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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.

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Living in the dark, the politics of electricity in Eastern Mali

Politics of electricity Eastern Mali politics of electricity, November 2012-2015 fighting between militia groups in Menaka Eastern Mali Africa meant no electricity for 3 years. Menaka Eastern Mali living in the dark, the politics of electricity in Africa. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture The Fight to Control the Eastern Mali town of Menaka Electricity.   The internal conflict between pro-government militias and rebels claiming a Tuareg homeland from the Northern desert town of Kidal, MNLA (Movement for the National Liberation of Azawad), left the town of Menaka in northern Mali occupied by a succession of rebel groups for three years.   It also left them without electricity; Menaka was the last stronghold under MNLA control. The large population of ethnic Songhai in Gao, the regional capital and the north’s biggest city, who do not necessarily agree with the ambitions of the mainly Tuareg population in the key northern town of Kidal, who want the

Melting Pot of Indigenous African Cultures

Indigenous African cultures are disappearing Rampant urbanization, rural exodus, insecure employment, street children, insecurity and mass youth emigration. African cultures traditions and rituals are in fear of being lost. South African woman wearing Ndebele neck rings The current era of globalization is having a melting pot influence on indigenous African cultures. African social relations based on the traditional values of family solidarity, clan unity and social cohesion have been and continue to be sorely tested by modern times. Indigenous African cultures have been disappearing, taking valuable knowledge with them. Each African culture is a unique answer to the question of what it means to be human. In today’s rapidly changing world, people from Africa worry about losing their traditional culture, the traditional way of life is getting lost. Cultures are rooted in a time and place. They define how people relate to nature and their physical environment

Red kidney beans in fried batter tastes good

Red kidney beans in fried batter tastes good Learn how to cook red kidney beans to prepare them for use in the best fried fritter recipe ever. Our family-friendly recipe will get everyone excited about red kidney beans and African spices. Make and share this red kidney bean fritter recipe. Red kidney beans and spices fried in a batter never tasted better. Red bean fritters are the perfect combination of red beans and spices. Red Kidney Bean Fritters Recipe Red kidney bean fritters are a fried African snack recipe made with red kidney beans and spices. Learn how to make a tasty African recipe of red kidney bean fritters with Chic African Culture. Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 15 min Total time: 30 min Ingredients 1 15 ounce can red beans with all liquid drained 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Oil for frying Directions In large bowl add all ingredients and mix well until a so

I got work to do pics of Africa

Working to Live, Living to Work, Photos tell a story about Africa. A hand that's dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with a King. I got work to do pics of Africa Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Kameru preparing a meal for her family in Yaounde the capital of Cameroon. A villager hollows out a canoe with an adze. The canoe is hollowed next to the water to test the buoyancy. By periodically launching the boat the canoe-builder can judge where it is best to remove material for an even-keel. The shape of the canoe gives stability and permits propulsion. Woman carrying cassava, Yangambi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Ugwono Pauline plants Gnetum (okok) in the village of Minwoho, Lekié, Center Region, Cameroon. Jean Mombombi Nyangue a fisherman on the Congo River, Lukolela, Democratic Republic of Congo. Son of the soil, a small family farmer working harvesting grapes . Madou (foreground) a 14 year old farmer and Zakari a 23 year old farm

15 of the Best-Loved African Proverbs

Why We Love African Proverbs We all have that favorite quote! African proverbs can distill a lifetime into one short sentence. African proverbs articulate that which we cannot see, identify, sense, believe, think, understand, envision, hope, and dread. I love that quote!   By Chic African Culture African proverbs have potent power. Need help giving voice to your current state of mind; here are 15 of the best-loved African proverbs online that know exactly what it really means to be you. The body is easily satisfied but not the heart.   Do not abuse the hospitality of others.   Do not tell the person who is carrying you that he stinks.   Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.   Early corn is best, so the firstborn is the one to delight in.   Fortune favors the foolish.   In the larger affairs the minor are forgotten.   It is a bad child who does not take advice.   It takes a village to raise a child.   Labor has sure reward.   Searching f

35 unusual Facts about Afrika, Quotes and Positive Vibes

35 unusual Facts about Afrika, Quotes and Positive Vibes Chic African Culture Considered the cradle of humanity and the origin of humankind, Africa has 54 countries and 9 territories. Memorable Quotes by Famous Africans Nykhor Paul, South Sudanese, "Dear white people in the fashion world!... Why do I have to bring my own make-up to a professional show when all the other white girls don't have to do anything but show up. "Don't try to make me feel bad because I am blue-black - it's 2015" Nelson Mandela, South African, "It always seems impossible until it's done." Dr. Mo Ibrahim , Sudanese, “You stay divided; you stay backwards Africa” Aliko Dangote, Nigerian, “In Africa, as you're being successful and doing things right, you're also creating a lot of enemies.” Patrice Motsepe, South African, "Man cannot live by bread alone, which is correct, but man can also not live without bread." Sudhir Ruparel

Ever wonder why turtles live in water?

