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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.

Cycle of Poverty | Owning Farming Land in Africa

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African land ownership and grazing rights ownership has been decided by customary laws rather than written ownership through governmental deeds. Land is a political resource throughout Africa lending to the cycle of poverty limiting the Africans resources to owning land in Africa. In rural Africa with subsistence farming, owning land, controlling it and using it are critical dimensions of rural livelihoods. Land is not simply an economic resource it is an important factor in the development of social and cultural identity. Land is also an enormous political resource, defining power relations between and among individuals, families and communities. In rural cultures, landless or near-landless people and people with insecure land occupancy rights often represent the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Africa. Planting decisions are made principally with an eye toward what the family will need during the coming year and secondarily toward income-producing crops. Subsistence

Thirty Malawi Facts to Talk About

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Thirty Malawi facts to talk about that will make you sound smarter. In the year 1480, Bantu tribes unite several smaller political states to form the Maravi Confederacy that at its height includes large parts of present-day Zambia and Mozambique plus the modern state of Malawi. In 1891, present day Malawi was sectioned off and became the British protectorate of Nyasaland. Malawi celebrates independence day on July 6, 1964 from the British. Malawi is named for the East African Maravi kingdom of the 16th century; the word maravi means fire flames. Christian population of Malawi is around 83%. Malawi ranks among the world's most densely populated and least developed countries. Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries with a GDP of around $230. In 2015, about half of Malawi’s 29 districts were hit by floods, destroying agricultural livelihoods, leaving more than 1,150,000 people affected and 336,000 displaced. English and Chichewa are both the official langua

African Portuguese Cabbage Stew Recipe

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How to make African Portuguese food Portuguese food heavily influences African food; one popular recipe is Portuguese Cabbage Stew. African Portuguese food recipe cabbage stew is healthy and food budget friendly. African Portuguese Cabbage Stew Recipe Portuguese is spoken in a number of African countries and is the official language in six African countries: Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea. Many Africans speak Portuguese as a second language. Access to goods such as fabrics, spices, and gold and ivory fueled the Portuguese down the coast of West Africa to Sierra Leone in 1460.  Portugal dominated the slave trade for nearly 200 years, from 1415 into the 1600s. Portuguese food heavily influences African food; one popular recipe is Portuguese Cabbage Stew. Portuguese Cabbage Stew Ingredients: ½ head green cabbage, chopped 2 onions, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 white potat

African Veggie Bread Bowl Recipe

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The Best South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe South African Bread Bowl. Bunny Chow is a classic Durban South African fast food similar to a bread bowl. Bunny Chow is usually called bunny and makes a glorious mess when eaten. Bunnies are generally ordered by sizes, such as a quarter loaf or half loaf. Just like Panera bread bowls, all parts of the Bunny Chow is eaten. The bread gets soggy and the curry soaks through the bread. Curry comes from the Tamil word kari, or spiced sauce, which was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in South Africa where many Indians live and work.  Curry is the universal name of numerous types of rich and aromatic stewed Indian dishes. In Durban South Africa, the best bread bowl filling recipe is curry, the stewed dish type.   South African Fast Food South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe Ingredients 2 whole hollowed-out loaves of bread cut in half 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Banana vs. Plantain, what’s the difference?

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There are major differences between bananas and plantains. Bananas and Plantains  Bananas and plantains are the "first fruit crop" as its cultivation originated during a time when hunting and gathering were still the principal means of acquiring food. Bananas and plantains may have originated in Southeast Asia but their introduction into Africa is unclear. Africans annually consume around 46 pounds or 21 kilograms of bananas and plantains per capita, but Ugandans consume 421 pounds or 191 kilograms per year, that is more than 1 pound .5 kilogram per day. Banana vs. Plantain, what’s the difference? Bananas Bananas are cultivated in nearly all tropical regions of the world. Of particular importance to Africa is the East African Highland Banana which is a staple starchy food for 80 million people and important source of income. There are 120 East African Highland Banana varieties in Uganda alone that are not found anywhere else in the world. B

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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