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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

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

Sibling Rivalry African Folktale Story

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The Singing Skeleton is an African folktale story about sibling rivalry and the jealousy, competition, and fighting between two brothers. Sibling rivalry  The Singing Skeleton African Folktale Story Bamaza had two sons; the older one of the two boys caused his father much trouble. He not only was disobedient and unruly, but he also hated his younger brother, who was the direct opposite of him. One day their mother sent them to the woods to pick some wild flowers, which grew near a deep ravine. On their way to the woods, they passed through a town where a dance was happening. When the elder brother saw this dance, he went and joined the young beautiful dancers. The younger brother called him and said "Come on, my brother, let us do our mother's bidding and go to the woods to pick flowers!" But, he would not. Thus, the younger brother went alone to the woods. He found many flowers and picked a big bunch. On his

10 Time Immemorial South African Tribes

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Brief History and Culture of 10 Immemorial South African Tribes. Four major ethnic groups amongst Black South Africans are the Nguni; Nguni people are Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele and Swazi people, Sotho-Tswana, Shangaan-Tsonga, and Venda.  Together the Nguni and Sotho account for the largest % of the total Black population. The major Sotho groups are the South Sotho made up of Basuto and Sotho tribes, the West Sotho or Tswana, and the North Sotho or Pedi. San San Tribesmen The San are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, where they have lived for at least 20,000 years. The word San is commonly used to refer to a diverse group of hunter-gatherers living in Southern Africa who share historical and linguistic connections. The San were also referred to as Bushmen, but this term has since been abandoned as it is considered derogatory. There are many different San groups - they have no collective name for themselves. Basotho South Sotho or Basotho people are

Family Lives Matter African Proverbs

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Where can a man be better than in the bosom of his family. Why Family Matters African Proverbs As a people, we constantly worry about belonging and we do this because we all know how much family, whatever forms they take do matter. The most powerful reason of why families matter come from orphans and children who know what it’s like to have lost or temporarily separated from their families. First lay the foundation and then build the wall. - Egyptian Proverb Families play an important role in teaching children about tribal roots so they will grow up with identity, ideals and pride. Family Lives Matter African Proverbs teach the importance of family roots. As it is said in the African Yoruba language, Ase, it is so. Family Lives Matter African Proverbs Family Lives Matter African Proverbs A gold key opens every door. One makes not a people or a town. – West African Proverb Seize your roots and seize it firmly. – Wolof Proverb Family, payday comes every day. – Nigerian Proverb You

Unmarried pregnant girls sent to die on Punishment Island

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Akampene Island on Lake Bunyonyi is better known as Punishment Island was the final stop for ritually humiliated, abandoned unmarried pregnant girls.   Good girls gone bad in the eyes of the African village Bakiga tribes people Akampene Island on Lake Bunyonyi is better known as Punishment Island. The Bakiga tribe people of the mountains lived around Punishment Island having arrived from Rwanda in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Akampene or Punishment Island is little more than a 100 foot raised muddy platform that sticks out from the lake. Lake Bunyonyi off Uganda's south west coast has 29 Islands, with Akampene Island better known as Punishment Island being the most famous. Bakiga tribes people would ritually abandon unmarried pregnant girls on Punishment Island. The tiny island was a wasteland to leave pregnant girls to die since they were no longer of value to the family since an unmarried pregnant girl could not bring the family a bride price and was therefore useless. 

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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