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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.

Cassava Leaves Recipe

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Cassava Leaves Recipe Best vegetarian stew cassava leaves recipe Cassava Leaves Recipe With Homemade Curry Sauce has everything you love about vegetarian African cooking. Cooking Cassava Stew With Homemade Curry Sauce African Recipes by Chic African Culture   Cassava leaves recipe is a quick and easy African food meal to make during the weekday. Fragrant eight spice curry powder recipe adds a unique flavor to the cassava stew dish. Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 35 min Total time: 50 min Ingredients 1 large cassava peeled and diced 3 green bananas cut in half 2 medium carrots, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green pepper seeded and diced 1 large red tomato, diced 1 large green tomato, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons homemade ground curry powder 2 cups coconut milk Water for boiling Homemade Curry Powder Spice Recipe Ingredients 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon ground caraway 1 teaspoon of black pep

Shhhh... Listen! Do You Hear The Elders Speaking To You?

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Listen to African Elder Proverbs. There are many proverbs that speak about the value of elders in the African society, are you listening to what they say? Shhhh... Listen! Do You Hear The Elders Speaking To You? In Africa, proverbs are not usually attributed to any particular individuals, but collectively to the ancestors, the wise men and women of old. In most cases, it is not known who composed a particular proverb. But whether known or not, all proverbs are credited to the elders of old.  African proverbs contain observations and good counsel against undesirable wickedness like anger, backbiting, greed, ingratitude, laziness, lying, pride, procrastination, and selfishness.  African proverbs usually have two meanings: the literal or primary meaning, and the deeper or real meaning. The real meaning of African proverbs is not always apparent. There is nothing more disgraceful than an old man who has no other honor but his age. - African Elder Proverb Wisdom is an old ma

Waterfront Slum Village of Otodo Gbame

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Squatters waterfront community Otodo Gbame on the Lagos lagoon is an ancestral fishing s suffering violent evictions by the Nigerian government. Lagos Nigeria Ministry of Justice on three separate occasions, set fire to and demolished the ancestral fishing village of Otodo Gbame. Otodo Gbame evictees were suffering fire on the water in wooden boats on the Lagos Lagoon fleeing from tear gas and bullets. No Squatters Rights on Nigerian Waterfront Property. Otodo Gbame quatters claim rights over the spaces they have squatted by virtue of occupation and ancestral rights, rather than paper legal ownership.  Officials of the Lagos Task Force made up of Lagos State agencies, forcibly evicted Otodo Gbame squatters on November 9 and 10, 2016, where more than 30,000 residents were forcibly evicted. The task force used fire and bulldozers to demolish the houses on the waterfront slum on the Lagos lagoon. According to the Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI), a Lagos-based group

Yoruba Creation of the World Mystery Revealed

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There is a web of superhuman activity within the powerful spirit world of the Yoruba Yoruba ancestral memories There is a web of superhuman activity within the powerful spirit world of the Yoruba, this is the true story of how the world was created according to the Yoruba’s of West Africa. Creation of the World Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 9-13-2017 Ritual practices and the cosmological ideas, the true story of how the world was created. The entire world was filled with water when God decided to create the world. God sent his messenger Obatala to perform the task of creating the world. Obatala brought along his helper, a man named Oduduwa as well as a calabash full of earth and a chicken. Then they began their descent to earth from a rope. Along the way, they stopped over at a feast where Obatala got drunk from drinking too much palm wine. Oduduwa, finding his master drunk, picked up the calabash and the chicken a

Africa Capital City Luanda is the Most Expensive City to Live

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Most expensive city on the planet is Africa's Capital City Luanda. Angolan capital Luanda has been ranked the world's most expensive city to live. Why is Luanda so expensive? Note - An expatriate, often shortened to expat is an individual living in a country other than their country of citizenship, often temporarily and for work reasons. Yes, it is true that most of the Angolan capital's population lives in poverty on the outskirts of the city, in the center, Angola's capital city Luanda is the priciest city for people who are not from Angola or expatriates. In Luanda, you must have very deep pockets for housing, transport , clothes, food and entertainment and everything else in-between. Luanda was judged the costliest city due to the expense of goods and security. Africa's capital city of Luanda  The cost of renting an unfurnished three-bedroom house of in a suitable neighborhood is $13,000 US dollars a month in 2017. Dinner at Luanda's trendi

About African Mud Houses Koutammakou

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About African Mud Houses Over half of the people of Togo practice indigenous religious beliefs. Takienta Mud houses are a national symbol of Togo, the people of Togo believe nature is strongly associated with rituals and beliefs of their society. Central to indigenous traditions is an awareness of the integral and whole relationship of symbolic and material life and African mud homes are key to the Togolese web of human activities. About African Mud Houses Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba The Koutammakou landscape in north-eastern Togo, which extends into neighbouring Benin, is home to the Batammariba whose remarkable mud houses called Takienta have come to be seen as a symbol of Togo. Koutammakou is the name of a large semi-mountainous region located in north-eastern Togo and which extends into neighboring Benin. Koutammakou of Togo covers approximately 124,000 acres or 50,000 hectares and joins the border of Benin for 9 miles or 15 km. Koutammakou is a unique examp

Lesson Learned Through Life's Challenges African Proverb

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Find Your Purpose, Master Your Path, Chichewa African Proverb Life teaches it is the challenges that reveal your path in life; a lion is proud when walking, courageous in all it does because he believes in himself. Master Your Path African Proverb Although the grass looks even, there are paths in between. Ngakhale udzu amawoneka ngakhale, pali njira pakati. - Chichewa Although the grass looks even, there are paths in between. - English Meaning - No path in life is a smooth. Even with perfect planning and preparation, life throws you a curveball, it is just what life does.  The question is, when life throws you a curveball, how are you going to deal with it? Someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion and learn the lesson.  If you are stubborn and refuse to face the truth of the issue, you will face the same hardships over and over again until you learn the lesson. Although the grass looks even, there are paths in between - life lessons are lesson

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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