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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.

Simple Egyptian Bread Recipe

Delicious everyday Eesh Baladi Egyptian bread recipe will look like pita bread when done baking. Egyptian bread is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serve this simple Egyptian bread recipe with honey. Simple Eesh Baladi Egyptian Bread Recipe Simple Eesh Baladi Egyptian bread recipe step by step directions Love bread Throughout Africa, where there is no mechanical dough mixer available, in most families the entire bread baking process is completed by hand. Baked goods in Africa are an ideal convenience food and street food because they are not expensive, they store well and can be hand held for on the go eating. The term baking is usually applied to flour-based foods, for example wheat, oats, maize and sorghum. These grains and flours have a relatively long shelf life. Baking is affected by several external factors, temperature and humidity are two of the most important variables that need to be controlled. These two factors vary throughout the day and change w

Being Left Handed in Africa

Left Hand in Africa the forbidden left hand. Throughout most of Africa, no matter the observance, the left hand is associated with disrespect and bad manners. A woman carrying water in Mali Africa 1983 About Being Left Handed in Africa. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture. Left handed people make up about 11 percent of the population in Africa. The preferred use of the left hand to the right is not an issue of preference or habit throughout most of Africa. The left hand is associated with disrespect and bad manners in many African cultures. How did the left hand receives such a bad reputation in African culture? It is the hand used to perform tasks that are dirty and unclean, the hand used for personal hygiene. Avoid taking or passing anything with your left hand such as a present, extending your hand for a handshake or eating that scrumptious platter of groundnut soup and fufu . In Southern Africa, it is considered polite to receive a gift w

Nigerian NFL Super Bowl Champion Osi Umenyiora

Nigerian NFL Super Bowl Champion Osi Umenyiora Nigerian NFL Super Bowl Champion Osi Umenyiora. Ositadimma Osi Umenyiora is a Nigerian British born, retired NFL American football defensive end. Umenyiora is one of the only African players who won a super bowl and named to at least two NFL Pro Bowls. Ositadimma "Osi" Umenyiora Ositadimma Osi Umenyiora, was born November 16, 1981 in Golders Green, London to Nigerian parents. His parents divorced in London when he was one. Umenyiora lived in London until he was seven and then moved with his father and four siblings to Nigeria. Moving to his ancestral home, Nigeria in Africa as a young boy, his father, John Umenyiora, in 2008 was appointed king in the village of Ogbunike. Ogbunike is a town in the Oyi local government area of Anambra State, Nigeria.  Seeking a better education for his son, at age 14 Umenyiora emigrated to the United States to live with his sister in Lee County, Auburn Alabama where he st

Who is the Yoruba Ooni Yoruba Creation of the World

There is scientific understanding of how the world was created and then there is social folklore. West African Yoruba Creation of the World African Folktale explains in the beginning how the land was formed on earth. Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore Who is the Yoruba Ooni The Yoruba are one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, also living in Benin and northern Togo. Yoruba have traditionally been among the most skilled and productive artisans of Africa. The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba. The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba.  As descendants of Oduduwa, the first king of Ile-Ife who is believed to have been a demi-God who descended from heaven to create the earth, the Oonis are considered sacred. In the southwestern state of Osun that is considered the a

Africa’s Space Programs and Africa's Journey to Space

Africa’s space programs spark interest in science and math across the African continent, which is critical to the future of Africa.  Africa's journey to space is a part of economic growth since without science and math a nation is not truly industrialized. Math and science are important for the transformation of Africa . Dr. Sandile Malinga South African National Space Agency CEO  Kenya launched its first satellite, Uhuru “freedom” from the tourist town of Malindi in 1970. Dr. Paul Baki president of the East African Astronomical Society founded Kenya’s first astronomy program at the University of Nairobi in 2008.  Kenya is part of an African space science alliance that is currently in the running to build the world’s largest radio telescope.  Square Kilometer Array, SKA, telescope would span eight African countries, collecting observatory data in East Africa from South Africa to Mauritius. Ethiopia’s Entoto observatory c

Africa has six time zones

How many time zones in Africa How many time zones in Africa. Africa has six time zones and thirteen standard time zone names. Three African countries recognize daylight savings time. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in two time zones. Time Zones are a geographical world globe division of 24 sections, 15 degrees each, starting at Greenwich, a town in England. The time at Greenwich is called Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC). As you move west from Greenwich, every 15 degrees section or time zone is an hour earlier than GMT, while each time zone to the east is an hour later. Time zones were created to help people know what time is in another part of the world. In the late 1800’s, a group of scientists figured out a way to divide the world into different time zones. UTC stands for coordinated universal time. UTC is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time and does not observe daylight saving time. All but three African countries are on Standard Time thr

Africa is a Fascinating Place | 10 Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts About Africa Africa is a fascinating place; learn about the amazing continent of Africa with these ten interesting facts. Africa is a Fascinating Place | 10 Interesting Facts Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture The wonderful continent of Africa. Interesting Facts About Africa's Geography Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent. It towers over 19,300 feet, which is so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit even though the mountain is near the equator.   The longest river in the world, the Nile at 4,132 miles is located in eleven countries in Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. Mexico, China, Eastern and Western Europe, India, The USA and Japan can all fit into Africa's total land area very comfortably.   Interesting Facts About African Wildlife Africa has 54 countries, South Sudan is the newest and Liberia is the oldest

Children of Disability Prom Night in Uganda Africa

Loving Christians holding a memorable prom night for children with disabilities and orphans in Jinja Uganda Africa through Ekisa Ministries. Ekisa Ministries and the Tim Tebow Foundation special needs prom night centers on love, fun and laughter. Night to Shine was specially designed for children and teens with special needs. Children of Disability Prom Night in Uganda Africa Children of Disability Dancing at Prom Night in Uganda Africa Tim Tebow is known as a man of God, former SEC Florida Gators Quarterback, former NFL Quarterback for the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles, tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and a lightning rod for anything Tim Tebow. But did you know Tim Tebow supports special needs children in Jinja Uganda, Africa through Tim Tebow Foundation’s Ekisa Ministries. Night to Shine, the special needs prom night designed for special needs children was a night to always remember. Since February 2011, Ekisa Ministries provides special needs children in

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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