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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Easy Moroccan Breakfast Recipe

Easy Moroccan Breakfast Recipe
Moroccan breakfast couscous with dates and honey recipe.

Honey, dates, and couscous combines handsomely in this easy Moroccan African couscous recipe to create a rich dessert or sweet breakfast cereal.
Couscous with Dates and Honey
Ingredients 2 cups low fat milk 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 cups dry couscous 1 cup chopped dried dates

Directions In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, honey and cinnamon. As soon as it comes to a boil, stir in the couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in dates. Serve warm for breakfast or as a dessert.

Did you know? Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.

Herbal African ED Medicine

Herbal African ED Medicine
Herbal African ED Medicine

Bark from the coastal forests of Central and West Africa's Pausinystalia johimbe or yohimbe tree is a sexual performance natural remedy long used in African traditional medicinal arts. 

Talking About Sex Men with erectile dysfunction can reverse their problem without medication. Herbal African ED Medicine

Yohimbe bark contains a chemical called yohimbine that can increase blood flow and nerve impulses to the sexual organs. About half of men ages 40 to 70 have erectile dysfunction (ED) to some degree, although only one in 10 report a complete inability to have erections. Taking an ED drug produces an erection sufficient to start intercourse in about 70% of otherwise healthy men.

The bark of the yohimbe tree contains a chemical called yohimbine, which is used to make medicine to help people who have issues with sexual performance issues. Cameroon supplies the majority of the raw bark in the commercial trade.

Yohimbine is not appropri…

Making the Perfect Cup of White African Tea

Making the Perfect Cup of White African Tea Behind China and India, Kenya is the largest tea producer in the world. Kenyan tea, around 90 percent of the tea is grown and produced is cultivated on very small farms. Kenyans are leaders in developing new varieties of tea such as white and purple teas that grow abundantly and are able to tolerate climate conditions in Kenya.

Making the Perfect Cup of White African Tea Africa produces handmade white, green, and specialty teas produced by smallholder tea farmers. Malawi Antlers White Tea is a specialty tea favored by tea lover all over the world.
Step-by-step on how to make the perfect cup of White African Tea   1. Use one teaspoon of dried loose tea per cup of water, more to taste.   2. When making a flower or herbal tea with small leaf and green leaf type plants, you can use a tea strainer. The tea strainer eliminates the need to strain off the small leaves later.   3. Add your desired amount to a tea strainer or teapot.   4. Cover…

Zanzibar African Octopus Stew Recipe

The local variety of octopus in the seas of Zanzibar off Africa's Eastern shores is a favorite ingredient in Octopus stew. 

Eat Zanzibar African Octopus Stew recipe with white rice, stewed beans and a large piece of chili on the side.
Zanzibar African Octopus Stew Recipe
Ingredients 2 pounds cleaned and sliced octopus 2 cups water 1 onion finely chopped 4 scallions finely chopped 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed and very finely chopped 2 sprigs thyme 2 large bay leaves 2 tablespoons palm oil or sunflower oil 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions In a large pot, add octopus, one cup of water and seasonings. Let stew on low heat 1 hour. In the same pot add all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer over a medium heat for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Weight Loss Eggplant Tea Recipe

Let's make Cameroon garden egg tea

Garden eggs are also known as eggplants are very low in calories but high in dietary fiber. In Most African countries, garden eggs are a favorite food for weight loss. Cameroon Mendim-me-zong garden egg tea is perfect for achieving weight loss due to its low-calorie content.
Weight Loss African Eggplant Tea Recipe

4 Garden Eggs
Water for boiling

Over high heat, in a large pot add peeled diced eggplants, cover with water. Boil eggplants until soft about 10 minutes. After cooling separate the eggplant water from the pulp using a kitchen strainer. Drink tea warm or cold.
Eggplants contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and anthocyanins and will help with achieving a healthier weight.Eggplants contain sufficient amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and anthocyanins. Most people should consume about 25-38 grams of fiber each day. One cup of raw eggplants provides about 12 percent of your daily fiber …

Why People Are Given A Name African Folklore

African Folklore Why People are given a name
Giving names at birth
Where did the custom of giving names at birth begin? The African Folklore Why People are given a name explains.

Why People Are Given A Name African Folklore

The Great Soul sends his son to earth to see what is here. His son's name is Somebody. 
Somebody goes about doing evil until he is captured by four old women. People call a meeting to talk to the wrongdoer, Somebody. 
They decide to put Somebody to death. A little boy proposes, that, before killing him, they ask him for his last request. 
Somebody answers, "I wish to have every man given a name, and to end the practice of calling me and everybody 'Somebody.' Then every deed may be attributed to its doer." 

The wisdom of this reply gains for Somebody his release, and for every man a name.


Legend of Deepest Darkest Africa
Rabbit Angered Moon African Folktale
Nkasa Tree Test for Witches

Africa is surrounded by water from all directions as well as st…

What is Cassava?

What is Cassava

What is Cassava
Cassava is very versatile root vegetable and is used the main ingredient in bread, fries, roasted veggie stews and soups, chin-chin, fritters, sweet cakes and fufu.

