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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.

What Does Africa and The NYSE Have to do with Each Other

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What Does Africa and The NYSE Have to do with Each Other Africa's Coffee, Cocoa, and Cotton rule the New York Stock Exchange Intercontinental Exchange Group soft commodities market. African influences are extensive in the softs markets and are of vital importance to the international soft commodity trading of the world. Africa's Influence On The New York Stock Exchange and China A stock exchange is a facility where stockbrokers and traders can buy and sell securities, such as shares of stock and bonds and other financial instruments. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization. African influences are extensive in the soft markets especially in the case of cotton, cocoa, and coffee and are of vital importance to the international soft commodity trade on the Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Group or ICE of the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE. According to ICE, it became the center of global trading in

The importance of Sierra Leone farming and weather

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African farmers and climate is very important to Sierra Leone for farming and weather impact because subsistence agriculture is the dominant sector in the Sierra Leone economy. With a population of nearly 6.5 million people the weather of Sierra Leone from December to February is dry but rainfall along the coast is around 200 inches a year, making it one of the wettest places in Africa. Traditional shifting cultivation is by far the predominant system of farming in the African country of Sierra Leone. Most farmers produce a wide range of crops under rainfed conditions including rice, the main crop, cassava, sweet potato, maize, sorghum, yams, groundnut, benniseed (sesame) millet, okra, garden eggs (small eggplants), pepper and a multitude of leafy vegetables. The sesame plant prefers humid areas, so it is mostly grown in the wetter northern provinces, intercropped with rice. The small white seeds, the only edible part of the plant, are traditionally prepared in two ways: toasted

You Can’t Outrun Your Destiny Creation Narrative

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Nearly every culture in the world has a creation story that explains life on earth came to be here. These creation stories have a massive influence on African storytelling literature. Yoruba Ori destiny creation narrative, you cannot outrun your destiny explains creation from the African Yoruba point of view. To the Yoruba people, Ori is an Orisha supernatural concept. Ori refers to a person’s spiritual intuition and destiny, the deep within a spark of human consciousness rooted in the human spirit. Yoruba destiny creation story of how choosing the right Ori will establish what life you will inhabit Earth. Ori and Human Destiny The God Oggun who never sleeps as long as the world is turning molded the human skeleton and the God Obatala molded the head of humans out of clay.  Olodumare, the supreme God of the universe, blew the breath of life into the completed human body.  The destiny or Ori chosen determines your final destiny. You are said to be free to choose any Ori from Ajala,

Bad Parenting African Proverbs

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African proverbs on bad parenting teach everyone has their own parenting style but not all styles are effective. Bad parenting describes people who are not educating in a way that will help a child become a productive adult. Bad Parenting African Proverbs African Proverbs lessons from the African continent. African proverbs on bad parenting teach bad parenting hurts for generations. Not all parenting styles are effective If the chicken failed to cluck, how would she train her young. Anything the hawk gives birth to will not fail to carry off chickens. It is hard to cure the madness that originates in the family. One does not learn how to use the left hand in old age. The thief does not steal in an unfamiliar place. When a woman goes on a secret trip, she gathers firewood and returns home. If the child learns the trail of the snake, he will also learn the wanderings of the snake. When the stomach is fat, you cannot cover it with the hands. When you follow in the p

Sweet Pumpkin Dessert Fool Recipe

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Sweet Pumpkin Dessert Fool Recipe Dessert Fool Recipe Fruit fool is a delicious African British dessert made of a mixture of lightly sweetened fruit. Sweet Pumpkin Dessert Fool Recipe Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 10-15-2015 Dessert fools are one of the quickest, easiest, and tastiest desserts. The folding technique is key in order to make an excellent dessert fool.  How to fold? Use a rubber spatula to gently slice through the mixture working in a circular motion while turning the bowl slowly. Folding gives the final product light and airy texture while stirring will deflate your fool. Sweet Pumpkin Dessert Fool Recipe Ingredients 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice 1/4 teaspoon cloves 2 cups whipped topping Directions In a small bowl mix well pumpkin, and spices.  Carefully fold pumpkin mixture into the whipped topping. Chill at least 4 hours before serving. For a pretty p

