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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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Hertzoggies African Dessert Recipe and Hertzog History

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What is even better than a tartlet recipe? A history lesson and recipe named after General General Hertzog. Hertzoggies are a delicious classic South African dessert of tartlets filled with apricot jam and coconut topped with meringue. Prep time: 45 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 55 min Hertzoggies are named after General Hertzog, who was South Africa's Prime Minister between 1924 and 1939. Hertzoggies African Dessert Tartlet Recipe Ingredients Dough 2 cups self-rising flour ¼ cup castor sugar ½ cup unsalted butter 3 large egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Filling 1/2 cup apricot jam 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Meringue 3 large egg whites 3/4 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar Directions For the dough, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix

Bitter Kola Nuts Good for What Ails You

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Bitter kola is a cherished and revered ancient nut plant with real major health benefits to West and Central African people. Bitter kola is a type of nut mostly found in tropical zones in the forests throughout West and Central Africa. Bitter cola nuts come from the Garcinia kola tree, traditionally these nuts were used as medicine and nowadays the nuts of the tree is still used to treat many ailments. Bitter kola’s value as medication for weight loss, a sore throat, upset stomach, ulcers, and liver disorders is priceless medicinally and spiritually to West and Central African people. Bitter kola energizer drink is very popular in Serra Leone and is used as a substitute for hops in brewing beer in some African countries. Bitter Kola is especially useful in preventing beer spoilage. Bitter kola is also known as a food that has the ability to ward off evil spirits. Chewing on the seeds of the bitter kola tree is rumored to have the same effect as a little blue pill treating sexual dysf

Ingceke African Sunscreen Lotion

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African Sunscreen Lotion Ingceke African Sunscreen Lotion Ever wonder why the Xhosa people of Africa smear their faces white? Why do the South African Xhosa people of smear their faces white? The white creamy lotion is called ingceke and it's used as a sunscreen and skin ointment for protection and healing. Xhosa ingceke cream may look like paint for a traditional dance performance but it’s simply sunscreen. Sunscreen for dark skin is essential in the South Africa sun. The reason why the Xhosa people smear their faces white is for sunscreen against the African sun. The Xhosa traditionally make ingceke cream which is a mixture of water and clay to protect themselves from the burning rays of the sun and used as skin ointment to treat rashes and eczema. The popular ingceke cream is made from the fruit of the sausage tree. The fruits are ground to a pulp, burnt to ash and pounded with water to make a white paste to apply to the face and body. Traditional Xhosa ingceke c

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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