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Chic African Culture Africa Factbook

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.

African Writing Systems Before Europeans

Nearly 5,000 years before Christ was born, Proto-writing was well-established form of written expression in  North  and West Africa.   The dominance of European languages through colonialism has led to the mistaken belief that the written languages in Africa did not exist before the arrival of Europeans. However, Africa has the world’s oldest and largest collection of ancient Symbolic and Writing Systems.   Here are five African symbolic and writing systems you should know about to dispel the myth that Africans were illiterate people before European colonialism. 5 Ancient African Symbolic and Writing Systems Proto-writing is symbolic communication  Proto-Saharan Dated 5000BC - 3000 BC Before the Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations, there were inscriptions labeled proto-Saharan.  Nearly 5,000 years before Christ was born, Proto-writing was well-established form of written expression near the near the Kharga Oasis in the  Libyan Desert of Africa . Proto-writing is

Africans vs. African-Americans

Forced slavery is the tie that binds. The legacy of slavery binds but also keeps Africans and African-Americans apart. Many African-American black people boast the closest they have ever come and will come to Africa is Busch Gardens and Disneyland. Shared Skin Color Does Not Guarantee Racial Unity Africans vs. African-Americans "Just because African-Americans wear kente cloth does not mean they embrace everything that is African," says business owner Eromosele Oigbokie. Africans and black Americans often fail to forge relationships blaming nationality, ethnicity, culture, economics and education. "A shared complexion does not equal a shared culture, nor does it automatically lead to friendships," says Kofi Glover, a native of Ghana and a political science professor at the University of South Florida. "Whether we like it or not, Africans and African-Americans have two different and very distinct cultures." Glover agrees that while some Africans su

Smoked Fish With Peanut Sauce

Smoked Fish With Peanut Sauce Food of Africa. When it comes to African food and cooking with peanut butter, easy unique recipes are just the beginning of your African food recipe journey. Smoked Fish With Peanut Sauce West Africa Recipe Smoked Fish with Honey Peanut Sauce is a sweet and savory peanut butter recipe. If you are a fan of African peanut stew you will fall in love with the flavor of honey, smoked fish and peanuts. Ingredients 8 ounces any smoked fish 1 onion, chopped finely 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 tablespoons peanut butter 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup warm whole milk 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil Directions Over medium heat in a large frying pan sauté onions with oil then add seasonings, fish, and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. In a large mixing bowl add honey and peanut butter to warm milk and stir well. Add mixture to fish and simmer until thick, 5-6- minutes. Serve over rice. Smoked Fish with Honey Peanut Sauce

Whoever Cares To Learn Will Always Find A Teacher

Whoever Cares To Learn Will Always Find A Teacher African proverbs Rid yourself of assumptions and convictions so that you can be open and receptive to new lifelong learning African proverbs. The world is at your fingertips. Many people wonder what they can do to become well rounded and successful. An often overlooked yet simple way to learn is to surround you with people from all lifestyles and be open to learning. First, you must be willing to expand your mind.   Whoever Cares To Learn Will Always Find A Teacher - Lifelong learning African Proverb This at times may even contradict what you have always believed to be true. You will eventually come across information that challenges your worldview . Rather than remaining static in your comfort zone, use this time to stop, reflect and shed light on these ideas in a way that can develop and expand your vision. Traditional, structured education is very important, yet most people learn meaningful life lessons from unexpecte

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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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