Why Turtles Love Water African Folktale Turtles spend most of their lives in the water and the African folktale, why turtles live in water explains the reason why. Turtles spend most of their lives in the water paddling along with webbed feet or streamlined flippers. Sea turtles almost never leave the ocean, except to lay eggs in the sand. Freshwater turtles live in ponds and lakes climbing out of the water only to lay out in the sun on logs or rocks, but why? The African folktale , why turtles live in water explains the reason why. Why Turtles Live in Water is a captivating African folktale .   Turtles used to live on the land, they say, until the time a clever turtle was caught by some hunters. They brought him to their village and placed the turtle before the Chief, who said, "How shall we cook him?" "You'll have to kill me first," said the turtle, "and take me out of this shell." "We'll break your shell with sticks," t

How to Think Like a Wise Person African Proverbs

Wise African Proverbs Chic African Culture Intelligence has its advantages but you can be intelligent without being wise. Wisdom goes beyond intelligence and those who think of themselves as intelligent and put down others for not being book smart are certainly not wise. Wise men in Afataranga Benin Africa How to Think Like a Wise Person African Proverbs The wise man never takes a step too long for his leg. The opinion of the intelligent is better than the certainty of the fool. Follow the saint no further than his doorstep. You become wise when you begin to run out of money. Optimism leads to riches and pessimism leads to poverty. A man dies, but his word lives forever. Your lips are your enemy. If you want to eat honey, follow the bees. If generously shared, a flea can be bitten twice. You will die poor if you rely on relatives. One should either become a pillar or lean against one. A wise man plans for tomorrow, a fool plans only for today. The patient perso

8-Year Letter Writing War Against Apartheid

Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe 8-Year Letter Writing War Against Apartheid to free her husband. About apartheid political prisoner Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe and his wife Zondeni. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe 8 year letter writing campaign from 1960-1968 to white elected officials during Apartheid were part of her activist's toolkit demanding good quality healthcare and release of her husband, Apartheid political prisoner Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, wife, mother, nurse and activist. I will not be ignored! Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe wife of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe and their twin boys Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe wife of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, founding member and first president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and Robben Island prisoner waged an 8-year letter writing war against the apartheid government and refused to be ignored. Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe is a black South African woman whose husband Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe on May 4, 1960, was sent

Cheese Making Recipe for Delicious Homemade Goat Cheese

Goat cheese Goat cheese can easily be made at home Chic African Culture Artisan Goat Cheese Making at Home Goat cheese is easier to digest than cow's milk making it a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant. Goat cheese can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 1 week. By Chic African Culture Goat cheese or chèvre is cheese made from goat's milk. Goat cheese is made all over Africa where goats and goats milk are in abundant supply. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 12 hours Fresh Goat Cheese Recipe Serves 8 Food of Africa There are many types of cheese and just as many methods for making it. Nutrition facts: 103 calories per serving , 8 grams fat Ingredients 8 cups pasteurized goat milk 1/8 teaspoon direct-set mesophilic starter culture 1/8 teaspoon liquid animal rennet 1 tablespoon cold water 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt Directions Slowly heat goat milk in a large saucepan ov

Efo Riro Stew of Western Nigeria

Efo Riro Stew Efo Riro is a traditional stew of the Yoruba Tribe made with green leafy Amaranth leaves and a variety of meats. What is Efo Riro Stew? Efo Riro is a rich throw everything in the pot meat and vegetable stew that is native to the Yorubas of Western Nigeria. The traditional vegetables used to make the stew are Amaranth leaves, but if these are not readily available where you live, fresh spinach is a good substitute. Yoruba Efo Riro Stew Ingredients and Directions Ingredients 1/2 pound medium cut beef chunks 1/4 cup palm oil 3 handfuls Amaranth leaves or spinach 1 medium red pepper, diced 2 tablespoons ground shrimp 2 medium onions, sliced 2 tablespoons locust beans 2 medium Irish potatoes, diced 1 hot pepper finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 4 cups vegetable stock Directions In a large lidded pot add beef, onions and palm oil and brown over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add stock, hot pepper and salt. Cover, cook for 20 minutes then add po

