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Kente Cloth Color Meanings

African people are creative creating fabrics with color and meaning. Kente cloth has a long history of unique cultural elegance valued around the world over. 

Kente Cloth Color Meanings Explained
The making and trading of cloth have been vital elements in African culture. The first colorful kente cloth was worn by Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I, a former Ashanti king.
African textiles unspoken language often provides a way of suggesting thoughts and feelings that may not or cannot be expressed in other ways and these cloths regularly move between the kingdoms of the earthly and the revered.
Traditional Kente Cloth was black and white, however, the colors of black, red, gold and green modern kente cloth symbolize:


⚞ Black represents Africa
⚞ Red represents the blood of ancestors
⚞ Gold represents wealth
⚞ Green represents the land

Folklore Origins of Kente Cloth
According to legend, Kurugu and Ameyaw, two brothers from the Bonwire village, went hunting one afternoon and came across a spider spinning…

West Africa Côte d’Ivoire 28 Facts

West Africa Côte d’Ivoire 28 Facts

As the world’s top exporter of cocoa and raw cashew nuts, Côte d’Ivoire is the largest economy in the West African economic and currency union.
28 facts about Africa’s Côte d’Ivoire, her name, people and cocoa industry.
1. Cote d'Ivoire pronounced coat-div-whar.

2. Ivory Coast name changed in 1986 to Cote d'Ivoire.

3. Cote d'Ivoire former name Ivory Coast reflects the intense ivory trade that took place in the region from the 15th to 17th centuries.

4. The French name Côte d'Ivoire literally means Ivory Coast. Côte d'Ivoire was unofficially known as Costa do Marfim by the Portuguese, côte des dents or the teeth coast and the Ivory Coast reflecting the trade in ivory.

Which African countries border the Red Sea?

The Red Sea separates Africa from Asia; on the Western shore of the Red Sea are the African countries of Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Learn about The Red Sea and the four African countries that border the Red Sea

Which African countries border the Red Sea? The Red Sea separates Africa from Asia; on the Western shore of the Red Sea are the African countries of Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. The first people known to explore the Red Sea were the Ancient Egyptians, who explored the area around 2500 BC while looking for commercial routes southward.

Red Sea Facts


The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean, located between Africa and Asia. This salty sea is just over 190 miles (300 km) across at its widest point, and about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) in length with an estimated average depth of 1,640 feet (500 m).
With the Red Sea’s connection to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, it is one of the most heavily traveled waterways in the world, carrying maritime traffic between E…

Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe

How to make Green Banana Coconut Curry. Cooking with unripe or green bananas, not plantains, is a quick delicious recipe mix of green bananas, coconut milk, curry and healthy vegetables. Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe African Food Recipes by The African Gourmet

Green bananas are delicious; they are starchy similar to potatoes. Green bananas are easily found at most farmer's markets and supermarkets. 

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 35 min Total time: 50 min

Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe


Ingredients
3 green bananas cut in half 2 medium carrots, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large red tomato, diced 1 large green tomato, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons ground curry powder 2 cups coconut milk Water for boiling
Directions
Cut off both ends of the unpeeled bananas and place in boiling salted water for 20 minutes. Remove the bananas and discard skins and drain water from the pot. Add lemon juice to water and add remaining ingredients to a large pot. Simmer for 15 minutes or u…

Senegal Culture History of Her People

20 interesting facts about one of West Africa's countries in which more than 60% of the population is under the age of 25, Senegal her culture, history and people. 
Senegal
1. Senegal has a population of over 14.3 million ranking 73rd on the world’s most populous countries. 2. Senegal's nationality is Senegalese using both the singular and plural form. 3. Languages of Senegal may not surprise you since Senegal was once a French colony, the official language is French, and the other major languages are Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, and Mandinka. 4. Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and it is the indigenous language of the ethnic grouping of the Wolof people. 5. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal even though the official language is French, by most Senegalese. 6. Senegal Motto is "Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi” "One People, One Goal, One Faith"
7. Population without electricity is around 55% or 6.4 million, urban areas 90% of peopl…

How to Wrap a Gele African Head Wrap Step by Step Directions

How to Wrap a Gele African Head Wrap Step by Step Directions


African Head Wrap
In Africa, the head wrap worn by women for special occasions, weddings, ceremonies, burials, church services, and special celebrations or for everyday wear.



There are a variety of ways to wear a scarf.
How to Wrap a Gele African Head Wrap Step by Step Directions

Wrapping a head wrap is easy, just follow the steps below. There are countless styles of African head wrapping, it may take a couple of tries but you will be an expert in no time.

How to wrap an African head wrap
1. Open the fabric, using an oblong piece of fabric at least 48 inches long and 24 inches wide works best. A large rectangular scarf also works well with this style of head wrapping.

2. Center the scarf at the nape of your neck making sure that both sides are of equal length.

3. Bring the ends forward and twist one side of the length of the fabric, pull over and across the front of your head, tuck in the end. Repeat on the other end.

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