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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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Why the Sea is Salty Tall Tale

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Unbelievable But True African Tall Tale Some tall tale stories are exaggerations of actual events but why the sea is salty African tall tale is true. The African tall tale folklore story why the sea is salty explains the age-old question of how salt made its way into the seven seas. Why the Sea is Salty Tall Tale Salty Sea Fuma, queen of the sea, stole two magic millstones from her brother Prince Noka of the lakes and rivers. Ordinary millstones grind corn into flour, but the Queens would grind out whatever the owner wished. However, Queen Fuma did not know how to make the magic millstones work.  She tried and tried, but they would not stir. "Oh, if I could only move the millstones," she cried, "I would grind out so many good things for my people. They should all be happy and rich." One day Queen Fuma was told that two strange women were begging at the shore to see her. "Let them come in,"

Algerian Jelbana Artichokes and Green Peas Tajine Recipe

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Algerian jelbana stew tajine with artichokes and green peas is a classic African Algerian stew recipe. Traditional Algerian jelbana is slow cooked in a tajine, but you can make this North African recipe using your stew pot. Learn to make Algerian Jelbana Artichokes and Green Peas Tajine Recipe and discover facts about Africa's largest country Algeria. Algerian Jelbana Artichokes and Green Peas Tajine Recipe Ingredients 4 skinless chicken thighs 2 cups frozen green peas 1 small can artichoke hearts 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 medium tomatoes, diced 2 medium white potatoes, diced 1 cup frozen baby carrots 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 whole bay leaves ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground coriander 2 minced garlic cloves 2 cups water Directions Mix spices into a small bowl then add all ingredients into a large lidded stew pot. Simmer 30 minutes until vegetables are tender. Serve with homemade bread.

25 Interesting Facts about South Sudan

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Twenty-five interesting facts about Africa's newest Republic South Sudan allows you to travel through miles and miles of the country exploring her political history, culture, sports and geography. 25 Interesting Facts about South Sudan, understand and embrace cultural differences as a way to learn to appreciate and respect those differences. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 25 Interesting Facts about South Sudan 1. When Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners (Currently South Sudan) would be able to participate fully in the political system however, Arab Khartoum government reneged on its promises, and a mutiny began that led to two prolonged periods of war, 1955-1972 and 1983-2005. 2. On January 2011, South Sudan voted 98% in favor of secession from Sudan. 3. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011 after over 20 years of guerrilla warfare, which claimed the lives of at least 1.5 m

African Chinese on Kenya’s Pate Island

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Africans of Chinese descent on Kenya’s Pate Island have Chinese roots with ancient links to Chinese sea explorers and shipwrecks. Mwamaka Sharifu, from Lamu Island off of Kenya's coast is a descendant of Chinese sailors traveling with Chinese explorer Zheng He in the Ming Dynasty. Kenya’s Pate Island and Chinese sailors Pate Island Family The Kenyan coast was a major crossroad in the spice and slave trading routes of the 15th century. Chinese Ming dynasty Admiral Zheng He, on his fourth voyage, left China in 1413 arriving off the coast of Kenya’s Pate Island in 1418.  Admiral Zheng He, the Ming Dynasty court eunuch whose fleet of 300 ships and 28,000 sailors were the biggest the world had ever known. His ships were said to have been four times bigger than those of Columbus and his seafaring travels were greater than any explorer before him. Pate Island is located in the Indian Ocean close to the northern coast of Kenya

South African Indian Spiced Mango Chicken Recipe

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South African Indian Spiced Mango Chicken Recipe South African Indian Spiced Mango Chicken Recipe Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture South African Indian food is widely known for its spicy and flavorful taste. Serve this exquisitely flavored South African Indian Spiced Mango Chicken Recipe with fluffy rice or with a side salad. The fragrant mango sauce in this Indian-Spiced Chicken recipe calls for a mix of dried spices. Serves 4 African food Total time from start to finish 30 minutes South African Indian Spiced Mango Chicken Recipe Ingredients 2 split chicken breasts ½ cup chickpea flour 2 tablespoons peanut oil 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoons red chili powder 4 chopped coriander leaves 2 teaspoons curry powder (optional) 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced ½ cup mango juice ¼ cup

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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