Bitter Leaf Stew Quick and Easy African Food

Three Easy Bitter Leaf Stew African Food Recipes The African Gourmet Bitterleaf Stew is not bitter as suggested by the name of the recipe but a delicious mix of beef, fish, chicken, pork, and shellfish served over fufu. Bitter leaf alone has a bitter taste and are sold fresh or dried. The leaves are green with a robust odor and a bitter taste. Yorubas call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbos Onugbu, every part of the plant is beneficial from the stem, leaves, and root. Liberian stews are unlike most recipes, Liberian stews are hearty stews that combine numerous meats, fish, and vegetables in one stew. Liberian Bitter Leaf Stew Serves 4 Low-fat option with shellfish and no palm oil African food Stew Nutrition facts: 340 calories, 3 grams of fat Ingredients 5 ounces of cubed beef 5 ounces of pork or pork sausage 2 skinless chicken thighs 3 smoked fish, flaked 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 onions, chopped

Sankofa African Proverbs

Sankofa teaches how to productively learn from the past and developing oneself. Chic African Culture Learning from experiences is one of the ways in which we decide if experience may frighten us, weaken us or make us self-doubt, but it may also make us stronger. Sankofa teaches there are valuable lessons to be learned from the past. Sankofa African Proverbs on learning from experience; knowledge is a personal characteristic that allow us to look at the past in order to see the future. Learn from Experience African Proverbs By Chic African Culture Learn from Experience Sankofa African Proverbs Those who use their teeth for climbing know which trees are bitter. It is not always the one who speaks the loudest who wins the dispute. One who makes soup does not know what one who pounds yam experiences. When a snail crawls, it pulls its shell along with it. If the hand opens the door, the mouth will claim responsibility. What is Sankofa? Sankofa is an Afr

Africa August 21, 2017 Eclipse Map

Eclipse Map Africa August 21, 2017 Eclipse Map West African Cape Verde experiencing a nearly 85% total Solar Eclipse For the August 21, 2017 total Solar Eclipse, the map shows where the total solar eclipse is visible in Africa. Africa August 21, 2017 Eclipse Map Africa 2017 Eclipse Map Partial eclipse will happen in North and West Africa with Cape Verde experiencing a nearly 85% total Solar Eclipse. Cabo Verde formally known as Cape Verde until 2013 is a group of 18 U-shaped islands located off mainland Western Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Most calendar years have two solar eclipses. The maximum number of solar eclipses that can take place in the same year is five, but this is rare.  According to NASA calculations, only about 25 years in the past 5,000 years have had five solar eclipses. The last time this happened was in 1935, and the next time will be in 2206. There are three main types of solar eclipses ·         Total solar eclipses ·  

American Colonization Society, Six African Kings and Haiti

American Colonization Society American Colonization Society back to Africa plan was complex. What does the American Colonization Society, six African Kings and Haiti have in common Chic African Culture The American Colonization Society (ACS) platform to freed blacks in America was if you do not like it here in America, ships are leaving the harbor, and we want to help you go back to Africa. Note: Emigrants are persons who leave their own country in order to settle permanently in another. Immigrants are people who come to one country from another to settle. The American Colonization Society (ACS) had its origins in 1816 when Charles Fenton Mercer, a Federalist member of the Virginia General Assembly discovered accounts of earlier legislative debates on black colonization in the wake of Gabriel Prosser's rebellion. On December 21, 1816, the society was officially established at the Davis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Attendees included James Monroe, Bushrod

Desert horses and ghost towns in the Southern African

Desert horses and ghost towns in the Southern African country of Namibia. The Namib Desert of Southern Africa is one of the worlds oldest and largest deserts, the origins of the desert wild horses of the Namib Desert is a secret the desert ghost towns and desert horses keeps to herself. Kolmanskop was a rich German diamond-mining town but presently is a ghost town in the Namib Desert visited only by Namib wild horses and the occasional tourist. Origins of the wild horses of the Namib Desert remains a mystery fueled by theories and urban legends because originally there were no horses in southern Africa. There have been a number of theories proposed over the years as to the origin of the wild horses in the Southern African country of Namibia. One theory is around 1914 during WWI the Union of South African troops were stationed at the small town of Garub. The German forces set up a stronghold in the hills at the town of Aus, which bombed the Union camp sporadically. It is believed the

English, Language Of The Oppressed in Anglophone Cameroon

English, Language Of The Oppressed in Anglophone Cameroon Cameroon Africa Anglophone. The Anglophone Problem is increasingly dominating the political agenda of Cameroon. Cameroon is a literally linguistically and legally divided African country; here lies the root of the Anglophone or English-speaking problem. English is the language of the oppressed in Cameroon because Cameroon is dominated by the French language. The Anglophone or English-speaking problem. Cameroon Anglophone problem, what is it? The Anglophone Problem is increasingly dominating the political agenda of Cameroon but, the Anglophone problem, what is it? In 2016 and 2017 protests by English-speaking Cameroonians, who have complained of marginalization in the largely French-speaking country are growing in number.   Between the majority French-speaking regions and minority English-speaking regions, it has come to the fore in recent months, with widespread protests, an internet blackout and several deat

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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