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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Throwing Mud African Proverb

People Like To Remind You of Your Mistakes Understand that you are not your past.

When someone uses your past against you and enjoys reminding you of your past mistakes, all trust is lost and you cannot tell anything personal to anyone because you feel they will throw it all back in your face.

What happened in the past is used to gain power and control over you by blaming and shaming you. Throwing Mud African Igbo Proverb teaches you cannot throw mud and stay clean.

He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down - African Igbo Proverb

Let go of the past and people who remind you of your past

Every day grants a chance to create ourselves afresh to shake off the past, open up to the present moment without being reminded of the past to create an extraordinary future. Accept your history and remember that it does not define you. 
Acceptance is the first step to letting go and setting yourself free. Believe in yourself. Believe in your purpose.  Understand. Take …

Charging Cell Phones in Rural Africa

Charging Cell Phones Rural Africa

Charging Cell Phones in Rural Africa

The simple task of charging a cell phone is no simple matter in rural African villages far from an electric grid.
With the advent of tiny rooftop solar panels electricity could be accessible to millions.
African governments are struggling to meet to electric needs of the poorest of the poor living in rural areas. 

Living off-grid may be a lifestyle choice to some and a fact of everyday living to the poorest of the poor. However, tiny rooftop solar panels and high-efficiency LED lights across the African continent could provide enough electricity to charge cell phones. 

Cell phones are vital for people in rural areas with no access to banks in order to send and receive money, access medical care and stay in contact with family and friends.
What does Off-Grid Mean? Off the grid (off-grid) means creating your own self-sufficient environment and being able to operate completely independently of all trad…

The Sahara Desert is Alive with Volcanoes

Mount Koussi, also called Emi Koussi, located in northern Chad is the highest peak of Africa’s largest driest desert, the Sahara. 
The Sahara desert is not just miles and miles of sand 
In the Sahara desert, there are lots of sand dunes, with some of them as high as 500 feet high, that’s a little more than one and a half football fields and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The Sahara is the largest desert on the African continent and is Earth's largest hot desert.

There are also volcanoes in the world’s largest hot desert, Emi Koussi. The Emi Koussi volcano at 2.1 miles above sea level is the highest peak of Africa’s largest driest desert, the Sahara.    African Desert volcano, Emi Koussi is located in northern Chad, at the southeastern end of the Tibesti Mountain Range in the Sahara desert. Chad is largest of Africa's 16 landlocked countries with 1.284 million sq km or about 4.9 million sq miles of total land area. 

The Tibesti are a mountain range in the central Sahara dese…

Potjiekos Chicken and Plantain Stew

Potjiekos Pot Food traditional South African Afrikaner stewPotjiekos (Pot = potjie and Food =kos) is a traditional Southern African Afrikaner stew cooked in a cast iron pot over an open fire. Our version of Potjiekos Chicken and Plantain Stew is made on the stovetop and served with love. Potjiekos Chicken and Plantain Stew
Ingredients 4 chicken thighs with skin 2 medium onions, finely sliced 2 ripe plantains, sliced 2 medium carrots, cut into strips 2 medium potatoes, diced 1 large tomato, sliced 2 sprigs chopped parsley 1 sprig thyme 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 hot pepper, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cloves 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 tablespoon any flavor chutney 2 dried bay leaves 4 cups water Salt and pepper to taste

Directions Add all ingredients to a large lidded stew pot, simmer for 1 hour. Serve over rice or with soft bread.

Afrikaner, who are they? In 1688 a group of French Protestants, striving for religious freedom, fled from France and settled in the Cape. Together with the Free B…

Stubborn Mule African Proverb

When you receive advice that you refuse to follow, do not be surprised at the results.

You roll your eyes and say I know…I know but, in the end, a tree falls on you and you die ~ African Proverb
What is stubbornness
Stubbornness is basically a rooted resistance to change. Moreover, given that life is all about change, stubbornness is effective resistance to life itself. A fundamental resistance drives the person with stubbornness to being forced to do anything or experience anything against his will. The personality with stubbornness is over-sensitive to the possibility of having sudden or unwanted change imposed and sees the threat of it everywhere. Anything new, different, or involving change is perceived as a direct threat even if the change in question is positive and in the person’s best interests.

In the case of stubbornness, the early negative experiences typically consist of domestic instability or upheaval and the stress of having to suddenly put up with new situations. The situa…

Give your children too much freedom and you lose your own

Children African proverbs, sayings, and quotes.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow, children are our future teach them well and let them lead the way.

Today’s seedlings are tomorrow's flowers – African Proverb

Children African proverbs, sayings, and quotes

Children are not dogs; adults are not Gods.

