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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.

What color do you choose

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You can be any color, culture, race or ethnicity you choose.  Human eyes tell us that people look different colors our eyes lie to us placing humans into invented color, race and culture categories to suite our needs. Ubuntu African philosophy "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu" means that a person is a person through other people Differences between what is race, ethnicity, culture, genotype, phenotype and color explained. What is race? Race has no genetic basis. Race is considered by many to be a made up characteristic in order to objectify people who have the same physical characteristics or phenotype such as eye shape, hair texture or skin color. Race is not biological. What is ethnicity? An ethnic group is a category of people who belonging to or deriving from the cultural, religious, or linguistic traditions of a people or country. People who identify with each other based on similarities, such as common ancestral, language, social, and cultural experiences. Therefor

Top 20 Largest Countries in Africa

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African Country by Size List. Africa Which are the top twenty largest, smallest, and territorial country in Africa by land area? 1. The continent of Africa is the world’s second largest based on land area and population just after Asia. 2. Top five largest countries of Africa are Algeria, Congo Democratic Republic of the, Sudan, Libya and Chad. 3. Top five smallest African countries and territories are Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Saint Helena and Mayotte. African Country from largest to smallest Area sq mile Area sq km Algeria 919,595 2,381,740 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 905,568 2,345,410 Sudan 718,723 1,861,484 Libya 679,362 1,759,540 Chad 495,755 1,284,000 Niger 489,191 1,267,000 Angola 481,354 1,246,700 Mali 478,767 1,240,000 South Africa 471,011 1,219,912 Ethiopia 435,186 1,127,127 Mauritania 397,95

Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes African Folktale

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African Folktale Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes. Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes African Folktale As the ancestors say, one day Leopard chased rabbit to the mouth of his hole, and then began to dig Rabbit out with his claws, but was not able to do so; and seeing a Frog, he said, "You are very strong, are you not?" "Oh yes," replied Frog; "I am a very strong." "Very well," said the Leopard; "just watch this hole, and, whatever you do, you must not let Rabbit get out while I go home for a hoe to dig him out of his hole." The Leopard went off, and the Frog sat down to watch the Rabbits hole. By and by the Rabbit came to the mouth of the hole eating some peanuts. "Uncle Rabbit," said the Frog, "give me some of what you are eating." "Open your eyes wide, and come close," replied Rabbit, and at once he changed the peanuts in his mouth for some red pepper, and when the Frog came near enough, he blew the peppe

These 31 Burkina Faso Facts Are Worth Remembering

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Learn and remember 31 random history, land, people and more interesting facts about Africa’s 29th largest country Burkina Faso. French is the official language of Burkina Faso. These 31 Burkina Faso Facts Are Worth Remembering Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture If you want to become smarter about Burkina Faso in Africa, you have to create a healthy memory mindset. We tend to think that learning is a matter of putting new facts into our memory banks but really when we work hard to understand information, we recall it better; the extra effort signals the brain that this knowledge is worth keeping. Below are 31 facts about Burkina Faso worth keeping in your memory banks. 31 Burkina Faso Random Facts 31 Burkina Faso Random Facts Worth Remembering and Will Make You Smarter 1. In the year 896, Kingdoms now making up Burkina Faso becomes a French protectorate, later known as Upper Volta. 2. The name of Bur

No Sew African Print Dog Bed

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Easy Decorating with African Printed Cloth No-Sew Doggy Bed. Love this simple DIY no-sew African print doggy bed, it's such a cute way to spruce up your home. In the designing world, you might feel an atmosphere of intimidation when trying to learn to make a project with a sewing machine with 1,000 different features. You may not even own a sewing machine because the prices are just ridiculous. Here are some creative ways to get around it.  Sewing is an amazing skill to have, but you do not need a needle and thread to actually “sew” together pieces of fabric. Well, at Chic African Culture today you are in luck because we have all of the non-sewers (like us) covered.  Do not spend big bucks on doggy beds or table linens, make your own and use the extra money on good wine. Not only were these no-sew doggy beds and double-sided place-mats and table runner inexpensive to make, but they were also super easy too. What is fusible webbing?  Fusible webbing is a sheet-type adhesive used to

Zulu Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Recipe

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Zulu African Recipe, South African Pumpkin Isijingi is a traditional Zulu recipe of pumpkin, butter, sweet cream and cornmeal. Zulu Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Recipe Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Cooking and eating pumpkin tips; cut up, remove the skin and roast with other vegetables or meat. Young crisp shoots with young leaves can be cooked and eaten - stewed in coconut milk they are popular in Melanesia. Remove any strings and tough parts and stew until tender, or cook as a vegetable in boiling water 3-5 minutes. Zulu African Sweet and Creamy Mashed Pumpkin Recipe Ingredients 3 cups of canned pumpkin 1/4 cup cornmeal 2 cups half and half  ½ stick unsalted butter Salt to taste Optional spices (1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoons orange extract and ground cloves) not traditional but adds a familiar flavor to the American palate. Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirr

African Folktale Story of the First Banana Tree on Earth

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African Folktale Story of Earths first banana tree African folktales are mythical true stories handed down through generations through oral tradition explaining the existence of the unknown. Below is the African folktale of how the banana tree was the first fruit tree on earth. African Folktale Story of the First Banana Tree on Earth African Folktale Story of Earths first banana tree. As the Ancestors say, Okown was wandering the forest in search of food for his family when he came across a bag of golden seeds shaped like the sliver of the moon. Uke, the God of seeds, was engaged in planting trees and did not notice he was missing a bag of seeds. Despite being hungry, instead of stealing the golden seeds, Okown returned them to Uke. Uke rewarded him for his honesty with a handful of golden seeds. Okown went home and planted the seeds in his garden that grew into a beautiful, tall banana tree with shapes resembling the slive

Gold Mining and Gangs in Nigeria

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Gold mining, lead poisoning, and gangs in Zamfara, Northwestern Nigeria makes for a dangerous job for poor African families. Lead toxicity and lead poisoning is a widespread problem for children of gold mining African families. Gold mining is an important source of income for villagers in Africa and is a dangerous job. Gold mining is an important source of income for Africa’s Zamfara State villagers but mining are also dangerous. In 2010 one out of four children died due to lead poisoning also gangs are terrorizing and murdering gold miners.  Artisanal and Small-scale mining (ASM) refers to unregulated mining in Africa and other countries by miners using low technology or minimal mining machinery usually under dangerous conditions. In Zamfara, Northwestern Nigeria March 2010 Doctors without Borders discovered lead poisoning in over 1,000 children, there were an estimated 400 deaths. In each village, residents reported that one out of four of all the children in their communitie

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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