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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.

African Culture is World Heritage

Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

Ȯ dị otó It was delicious | African Street Food

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Ȯ dị otó translates to it was delicious in the African Igbo language. Street food is an important part of the culture and economy throughout the African continent. An estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide consume street food each day many of whom are poor and cannot afford food from retail stores depend on food that street vendors provide. Street food vending employs, on average, more than 42 percent of the labor force and contributes about 41 percent of the and total GNP in Africa. Street food vendors in Africa are commonly family or one-person businesses and the majority work without licensing.   Some people want a sit down meal, but most are street vendors wandering through food markets weaving in and out of traffic. Street food vendors can be found near offices, factories, schools, markets, construction sites, beaches, truck, train, plane and bus stations, business centers and along almost every street in Africa. Setting up a street food business needs little investment

Southern Africa Mushroom Dombolo Dumplings Recipe

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Mushroom harvesting occurs in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and Mpumalanga, the fresh mushrooms collected are being served at the best restaurants around Southern Africa. In Southern Africa, the white button and brown mushrooms are mainly grown. Africans prefer their mushrooms fresh rather than being processed into canned product. Mushroom Dombolo or Mushroom Dumplings is a favorite Southern African recipe using fresh white button mushrooms. Southern Africa Mushroom Dombolo Dumplings Recipe Ingredients Filling 5 cups chopped button mushrooms 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small onion, minced Salt and ground black pepper to taste Dough 1 large egg yolk 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, more as needed Directions Mushroom filling In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until golden but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms have released their liquid, abo

History of Africa Day

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Africa Day is a worldwide celebration of culture, which fosters self-respect and overall respect for Africa. Ghana became the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence. Africa is a rich continent inhabited by poor people. Africa faces massive challenges, including extreme poverty, illness, desertification, malnutrition and ongoing conflict. Extreme poverty together with lack of access to basic education, health care and adequate nutrition continues to prevent millions of talented, promising young people in Africa from fulfilling their potential. Africa Day is a call to action for diverse people and organizations to promote the movement for Africa and her bright future. History of Africa Day After World War II, the process of decolonization of the African continent gathered momentum as Africans increasingly advocated for political rights and independence. While in other parts of the continent colonial power

How to Cut a Mango | African Gourmet Basics

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A fresh mango has one large, long, flat seed in the center of the fruit. Once you learn how to work around the seed, cutting a fresh mango is simple. Good rule to follow when choosing the perfect mango to cut is do not focus on the color of the mango since it is not the best indicator of ripeness. Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will give slightly. How to cut fresh mangos 1. Always judge when a mango is ripe by feel. 2. Wash the mango before cutting with warm water 3. After cutting thin slice from 1 end of mango, rest mango on trimmed bottom and cut off skin in thin strips, top to bottom. 4. Cut down along each side of flat pit to remove flesh. 5. Trim any remaining flesh off sides of pit. Once fruit is peeled and sliced, it can be chopped as desired. Spicy Curry Mango Coconut Relish Ingredients 2 cups fresh coconut flakes 1 cup diced ripe mango 1 tablespoon red pepper flake (optional) 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon ground curry 1 tea

Moroccan Braised Lamb Chops for Two

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Moroccan Braised Lamb Chops for Two Make the best Moroccan Braised Lamb Chops for Two recipe. Fragrant flavors of Moroccan Braised Lamb Chops for Two with preserved lemons, tomatoes, fragrant rosemary, and a sprinkling of fresh parsley is the perfect date night dish for two. Moroccan Braised Lamb Chops for Two Moroccan Braised Lamb Chops for Two Ingredients: 2 10-ounce shoulder lamb chops, ¾ to 1 inch thick, trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped fine 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1/2 preserved lemon Directions: Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Brown chops well on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side; transfer to a plate. Add onion and cook over medium heat to skillet until softened about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and rosemary and sauté about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and their juice, and bring

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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their 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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