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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

African Culture is World Heritage

Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

Hot Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Africa

Hot Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Africa Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in South Africa is not surprising since the diverse South African marketplace is home to many American food companies. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts South Africa Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Africa. There are restaurants and retailers overseas that specialize in American style food such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Large well-known American retail and fast food companies see South Africa as a gateway into the growing African market. American businesses are looking to get into Africa to tap into emerging food and retail markets. American doughnut company Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. on July 13, 1937 Vernon Rudolph opened the first Krispy Kreme in historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the United States. Krispy Kreme corporate operations is in Charlotte, North Carolina USA. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is opening its newest store in Johannesburg Rosebank Mall November 2015. South Africa has 23 Krispy Kreme

Simple Ukwa African Breadfruit Porridge

Breadfruit facts and making a simple breadfruit porridge recipe. Breadfruit facts . Treculia Africana or African breadfruit grows throughout Tropical Africa. Breadfruit name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a taste similar to potatoes. Breadfruits are large, cantaloupe-sized fruit, usually yellow-green in color, with hard, starchy white flesh similar to a potato. Skin texture of breadfruit ranges from smooth to rough to spiny. Ripe breadfruit is eaten fresh cooked and when cooking smells like fresh baked bread. Breadfruit seeds are cooked similar to beans. Breadfruit goes by many names in Africa, blèfoutou or yovotévi in Benin, afon in the Yoruba language, bafafuta in Hausa and Ukwa in Igbo. African breadfruit  Breadfruit Recipe Simple Ukwa African breadfruit porridge is easy to make a side dish or a main meal. Tip: Treat breadfruit as you would a potato. Simple Ukwa Breadfruit Porridge Ingredients 1 breadfruit cored, peeled and di

What is the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Sweet Potatoes and Yams differences. The truth is what you call a yam is most likely a sweet potato. Yams and sweet potatoes are both flowering plants however, that is their only relation. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier. What is the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams What is the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams The mix-up between yams and sweet potatoes began in the United States when firm varieties of sweet potatoes were grown by African slaves before soft varieties. They called the soft sweet potatoes yams because they resembled the yams in Africa. Therefore, soft sweet potatoes were referred to as yams to distinguish them from the new firm varieties. Sweet potato varieties are classified as either firm or soft. The skin color can range from white to yellow, red, purple or brown. The flesh also ranges in color from white to yellow, orange, or orange-red. Currently, sweet

Iniko’s Make Believe Kindness African Short Story Folklore

Iniko’s make-believe kindness African Folklore is a story about Iniko who pretends to be a river that flows into a sea of generosity but, that is something he is not, generous. In this African folklore, pretending to be generous hurts far more than a punch to the face bringing with it more pain than just saying no in the beginning. Iniko’s Make Believe Kindness African Short Story Folklore African Folklore Iniko’s Make Believe Kindness African Short Story Folklore Nuru asked her husband Iniko to attend to the food on the fire while she went to fetch water.  On her return, she found her husband skimming off the stew from the top of the pot. After he filled a calabash high with stew, he hid it inside the house. Nuru did not let him know that she had seen him and went into the house, poured the stew her husband took from the pot back into the stew pot.  She then returned the calabash to her husband  secret  hiding place. At dinner, when Iniko, trusting in what h

Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Get creative with sweet potatoes and make crispy baked sweet potatoes stuffed with fish, cranberries, pecans, and coconut. Savory fish stuffed sweet potato recipe has all your favorite ingredients found in just one bite. Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Ingredients 4 medium any type of cooked fish fillet 4 large sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons butter, softened ¼ cup orange juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 teaspoon grated orange peel ¼ cup dried cranberries 3/4 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub and pierce potatoes with a fork and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high 12-14 minutes or until tender, turning once. Cool, cut each  potatoes  lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4inch thick shells. Place  potatoes  in a baking pan. In a large bowl, mash pulp with orange

Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion L'Officiel Paris

Beyoncé African Queen Iconic French luxury and fashion Magazine, L'Officiel Paris chose the American diva Beyoncé to wear different colorful outfits and headpieces in a nod to Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti in an African Queen themed 90th-anniversary issue. Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion L'Officiel Paris Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion The fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris celebrated its 90th birthday in 2011 and to celebrate this anniversary, the festivities start with the March issue, with Beyoncé on the cover. Beyoncé posed for the magazine L'Officiel Paris in over the top fashion designer clothes as a return to her African roots. While many fell in love with the fashion spread, some believe the L'Officiciel stylist’s creative license is artfully used while others considered the use of blackface that darkened Beyoncé skin to depict an African Queen racist.  The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fa

One-Pot Spicy Kivu Fish Stew

One-pot spicy Kivu fish stew unique flavor is due to the spices, vegetables and traditional maize meal. Eat one-pot spicy Kivu fish stew with fufu, injera bread or any type of bread. In coastal and lake communities across Africa, fishing is a way of life and vital to providing incomes and nutrition.  Africa’s waters are rich in fish of all varieties and fish is the cheapest source of animal protein. This one pot easy-to-make African fish stew owes its unique flavor to the spices, vegetables, and traditional maize meal. One-Pot Spicy Kivu Fish Stew Ingredients One-Pot Spicy Kivu Fish Stew 2 fillet any white fish 4 cups fresh spinach 2 cups shredded cabbage 2 large diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon hot pepper 1 teaspoon salt 5 cups vegetable broth ½ cup maize meal or cornmeal Directions Add all ingredients into a large pot and simmer 20 minutes. Serve warm with fufu,  injera bread or any type

Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders

Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders Quotes from Five Inspiring African Business Leaders “You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” – Dr. Mo Ibrahim "In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it." – Aliko Dangote "Balance is important in life." - Stephen Saad "Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread." – Patrice Motsepe "You need to go into the kind of business that suits your lifestyle, interests and passion so that you enjoy what you are doing." -Sudhir Ruparelia Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim “You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” – Dr. Mo Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim is a Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur who sold his company Celtel for over 2 billion dollars. According to the foundation's website, “The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importa

Jaja the Greedy Hunter African Folklore

Jaja the Greedy Hunter African Folklore African folklore enlightens mists of forgotten centuries. Folklore storytelling is the most ancient art form of the African Community. Just as someone expresses their ideas and the form of music, painting, dance and sculpture folklore takes the ideas of an ancient story and creates with words a picture that enchants the listener with a rich auditory environment. Many African people are born storytellers and spend many long hours practicing their art. Not everyone can acquire the art of folklore storytelling imagery, but for the beginner one should think of folklore storytelling as a heritage passed on from traditional storytellers and dig deep within the ancient storyteller that lies within us all. Time and effort must be given to becoming an African folklore storyteller, just as any artist must give time and effort to developing their skill. African folklore storytelling can turn a shy awkward self-conscious boy or girl into

Hope in the Human Heart African Proverbs

African proverbs about hope teach us hope is wanting something to happen and believing it could happen. But, what happens when you are tired of hoping?  You may believe hope has falsely presented itself as a beacon of light in a storm, allowing you to dream and think things will get better. So why hope? Hope allows people to believe who are currently in a dark place that the sun will eventually rise and the world is not a perpetual night. African proverbs about hope make known to us that there is more to life than what we see, hear, feel or taste. African proverbs on hope show us the four-letter word, hope,  is a necessary part of the human design. Hold on to hope African Proverbs Hold on to hope African Proverbs While there is life, there is hope. A little hope each day can fill the rivers to overflowing. Hope is the pillar of the world. If you are rich in hope do not make a baboon your friend. Where there is hope there is no darkness.

How Rooster Tricked Leopard Into Cutting Off His Own Head

African folklore story how rooster tricked leopard into cutting off his own head refers to aspects of African culture in which wisdom of recognizing lies from truth is highly valued in the expressive African oral tradition of folklore. Away leopard went to his town and told his wife that he had been taught some wonderful magic by his friend the rooster. Folklore story How Rooster Tricked Leopard Into Cutting Off His Own Head. As the ancestors say, a rooster and a leopard began a friendship, and not very long afterwards, the leopard lent money to the rooster. It was arranged that on a certain day the leopard should collect his money at the rooster's home. On the morning leopard was to come by his house, rooster ground-up red peppers mix with water so that it looked like blood.  When rooster heard that, the leopard was on the way to his house he went into his courtyard and said to his wife, "When leopard arrives and as

Growing Passion Fruit in Africa

Yellow passion fruit is one of Kenya Africa top three export fruit crops important to Kenya and Africa agricultural future well-being. Agriculture is the backbone of the Kenyan economy, contributing one-third of GDP. Approximately 75 percent of the Kenyan population work at least part-time in the agricultural sector, including growing and picking passion fruit which over 75 percent of agricultural output is from small-scale, rain-fed farming. Growing Passion Fruit In Kenya Africa Yellow passion fruit is widely grown in tropical and semitropical regions of Africa, especially in Kenya. Passion fruit photo  Passion fruits are sold as juice or as whole fruits. Home cooks also enjoy picking the fruit, slicing into salads, creating icing, candy, ice cream, chutney, sauce, and syrups. The tender young leaves of passion fruit are also eaten as a vegetable similar to spinach. The seed of passion fruit produces oil that can be used for home and industrial purposes. Variet

Lemon Passionfruit Butter Recipe

Passion Fruit Recipe. Passion fruit works well in our Lemon Passionfruit Butter Recipe Lemon Passionfruit Butter Recipe Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Whipped passion fruit butter made easy Passionfruit is important to Kenyan agriculture and makes a delicious snack on its own, mixed as a smoothie or as a unique lemon passionfruit cream cheese spread recipe. How to choose and use passion fruit For the best flavor choose a passionfruit that is ripe to slightly overripe with a smooth skin. Cut the passionfruit in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the insides. The yellow membrane is the fruit portion, which is very tart, and seeds are deliciously crunchy. Lemon Passionfruit Butter Recipe Lemon Passionfruit Butter Recipe on a poppy seed bagel with scallions and lox Ingredients ¼ cup fresh passionfruit pulp 1 package soft cream cheese ¼ cup powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon grated lemon rind Directions Add all ingredients

One Tribe Crossing the Gate of Grief Populated the World

Homo sapiens left their African homeland to colonize the world. One African tribe crossing the Gate of Grief populated the entire world outside of Africa. The entire human race outside Africa owes its existence to the survival of a single tribe of people who crossed the Gate of Grief around 90,000 years ago. Humans were able to take advantage of falling sea levels due to climate change to cross into Arabia at the mouth of the Red Sea known as the Gate of Grief. One African Tribe Crossing the Gate of Grief Populated the Entire World outside of Africa. Today there is 18 miles between the coasts of Djibouti and Yemen across Bab-el-Mandeb also known as the Gate of Grief in Arabic. The Gate of Grief is between the Red Sea, one of the most saline bodies of water in the world and the Gulf of Aden an essential shipping waterway in the world economy. The ancestral origin of humans was possibly located in southern Africa , near the South Africa-Namibia border. By using

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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