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Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa

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Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa
Africa's New Year's Resolutions
Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa are to End Corruption, Eradicate Terrorist Violence, and Establish and maintain Good African Governance. Africa’s top three New Year's resolutions could actually be achieved; millions of ordinary people across Africa write down their aspirations and work to fulfill their New Year's Resolutions in the New Year.

Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Africa
New Year's Resolutions for Africa, End Corruption
Corruption is holding Africa back from becoming a world power. Corruption is endemic to the way of life in much of Africa. Transparency International, a global watchdog organization says 75 million people in Africa below the Saharan desert paid a bribe in 2014. Corruption has saturated all life facets African’s life from simple things like access to medical care, schools and jobs, to the grand scale of it all like award of contracts and use o…

A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup

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A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup

A1 Okra Recipe
African Sardine Okra Soup is a healthy easy to prepare African food recipe. Many variations of okro (okra) soup can be found throughout Western Africa.



A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup African Food Recipe
1 can sardines in oil 3 fresh whole anchovies 2 cupsfrozen orko (okra) 2 handfuls pumpkin leaves, washed and chopped 2 chopped onions 1 Irishpotato, diced 1 green pepper, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely minced 2 medium tomatoes, diced 3 cups water

Directions Add all ingredients into a large pot, simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with boiled dumplings or rice.



Did you know?
Hibiscus Esculentus or okra (okro) is of African origin originating from Ethiopia.
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends Short Story African Folklore

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ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends Short Story African Folklore
Fierce Sworn Enemies ℛooster and Hen Became Friends Short Story African Folklore

Short story of how enemies become friends as Rooster and Hen were fierce sworn enemies. Rooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale explore how enemies can transform hostility into harmony.


The animals one day said to the Rooster, "Why don't you build a house for yourself?" "The audacity!" haughtily answered the Rooster. "To talk of me building a house when the trees are bare and without leaves! I did build a house at one time, but it fell down in a heap. It will be a long while before I build another!"

One day he was very hungry, and he seated himself on top of a banana stalk. Looking down from his lofty perch, he happened to see some tempting red berries in the brambles below. They looked altogether too tempting! So, without further thought, he made a dive for the tempting morsel and pres…

Life in the Slums of Kibera Kenya Africa

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Kibera slum is 617 acres or 2.5 square kilometers, a little smaller than New York’s Central Park. Only about 20 percent of Kibera has electricity and 10 percent of Kiberans have access to clean water. Sadly, there is currently no sewage system in the slums of Kibera.


Kibera (Key-bear-a) is a Nubian word meaning Forest or Jungle. Kibera is one of Africa’s largest slums. Fifteen densely populated villages make up this slum. Residents of Kibera are officially squatters and do not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use the land, the land belongs to the government of Kenya. However, this does not stop slumlords from charging rent when families move into vacated shacks.


Generations have lived in Kenya’s largest slum of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest squatters settlements. Kibera slum is well for its crime, overcrowding, poverty, and lack of proper sanitation.


Every second, two people are added to cities around the world. This population surge is particularly rapid in Africa.…

History of Black Vampires | Real Life Blood Drinking African Vampires

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History of Black Vampires | Real Life Blood Drinking African Vampires
History of Malawi Black Vampires
In parts of Southern Malawi Africa beginning in 1948, rumors began to spread that black and white vampires were working with Malawi's government to collect blood for international aid agencies. Sounds odd right, well people have believed in vampires for thousands of years beginning in Europe during the Middle-Ages and now the belief is widespread throughout the African country of Malawi.

History of Black Vampires | Real Life Blood Drinking African Vampires
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
12-27-2017


With vampire movies as popular as ever in America, blood-drinking vampires in the black community of Malawi Africa are hunted and killed by mobs.

Despite the modern day charismatic and sophisticated vampire being very popular in many cultures, there are no evidence vampires materially exist but the widespread belief in supernatural beings in Malawi perpetuate…

Women African Heroes Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985

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Women African Heroes

Voices and Visions of African Liberation
Massacres, forced removals, substandard education and the consequent political crisis that gripped South Africa had awakened a militant attitude among the people, including women African heroes. Between 1963 and 1985 three women African heroes were murdered and one African hero executed in bloody South African freedom struggle.

Women African Heroes Women Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
12-25-2017
Women African heroes who died for the liberation struggle


African Hero Dulcie Evonne September Dulcie Evonne September, in 1976 joined the African National Congress (ANC) where she worked in the ANC Women's League. She was an anti-apartheid activist, humanitarian and political prisoner. September was arrested and detained without trial at Roeland Street Prison on October 7, 1963. Together with nine others she was charged under the Criminal Procedure A…

Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year Off Right

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Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year off Right










Umoja (oo-MO-jah) means Unity

Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) means Self-Determination

Ujima (oo-jah-MAH) means Collective Work and Responsibility

Ujamaa (U-jay-ma) means Cooperative Economics

Nia (NEE-ah) means Purpose

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) means Creativity

Imani (ee-MAH-nee) means Faith



Kwanzaa is meant to help you start the New Year off right. A new year inspires renewed energy and excitement for what could happen and Kwanzaa seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith fit right into the New Year resolutions wish list.

Beginning December 26 and lasting for seven days until the first day of the New Year, Kwanzaa is a celebration of everyone's community, family and culture.



History of Kwanzaa, each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of seven principles. The colors of Kwanzaa are black,…

Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength

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Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength
Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength African Proverbs


Proverbs Among African People
African Proverbs are a force and have the power to change behavior because the truths portrayed in them are so simple and undeniable that the morals and advice they have, people feel obliged to conduct their lives in the manner prescribed in the African proverbs simply because they are from the wise elders of old. Many African Proverbs convey the truth, every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is strength.

