filling of sweet honey to compliment the delicate soft steame

Goliath Frogs Big As Newborn Babies

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The biggest frogs in the world weigh as much as a newborn baby, African Goliath frogs on average weigh 6-8 pounds. They measure about 13-16 inches in length, which is about the same  width  as a laptop computer. Goliath frogs are found in very small regions of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea in Africa. African Goliath frogs are the largest frogs in the world; as big as a newborn baby. The goliath frog is the largest living frog on earth living in or near fast-flowing rivers and streams in West African rainforests. The frogs are considered endangered amphibians due to overhunting and its small habitat environmental range being destroyed. The Goliath Frog's scientific name is Conraua goliath and is known as the Giant Slippery Frog. The world's largest frog is known only from southwestern Cameroon from the region of Nkongsamba, and south to Monte Alen in mainland Equatorial Guinea.  The goliath frog is part of the Central African bushmeat trade and exported to the

African Fiery Peri-Peri Seafood Stew Recipe

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Peri peri is Swahili for pepper pepper. Fiery Peri-Peri Seafood Stew recipe is a traditional African recipe made with shrimp, smoked fish, palm oil, hot peri-peri sauce and vegetables.  African Fiery Peri-Peri Seafood Stew Recipe What is peri-peri? Peri Peri or Piri piri is a hot pepper sauce used in cooking or as a condiment used in the same way as hot sauce. Peri peri is Swahili for pepper pepper. Who Are the Swahili in Africa The Swahili see themselves as neither African nor Asian, but as having their own unique civilization.  Swahili is the culture of many groups uniquely blended together.  Swahili was given its name by the Arabs in the 16th century, the Swahili words "Watu wa Pwani or people of the coast.” For centuries, Swahili’s were merchants between the interior of Africa to the coast, dealing mainly in ivory, and slaves from Africa and in textiles and beads from Asia. Swahili identity is unique. The Swahili see themselves as either African or Asian, but as havi

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