All About CassavaPortuguese traders introduced cassava into Africa from Brazil in the 16th century. Currently, about half of the world production of cassava is in Africa. The plant is known under many names: ubi kettella, kaspe, manioca, rumu, yucca, mandioca, aipim, manioc, tapioca and cassada.
Cassava is cultivated in around 40 African countries, stretching through a wide belt from Madagascar in the Southeast to Senegal and to Cape Verde in the Northwest. Around 70 percent of Africa's cassava output is harvested in Nigeria, the Congo and Tanzania.
Traditionally, cassava is produced on small-scale family farms. The roots are processed and prepared as a subsistence crop for home consumption and for sale in village markets and shipment to urban centers.
Grown throughout the tropical world, …

How Hunger First Got Into Stomach Folktale from Liberia

How Hunger First Got Into Stomach Folktale from Liberia Story

Ever wonder why your stomach growls when it is hungry? As the Folktale from Liberia Africa explains to us, the first meeting of hunger and stomach is an interesting tale.

How Hunger First Got Into Stomach Folktale from Liberia

They say that long ago hunger never catches the stomach of the people. But, all this is spoiled now.

As the elders say, one day there was a great celebration in a distant town and Hunger invites Stomach to go with him. Before they start, Hunger cooks plenty of food and asks Stomach to eat.

Hunger insists that he get on Stomach and be carried to the play since he provided a fine meal for the both of them. Stomach refuses, and there is a big fight between the two.

In the end, Hunger wins the fight and mounts Stomach. When they arrive at the play, Stomach asks Hunger to get off, but Hunger refuses and holds tight.

He even succeeds in creeping inside of Stomach.

Stomach is furious! To quiet Stom…

Why Lions Hunt Wildebeest African Folklore Story

King Lion and his family sits waiting for the perfect meal to come along, Wildebeest. Lions hunt Wildebeests to this day because of a wrong done to Lion by the Wildebeest.

Why Lions Hunt Wildebeest African Folklore Story

King Lion feels that his subjects dislike him therefore, as a test, he withdraws to his house and has word sent out by his servants that he is sick unto death. The animals hasten to King Lion's house to show their sympathy except Wildebeest.
It is announced that Lion is dead.
Rabbit says “King Lion is dead, and that it would be well for all the animals to mourn his death loudly.”
Wildebeest declares that he intends to kill Lion's wife now that the King is dead. Wildebeest kidnaps Lion's wife, but Lion chases them and kills Wildebeest.

King Lion declares that all Lions are to hold Wildebeest as their enemies, and to this day Lions never lose a chance to kill a Wildebeest.

Ujeqe Steamed Zulu Dumpling Recipe

Ujeqe is versatile African steamed dumpling and goes well with any soup, stew, BBQ, curry or side dish. Ujeqe is made similar and tastes like Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian steamed buns.

Ujeqe Steamed Zulu Dumpling Recipe
Ingredients 2 1/2 cups bread flour 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 large eggs 1 sachet instant yeast 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions In a bowl add water, yeast and sugar, let stand 3 minutes. In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs into yeast mixture and stir gradually into the dry mixture. Add enough additional water if needed to make a stiff dough that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl.

With damp hands, shape dough into a semi-flat circle, and place into a greased steamer. Steam until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Dumpling is done when a knife stuck into the center comes out clean. Serve with any dish!

Mufono Seeks Wisdom from the Should Be Dead African Folktale

There is no better source of wisdom than people who have lived a long time; it is not beneficial for anyone to ignore elderly knowledge and experience as Mufono discovers in the African Folktale of Mufono seeks wisdom from the should be dead. 

Mufono Seeks Wisdom from the Should Be Dead African Folktale
The animals of the forest meet, and agree to build one big village and live together. Jumo, a man with one eye, one ear, one arm, and one leg, comes out of a river claiming to be the son of the Seffa River People and talks the animals into making him their king.

As the newly crowned king, Jumo understands to get complete power; he must kill anyone older than himself. The king therefore decrees everyone kill their elders after the great feast of Kepi. 

Mufono does not trust in the wisdom of the king and hides his parents in the forest. 

Next, the king decrees that the animals work for him on his farm across the river, some distance from the new village. 

Mufono consults his parents. They ad…

North Africa Nature Journal

North Africa's Mauritania African nature journal includes one of the top places to visit in Africa for bird watching and green sea turtle nature observation. 
Mauritania Africa Nature Journal 
Mauritania is located in Western Africa between Senegal and the disputed Western Sahara. The around 1.2 million hectare or 3 million acre Banc d'Arguin National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. The African national park is a vast area of islands, marshes and coastline for African green sea turtles. 

Mauritania's population is concentrated in the cities of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou and along the Senegal River in the southern part of the large mostly desert terrain of the country. 
Banc d'Arguin is located on the Atlantic desert coast of Mauritania, midway between the main cities of Nouakchott in the south and Nouadhibou in the north. 

Banc d'Arguin is a vast area of islands, marshes and coastline.
Banc d'Arguin is one of the most important zones in the world for…

Bail Water While It’s Still Ankle Deep

Problem Solving Qoutes Bail Water While It’s Still Ankle Deep
Bail water, while it’s still ankle deep, is a West African Igbo Proverb whose meaning warns us not to ignore our problems because they grow and become bigger problems over time.

Bail water while it’s still ankle deep  - West African Igbo Proverb

Leaders solve problems and stop them before they get too big

It happens to even the most seasoned people. You are excited to embrace new challenges and you have visualized success at the end of the road. Here is how some leaders think about problems and how you can learn to overcome them before they get too big.
A positive attitude may not solve your problems -- but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. – Anonymous

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

All problems become smaller when you confront them instead of dodging them. – William F. Halsey

Do not bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself. – Colin Powell


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