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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.

Spicy West African Goat Egusi Stew

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Spicy West African Goat Egusi Stew is a meaty slow cooker African stew with potatoes, egusi seeds, tomatoes, herbs and spices. Spicy West African Goat Egusi Stew is a easy African recipe one-pot meal to make for a family dinner. Natural egusi seeds are used to season and thicken African soups and stews and combined with smoked fish and fresh goat meat this West African stew rates five stars on the favorite African recipe list. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 2 hours Total time: 2 hours 20 min Ingredients: 2 large pieces any smoked fish 2 large handfuls sorrel leaves or spinach 1 pound cubed goat meat ½ cup ground egusi seeds 2 large tomatoes, chopped 2 medium white potatoes, diced 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons palm oil or butter 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 hot pepper, chopped 5 cups vegetable stock or water Directions: Heat palm oil over medium heat in a large pot, add onions and garlic. Add remaining ingredients except egusi, fish and s

Black Coffee Born and Brewed in Ethiopia

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Black coffee and the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange; coffee is Ethiopia most important industry. Coffee was born and brewed in Ethiopia for hundreds of years. Black Coffee Born and Brewed in Ethiopia You Should Drink Black Coffee Berries from the Ethiopian Coffea plant and growing Ethiopian coffee The coffee cherry normally contains two beans (its seeds), which are flat on one side and develop in the center of the fruit with the flat sides facing each other. When only one bean is produced in the fruit, it is round and called a peaberry. In rare instances, three beans develop that are roughly triangular in shape. Once the coffee berries turn bright red on the trees, farmers must pick them within two days or they will dry. After the cherry is picked, it begins losing moisture. If the cherry is sold by weight and it is not delivered quickly, then weight and therefore dollars are lost.  The beans are also losing weight due to physiological respiration. The rate of weight

Say Yes To African Cape Malay Chicken Curry Supermarket Meal Recipe

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African Supermarket Meal, Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe. Yes everything you need for Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe is found in your local supermarket. Popular among South Africa Malay people are dishes such as chicken curry. Stews, roasts and baked vegetables form part of the Malay cuisine and the food is very spicy. Among South Africa Cape Malay food recipes, Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe is a classic. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Say Yes To African Cape Malay Chicken Curry Supermarket Meal Recipe In South Africa, the United East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) colonized portions of Southeast Asia, mainly Malaysia and Indonesia and practiced slavery in the South African Cape. Those people that opposed the colonization and occupation of their lands by the Dutch in Asia were taken as political prisoners or shipped to exile at the Cape of Good Hope as slaves. The ex-imprisoned people today are k

Chocolate Industry Dirty Little Secret

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How chocolate is killing African tropical forests so choose your chocolate candy wisely.  The chocolate the world loves to eat, has a big secret. As global demand for chocolate explodes, despite efforts to slow tropical deforestation, the equivalent of 40 football fields of trees was lost every minute in 2017. Tropical forests are home to half the Earth's species, and their trees are an immense standing reservoir of carbon. Tropical forest trees, like all green plants, take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen during photosynthesis. Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate bars, has driven deforestation in West Africa.   Chocolate industry dirty little secret in Africa How chocolate is killing African tropical forests and who cares Fires, droughts, and tropical storms are also playing an increasing role in forest loss, especially as climate change makes them more frequent and severe, according to the UN report. The regions that lost the most forest in 2017 were in Latin America, S

List of Largest Ethnic Groups in Africa

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List of the largest ethnic group in each African Country. 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. Learning at a refugee camp in East Africa Some believe belonging to an ethnic group does not come from individual choice but others impose ethnicity. Race is associated with biology, whereas ethnicity is associated with culture. Therefore, an ethnic group is a subjective category based on personal feelings, tastes, or opinions of others.   Largest Ethnic Groups in every African Country 2006-2016 CIA census reports African Country Largest Ethnic Group Algeria Arab-Berber 99% Angola Ovimbundu 37% Benin Fon and related 38.4% Botswana Setswana  79% Burkina Faso Mossi

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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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