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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.

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

Don't Hold a Grudge African Proverbs to Help You Let it Go

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Don't Hold a Grudge African Proverbs to Help You Let it Go. A loose tooth will not rest until it's pulled out  - African Proverb. Words have great power and these inspirational African Proverbs will challenge the way you think and maybe even help you to let go of your grudges in order to free yourself from a self-made prison of thoughts and words.   Don't Hold a Grudge African Proverbs to Help You Let it Go Those who want rain must also accept the mud  - Ghanaian Proverb A person who does not bathe must know it of himself that he is dirty  - Nigerian Proverb We are what our thinking makes us  - Ashanti Proverb When a man is stung by a bee he does not destroy all beehives  -African Proverb He who is courteous is not a fool  - Nigerian Proverb If hate lasts for a long time it will become a tradition  – Igbo Proverb A person gets used to behaving like their name. – Igbo Proverb Almost does not fill a bowl. - Nigerian Proverb

Five DIY African Spice Recipes Made in a Coffee Grinder

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In my African kitchen, I use an electric coffee grinder for almost all of my whole spice and herb grinding. I do not want my spice blend flavors mingling with the next batch so to keep things fresh by using a little white rice to clean the coffee grinder. Five DIY African Spice Recipes Made in a Coffee Grinder Add all ingredients to a coffee grinder and pulse until mixed well. Store in a container away from moisture and heat. Do not place spice mix in the refrigerator. Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 30 min The directions for all the recipes below: Add all ingredients to the coffee grinder and pulse until mixed well. Store in a container away from moisture and heat. Do not place spice mix in the refrigerator. Cape Malay Curry Powder for Fish 2 whole cloves 1 teaspoon coriander seed 1 teaspoon fennel seed 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds 2 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 dried hot red chili 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon car

Teff Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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Teff Banana Nut Bread Recipe   African recipes by African Gourmet  Teff flour is a finely ground whole grain flour popular in Ethiopian cooking. Our moist and delicious classic banana bread recipe made with teff is a unique tasting easy to make African recipe.  Prep time: 15 min  Cook time: 45  Total time: 1 hour Ingredients 2 cups teff flour 2 very ripe bananas ½ cup unsalted walnuts ½ cup of chopped dates 2 large eggs 1 cup of white sugar 1 stick unsalted butter ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon of baking soda ½ teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon ground cloves Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar, mix in eggs and bananas and add all dry ingredients to wet, including nuts and fruits, and mix well. Pour into 2 buttered and floured bread loaf pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Teff grows mainly in the African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea and is slowly becomin

Ghost towns and desert wild horses

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Wild horses in the African country of Namibia  have a number of theories proposed over the years as to the origin. Namib Desert Origins of Wild Horses. The Namib desert of Southern Africa is one of the world's oldest and largest deserts. The origin of wild horses of the Namib desert is a secret the desert ghost towns keeps to herself. Kolmanskop was a rich German diamond mining town but presently is a ghost town in the Namib Desert visited only by Namib wild horses and the occasional tourist.  Origins of the wild horses of the Namib Desert remains a mystery fueled by theories and urban legends because originally there were no horses in southern Africa. There have been a number of theories proposed over the years as to the origin of the wild horses in the Southern African country of Namibia. One theory is around 1914 during WWI the Union of South Africa troops were stationed at the small town of Garub. The German forces set up a stronghold in the hills at the town of Aus, which b

Celebrating Easter in Africa the 1994 Public Holidays Act

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Celebrating Easter in Africa the 1994 Public Holidays Act South Africa has an almost 80% Black-African ethnic group and the majority of South Africans practice the Christian faith. Many Christians in South Africa celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Easter weekend in South Africa begins with Good Friday and closes with Family Day, more commonly known as Easter Monday, on Monday, April 6, 2015, this year.  On December 7, 1994, Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress worked together to create The Public Holidays Act. In 1994, the South African Government renamed Easter Monday to Family Day to include all religions and the non-religious in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa.  South Africa's homeland policy was dissolved in 1994 and all the homelands in the country were absorbed into South Africa. The former Republics of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei were also known as homelands or Bantustans that were suppos

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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