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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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Make South African Blatjang Fruit Sauce

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South African fruit sauce has a strange name, blatjang but is an easy dried fruit recipe to make. What is Blatjang? Blatjang or fruit sauce is a versatile staple to any kitchen and is a thick sauce that contains fruits, vinegar, sugar, and spices and is used as a condiment. Apricot Raisin Blatjang is a traditional South African fruit sauce recipe made from apricots, onion, garlic, and raisins. Make and share this simple fruit sauce blatjang recipe with love from South Africa. South African Blatjang Apricot Raisin Fruit Sauce Ingredients 1/3 cup malt vinegar 1 cup dried chopped apricots 1 cup seedless golden raisins ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons dried onions Salt and pepper to taste Directions Soak apricots and raisins in 3 cups of water inside a large bowl for 2 hours. Add all ingredients including soaking water in a large pot and simmer 15 minutes, stirring constantl

Cooking the Best Pot of Dry Beans

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Cooking the Best Pot of Dry Beans If you think, cooking dry beans is an all-day process here is a fast way to make them. This best ever pot of dry beans recipe shows that you can play with seasonings and ingredients and make plain old dry beans delicious beans. Cooking dry beans is no more trouble than filling a pot of water, adding a pinch of baking soda and letting your pot of best ever African beans simmer blissfully on the back of the stove for 90 minutes. Serves 5 Total time from start to finish 90 minutes Best Pot of African Beans Ever Ingredients ½ cup dry black-eyed peas 2 large tomatoes, diced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 hot pepper, diced ¼ cup coconut cream ½ cinnamon stick 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon salt, more as needed 1 teaspoon baking soda 6 cups vegetable broth Directions  Add all ingredients into a lidded large stew pot, mix well. Simmer covered on medium low for 90 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. Remo

Weak Leaders Should Not Expect Great Results African Proverbs

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African proverbs teach weak leaders should not expect great results; inadequate leadership skills ruin the best campaigns. The need for strong leadership has never been more important with the world and African economies. Weak Leaders Should Not Expect Great Results, Here are the top 20 qualities that make a great leader. A Stroke Of The Foot Cannot Fell A Palm Tree ~ African Proverb Creativity is the opposite of routine. The beginning of everything is sweet but over time true colors show. ~African Proverb Endurance is patience concentrated An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by sheep. ~African Proverb Thought change leads to life change African Proverbs. African Proverbs teach us in everyday life African proverbs inspire with ancient words of wisdom learn from weak leaders should not expect great results African Proverbs before starting your dream business.

African Tribes African Americans Originate From

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African Ancestry helps people of African descent trace their ancestral roots back to a specific tribe, nearly 40 percent of Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon were enslaved along Africa's slave coast and sold to the present day US State of Virginia. African tribes from which most of today’s African Americans originate; Discover your DNA in tribal groups in Africa which number in the thousands, each having their own tribal language and traditional culture. African Tribes and African American African Ancestry The Portuguese brought the first slaves in 1444 from Northern Mauritania. King John II of Portugal continued the work of Henry the Navigator by appointing Diogo Cão to explore and further open up the African coast. Diogo Cão was born in 1452 and was the first European known to travel into the Congo and to explore West Africa in 1482, present-day Angola and Namibia. The discovery operations lead by Diogo Cão, the Portuguese were able to travel down the wester

10 Interesting Facts about African Flags

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The 54 countries of Africa have their own flag that has a place of pride in the hearts of African people. Below are the 54 African countries and flags along with 10 interesting facts about African flags.   10 African Flags Facts Established in 2002 The African Union (AU) is an intergovernmental organization to promote unity among African countries, it's flag does not replace each individual African countries flag. 10 Interesting Facts about the National Flags of Africa The most frequently used colors are green, yellow, red and black. The flag of São Tomé and Príncipe green refers to the plentiful vegetation of the country, while the yellow stands for the tropical sun and cocoa, a key agricultural crop for the nation. The red evokes the "struggle for independence", as well as equality. The two stars on the yellow band represent the two islands that make up the country. The flag of Rwanda was adopted on October 25, 2001, the blue band represents happiness and pea

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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