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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.

Dr. Wangari Maathai Green Belt Movement

Kenya's Dr. Wangari Maathai was the first African women to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize in the field of humanitarian work founding The Green Belt Movement. The Green Belt Movement or GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977. The GBM was created to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work. Professor Maathai saw that behind the everyday hardships of the poor, environmental degradation, deforestation, and food insecurity were deeper issues of disempowerment, disenfranchisement, and a loss of the traditional values that had previously enabled communities to protect thei

Why is Africa Rich but Starving?

Underlying causes of hunger in Africa are the poor operation of Africa's economic and political systems, war and poor environmental polices. Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in fertile farming land. However, barely a fraction of fertile agricultural land is being farmed. There are three main causes of hunger in Africa, harmful economic systems, conflict, and an overexploited environment. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimate that of the 856 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, 233 million people are undernourished.  Sub-Saharan Africa was the area with the second largest number of undernourished people; Asia has 512 million. Why are people starving in Africa? Harmful economic systems. Barely a fraction of fertile agricultural land is being farmed, just 10% of the 400 million hectares of agricultural land in the Guinea Savannah zone that covers a large part of Africa. Fragmented regional food markets and the lack of clear and predictable policies have dissuaded the pr

Hold a true friend with both hands - With Love from your Ancestors

African Proverb. Hold tight to a true friend, hold on with both hands. True friends are hard to find, in today's day and age is one of the hardest things to find. Hold tight to a true friend, hold on with both hands.  - African Proverb with Love from your Ancestors  When something bad happens, when we get sick or go through big disappointments or major loss, it is only natural to want someone to be there to help. True unconditional friendship is rare and hard to find so when you find your friendship soulmate, hold on to them with both hands. Friendships can be rooted in a number of different impulses. Unhealthy elements like need, the desire for borrowed status, and the wish for flattery are as common as the more healthy ones like mutual interests, sense of humor and natural compatibility. Part of a good friendship is honesty. Friends are precious, even irreplaceable, but they are also fragile. The nature of friendship changes and you to must change wi

How to Make Pumpkin Leaves Seafood Sauce

How to Make Pumpkin Leaves Seafood Sauce How to Make Pumpkin Leaves Seafood Sauce Pumpkin leaves seafood sauce recipe is a classic African seafood sauce that served on fish, and dozens of seafood dishes using pumpkin leaves as a base. Malawi Ndiwo Seafood Sauce Recipe is a classic African seafood sauce Easy Pumpkin Leaves from Malawi Ndiwo Seafood Sauce Recipe Ingredients 2 handfuls pumpkin leaves chopped 1 large ripe tomato chopped 2 cups raw peanuts 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Directions Pour 1 cup of water into medium size cooking pot. Add baking soda and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Place pot on burner on medium heat. Add collard greens and tomato. Cook on medium to high heat for 5 to 8 minutes. In a coffee grinder, add ½ cups of peanuts at a time a grind into a powder (if you grind too long you will make peanut butter) then add peanut powder, salt, to the pot of greens. Stir, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Read more facts and food reci

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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