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Chic African Culture Africa Factbook

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.

Lake Naivasha Rose Water Honey Syrup

Kenya is world famous for its cut flower farms especially the roses. Main growing areas are around Lake Naivasha. Floriculture pioneer Oserian Farms was founded in 1982 and was the first flower farm on Lake Naivasha. Honey is valued in Africa as food, medicine and as an important economic activity. Since honey is of different flavors and compositions, however, such replacements may result in changes of flavor, consistency, and the quantities of honey.  The color and flavor of honey vary depending on the bees nectar source lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor. Across the African continent, there are many ways of preparing African Rose Honey Syrup. Honey can replace sugar in almost any drink recipe but is most popular in flavoring teas. Lake Naivasha Rose Water Honey Syrup Recipe Ingredients ¼ Cup Light Colored Honey Petals from Two Sweet Smelling Roses 4 Cups Water Directions In a large pot simmer water a

Simple Mabuyu Baobab Seed Juice Recipe

Mabuyu Baobab Juice Learn how to make simple Mabuyu Baobab Juice Mabuyu Baobab (bay-oh-bab) Juice is popular in sub-Saharan African countries especially in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Tanzania. Mabuyu Baobab Juice Prep time: 5 min  Chill time: 5 min Total time: 10 min Yield: 2 servings Serving size: 8 ounces Calories per serving: 15 calories Fat per serving: 0 g Mabuyu Baobab Juice Ingredients Dried baobab fruit powder: 2 tablespoons Sparkling water: 2 cups Sugar: to taste Add an additional fruit juice: optional Directions 1. Add all ingredients into a large jar and mix well. 2. Add ice and serve. 3. The taste of dried baobab pulp is rather mild. A brief look at the Baobab tree Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down. Common names for the baobab tree are cream of tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, tabaldi, and mowana. The gigantic trunk of the baobab tree leads upwards to branches resembling the roots of a tree, which is why it

Smoked Fish Okra Stew

Smoked Fish Okra Stew Smoked Fish Okra Stew Okra is an ingredient in many soup and stew recipes throughout Africa. The young leaves and flowers of the okra plant are edible; also, okra leaves are frequently boiled or used dried ground into a powder to thicken soups and stews. Okra tastes like okra having a unique flavor and texture. Okra naturally releases a gooey material called mucilage when cut, mucilage makes okra a natural thickener to soups and stews. Any type of acids such as tomatoes, vinegar or lemon juice will counteract the mucilage of okra. 30-Minute Smoked Fish and Okra Stew Recipe Smoked Fish Okra Stew. Ingredients 5 ounces any smoked fish 3 cups sliced okra  or two handfuls small okra 1 handful okra leaves chopped 2 ripe tomatoes diced 2 onions finely chopped 2 garden eggs or one small eggplant chopped 1 hot pepper finely chopped ¼ cup palm oil 4 cups water Directions Heat palm oil over medium heat in a large pot, add onion

Taro Root Tomato Pottage Stew Recipe

Taro Root is a staple crop used in many African recipes rich in fiber and vitamin E and magnesium improves digestion and may help lower blood sugar. Four quick Taro root facts. 1. Taro Root Tomato Pottage is an easy one-dish recipe made throughout Africa, pottage is a thick soup or stew.   2. Taro root is a starchy vegetable consisting of 2/3 water with a fibrous outer coating.   3. Taro root is commonly used in place of potato.   4. Taro root and leaves should not be eaten raw. Taro Root Taro Root is a staple crop used in many African, Asian, Caribbean, and Hawaiian recipes. Taro Root goes by many names in Africa; a few names for taro are urap, qolqas, arrow root, ggobe, nduma, madhumbe, idumbe, cocoyam, and malanga. Taro leaves Taro Root Tomato Pottage Stew Recipe Ingredients 2 taro roots 2 handfuls cleaned taro leaves, chopped finely 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced 2 tablespoons palm oil Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups vegetabl

Dr. Dlamini Zuma Embodies African Women Empowerment

The former Chairperson of the African Union Commission is Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Dr. Dlamini Zuma Embodies African Women Empowerment On September 9, 1999, 54 African countries, in their quest for unity, economic and social development called for the establishment of an African Union. The vision of the African Union is that of “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.” The African Union's vision is also to spearhead Africa’s development and integration in the global arena . Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma embodies empowerment of women across the African continent and the world. She was born on January 27, 1949 in the current South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr. Dlamini Zuma is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs , Gender activist, former Chairperson of the AU Commission, former Minister in the Presidency, Home Affairs,

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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