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Don't set sail on someone else’s star.



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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.

It is well with my soul African proverbs

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African proverbs teach when peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul. African proverbs teaching faith, perseverance and hopefulness, reminding us it is well with the soul. It is with patience that one dissects a bee to see its intestines. ~ Ewe Proverb Whatever is sugared kills , whereas that which is bitter heals ~ Kenyan Proverb Good things are found among thorns ~ Democratic Republic of Congo To live long is to see many things. ~ Orma Proverb One who bathes willingly with cold water does not feel the cold. ~ Tanzanian Proverb A lone traveler is swept away by a stream. ~ Malawi Proverb Although the grass looks even, there are paths in between. ~ Ewe Proverb Kneeling you eat with others, keep standing and you eat nothing. ~ Zambian Proverb Not all knowledge is taught in school ~ Twi Proverb The person whose feet feel the morning dew is better than the pe

Where are the Pepper, Ivory, Gold and Slave Coast of Africa

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European Cash Coasts of Africa Foreign overseas traders and exporters solely according to the business and trade economies roughly divided Africa into four coasts; Pepper Coast, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast, and the Slave Coast. Where are the Pepper, Ivory, Gold and Slave Coast of Africa The Berlin Conference was not the start of the "Scramble for Africa," history shows that the first areas to be settled in the African regions were those along the shoreline. French and Portuguese explorers in the early 16th century divided the countries of the west coast Africa into four coasts according to the trade economy, the Ivory Coast, Grain Coast or Pepper Coast, Gold Coast, and Slave Coast. Ivory Coast  The French named the Côte d'Ivoire literally means Ivory Coast . Côte d'Ivoire was unofficially known as Costa do Marfim by the Portuguese, côte des dents or the teeth coast and the Ivory Coast reflecting the trade in ivory. Grain Coast  The Grain Coast, Malaguetta Coast

Sauti za Busara the Day the Music Died and Rose Again

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Sauti za Busara music festival Music is a very important part of African culture. Since 2003, the world famous Sauti za Busara is one of Africa's best-loved music festivals taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania however; the music did not play in 2016. Sauti za Busara is 100% live, 100% kuishi. Sauti za Busara did take place every year in February in Stone Town, Zanzibar and surrounding venues highlighting artists from Zanzibar and Tanzania, across the African Continent and the African diaspora. The 2016 Sauti za Busara music festival is cancelled due to lack of funding. Sauti za Busara is one of the largest music festivals in Eastern Africa. In 2014, CNN listed Sauti za Busara as one of the seven must-see African music festivals.  All being well, the 2017 edition of Sauti za Busara will continue to spread the unique vibrant rhythms of African music across the world.   Sauti za Busara is a unique platform for local unknown Afri

Pope Honors Ugandan African Martyrs

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Pope Francis traveled to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic November 2015 to Honor 22 Ugandan Martyrs who refused to denounce their faith. A Martyr is a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs. Pope Francis the 266th is visiting Africa in November 2015 honoring twenty-two martyrs of Uganda. The Twenty-two Ugandan Roman Catholic martyrs refused to denounce their Catholic faith, so they were burned alive by the teenage King Mwanga II. Twenty-Two African Roman Catholic Martyrs burned alive, Pope Francis will use the mass in Uganda to preach memory, fidelity and prayer in Africa. His visit to Kampala, Uganda, Nov 28, 2015 will address priests, religious and seminarians of the country at the Cathedral in Kampala. “As I said to the young people today, through the veins of young people and all Ugandan people is flowing the blood of the martyrs,” Pope Francis said.  Pope Francis the 266th Honoring Twenty-Two

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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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