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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.

Simple Ukwa African Breadfruit Porridge

Breadfruit facts and making a simple breadfruit porridge recipe. Breadfruit facts . Treculia Africana or African breadfruit grows throughout Tropical Africa. Breadfruit name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a taste similar to potatoes. Breadfruits are large, cantaloupe-sized fruit, usually yellow-green in color, with hard, starchy white flesh similar to a potato. Skin texture of breadfruit ranges from smooth to rough to spiny. Ripe breadfruit is eaten fresh cooked and when cooking smells like fresh baked bread. Breadfruit seeds are cooked similar to beans. Breadfruit goes by many names in Africa, blèfoutou or yovotévi in Benin, afon in the Yoruba language, bafafuta in Hausa and Ukwa in Igbo. African breadfruit  Breadfruit Recipe Simple Ukwa African breadfruit porridge is easy to make a side dish or a main meal. Tip: Treat breadfruit as you would a potato. Simple Ukwa Breadfruit Porridge Ingredients 1 breadfruit cored, peeled and di

What is the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Sweet Potatoes and Yams differences. The truth is what you call a yam is most likely a sweet potato. Yams and sweet potatoes are both flowering plants however, that is their only relation. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier. What is the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams What is the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams The mix-up between yams and sweet potatoes began in the United States when firm varieties of sweet potatoes were grown by African slaves before soft varieties. They called the soft sweet potatoes yams because they resembled the yams in Africa. Therefore, soft sweet potatoes were referred to as yams to distinguish them from the new firm varieties. Sweet potato varieties are classified as either firm or soft. The skin color can range from white to yellow, red, purple or brown. The flesh also ranges in color from white to yellow, orange, or orange-red. Currently, sweet

Iniko’s Make Believe Kindness African Short Story Folklore

Iniko’s make-believe kindness African Folklore is a story about Iniko who pretends to be a river that flows into a sea of generosity but, that is something he is not, generous. In this African folklore, pretending to be generous hurts far more than a punch to the face bringing with it more pain than just saying no in the beginning. Iniko’s Make Believe Kindness African Short Story Folklore African Folklore Iniko’s Make Believe Kindness African Short Story Folklore Nuru asked her husband Iniko to attend to the food on the fire while she went to fetch water.  On her return, she found her husband skimming off the stew from the top of the pot. After he filled a calabash high with stew, he hid it inside the house. Nuru did not let him know that she had seen him and went into the house, poured the stew her husband took from the pot back into the stew pot.  She then returned the calabash to her husband  secret  hiding place. At dinner, when Iniko, trusting in what h

Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Get creative with sweet potatoes and make crispy baked sweet potatoes stuffed with fish, cranberries, pecans, and coconut. Savory fish stuffed sweet potato recipe has all your favorite ingredients found in just one bite. Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Fish Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Ingredients 4 medium any type of cooked fish fillet 4 large sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons butter, softened ¼ cup orange juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 teaspoon grated orange peel ¼ cup dried cranberries 3/4 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub and pierce potatoes with a fork and place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high 12-14 minutes or until tender, turning once. Cool, cut each  potatoes  lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4inch thick shells. Place  potatoes  in a baking pan. In a large bowl, mash pulp with orange

Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion L'Officiel Paris

Beyoncé African Queen Iconic French luxury and fashion Magazine, L'Officiel Paris chose the American diva Beyoncé to wear different colorful outfits and headpieces in a nod to Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti in an African Queen themed 90th-anniversary issue. Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion L'Officiel Paris Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion The fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris celebrated its 90th birthday in 2011 and to celebrate this anniversary, the festivities start with the March issue, with Beyoncé on the cover. Beyoncé posed for the magazine L'Officiel Paris in over the top fashion designer clothes as a return to her African roots. While many fell in love with the fashion spread, some believe the L'Officiciel stylist’s creative license is artfully used while others considered the use of blackface that darkened Beyoncé skin to depict an African Queen racist.  The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fa

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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