Little Known Facts About Waragi Ugandan Homemade Gin

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Uganda is the second-most drunkest country in Africa, learn about the craft alcoholic beverage drinking in Uganda. Waragi for sale Waragi, also known as Kasese or Lira Lira is a popular craft alcoholic beverage distilled in Uganda. Little Known Facts About Waragi Uganda Homemade Gin Ugandans value authenticity and alcoholic cocktail making experience handed down through the generations leading them to create traditional African Waragi Ugandan Homemade Gin. This why Uganda is known as the drunkest country in Africa. Serving Waragi  Distilled liquor goes by many names, Waragi is a Ugandan homemade distilled alcoholic beverage made from the juice of mashed bananas, grain, cassava or sugarcane fermented 2 days, the brew from start to finish takes around 3 weeks to complete. Income from making Waragi is a way to make a way out of no way for female entrepreneurs, it is how many survive to support their families. Many Ugandan families are historically independent-min

If nothing troubles you, you were not born

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Much to do about love African proverbs African Proverbs on love, faith and hope as your thoughts center on love. Much love African proverbs sayings one who loves should not hate. Much to do about love African proverbs and sayings One who loves should not hate. The blind man planted pumpkin seeds and the sun continued to shine on them. One does not have to tell the eye that it is brother to the nose. One who asks questions does not lose their way. One tree does not make a great forest. When the eyes are blinded, the eyelids take over the seeing. When troubles befall a person, then he finds out those who love them. Laughter is exterior, but love is in the heart. If you want to catch fish, do not shake the water. Pull the child out of the water before you punish it. If nothing troubles you, you were not born. Broken things last long. Everyone thinks his own burden heavy. If a man calls

Senegal Street Photography

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Street photography is the tradition of capturing human life in public places. In Velingara Senegal, street photography highlights the humanity of city life in Africa's Senegal with spontaneous actions and the natural everyday life of people in their own day-to-day rhythms. Traveling in Mbour Senegal photo by Sanchez Grande Photography 21 Interesting facts about Senegal The population of Senegal is 15,020,945 by July 2018 estimates. Senegal is named after the Senegal River. Senegal’s population with electricity is 55% and the economy is driven by mining, construction, tourism, fisheries, and agriculture. Senegal is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania. Senegal has a population of over 13 million ranking 69th on the world’s most populous countries . Senegal's nationality is Senegalese using both the singular and plural form. Senegal's capital is Dakar, which was home to the Dakar Off-Road Ra

Tall Tale Why Flies Bother Cows African Folktale

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Tall Tale Why Flies Bother Cows East African Folktale Why flies bother cows Tall Tale African folktale is loved by children and adults as a reminder to always keep your promises. If the cow only kept her promise to the fly she would not be burdened by the fly to this day. Remember to always keep your promises As the ancestors say, when Kpo Umo was Queen, being very rich and hospitable, she used to give big feasts to all the domestic animals, but never invited the wild beasts, as she was afraid of them. At one feast she told the cow to sit at the head of the table and serve the food to the other guests. The cow was happy that she was in charge of the food; she served the first course but forgot the fly, because he was so small. When the fly saw this, he called out to the cow to give him his share, but the cow said: "Be quiet, my friend, you must have patience." When the second course arrived, the fly again called out to the cow, but the cow w

Lessons from Nature African Proverbs and Folklore

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Lessons from Nature African Proverbs and Folklores Different cultures have different ways of communicating, some of by dance, music, visual art, and dramatic arts. Much of the language and thought of the world, especially Africa is expressed in African proverbs and folklore. Lessons from Nature African Proverbs Lessons from Nature African Proverbs You do not kill a honey bird. Meaning ~ Do not reject or despise a person who is helping you. You should cross a stream before the floods come. Meaning ~ Start solving a problem before it gets worse. Days always change. Meaning ~ Life cannot be consistent. There are difficulties in life. A sparrow is never small around its eggs. Meaning ~ Sparrows are small birds but when it wants to protect its eggs, it becomes enraged. The first cow drinks clean water. Meaning ~People who start out early usually succeed. A hyena never forgets where he ate a bone. Meaning ~ People normally se

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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