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

We have not inherited this land from our ancestors; rather we have borrowed it from our children.

Old men are twice children.

Children speak in the field what they hear in the house.

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.

He who teaches children learns more than they do.

Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.

One father is better at caring for ten children than ten children are for one father.

Children are not dogs; adults are not Gods.

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

We have not inherite…

Black Rhino Therapeutic Oil Recipe

Black Rhino Therapeutic Oil Recipe
South African herbalists therapeutic oil recipe

South African herbalists or Inyanga have thousands of years of herbal knowledge
Treating ailments using plants growing in the garden and in the wild. Still, to this day, many South Africans have faith in the healing powers of the Inyanga.

Black Rhino Therapeutic Oil Recipe
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground black caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon black sea salt or basic sea salt
½ cup olive oil


In a small saucepan add all ingredients carefully heat the oil up to body temperature or approximately 98 degrees Fahrenheit; if you accidentally allow the oil to get too hot, let it cool to the proper temperature. Caution, do not overheat mixture or you will cause severe burns, only use mixture lukewarm which is 98 degrees F or 36 degrees Celsius.
Uses - Variations of Black Rhino Therapeutic Oil recipe has been used for centuries by natural healers. Apply the lukewarm oil mixture externally…

Why Frogs Croak African Folklore

Why Frogs Croak African Short Story Folklore

It is a common belief male frogs croaks are love serenades meant to attract a lover. However, the true reason frogs croak is explained in the ancient African Short Story Folklore Why Frogs Croak.

Why Frogs Croak African Short Story Folklore

The animals arrange a wrestling match between frog and elephant. 

It is agreed that at the beginning of the match, at the signal each contestant will rush forward into the wrestling match and begin the contest. 

However, the elephant comes so fast, that he stumbles and falls over on his back, frog jumps through elephant's legs, pins him and wins the match. 

All Frog's relatives began to croak, and to this day, they crock to each other celebrating the victory over the elephant.

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Paying Money To Tour Slums in Africa

Generations have lived in Kenya’s largest slum of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest squatters settlements. Kibera slum is well known for its crime, overcrowding, poverty, lack of proper sanitation and of course tourism. Kibera Slum in Kenya is a little smaller than New York’s Central Park and receives just as many tourists.

Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
Kibera (Key-bear-a) is a Nubian word meaning Forest or Jungle. Slum tourism is alive and well in Africa and Kenya Kibera is no exception. Selling guided trips through Kibera, a short drive from the luxury hotels that serve most foreign visitors in Nairobi is not unusual.
In Kibera Kenya, touring slums in Africa for profit is a normal part of life

Over 100 years ago, Nubian soldiers and their families who worked for the British colonial army were the original settlers of Kibera. It is situated three miles from Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi.

Kibera is one of Africa’s largest squatters’ settlements. Fifteen de…

Dressed Up Trash Can African Proverbs

Bad Person African Proverbs

Rotting from the inside out. Beautiful on the outside, but rotten on the inside, dressed up trash can African Proverbs teaches people who do not respect themselves can never respect anyone else.
Dressed Up Trash Can African Proverbs
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Seven Dressed Up Trash Can African Proverbs
The tail of a goat cleans where it is seated.

Do not scratch the cockroach's scars.

It is the feathers that make a chicken big.

A liar is like heap of straw that covers other things while its own roots are wet.

He who has not clapped what neighbor is success that means he has a baboon's heart.

Once swallowed it is not sweet anymore.

Manhood is beneath the clothing.

O dabi iru eefin kan, ti o dara julọ ti o si jẹ ọlọla sibẹ ti o buru ju. -Yoruba 
She was like a volcano, beautiful and majestic yet utterly deadly. - English
Read more facts and food recipes about Africa The African Gourmet creates easy African food r…

Ostrich Vegetable Stew Recipe

Ostrich Vegetable Stew
What does Ostrich meat taste like? Ostrich meat tastes like beef.

Ostrich Meat is a red meat low in fat and is used in any recipe using red meat. Ostrich meat is naturally low in fat and is used for frying, stewing, sautéing or in any of dish as a substitute for beef.

Ostrich Vegetable Stew Recipe
Ingredients 1 ½ pounds cleaned ostrich 4 cloves garlic crushed 2 diced medium sized tomatoes 1 medium onion, sliced 1 cup baby carrots 2 cups peeled diced yucca  3 cups green beans 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons coriander 1 hot pepper chopped 2 cups vegetable stock Salt and pepper to taste

Directions In a large pot on medium heat, add oil then sauté garlic one minute. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer covered for 30 minutes.
Did you know
Ostrich Meat is a red meat low in fat and is used in any recipe using red meat.

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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