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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.

African Agriculture Changed Little in 3.5 Thousand Years

In Africa processing grain using hand tools as not changed in 3.5 thousand years. Pounding grain is a communal activity in Africa Pounding grain requires great skill and stamina an farming crops such as yam, sorghum, millet, and teff have been ground in Africa for centuries. Agricultural productivity of these major crops in Africa is rising but still lags behind much of the world. What are threshing, winnowing, and milling? African groundnuts or peanuts Examine over 3.5 thousand years of farming tools and growing methods in Africa.  Threshing. Threshing is hitting the stems and husks of grain or cereal plants to separate the grains or seeds from the straw. Winnowing. Wind winnowing or screening is a method used for separating grain from the chaff. Pounding or milling. Pounding or milling grain requires great skill and stamina, the goal is not to produce very fine flour but rather to mill the grain to a point of coarseness that is acceptable to the cook. Milling, pound

Confidence is Overrated African Proverbs

African ancestors have a wealth of proverbs on the bolstering overconfident fool. In the world today, there is no shortage of confident people who believe in faking their way to success. Most people would rather swallow a self-confidence pill to increase their knowledge and ingenuity since embracing inner insecurities and self-doubts is seen as a sign of weakness. African proverbs on the confident fool People have more confidence than they need but are not as great as they think. Many see confidence as the key component of success and think that increasing confidence is the only solution to relationship and career problems.  Fake it till you make it, life is all about perception acting as if but, if people never allow themselves to feel vulnerable and insecure it becomes impossible to build self-confidence.  What remains in the world are people playacting at life instead of actuality living life. African proverbs on the confident fool Fools are easily dece

West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe

Discover a new twist on ordinary peanut stew, add goat !  Make and share this easy one pot West African goat peanut butter stew recipe with family and friends tonight. West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe     West African Goat Peanut Stew Recipe Ingredients 1 pound goat meat cut into small cubes 2 medium yellow sliced onion 2 medium chopped green pepper 2 large potatoes diced 2 medium carrots diced 1 cup smooth peanut butter 5 cups vegetable broth One big pinch of salt or to taste 2 whole cloves 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 2 hot peppers sliced 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vinegar Directions Sauté goat and olive oil until goat is browned, add onions and green peppers and heat for 3 minutes. Add broth to peanut butter in a separate cup and stir well. Add all ingredients to goat mixture cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Serve over rice. Did you know? Goats are very competitive with each other having a distinct peck

When Husband and Wife are in Harmony

Nigerian Igbo proverb when husband and wife are in harmony, one piece of yam is enough for their food teaches us that by watering the seeds of kindness and cooperation, you can plant togetherness which will bring peace to your heart and home.  Peace, love, and harmony When husband and wife are in harmony, one piece of yam is enough for their food. ~ Nigerian Igbo proverb. True African Harmony Proverbs About Proverbs. The proverb is the encapsulated expression of a successful ancestral tradition.  Proverbs are children of experience.  Proverbs are the wisdom of the home.  A wise man who knows proverbs reconciles difficulties.  The proverb does not lie.  Proverbs make a husband wise.  He who does not listen to the proverb remains begging for help.  Proverbs are like butterflies, some are caught, and some fly away.  In proverbs, the conscience of the people sits in judgment.  Proverbs are the wisdom of the ages.   Together we

Story of When Does Life Begin African Folklore

The question of when life begins seems to be a basic answer but, it is one of the most interesting and meaningful questions we can possibly ask. The African folklore story of crocodiles fortune and when does life begins is still debated by beasts and birds to this day. When Does Life begin African Folklore Questions about the very beginnings of life African Folklore story Crocodile was very old. Finally he died. News of his death spread among the Beasts; and his relatives and friends came to mourn. After a proper number of days had passed, the matter of the division of the property was mentioned. At once a quarrel developed, on the question as to who were his nearest relatives. The tribe of Birds said, "He is ours and we will be the ones to divide the property." Their claim was disputed, others asking, "On what ground do you claim relationship? You wear feathers; you do not wear plates of armor as he. "The Birds replied, "True, he did not wear our

There is no medicine to cure hatred

Ashanti proverbs express the timeless wisdom of the Ashanti people. Wise sayings in the speech of proverbs have been passed down for generations in Ashanti culture. There is no medicine to cure hatred is the Chic African Culture's favorite proverb. Anger leads to hate which leads to misery, which leads to hate which leads to anger; it is a never-ending cycle of negativity. Only when you insert love into the cycle it will become clear that love is stronger than hate. Hate destroys but love builds. More African proverb quotes and wise sayings about hate   Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.   I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. - James Baldwin   I do not have time to hate people who hate me because I am too busy loving people who love me. - Unknown   I will per

Fat wife happy life

Happy fat wife in Mauritania Africa where fat women are preferred. Fat wives with stretch marks, rolls of fat and broad backsides are considered extremely beautiful in areas of Africa desert country of Mauritania. In Mauritania, Africa, fat wife makes for a happy life. Fat Wife Makes A Happy Marriage Life in Africa Desert Country of Mauritania In Mauritania, overeating is not a sign of addiction, but rather of a tradition. Beauty as always is in the eye of the beholder. In the eleventh largest country in Africa, Mauritania, among the white Moor Arab population, fat women are traditionally seen as more desirable and obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige. The fatter the wife the happier the husband and the marriage bed. Why? If a girl was thin, she was considered poor or sickly, and would not be respected enough for marriage.  To attain Mauritanian traditional standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of gavage, or "fattening up." Gavage is F

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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