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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.

African Culture is World Heritage

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

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe Award Winning African Films

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The Africa Movie Academy Awards started in 2005. The AMAA’s are presented annually to recognize excellence in the African film industry, films are made for Africans, by Africans. The AMAA’s were founded by Nigerian film maker Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe founder and CEO of The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) stated “The AMAA’s started out just as something I was going to do, so that we could have one day as filmmakers to meet and sit down together. But now it’s something that everybody looks forward to. So when I look back, I think that’s my biggest achievement.” Peace Anyiam-Osigwe also says “Bringing the cinema to rural areas in Africa is important because Africa has knowledge and history of storytelling , and this is just moving it to the next stage. These are films made for Africans, by Africans. One of the saddest things for us as African filmmakers is that a lot of the films that are made in Africa with the exception of Nollywood films don’t get seen in Africa. S

Setting a Good Example African Proverbs

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African Proverbs on setting a good example for others to follow motivates and inspires us to be our best at leadership, teamwork, and creating successful lives.   You cannot deny the simple beauty and power of an African Proverb The young calf learns to eat grass by seeing others do it once. -  Tanzanian Proverb You can't use your hand to force the sun to set. -  Nigerian Proverb Teeth that are together help each other in chewing food. -  Kenyan Proverb When the shepherd comes home in peace, the milk is sweet.  -  Ethiopian proverb A climbing plant with tendrils cannot grow on its own without the support of a tree. - Kenyan Proverb A cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not. -  Swahili Proverb If there is no enemy within the enemy outside cannot do any harm. -  Mandinka Senegalese Proverb For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns, too. -  Kenyan Proverb Rotten wood cannot be carved.  -  Swahili Proverb S

How to Barter in Local African Markets

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Bargaining in the local markets of Africa is an ideal way to see local artists at work and get a good insight into the local culture, food, and art. Learn to the art of bartering, bargaining, and haggling in Africa   Bartering, bargaining or haggling is a type of negotiation in which the buyer and seller of goods or services have a difference of opinion on the price which will be paid. In many African countries, you can bargain for goods and services such as food, clothes, souvenirs or the assistance of a local tour guide.  In an African market, your shopping experience where you can bargain and get discounts on almost anything will hone your bargaining skills and directly support the local population. Bargaining in the local markets of Africa is an ideal way to see local artists at work and get a good insight into the local culture, food, and art.  Whether you are immersing yourself in one of Africa’s largest outdoor market Addis Merkato in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, checking out

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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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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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