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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.

Smartest Person in the Room African Folklore

Crocodile thought himself to be the smartest person in the room but as we shall soon see in this African Folklore he was wrong. Thinking yourself to be the smartest person in the room is usually a big mistake. Smartest Person in the Room African Folklore Crocodile and a Gazelle lived together with their wives and families in the same town. One day the Crocodile said, "My good friend Gazelle, let us go and buy some drums in the Oko country." "All right," replied the Gazelle; but where are we to get the money from?" "I have the money!” answered the Crocodile. They started out on their shopping trip and when they walked a little way Crocodile snarled. "Wait here! I must return to our town, as I have forgotten something." The Crocodile returned to town, went to the Gazelle’s wife and said, "My friend has sent me for his children." Mrs. Gazelle gave them to him, and putting them into a bag, he returned to the place where h

War Crimes Crime and Punishment African Proverbs

War Crimes Crime and Punishment African Proverbs The Central African Republic War Crimes Trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo in court Transfer to The Hague July 3, 2008. The trial began on November 22, 2010. The International Criminal Court (ICC) on June 21, 2016, sentenced former Congolese vice-president, 58-year-old Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 years in prison and he was criminally responsible pursuant to Article 28(a) of the ICC Rome Statute for the crimes against humanity.  The crimes were murder, rape, and the war crimes of murder, rape and pillaging committed by the MLC troops in the Central African Republic from on or about October 26, 2002, to March 15, 2003. His arrest warrant was issued on June 10, 2008. As a military commander, he was held responsible for two counts of crimes against humanity, murder and rape, and three counts of war crimes, murder, and rape and pillaging. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was the President and Command

Old Fashioned Zomo Rabbit Stew Recipe

Old Fashioned Zomo Rabbit Stew Recipe Rabbit recipe Rabbit meat is white meat high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. African rabbits live in more than 25 African countries in West, East, South and Central Africa. Rabbit habitats include meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts and wetlands. There are over 30 different breeds of rabbits; some are good for meat production some for fur production and some for both. Old Fashioned Zomo Rabbit Stew Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   Old fashioned Zomo Rabbit Stew recipe is a traditional tasty game meat rabbit stew recipe from South, East, Central and West Africa. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour 50 min Ingredients 1 large rabbit cut into 8 pieces 2 cups sliced carrots 2 chopped onions 1 large tomato diced 1 large bell pepper diced 2 large Irish potatoes diced 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon red

What is the food like in Africa

What is the food like in Africa? If you like French, Italian, English, Caribbean, American, Spanish, Dutch, and native foods; you will love African food. What is the food like in Africa. In Africa, you will find dishes influenced by people who lived there for millions as years as well as major influences from cultures that colonized Africa and newly established fast food chain restaurants. In addition, with a range of climates and growing conditions, the ingredients for African cuisine are diverse. It is impossible to group African food into one category. Food recipes of a community are often closely related to where they live as well as the increasing urbanization of African populations. Large well-known American retail and fast food companies see South Africa as a gateway into the growing African market. Seattle Coffee has been operating in South Africa since 1996, Cinnabon launched in South Africa in 2006 looking to open stores in Egypt, Libya, and Morocco.  Krispy Kreme

History of Warrior African Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga Mbande was a military strategist and powerful 17th-century female African ruler of the  Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms. Queen Nzinga was one of the most women rulers of 17th century Africa fighting against the slave trade. Born in 1583, Queen Nzinga Mbande was the 17th-century queen of the Ndongo Kingdom and the newly established Matamba Kingdom. In 1617, Mbandi Ngola Kiluanji, king of Ndongo, dies. His son, Ngola Mbandi, takes power and becomes the new king. However, he does not have his father's personality or his sister's military intelligence.  Her brother King Ngola Mbande realized the Portuguese established a settlement in the same year invading Mbundu land in order to imprison its people into slavery. In 1626, Princess Nzinga became Queen of the Mbundu succeeding her brother King Ngola Mbande. European slave traders on the coast of southern Africa upset the political, social, economic and cultural landscape of the kingdom Ndongo and the entire region. 

Fighting for Land, Oil, and People of Western Sahara

Fighting for Land, Oil, and People of Western Sahara Africa's Western Sahara fight for freedom has been a 40 year battle with no resolution in sight. The disputed territory is on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco , Mauritania , and Algeria .  Fighting for Land, Oil, and People of Western Sahara Western Sahara has a population of around 554 thousand people. After Spain withdrew from Western Sahara in 1976, Morocco seized the area in 1979, following Mauritania's withdrawal. War broke out in the same year due to the Frente Polisario people's party  contesting Morocco's self-proclaimed rule over the territory.  Since 1979, the Frente Polisario has been recognized by the United Nations as the representative of the people of Western Sahara. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic led by President Mohamed Abdelaziz is in exile in Algeria. About 95,000 Sahrawi refugees continue to be sheltered in camps in Tindouf, Algeria, which has housed Sahrawi ref

