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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

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 norther…

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.

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, to the earth and to the cosmos, and they express our attitudes to and beli…

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

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

In large bowl add all ingredients and mix well until a soft dough forms. Form into golf ball siz…

I got work to do pics of Africa

Working to Live, Living to Work
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 8-28-2017

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 farme…

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 for something can be in the …

35 unusual Facts about Afrika, Quotes and Positive Vibes

35 unusual Facts about Afrika, Quotes and Positive Vibes
35 unusual Facts about Afrika, Quotes and Positive Vibes 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 bre…

Ever wonder why turtles live in water?


Why Turtles Love Water African Folktale

Ever wonder why turtles live in water? 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. African Folktale Story
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," they said. "That'll never work," sa…

How to Think Like a Wise Person African Proverbs

Wise Man African Proverbs
Wise African Proverbs
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.
When you speak, know that which can be brought against you.
Every man must act in the rhythm of his time, such is wisdom.

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.
African Proverbs

8-Year Letter Writing War Against Apartheid

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.

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I will not be ignored!
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 sentenced to three years in prison char…

Cheese Making Recipe for Delicious Homemade Goat Cheese

Goat cheese

Goat cheese can easily be made at home
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 RecipeServes 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

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


Slowly heat goat milk in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until the temperature is 90 degrees, a…

Efo Riro Stew, Every African food recipe has a story

Efo Riro Stew, every recipe has a story
Efo Riro Stew Every African food recipe has a story.

Efo Riro is a traditional stew of the Yoruba Tribe made with green leafy Amaranth leaves and a variety of meats. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

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

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

In a large lidded pot add beef, onions and palm oil and brown over high heat. R…

Bitter Leaf Stew Quick and Easy African Food

Three Bitter Leaf Stew Quick and Easy African Food Recipes
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
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 …

Meet the Author.

Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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Elegant but earthy The African Gourmet and Chic African Culture highlights African culture, food recipes, modern and ancient history.

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