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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

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Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

How to Create a Simple African Spiritual Fire Shrine

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African Spiritual Sacred Spaces How to Create a Simple African spiritual Dagara Fire Shrine There are a number of traditional African methods for building an African spiritual Dagara Fire Shrine.  Why build an African Spiritual shrine  An African spiritual shrine is a sacred place and by building a shrine, we establish a sacred space for prayer, spiritual awakening, and spiritual union with the ancestors. Building a shrine is not weird, instead, it shows a willingness to connect to something greater than yourself. Sacred Space and Ancestors Explained Imagine walking into a beautiful garden and seeing two people arguing and fighting. Most of us would just be aghast and realize something is gravely wrong with what is going on it is because we understand about space as sacred its set apart is to be used for only one thing, peace. One of the secrets of a happy spiritual life is set aside a sacred space like an altar in your home. When you set aside a sacred space, it ha

Chocolate Homemade Skin Care Treatment for Men

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Easy all-Natural recipe for Shea Butter Chocolate Facial Mask for men. Our chocolate men’s facial mask adds the perfect scent for smelling romantic and being deliciously edible . All-Natural Shea Butter Chocolate Facial Mask Ingredients 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa 3 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons shea butter 1/4 cup honey 3 teaspoons uncooked oatmeal Directions Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for 15 minutes with African safari ambient sounds; then rinse with warm water. Did you know? The Cacao tree is the source of cocoa beans, chocolate and so much more . The cacao tree grows wild in the forests of tropical regions but is also one of the tender trees of tropical growth. Africa produces well over 70% of the world’s cocoa beans. Many African countries now grow cocoa trees, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Congo but the main producers are Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. Chocolate Farming Choc

Hamar Tribe Beauty and Cattle Leaping

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Hamar Tribe Beauty and Cattle Leaping The Hamar tribe of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia is an ancient tribe with a unique cattle leaping ritual. Cattle and other livestock are at the heart of Hamar life.  Young Hamar Girl Hamar men come of age by leaping over a line of about 15 cows and castrated the bull. In order to come of age, the man must leap across the line four times.  At the end of the leap, he is blessed and sent off with the Maza who shaves his head and make him one of their alumni. It is an important ritual that qualifies him to marry, own cattle and have children. There is usually several days of nonstop dancing, eating grilled meats and drinking beer. Hamar tribe women and men want to look beautiful so they use red-ochre clay and animal fat to braid and color their hair.  Hamar Tribe Ethiopia

African Proverb To get lost is to learn the way

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To get lost is to learn the way Five reasons getting lost can be a good thing.   Getting lost is an uncommon opportunity to benefit from hands-on learning of the practical real-world lessons. Being lost can teach you more than what you can learn in a classroom. Getting lost is a good way to find yourself Five reasons getting lost can be a good thing 1. You will learn to trust a higher power as well as yourself and find what was lost inside you. 2. You will become more resourceful by letting people inside learning it is never too late to find your way out. 3. You will have a new perspective on your life and the lives of others. 4. You will learn to truly listen to your inner voice, your internal spirit and other people. 5. You will find a new adventure, a good story and learn an important lesson.  To get lost is to learn the way Search Wander Get lost   Find yourself in the end Getting lost is just another way of saying goin

Facts about the Slave Trade in Africa

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Facts about the Slave Trade in Africa Nearly 40% of Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon were imprisoned Africans were enslaved on bights and were sold to the present day US State of Virginia. Many of these captives were Igbo, a people living in the area north what is now Nigeria. The Slave Trade by Auguste-Francois Biard Western Africa's Bight of Bonny African Slave Trade The Bight of Bonny is a bay in the warm waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The Gulf of Guinea is the bay the northeastern most part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean off the Western African coast. Bight is an Old English word for the Modern English word bay or bends. The Bight of Biafra was renamed the Bight of Bonny after the Biafra War in 1972. Between the 16th and the 19th century, nearly one fifth of the enslaved Africans brought to colonial America were from African regions based mainly on the ports of Brass, Bonny, Opobo and Calabar in Nigeria.  The Slave Coast in the 18 th and 19 th centu

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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