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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.

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

North African Sweet Baklava Recipe

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North African Sweet Baklava Recipe Baklava is phyllo dough stacked with honey and nuts to make a sweet traditional North African dessert. Learn how to make an easy North African Baklava recipe while eating and exploring our way through Africa one country at a time. North African Sweet Baklava Recipe Ingredients One 16-ounce package phyllo dough 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups chopped walnuts 1 cup melted butter Baklava Syrup 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water ½ cup orange blossom honey ¼ teaspoon orange blossom water Directions Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix cinnamon and walnuts in a medium bowl set aside. Unroll phyllo cut into two equal halves. Cover phyllo with a slightly moist cloth while assembling to keep from drying out. Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared dish, brush generously with butter, and sprinkle cinnamon and walnut mixture on top. Repeat layers. Cut baklav

Eat Green | Garlic Anchovy Butter Recipe

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Garlic Anchovy Butter Recipe Eat Green, Southern African Green Listed Sustainable Seafood Recipe. Years of commercial fishing harvesting seafood from the wild at rates faster than natural populations can recover in Southern African waters place many seafood species at risk. SASSI, eat green SASSI ’s classification of fish labeled with a green, orange, or red:  Eat green! Green listed fish is the group from which people are encouraged to choose from as it contains the best managed most sustainable choices available to consumers.  Orange, stop and think. Orange listed fish consumers are encouraged to consider the implications of these choices as increased demand for these could compromise a sustainable supply.  No way! Red are species of fish you should never buy since this group includes unsustainable species as well as those that are illegal to sell in South Africa. Garlic anchovy butter with pasta and grilled vegetables Eat Green! Southern African Green

Bees and Flies Were Once Human Folktale

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Bees and Flies Were Once Human Folktale Traditional folktale originating among the tribal people of Ethiopia African folktale bees and flies  were  once human is a daring  folklore  nature myth of receiving reward  for being busy as a bee.  Two tribes of people who lived together were not at all alike, for one of the tribes looked for food and carried it away to put it up safely before the summer rains ended, while the other played and sang and danced all day long. "Come and play with us," said the lazy people, but the busy workers answered, "No, come and work with us. The dry months will soon be here and if we do not put up food now we shall have none for the dry months." So the busy people bought honey from the flowers, but the lazy people kept on playing. They laughed together and whispered to one another, "See those busy workers! They will have food for two tribes, and they will give us some. Let us go and dance."

Africa School Children Statics

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Africa School Children Statics Education is a fundamental human right: Every girl and boy in every country is entitled to it. Quality education is critical to development both of societies and of individuals, and it helps pave the way to a successful and productive future. When all children have access to a quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Video of photos of every day African-school-children, in this photo gallery, view Africa as she is for her beauty, flaws, laughter and loves. Africa School Children Statics Burkina Faso literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 36%, male 43% female 29.3% (2015 est.) Ethiopia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write, total population 49.1% male 57.2% female 41.1% (2015 est.) There are no statics on the Somalia literacy rates, age 15 and over can read and write. Somalia is complicated by a large numb

Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe

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African Food, Bread Recipe Ablo is a traditional Benin and Togo steamed fermented bread recipe. Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe Ablo steamed bread African food recipe takes a few days to complete in order for the dough to ferment giving ablo a unique sourdough flavor. After fermentation, the ablo is wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Ablo African Steamed Bread Recipe Ingredients Lukewarm water 3 cups white cornmeal ½ teaspoon salt1 tablespoon vegetable oil Directions In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal and salt with just enough warm water to form stiff dough. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth. Set in a warm place for two days to ferment. Using prepared fresh or dry corn-husks brushed inside with oil, place dough in the middle of husks making sure the husk is curling around the dough. Place a second husk over the first and tie the ends with string or fold under the ends. Use a food steamer to cook aboloo or steam, tightly covered, over briskly boiling water f

Killer African Asteroids

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Killer African Asteroids Asteroid 1193 Africa and other asteroids are studied by astronomers who want to understand how to protect the earth, the history and inner workings of the solar system. Studying earth’s geological past is important to understanding the development of the planets. Asteroid 1193 Africa is the main belt asteroid. What is the main belt asteroid? Main belt asteroids are small rocky bodies largely in orbit between Jupiter and Mars that are too small to be called planets. It is estimated that there are around 100,000 to 1 million undiscovered asteroids on similar Earth crossing orbits.   Asteroid 1931 HB later named 1193 Africa is a main belt asteroid Asteroid 1931 HB later named 1193 Africa is the main belt asteroid discovered by a U.K. astronomer, Cyril V. Jackson at the Union Observatory in Johannesburg South Africa on April 24, 1931. Jackson discovered 72 asteroids and 3 comets. Jackson was an expert Astronomer who named Asteroid 1193 after Africa

Peaceful Igbo African Proverb

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Igbo African proverbs express the ageless wisdom of the Igbo African culture. Clever Igbo sayings in the language of proverbs are passed down for generations in Igbo culture. A soft word causes anger to turn back; a humble heart helps settle quarrels. Igbo Proverb.  All About Igbo People and African Proverbs.  Nigeria is a country with a long past. The history of the peoples that constitute the present state dates back more than 2,000 years. Three dominant alliances are the Hausa in the northern kingdoms of the savanna, the Yoruba in the southwest, and the Igbo in the southeast. Igbo people live primarily in southeastern Nigeria who speaks the Igbo language. Except for the northeastern groups, the Igbo live in rainforest regions. The Igbo may be grouped into the following main cultural divisions: northern, southern, western, eastern or Cross River, and northeastern. Nigeria, between the 1550s and the 1850s had become a major area for the slave trade thus many Igbo tribal people wer

African proverbs about love of trees

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African proverbs about love of trees Yesterday afternoon I went to the park, looked at every tree, and named a reason why I love each one inspired by African proverbs on the love of trees. African tree proverbs Proverbs For the Love of Tree African tree proverbs are simple, unique pearls of wisdom.  Wisdom is wealth; trees are more precious than money in the sense of shelter, pleasure, and gifts of life they give freely to the world.   --------------------------------------------- A person who is always looking at the top of trees will never discover the beauty of its roots. Trees that bear sweet fruit always have a stick under it. Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root. Unexpected rainfall allows friends and enemies to seek shelter under the same tree. Around a flowering tree, there are many insects. Those who master the art of climbing trees with their teeth are in a better position to know the trees whose bark

African Palindrome Locations

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Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with seven locations whose names are palindromes. Madagascar holds the record for the longest location with a palindromic name, Anahanahana, Madagascar. Palindromic African Location in Burkina Faso A palindrome is a name that can be spelled either from left to right or right to left identically. In other words, palindromes are words, which read the same backwards. Mom and Dad are two simple palindromes. Just in case you were wondering, palindrome is not a palindrome. Palindromic African Locations Angola Iai Burkina Faso Ibi Chad Madaradam Madagascar Anahanahana Mali Lellel Morocco Akka Niger Tassessat Nigeria Aba Abiriba Apapa Elleyelle Ibi Oyo Uburubu Senegal Matam Sierra Leone Dibid Somalia Daba Qabad Aluula Sudan Illibilli Zimbabwe Madoko Dam Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with

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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