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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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Skilpadjies Grilled Lamb Kidney

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Skilpadjies grilled lamb kidney kabobs are perfect grilled organ meat for the offal lover of fine pluck foods. African Recipes by African Gourmet   Skilpadjies is a traditional South African braai or barbeque recipe of lamb kidney and liver wrapped in a thin layer of fat called caul.   Prep time: 15 Cook time: 45 min Total time: 1 hour   Ingredients 10 fresh thin 2-inch caul fat squares 1 lamb liver 1 lamb heart 2 lamb kidneys 1 medium onion finely chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 sprig fresh rosemary chopped 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and black pepper to taste 1 sprig fresh thyme 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 10 Skewers Directions Mince liver, heart and kidneys; add onion, garlic, salt, peppers, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce mix well.  Add a tablespoon of mixture on each square, fold, and seal loose end with a skewer. Grill slowly over low coals for 30 - 45 minutes. Serve with salads or fruits and cold drinks.   Did you know? Most organ meat is high in

Plan to Kill African Proverb Explained

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About terrorist attacks in Africa Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State is formerly known as ISIS and Boko Haram. These four groups are responsible for the majority of the terrorist attacks in Africa. The plan kills the weapon only does the deed African Proverb teaches violence, destruction and death are planned by a handful of individuals, carried out by many callous ambitious persons to wreak havoc on millions of innocent people. The plan kills; the weapon only does the deed ~ Ethiopian Proverb Plan to Kill Parts of Africa are under constant terrorist attacks and live with the constant threat of terrorism throughout their daily lives. Four groups are responsible for the majority of the terrorist attacks or suspected in Africa are Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State and Boko Haram. Insecurity is rampant across Africa hindering progress at national and regional levels. From the urban crime to terrorist groups to civil wars and political instability, the examples violence is endless

Palm oil gives a unique flavor to Rice and Beans

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African classic recipe palm oil flavor Rice and Beans. Spicy Palm Oil Rice and Beans Recipe Palm oil rice and beans is an West African food staple. Palm oil rice and beans makes the most of basic pantry ingredients, rice, and beans, a one-pot vegetarian meal that is full of flavor.   Spicy Palm Oil Rice and Beans Recipe. Ingredients 1 cup rice, rinsed 2 tablespoons palm oil 1½ cups corn 1 onion, chopped fine 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 hot pepper, chopped 2 cups cooked kidney beans 2 cups vegetable broth 2 tomatoes, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 5 scallions, sliced thin 1 tablespoon lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Directions Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until kernels begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.  Transfer corn to bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add 1 tablespoon oil, onion, and salt to now-empty skillet and cook over

Throwing Mud African Proverb

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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 yours

Charging Cell Phones in Rural Africa

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Charging Cell Phones in Rural Africa Chic African Culture 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. Mobile phone charging business in Uganda Africa 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-suf

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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their 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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