Short African Folklore Story Have Common Sense Before Acting

Short African Folklore Story Have Common Sense Before Acting This short African folklore story explains do not believe all you hear. Leopard Boils his Mother's Teeth Short African Story teaches to have common sense before acting. Even very smart people sometimes lack common sense, but in this Short African Story, Leopard has no sense by literally believing everything Gazelle says. Leopard had no common sense Short African Folklore Story Have Common Sense Before Acting So the elders say, one day a Gazelle bought some corn at the market, and while he was boiling them at home, the Leopard paid him a visit and asked him: "Sister Gazelle, what are you cooking on the stove?" The Gazelle replied, "I am boiling my mother's teeth." "Really!" exclaimed the Leopard "let me taste them." So the Gazelle gave him some of the cooked corn, and the Leopard thought the food so good that he went home and pulled out all his mother's

Accept Your Body African Proverbs

Accept your body African proverb lesson is similar to the sculpture Bronskvinnorna or The Women of Bronze in Växjö, Sweden. The sculpture is a visual of body dysmorphic disorder when you have a distorted body image, any part of your body, and see yourself as ugly and disfigured obsessing over your appearance. The Bronskvinnorna sculpture is a reaction to the accelerating body fixation of our time and reminds us to be proud of ourselves and that all people have equal value. Many of us go through life feeling less than loving toward our own bodies. We believe we are not attractive enough, flawed in one way or another. Learning to accept, appreciate, and even love every aspect of our bodies African proverbs teach us we are free to enjoy richer, more intimate relationships when we first love ourselves. Accept Your Body African Proverbs You will then learn your measure, when you spend a night with yourself. Look at a person’s deeds, not whether they are tall or short. One can be k

Africa in a Glass | Mstafeli Soursop Milk Drink Recipe

Mstafeli Soursop Milk Drink Recipe African Mstafeli also known as Soursop fruit can be eaten fresh when fully ripe or mixed with milk to make a delicious exotic  fruity  shake. Mstafeli Soursop Milk Drink Recipe Ingredients 2 very ripe soursop fruits peeled, deseeded and mashed 4 cups cold whole or skim milk 5 ice cubes Sugar to taste Directions In a blender add all ingredients, mix well and enjoy! Did you know? The Soursop fruit grows in humid tropical and subtropical areas of 15 African countries; Zanzibar, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Reunion, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.

DIY African Print Phone Cases That You Can Make

Instead of buying a new phone case for your iPhone consider making a DIY African Kente cloth print of your own. There are so many ways to rock African design. Here are three African kente cloth designs that you can print for your iPhone 4, 5, or 6 clear cases to coordinate with your outfit. What is Kente cloth The African cloth kente is made by the Ashanti people of Ghana and the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo. Kente cloth is the most recognizable of all African textiles. Almost every Ghanaian has a garment of kente cloth. The kente fabric is made of inter-woven silk fabric. Although you might now know the name, the kente cloth is used globally. The kente cloth is made in different styles, colors and patterns. Meaning of the word Kente The word kente means basket. The word kente comes from the Akan or Ashanti people. Because of the manner in which the fabric is woven, the pattern of the fabric is similar to a basket, hence kente. While the individual patterns featured in kente c

Glazed Carrots with Orange and Ginger African Recipe

Glazed Carrots with Orange and Ginger African Recipe Ginger Carrots Ginger dishes made with ginger, onion and garlic combinations are popular in Northern African cuisines. Glazed Carrots with Orange and Ginger African Recipe Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 3-6-2016 Glazed carrots with orange and ginger recipe are a tasty favorite North African dish. All About the spice ginger Ginger is used for its warming properties, unique taste and aroma. It contains gingerol, a compound that is thought to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. Ginger is commonly used as a digestive aid, this makes it a helpful spice for morning sickness. Ginger is high in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it may be useful in fighting heart disease and arthritis. Ginger can also be used in relieving the common cold. By adding a few slices to hot water with lemon and honey, ginger helps

Madagascar's 62 Mile High Razor Spiked Forest

The minuscule chameleon, which is less than an inch long from nose to tail and can sit on a human thumbnail, lives in Madagascar's 62 mile high Tsingy Razor Spiked Forest. Tsingy forest Tsingy de Bemaraha is a Strict Nature Reserve since 1927. Strict Nature Reserves are protected areas set aside for nature conservation and research established by law on government-owned lands. Tsingy is located in the Melaky Region of Mahajanga Madagascar on 375,600 acres or 152,000 hectares of land. The minuscule chameleon which is less than an inch long from nose to tail is a species only found in Tsingy. During the Late Cretaceous Period, India broke away from Madagascar. Madagascar is around 587,041 sq km or 226,657 sq miles in size which is the world's fourth-largest island.  Madagascar’s isolation in the Indian Ocean is the reason 90% of its animal and plant life is found only on its island. There are well over 70 varieties of lemu

Melayu Cape Pickled Fish Recipe

South African special occasion dish,  Melayu Cape or  Cape Malay Pickled Fish gets its flavor from ten herbs and spices along with a 24-hour soak in a spicy curry brine. Cape Malay Pickled Fish Cape Malay Pickled Fish Recipe Ingredients: 2 pounds filleted yellowtail or any firm white fish 2 cups white-wine vinegar 1 cup water 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground ginger 3 tablespoons ground curry powder 1 teaspoon ground paprika 1 teaspoon salt 5 whole black peppercorns 5 whole coriander seeds 4 large onions finely sliced 6 dried bay leaves 2 hot peppers 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/3 cup vegetable oil Directions: Fry fish in hot oil until cooked and drain on paper towel. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, and spices in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the onions, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes.  Drain the pickling liquid into a clean saucepan and bring to the boil. Mix a little

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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