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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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Limpopo Venda Five Cultural Points of Interests

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In South Africa the Venda culture has strong beliefs in the origins of Water Spirits, Lighting and Rain Bird, God and Ancestors adding to the belief lakes and rivers are sacred shared by many Southern African Bantu tribes. Venda was created for the Venda people but is now incorporated into Limpopo named after the Limpopo River. South African Venda Women. Venda Was Created For the Venda People. Water Spirits, Lighting and Rain Bird, God and Ancestors of the Venda people of Limpopo South Africa The Venda, also known as Vhavenda are a Southern African people living mostly in Thohoyandou near the South Africa Zimbabwe border in Limpopo.  As in most cultures around the world, fire and water hold a special fascination with the Venda people and the Venda can conjure up ancestral spirits to assist with early matters. Thohoyandou is the former capital of the independent black homeland and the proud heart of the Venda people. It was na

West Africa Green Banana Fish Stew Recipe

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Green bananas or unripe yellow bananas have a flesh firm flesh and starchy taste making them a delicious alternative to potatoes. West Africa Green Banana Fish Stew Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   Favors of West African green banana fish stew deliciously blend together creating a tasty easy African seafood recipe .  Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 20 min Total time: 35 min Ingredients 2 fresh white fish filets 4 green bananas , sliced 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 hot pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 cups vegetable stock Salt and pepper to taste Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer 20 minutes. Serve over rice.  Selling green bananas in Cameroon Africa  Green bananas or unripe yellow bananas have a flesh firm flesh and starchy taste making them a delicious alternative to potatoes.

Had a Bad Day? African Proverbs to Help Soothe Your Soul

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African Proverbs to calm your restless spirit when you've had a bad day. African proverbs of love and hope for a rotten day. Those who want rain must also accept the mud. - Ghanaian proverb Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. - Malawi proverb Those who want peace make their own peace. - Zambian proverb If you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping in a room with a pesky Mosquito - African Proverb The sun does not forget a village just because it is small. - Mali proverb However long the night, the dawn will break.  - African Proverb The best bed a person can sleep on is peace. - Somali proverb Cutting off the head is not the cure for a headache. - Yoruba proverb Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. - African proverb African Proverbs to Help Soothe Your Soul Have flowers and African proverbs kinda life. African proverbs

African Food Pantry Staples Ogbono Seeds

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African Food Pantry Staples Ogbono Seeds African food pantry staples will prepare you for whatever the kitchen throws at you to make soups and sauces When you want to thicken African soups and sauces, there are many ingredients.  African bush mango seed is made up of nearly 65% oil, the seed is really more oil than seed.   Gabon chocolate, dika paste bread or Ogbono seeds are pounded to a chocolate  buttery  paste  as an  African pantry  essential ingredient used in thickening and flavoring African soup and sauce recipes. African Gabon Chocolate, Dika Paste, Ogbono seeds Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   Gabon chocolate, dika paste bread or Ogbono seeds are ground into a chocolate butter like paste to thicken African soups and sauces.   Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 2 min Total time: 7 min Ingredients ½ cup African mango dried seeds Directions Add all ingredients to a coffee grinder and pulse until mixed well into a paste. Stor

Understanding Bamboo Forests of Ethiopia

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Over 1 million hectares or around 2.5 million acres of bamboo are growing wild in Ethiopian forests, that's 7 percent of the world's bamboo resources growing wild in Africa. When you think of Bamboo, does Africa come to mind? Bamboo grows throughout Africa in South Africa, Ethiopia , Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Cameroon, Rwanda, DR Congo, Malawi and Zambia. Bamboo is one of Ethiopia's most under-utilized resources. Currently there are over 1 million hectares or around 2.5 million acres of bamboo growing wild in Ethiopian forests. Ethiopia has Africa's largest bamboo forest . Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated to news agencies that there were no formal bamboo economies in Ethiopia until 2013 with an award going to the African Bamboo company for the Biomass-Powered Thermal Processing of Ethiopian Bamboo. African Bamboo is a forestry, wood, and bio-energy company located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Two species of bamboo occur natura

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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