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Chic African Culture Africa Factbook

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.

Legal Drinking Age in Africa

Legal Drinking Age in Africa there are seven African countries that have no official minimum legal drinking ages and no restrictions. Legal drinking age in Africa varies between no age to 15, 18, 21 or alcohol is illegal to serve and drink. Ginger beer is widely home-brewed and consumed throughout Africa.  The name ginger beer is actually a misleading term, as most commercial ginger beer is a soft drink and contains no alcohol such as the popular Coca-Cola South African Stoney Ginger Beer. Home brewed ginger beer and other fermented drinks may have low alcohol levels as compared to commercial African Breweries. The legal drinking age in South Africa is 18, however, mostly all Muslims prohibit Muslims and non-Muslims, from drinking alcohol at any age, due to Islam forbidding the consumption of alcohol.  Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, and Sudan are the four African countries that forbid drinking alcohol of any form. Alcohol is illegal for Muslims and purchase by others is highly restr

These Big Five Baby African Animals Are Just Too Cute

These Big Five Baby African Animals Are Just Too Cute Kruger National Park was established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park sits on over 2 million hectares of geographically diverse land. The term Big Five in Kruger National Park now refers to Africa's most popular sightseeing wildlife animals; buffalos, elephants, rhinos, lions, and leopards. These Big Five Baby African Animals Are Just Too Cute Mommies cute baby Cape Buffalo by Belgian chocolate Baby African or Cape Buffalo Cape buffalos are known to have exceptional memory and strength.  The Cape buffalo is the only member of the buffalo and cattle tribe Bovini that occurs naturally in Africa. The Cape buffalo is not very tall it stands only 130–150 cm or 51–59 inches tall and has relatively short legs but it is enormous, weighing between 425–870 kg or 935–1,910 pounds. Bulls are about 100 kg or 220 pounds heavier than female cows, and their horns are thicker a

African Folktale Spirit Catcher King

King Akintunde the Spirit Catcher African folklore teaches ashes fly back in the face of those who throw them. African Folktale Spirit Catcher King King Akintunde made up his mind to move his royal court to a new village. He found a piece of land that greatly pleased him high in the hills. His nobles, however, did not want to move; some of them met together to make a plan which would force the King to change his mind. They agreed to send four of the Kings ugliest servants to haunt the hill acting as if evil spirits so that the King would be afraid to build his new royal court. One noble sent a man with two flaming red eyes, another with big scars instead of ears, another a woman with blue skin and white hair with no teeth, and a fourth a man who was 8 feet tall with no nose. When the King’s messengers arrived to survey the hill, they saw these strange evil spirits leaping about with torches in their hands, and shouting with one voice: “Ko si aye! Ko si aye!” No room! No room

Mauritius Sausage Rougaille Stew Recipe

Mauritius food is a mix of cultures African, French, and Indian. English is the official language of Mauritius although Creole is widely spoken by over 85% of the population. The national food dish of Mauritius is Rougaille, a Creole type dish of spicy tomato sauce served with rice. Mauritius Sausage Rougaille Stew Recipe Ingredients 10 ounces smoked sausage 3 large tomatoes, diced 1 large onion, chopped 1 small piece of ginger fresh, chopped ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon coriander 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 hot peppers, chopped 2 cups vegetable broth or water. Directions In a large frying pan over medium heat chopped sausage and fry until fat is rendered. Add onions, ginger, and sauté until onions are caramelized. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Serve over rice.   Did you know. The African island of Mauritius is located 500 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Do not let your children take the easy way out of challenges

African Proverb, Do not let your children take the easy way out of challenges. This Ethiopian African proverb reflects the same meaning as Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.  These two African proverbs teach sometimes it is hard to balance what is best for children with what makes them happy in the long run. Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. Be a beacon of light in a child’s life Children need leading in the right direction. One of the most important teaching skills you can do for your kids is to set a good example for them to follow. They learn from seeing how you treat them, overhearing your interactions with others and observing what you do in different situations throughout the day. If you want your children to exhibit values like honesty, self-respect and compassion, then you need to show these qualities yourself. All the teaching in the world can be undone if your children watch you behave in ways that contradict what you ha

Southern African Avocado Alligator Pear Smoothie Recipe

Southern African Avocado Alligator Pear Smoothie Recipe Southern African avocado or Alligator Pear in English recipe is a ripe mashed avocado is mixed with milk and sugar to create a creamy smoothie recipe. Avocados are grown in the tropics on both sides of the equator and in subtropical regions of Africa. Common names are Zavoka in Madagascar, Alligator Pear in English, Avokado in Afrikaans and Ukwatapheya in Zulu. African countries Madagascar, Mauritius, tropical Africa, South Africa, and Egypt produce 9% of the world’s avocados. Avocados were introduced to Mauritius in 1780, in South Africa, Dr. Hans initiated the first avocado orchards at Westfalia Estate in 1933. South African avocado recipe with ripe mashed avocado mixed with milk and sugar create a creamy yummy smoothie recipe. Ripe Avocado. Southern African Avocado Alligator Pear Smoothie Recipe. Ingredients 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced 1 cup whole milk Sugar to taste ½ cup crushed ice Directions Comb

African Folktale Selfish Takanda and the Flood

African Folktale Selfish Takanda and the Floode African Folktale Selfish Takanda and the Flood Promises made promises broken Selfish Takanda and the Flood African Folktale teaches through a story to always  keep your promises. Takanda the farmer and the rain God Mbona once made the following agreement; Whenever Takanda very much desired fine weather; he was to stand outside his house and call: “Pass! Pass!” and then the Mbona would roll away and allow the sun to shine.  When Takanda desired rain, he was to cry “Fall! Fall!” and the rain would pour down. In payment for this service, Takanda was to place on the ground each time 50 cowries. Takanda was delighted with this arrangement, and at first, he  faithfully  placed the sum of money on the ground every time he asked Mbona for fine or wet weather.   One day, the occasion of a Chief’s wedding, the sky was very dark, and it seemed likely to rain. Takanda heard the Chief complaining: “We have promised the drumm

Short African Folktale of Love and Marriage

Short African Folktale of Love and Marriage Short African Folktale of Love and Marriage Marriage of Tau and Oni  African Folktale of love and marriage passed down from generation to generation. Love is the Pillar of the World African Folktale Marriage of Tau and Oni  Ayo had a most beautiful daughter Oni visited by many wealthy men asking for her hand in marriage.  However, her father Ayo would insist he empty the river with a peanut shell before he would agree to marriage for his only daughter.   The men always walked away in disappointment for the task was impossible, they thought Ayo to be a fool until, at last, one suitor Tau, actually tried to empty the river with a peanut shell !   Tyo won the beautiful Oni hand in marriage for the father said: "Kdm ago tsuru baditsia tsido, He who is truly in love agrees to the impossible.”  If you want to know the end, look at the beginning ✴ ✴ ✴ Links to more African Folklore In everyday

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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