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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.

African Culture is World Heritage

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

Africa has millions of people with disabilities

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Africa has millions of people with disabilities from war and conflict without the hope of receiving disability payments, food stamps or welfare. Africa has been ravaged by civil wars, but there are no accurate statistics on the number of disabled people receiving reparations due to casualties, rape, war-wounds including amputees and the post-traumatic stress. There are around 82 million people affected by some form of disability in Africa, that is around 10% of the population. However, this might be a conservative estimation as different tools for defining and measuring disability are used in many African countries. Around 80% of people with disabilities, particularly in the youth population, live in low-income countries and that poverty further limits access to basic health services, including rehabilitation services. In Africa, the population of persons with amputees represents a large percentage of physical disabilities. Among this population, a majority needs equipment suc

The Meaning of Education African Proverbs

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Five African proverbs on the meaning of education. Effective education develops the internal compass that guides us through life.  Education includes the formal and informal experiences that train, discipline, and shape the mental and physical potentials of the maturing person. Informal education occurs in a spontaneous, unplanned way.    Experiences that educate informally occur naturally; someone to stimulate specific thoughts or to impart specific skills does not design them. Formal education is a purposeful, planned effort to impart specific skills or information. Formal education is a systematic process in which someone designs the educating experiences.    Tests do not measure intelligence or ability; they do not measure how the mind processes information. The goal of education should be to inspire a lifetime of the love of learning.  Africa has some of the world’s most glaring education inequalities. All too often, children who are born poor, female, or in rural or co

Old and New African Country Names

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African country names in history and current Africa is the oldest inhabited continent and the most colonized land, people and culture. Africa encountered colonization, occupation, and aggression from Britian, Germany, the Romans, Arabs, Danish, Berbers, Turkish Ottoman Empire, the French, Portuguese, Italians, Dutch and countless internal battles. Why do the names of African countries constantly change? The names of African countries constantly change due to wealthy non-African nations and complicit African leaders roughly divide Africa by resources. The colonization of Africa imposed boundaries without regard to culture or heritage of native Africans. The land of Africa was divided according to natural resouces such as gold, ivory, diamonds, slaves, spices, and currently minerials hence the historical and current changing of the names of African countries. Solely according to the business and trade economies, roughly Africa was divided into four coasts; Pepper Coast, Ivory Coast, Go

Three Easy to Make South African Recipes

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Three Easy to Make South African Recipes Three Easy to Make South African Recipes Create your own blend of smoked South African paprika, sea salt, garlic and basil. Spice blends from around the world start with homemade South African smoke seasoning blend to use as a rub for meats, sprinkle on vegetables, rice, and pasta, add to eggs for the best omelet ever. Throw out all of the pre-packaged seasoning mixes and bottles and started making your own seasoning mixes. That way you know it is free of ingredients you do not want like unnecessary sugar, additives or preservatives. For those who like South African Smoke Seasoning Blend hotter, add 1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper.   South African Smoke Seasoning Blend Ingredients ¼ cup ground paprika 1 tablespoon sea salt ¼ cup garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground dried basil leaves   Directions Stir together salt, garlic powder, paprika, basil, and red pepper flakes until evenly blended. Store in an airtight container. H

Recipe Sudanese Moukhbaza something sweet and spicy

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Recipe Sudanese Moukhbaza something sweet and spicy What is the most popular food in Eastern Sudan; homemade Sudanese Moukhbaza of course. Recipe Sudanese Moukhbaza something sweet and spicy Sudan food recipes and food facts. Our recipe can be enjoyed with any kind of dish. What kind of food do they eat in Sudan, Moukhbaza is a favorite recipe. Sudanese cuisine is varied by region and Moukhbaza is a favorite recipe in East Sudan. Moukhbaza something sweet and spicy recipe. Sudanese cuisine is as diverse as its geography and cultures. Traders and Arab settlers brought red pepper, garlic, and other hot peppers to Sudan from the Mediterranean who came to Sudan during the Turkish rule. In the east, the most popular dish is Moukhbaza made of banana paste topped with chili peppers; this dish is greatly influenced by its neighbor Ethiopia . Sudanese meals are eaten around a large, communal tray on which v

Travel African by Train

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About train safaris across Africa Traveling across Africa by way of train safari is luxury and unique.  Rovos Rail also known as The Pride of Africa is a restored luxury vintage steam train company with a unique 3,000-mile journey across sub-Saharan Africa. Rohan Vos with a locomotive and seven carriages started the Rovos Rail company on April 29, 1989. The most luxurious train carriage of South Africa's Rovos Rail is the Blue Train. It has private two-person compartments and runs between Cape Town and Pretoria and costs for a deluxe suite start at 15,155 rands, about $1,500 US Dollars per person printed after the year 2001. The 15-day 3,025-mile private rail tour aboard Rovos Rail ultimate luxury trek is from Cape Town South Africa to Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Rovos Rail, the Pride of Africa, stretches across South Africa and Botswana touches Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, and crosses Zambia to Tanzania. Train safari across sub-Saharan Africa Rovos Rail offers many extrav

Why the Male Robin has a Red Breast African Folktale

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The robin is a small bird with red around its mouth and red on its breast. The female has no red on her the breast, and the following African is the folktale legend explains why. Cutest African Folktale Ever,   Why the Male Robin has a Red Breast African Folktale One day the Robin and his wife found that they had no red camwood powder to make themselves beautiful, so the husband prepared for a journey to the market to buy some.  He was a long time on the road, but at last reached the market only to find that all the red camwood had been sold. He tried one trader after another with no success, for all had sold out, but one finally said, "I have none to sell, but I can give you a small piece, enough for yourself." The kind trader gave Robin a small piece, and to protect the red camwood from the sun, the Robin put it in his mouth, as he wanted to take it safely home to his wife.  But, as he traveled the red camwood melted dripping out of the corners of his mouth, down h

Sierra Leone Fried Banana Rice Dumplings

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Easy Sierra Leone Recipe The Kambia District in North Sierra Leone is considered the main rice bowl of the country with its large farms, widespread mangrove swamps and large river creeks.  Sierra Leone Fried Banana Rice Dumplings Rice is the country's staple yet most of the rice Sierra Leone eats is imported from Asia. Sierra Leone’s traditional rice dishes are cooked simply in salted water or ground into flour, served with fish, meat and vegetable dishes. Sierra Leone Fried Banana Rice Dumplings Ingredients 3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed 1 1/4 cup rice flour 1/2 cup white sugar Water as needed 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Oil for frying Directions Heat 2 inches oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Mash the bananas into a paste in a bowl. Alternate adding rice flour and a little water to make a stiff batter. Stir in the sugar. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil and fry until go

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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