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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 Trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

The Central African Republic War Crimes Trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo in court 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 Commander-in-Chief of the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC). He effectively acted as a military commander a

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. African cuisine is incredibly diverse and offers a rich tapestry of flavors, spices, and cooking techniques. Each region within Africa has its own unique culinary traditions and ingredients, resulting in a wide variety of dishes to explore and enjoy.  From North African couscous and tagines to West African jollof rice and Nigerian suya, and from East African injera and samosas to South African bobotie and boerewors, the continent offers a delightful array of flavors and dishes that are sure to captivate anyone's taste buds.  Whether you're a fan of French, Italian, English, Caribbean, American, Spanish, Dutch, or native foods, African cuisine offers something special. It's a wonderful opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure and discover Africa's vibrant and delicious flavors.   What is the food like in Africa?

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. Body dysmorphia is when you have a distorted body image of any part of your body, and you see yourself as ugly or disfigured obsessing over your appearance. Accept your body African proverbs teach life is good at any weight  The Bronskvinnorna sculpture was the reaction from the artist to the accelerating body weight fixation of our time. Fat non-acceptance, muscular women, underweight men and women all can fall under the body dysmorphia disorder.  However, this sculpture reminds us, along with African proverbs of body acceptance and being proud of ourselves ant anny weight. Body acceptance, African proverbs, teach 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,

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

Madagascar's 62 Mile High Razor Spiked Forest Madagascar's 62 mile high Tsingy Razor Spiked Forest is over 200 million years old and was once covered by the sea. The Tsingy Razor Spiked Forest, also known as the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, was first discovered by Western explorers in the 20th century. The park is located in western Madagascar and covers an area of around 1,575 square kilometers.  The unique razor-spiked limestone formations found in the park were created over millions of years through a process of erosion and sedimentation. The area was once covered by a shallow sea, and over time the buildup of dead marine organisms created a thick layer of limestone. The limestone was then gradually eroded by rainwater and other natural forces, creating the distinctive razor-sharp peaks and gorges that can be seen in the park today.  The Tsingy Razor Spiked Forest is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. T

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 of t

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