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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.

35 unusual Facts about Afrika, Quotes and Positive Vibes

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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