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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.

African Culture is World Heritage

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

Xhosa African Tribe

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Xhosa African Tribe Xhosa African Tribe African Tribes in Africa today Xhosa (Koh-Suh) African Tribe tradition is very important to the people of the Eastern Cape South Africa. It is most evident in Xhosa African Tribe beliefs based on ancestor worship and oral history through the use of proverbs. Proverbs from the Xhosa African Tribe are timeless pearls of wisdom. Nelson Mandela former President of South Africa was a Xhosa-speaking Thembu person and is perhaps the most well-known Xhosa. The Xhosa number approximately 8 million people, the majority of whom live in the Eastern Cape South Africa. They comprise a number of clans such as Gcaleka, Ngika, Ndlambe, Dushane, Qayi and the Gqunkhwebe of Khoisan origin. Xhosa language is one of the official eleven languages of South Africa. Xhosa Tribe culture is rich in tradition, food and sport. Xhosa African people have a rich oral history, as walking history books; they preserve ancient stories and traditions. The

Afternoon Tea Honey Cake In South Africa

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Plan the perfect afternoon tea with our honey cake recipe and South African rooibos red bush tea. All you need is a slice of honey cake, a teapot and pretty cups. Afternoon Tea Honey Cake In South Africa Afternoon Tea Honey Cake and South African rooibos tea  Afternoon Tea Honey Cake Ingredients 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 large egg 1/3 cup any mixed dried fruit 1/3 cup rooibos red bush tea 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt Afternoon Tea Honey Directions Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, add dried fruit, warm tea, and honey. Mix well, let stand 10 minutes. Beat the egg and whisk it into the tea mixture. Add flour, baking powder and spices beat until well combined. Grease and flour a standard-size loaf pan with vegetable oil. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared loaf pan bake 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and serve with afternoon tea. About Honey Uses

Fish Curry in a Hurry Recipe

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West Africa Fish Curry in a Hurry Recipe There are endless fish recipes in West Africa; our Fish Curry in a Hurry recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes. West Africa Fish Curry in a Hurry Recipe In coastal communities across West Africa, fishing the ocean is a way of life and vital to providing incomes and nutrition, especially for the poor. West Africa waters are rich in fish of all varieties. There are countless seafood recipes throughout Africa; our Fish Curry in a Hurry recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes. West Africa Fish Curry in a Hurry Recipe Ingredients 1 pound firm white fish fillets, cut into medium pieces 2 cups of coconut milk 2 handfuls spinach 1 chopped tomato 1 tablespoon butter 1 large piece cinnamon stick 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 ½ tablespoon good quality ground curry 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Directions In a large pot melt butter and

Red Clay African Himba Tribe

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Red Clay African Himba Tribe Himba tribe of Africa covers their skin and hair with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay called otjize paste   African beauty African Himba covers their skin and hair with a creamy mixture of fat and red clay.  There are worldwide variations on what is physically appealing, the sight of traditional Himba women orange-red clay skin and long red clay covered plaits of hair have become a beautiful iconic image of Africa. The pastoralists Himba tribe live in northwestern Namibia and Angola. Women wear short skirts made of goat skins, sport rich orange-red clay skin and long red clay covered plaits of hair.  Himba women spend hours creating the iconic hairstyles. Himba women, as well as Himba men, are famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cream mixture of fat and ochre pigment clay.  Himba women fiercely maintain their traditions, including their intricate hairstyles that change depending on age and whether or not they are married

It Is Easy To Cut To Pieces A Dead Elephant

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African proverbs on cowardly behavior, it is said cowards are unable to fight for themselves and hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated. Even silence speaks “A hog that has wallowed in the mud seeks a clean person to rub against” “ Boasting is not courage ” “It is easy to cut to pieces a dead elephant” “Even silence speaks” “He who has done something in secret, and sees people talking together, thinks they are talking of his action” “ A man with a cough can never conceal himself ” Careful the company you keep

African Slow Cooker Recipes

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Make 111 Easy African Slow Cooker Recipes. Enjoy simple crockpot slow cooker African food recipes from all over the African continent.  A Field of Greens Second Edition African food influences Southern Africa Southern African food has influences from indigenous Black tribes, Indians, Malaya, and Irish. East Africa In East Africa, many hundreds of years ago, the Arabs settled on the coast, and Arabic influences are especially reflected with the use of sweet spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The British and Indians brought with them to Africa their curries and the technique of pickling to East Africa. Asians introduced citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes. Portuguese introduced items like chili's, pineapples, and bananas. Northern Africa In North Africa, the Ottoman Turks brought sweet pastries and other bakery products. Central Africa Central Africa’s influence comes from the introd

Tortoise and the Bullying Giraffe African Folktale

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Tortoise and the Bullying Giraffe African Folktale Tortoise and the Bullying Giraffe African-Folktale legend is a traditional folklore story among Southern African peoples. Animals in African folklore exhibit good and bad human personalities, in this folktale giraffe, is being a bully towards the tortoise and tortoise responds in a unique way. Tortoise and the Bullying Giraffe African Folktale More short folklore stories from Africa to make you fall in love with myths and legends again from the motherland. Why the bunny rabbit has wiggly slits for a nose Love Takes No Less Than Everything Marriage Folklore Hunters Attack Cowards Tell the Story One Do Wrong All Get Punished Mighty Little Hedgehog

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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