You are not a loving person; you don't remember good deeds.
Everyone is proud of himself, no one sees himself as ugly.
Good can come out of evil.
That which is meant to be yours will come your way.
Laugh with them, but it’s not good for you.
A farmer who has a big cutlass may try to fell a big tree with it, or strike it against any stick; but pretty soon, he will find himself with a broken cutlass.
Being gree…

Having Faith African Proverbs

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Having Faith African Proverbs

Have Faith Having faith African proverbs shows us that there is an all knowing being greater and wiser than ourselves. Having faith African proverbs offers hope and confidence through unceasing unshakable faith. Having Faith African Proverbs
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
12-23-2017




Having Faith African Proverbs

When a home is burnt down the rebuilt home is more beautiful. –Zulu Proverb


Those that plan without the help of the spirit must plan again. – African Proverb


A chicken egg cannot turn the hen over. - Bassa Proverb


Go forth alone, you will soon find a stone on the road that you that you cannot pass. – Zulu Proverb


A small fire is easy to smother. – Kenyan Proverb


A deaf ear is followed by death; an ear that listens is followed by blessings.  – Zulu Proverb



When heaven is pointed out a fool only sees the tip of the finger. – Ghanaian Proverb


God who split His child's mouth, has something to put in it. - Bassa Proverb

Did yo…

15 Stats About New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas Food Facts

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15 Stats About New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas Food Facts


Black-eyed peas and Collard Greens for luck and money.
If you love in the South in The USA, there is one New Year traditions that you just cannot ignore; cooking black-eyed peas and collard greens for a wonderful year. So why do the US Southerners eat black-eyed peas and greens to ring in the New Year?  The tradition spread after the Civil War. During General Sherman's march, the Union Army pillaged the Confederates' food supplies but left the peas and pork believing they were food for the animals and not for human consumption. The Southern soldiers thus felt lucky to have these supplies to get them through the cold winter.

Black-eyed peas, dried significantly expand in volume when cooked and symbolize expanding good look throughout the year. Collard green are green and the color of U.S. money so when you eat collard greens on New Year’s Day you will have money all year long. There is evidence that people ate black-eyed p…

All-Star African Fish Recipes

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All-Star African Fish Recipes
There Are Endless Fish Recipes in Africa


There are endless fish recipes in Africa; our two favorite fish recipes, Fish Curry in a Hurry and Sierra Leone Fish Soup Recipe are ready in less than 20 minutes.
West African Fish Curry in a Hurry Recipe Ingredients
1 pound firm white fish fillets, cut into medium pieces
2 cups of coconut milk
2 handfuls spinach
1 chopped tomato
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 ½ tablespoon good quality ground curry
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a large pot melt butter and sauté onions and garlic, add spices, tomatoes, and coconut milk stirring well. Add fish. Over medium heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add spinach simmer 3 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and serve as a soup with bread or over rice. Sierra Leone Fish Soup Recipe Ingredients
2 handfuls fresh sorrel leaves, chopped
7 ounces any fish
2 tablespoons butter
Hot peppers to taste
2 stalks…

Learn Southern Africa Braai Vocabulary

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Learn Southern Africa Braai Vocabulary


Braai Dictionary
The word braai is a South African Afrikaans language word pronounced BRY rhyming with why.

Braai is popular in Southern Africa especially with people who live in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Braai may have originated with the South African Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds. An important distinction between a braai and a barbecue is that it’s fairly uncommon for a braai to use gas rather than an open flame.

Women rarely braai at a social gathering, as this is normally the braai realm of men.

Learn Southern Africa Braai Vocabulary

Braaivleis Roasted meat
BraaiBarbecue” or Roast
VleisMeat
Braaier or BaasThe chef and the boss, person in charge
BraaistandThe fire or grill
VarkstertTool for turning meat
Braai hijackerSomeone you dont really wanna invite but, you have too
BraaimasterMaster of the grill
Doek SagVery tender meat
Flou koleTired at the end of a long braai and d…

What is Fair Trade Coffee and Why it is Important

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What is Fair Trade Coffee in Africa
What is Fair Trade Coffee and why it is Important

Fair Trade coffee and many other products help with the sustainable development of Africa by offering better trading conditions and securing the rights of farmers and workers around the world.


Africa does not benefit from the processing and manufacturing portion of the coffee bean, only the agricultural. What is Fair Trade and how does it help the small family coffee growers and not endorse poverty and exploitation of poor agricultural coffee growing regions.
Fair Trade Coffee Is Important to Africans
What is Fair Trade? Fair Trade certified products including coffee are part of a trading partnership that seeks greater equity in international trade.

Africa particularly the Ethiopian Rift Valley is famous across the world for growing producing the best coffee in the world, primarily due to its superior growing conditions.

Coffee is the way many people begin their day. Whether it is brewing a cup at ho…

Coconut Fish and Rice Banana Leaf Recipe

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Coconut Fish and Rice Banana Leaf Recipe

Banana Leaf Recipe
Banana leaves are used for cooking, wrapping and food serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical Africa.



Banana leaves impart an aroma to food that is cooked in or served on them; steaming with banana leaves imparts a subtle sweet flavor and aroma to the dish. The leaves are not themselves eaten and are discarded after the food is eaten. Besides adding flavor, banana leaves are perfect for cooking cook fish, vegetables, rice or just about anything.Banana leaves are used for baking wrapped food in the same way you would use tin foil or parchment paper. It is important to know banana leaf packets should be placed in a baking dish so the juices don't drip to the bottom of your oven.

Coconut Fish and Rice Banana Leaf Recipe
Ingredients 4 small any fish fillet 2 cups any rice 4 ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthways, then crossways ½ cup coconut milk ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon allspice 1 te…