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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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Mampoer South African Moonshine

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South African Home Distilled Fruit Liquor Mampoer, the South African water of life or South African Moonshine is served wrapped barbered wire bottles. The ideal alcohol content of mampoer is around 64%. The intense tasting home-distilled fruit liquor mampoer comes wrapped in barbered wire and is usually around 55-64% proof.  Mampoer can be made from apricots, cherries, figs, oranges, pears, yellow peaches, plums and just about any fruit. The ideal alcohol content is around 64%; only 6-10% of the fermented juice is eventually mampoer.  It was illegal to make mampoer, however, since 2007, it became possible to create the brew only if made for personal use and not sold. Mampoer  Legend Legend has it that Mampuru chief of the Pedi people murdered his brother Sekhukuni, chased by the authorities, and gave himself sanctuary under a friend’s tribe who he knew could not refuse to help him due to South African tribal laws.  Because of this Mampuru and the chief who was

Africa by Toto: I Hear the Drums Echoing Tonight

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Africa by Toto I Hear the Drums Echoing Tonight Africa by Toto I bless the rains down in Africa Africa is a legendary song by the American rock band Toto. The band released 17 albums and since 1977 sold over 35 million albums. Toto was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.  One of their best-known songs is Africa, this iconic 80's song tells the story of a young man who travels to Africa and must make a choice whether to leave with his love who flew in to take him back home or stay in the land he fell in love with, Africa.  Toto keyboard player David Paich wrote the song, and explained in the liner notes of Toto's Best Ballads compilation: "At the beginning of the 80's I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do." Paich

African Epe Ekpe Voodoo Festival

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African Epe Ekpe Voodoo Festival Chic African Culture Epe Ekpe Voodoo Festival has been celebrated in the same area of Southern Togo for over 320 years. Voodoo parishioners from the Guen tribe worship at the annual Epe Ekpe festival in Togo. African voodoo is the world's oldest known traditional religion and an important part of African cultural heritage. For one week each year in September the small town of Glidji located in the Southernmost region of Togo, hundreds of voodoo or vodun worshipers make a pilgrimage to the sacred village.  The small town spills over with people and comes alive with the celebration of the voodoo New Year. Members of the Guen tribe travel great distances and gather together for the Epe Ekpe festival to purify themselves, worship, dance, sing and offer sacrifices. The Epe Ekpe Voodoo Festival has been celebrated in the same area of Southern Togo for over 320 years. Ekpe means stone and the climax of the festival is the unveilin

Edible Roselle Hibiscus Flower Jam

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Edible Roselle Hibiscus Flower Jam Learn to make an easy recipe for edible roselle hibiscus flower jam like home chefs in The Gambia Africa. Serve on bread, toast, crackers or uses as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes. African Recipes by African Gourmet.  Hibiscus flower jam is very popular in the African country of The Gambia. This tasty easy to make hibiscus flower tropical jam is used as a filling for cakes, pies, and cupcakes or used to spread on biscuits, toast, and crackers.  The Gambia Hibiscus Flower Jam Recipe. Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 20 min Total time: 2 hours 20 min.  Ingredients. 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers. 3 cups of table sugar. 1 tablespoon lemon juice. 3 cups water. Directions. Steep dried blossom in hot water for 2 hours then strain using 1 cup of hibiscus flower water. Add sugar boil until the mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Pour into prepared jars and serve on toast, crackers or uses as a filling for cakes

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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