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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Why the Male Robin has a Red Breast African Folktale

The robin is a small bird with red around its mouth and red on its breast. The female has no red on her the breast, and the following African is the folktale legend explains why.
One day the Robin and his wife found that they had no red camwood powder to make themselves beautiful, so the husband prepared for a journey to the market to buy some. 
He was a long time on the road, but at last reached the market only to find that all the red camwood had been sold. He tried one trader after another with no success, for all had sold out, but one finally said, "I have none to sell, but I can give you a small piece, enough for yourself."

The kind trader gave Robin a small piece, and to protect the red camwood from the sun, the Robin put it in his mouth, as he wanted to take it safely home to his wife. 
But, as he traveled the red camwood melted dripping out of the corners of his mouth, down his throat, and came out round his beak and down his chest to his feathers, and ever since then t…

Sierra Leone Fried Banana Rice Dumplings

Sierra Leone Fried Banana Rice Dumplings
Easy Sierra Leone Recipe

The Kambia District in North Sierra Leone is considered the main rice bowl of the country with its large farms, widespread mangrove swamps and large river creeks.
Rice is the country's staple yet most of the rice Sierra Leone eats is imported from Asia. Sierra Leone’s traditional rice dishes are cooked simply in salted water or ground into flour, served with fish, meat and vegetable dishes.

Sierra Leone Fried Banana Rice Dumplings

Ingredients 3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed 1 1/4 cup rice flour 1/2 cup white sugar Water as needed 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Oil for frying

Directions Heat 2 inches oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Mash the bananas into a paste in a bowl. Alternate adding rice flour and a little water to make a stiff batter. Stir in the sugar. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, dumplings will float to the top when done. Drain on kitchen paper to r…

Write your name using the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet

Write your name using the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet
What do the hieroglyphics symbols mean and how to write using the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet.

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet
What are Hieroglyphics?

Hieroglyphics are characters in which symbols represent objects and ideas. Hieroglyphics can be pictures of living creatures such as an owl, objects used in daily life such as a basket or symbols such as lasso.
Most of the pictures stand for the object they represent, but usually, they stand for sounds. You cannot exactly match the American English alphabet to hieroglyphics, because they are two very different languages, but historians have come up with a simplified translation of our letters and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

What do the hieroglyphics symbols mean?
A an Egyptian vulture B a foot C a basket with handle D a hand E a reed F a horned viper (an Egyptian snake) G a jar-stand H a reed shelter I a reed J a cobra K the basket with the handle again (because hard 'C' is like …

Red, Black and Green, Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon

History of the Red, Black and Green Pan-African Flag
Interesting History of the Red, Black and Green Pan-African Flag

The Pan-African flag or Black Liberation Flag is a tricolor flag consisting of three equal horizontal bands colored red, black and green. The three colors on the Pan-African flag represent red for the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation, black for the people of Black African ancestry and green for the abundant natural wealth of Africa.

Jamaican political leader Marcus Garvey was a founding member and former president of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) created the Pan-African flag in 1920 in response to the 1900 song "Every Race Has a Flag but the Coon." The song was written by Will A. Heelan and J. Fred Helf was very popular in the United States and Britain.

A 1921 report appearing in the Africa Times and Orient Review, Marcus Garvey stated on the importance of the flag…

The where and why food loss and waste happens

Hungry people and policymakers throughout the world want to reduce food loss and waste therefore people need to know where it occurs and where interventions will be the most impactful. Food loss is the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by food suppliers in the chain. Food loss refers to any food that is discarded, incinerated or otherwise disposed of along the food supply chain from harvest. However food waste refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by retailers, food service providers and consumers.
The where and why food loss and waste happensAt the farm Important causes of on-farm losses include inadequate harvesting time, climatic conditions, practices applied at harvest and handling, and challenges in marketing produce. Food loss and waste entails poor use of resources and negative environmental impacts. It is forecast that a growing population and rising incomes will lead to incr…

When is Autumn Weather in South Africa

About the Causes of Seasons and Weather in Africa

Weather in Africa Weather temperatures vary greatly throughout the continent of Africa and each country has unique climatic weather conditions. In the southern hemisphere of Africa, seasons are opposite to those of Europe and North America. When is Autumn Weather in South Africa
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About the Causes of Seasons and Weather in Africa

Autumn in Africa just like any other place around the world, it is a season between summer and winter where the temperatures gradually decrease, please fall from the trees and animals begin that preparation for winter. Southern Africa is located in the southern hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere is the half of Earth that is south of the Equator and about 60% of Africa lies in the Southern Hemisphere.

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, ESwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zam…

Burdens of Women Collecting Firewood in Africa

Burdens of Women Collecting Firewood in Africa

Collecting Firewood in Africa Throughout Africa, women and girls walk for hours a day in the hope of finding a few branches or roots to use as firewood; to avoid the midday sun, many leave their homes before sunrise.

Burdens of Women Collecting Firewood in Africa
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Dangers of women collecting firewood in Africa range from spinal and pelvic injuries to sexual assault, rape, and harassment.

Almost all African countries still rely on wood to meet basic energy needs, in fact over 80% of the energy supply in African countries comes from wood. In these countries, woodfuels not only are vital to the nutrition of rural and urban households but are also often essential in food processing industries for baking, brewing, smoking, curing and electricity production.

The World Health Organization states that “Over 98,000 Nigerian women die annually from the use of firewood. If a woman c…

Traditional South African Gooseberry Jam Recipe

Traditional South African Gooseberry Jam Recipe
Native to Peru and Chile, today gooseberries grow in 34 out of 54 African countries.

Gooseberry fruit is covered in its own papery husk which is botanically called the calyx; the flavor is delicious bittersweet and pleasant with a unique tomato pineapple like blend. 
All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous.The fruit is usually eaten raw or cooked in pies, cakes, jellies, and jams. The fruit is rich in vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Gooseberries grow naturally in tropical regions around the world grown for its fruit to use in many recipes and medicinally.

Traditional Gooseberry Jam

Gooseberry Jam is a classic recipe especially in Southern Africa. Gooseberries are high in pectin; making jams and jellies are easy to prepare with the bittersweet fruit.

Ingredients 2 pounds Cape Gooseberries     5 cups sugar 1/4 cup water

Directions Add all ingredients together, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered…

Listen to the Ancestors Wise Words on failure

Failure creates opportunities wise words from African ancestors to start your climb.

Who climbs falls. Wise Words from Africa African Proverb means to keep trying, do not give up on you, try and try again. Keep climbing, no matter how little the steps, if you believe it will work listen to wise words from Africa. Wise people know any attempt to climb higher, even if it fails, is better than no attempt.

Who climbs falls, try and try again. Once you attempt to find a solution to problems in your life, do not give up if the first solution. Try something else and if that does not work, try something else, keep climbing. End the bad habit of killing time with wasted negative thoughts and start the climb.

Perseverance is the key to you unlearning bad habits and learned helplessness because if you only try once and it does not work, you may have only strengthened your learned helplessness. Who climbs falls and that is ok, to achieve the greatest success, you have to embrace the fall and …

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