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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. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

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Upmarket Peanut Butter Okra Stew

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Make Peanut Butter Okra Stew Together. Okra is a popular vegetable which originated from present-day Ethiopia in Africa. Stewed African Okra Soup is made with peanut butter, tomatoes, corn and spices to create a flavorful filling soup the entire family will love. Get this easy-to-follow Stewed African Peanut Butter Okra side-dish from the African Gourmet. Okra is a popular vegetable which originated from present-day Ethiopia in Africa. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 20 Total time: 40 min Ingredients 2 cups of fresh or frozen okra 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 cup canned whole kernel corn 1 medium onion, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 tablespoons palm oil ½ teaspoon red pepper flake 1 tablespoon peanut butter ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups vegetable broth or water Directions In a large pot over medium heat, sauté palm oil and onions until the onions become translucent, abou

The The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964

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About The Gambia Name and Unique Facts 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 Gambia should be used with a capital T. One of the reasons they gave was that The Gambia could be confused with Zambia, which was a new name to the international community at the time." Interesting facts about The Gambia 1. The official name is Republic of The Gambia. 2. The Gambia gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. 3. The Gambia is Africa's smallest mainland country at 11,295 sq km or 4,361 sq miles. 4. The Gambia is geographically surrounded by Senegal. 5. From 1982-1989 The Gambia and Senegal formed Senegambia. The Gambia banned gambling March 1, 2015 6. The 1,130km or 700 mile long Gambia River runs through the middl

African Witchdoctors, Sangoma, Nyanga and Traditional Healers

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In Southern African society, the Sangoma acts as a therapist for issues of health, luck, love, dream interpretation, sexual problems, or business. African Witchdoctors, Sangoma, Nyanga and Traditional Healers Nyanga’s 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. Sangoma's and Nyanga's are not witch-doctors however the term is unofficially used interchangeably by the general population, the official term is traditional healer used by governments and organizations. Traditional healing is linked to wider belief systems and remains integral to the lives of most Africans.  Health is defined in The World Health Organization’s Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. WHO states this definition extends beyond the traditional Western biomedical standard which treats body, mind and society as separate entities and reflect

Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup

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The amaranth plant is an ancient food crop, with cultivation dating back as far as 6700 BC. Cooked Amaranth leaves are eaten as vegetables, soups, stews and relishes. Leaves and young plant stems are cooked in Kenya and throughout Eastern and Southern Africa as spinach. Kenyan Ukwaju or Kenya tamarind is a sour tasting paste used as a spice.  Amaranth leaves have a mild flavor and when paired with another local favorite, Ukwaju Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup makes delicious satisfying African meal.  Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup African Recipes by The African Gourmet   Kenyan Ukwaju or Kenya tamarind is a sour tasting paste used as a spice. Amaranth leaves have a mild flavor and when paired with Ukwaju, Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup makes delicious satisfying African recipe.  Ingredients 1 pound red snapper fillets   2 large handfuls amaranth or spinach leaves   1/2 cup tamarind juice   1 tablespoon tamarind paste   1 large red onion,

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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their 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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