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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.

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

Snakebite Deaths In Africa

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There is an urgent need to ensure the availability of safe, effective and affordable antivenoms, particularly in Africa tropical regions. Dangerous venomous snakebites are common in Africa life-saving treatment is not. A single vial of snakebite antivenom can cost thousands of dollars. Snakebite Deaths In Africa Africa has an abundance of dangerous venomous snakes and snakes could be anywhere, which means they are everywhere. Despite the high rates of death and disability from snakebites in Africa, it remains a significant burden to Africa’s poor women and children, agricultural workers, hunters, and farmers. Though the exact number of snakebites is unknown, in Africa, there are well over a half a million snakebites yearly that need treatment. Up to 140,000 people die each year because of snakebites, and around 400,000 amputations and other permanent disabilities are caused by snakebites each year. Bites by venomous snakes can cause paralysis that may prevent breathing, bleeding

From Voting to Violence in Kenya

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Kenya Violence Violence has tarnished elections in Kenya with 2007 Post-Election Violence being the bloodiest on record to date. Kenya's presidential elections have been marked with some type of violence and protests, and the 2007 vote was best known for murder and mayhem along ethnic lines. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Violence has tarnished elections in Kenya with 2007 Post-Election Violence being the bloodiest on record. The Issue Kenya’s President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi stepped down in December 2002 after serving 24 years from 1978-2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai Kibaki, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated Kenya African National Union (KANU) candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of founding president Jomo Kenyatta, and assumed the presidency. However, Kibaki's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of voter fraud from Orange Democrati

Dark Continent has two meanings

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Dark Continent has two meanings Dark Continent or the Dark Continent? The first, that it was a dark continent that non-indigenous Africans knew nothing of and second meaning, refers to the skin color of dark skin African indigenous peoples. Africa is the oldest inhabited continent with more unknown history than known. The Truth About Bringing Africa to the Light The Dark Continent Geography The colonization of Africa imposed boundaries without regard to culture or heritage of native Africans. When maps were drawn of Africa, there were huge chunks of land known as Terra Incognita, regions that have not been mapped or documented by non-indigenous Africans. As a result, as Chancellor Williams explains in his book “The Destruction of Black Civilization” “The general condition of vast stretches of uninhabited and uninhabitable land over the continent seemed to support the Western thesis that Africans never developed any worthwhile civilization with a notable his

African Indian Style Rice Cooker Basmati Rice

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African food Indian style basmati rice. Our African food basmati Indian style spiced rice recipe is essential to eat with any and every homemade South African Indian curry. White basmati rice is steamed with yellow onions, seasoned with ghee, whole cloves, ground cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, whole mustard seeds, ground chili and dried turmeric. The Best South African Yellow Rice  Chic African Culture Serves 4 African food Nutrition facts: 340 calories, 3 grams fat Ingredients  1/4 cup ghee  1 yellow onion chopped  1 cup uncooked basmati white rice  1/2 cup shredded carrots 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom  1/4 teaspoon whole mustard seeds  1/2 teaspoon ground cumin  3 whole cloves  1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric  1 teaspoon ground chili pepper  1 whole dried hot pepper 1 teaspoon sea salt  1/4 teaspoon black salt  1 1/4 cup warm water  Directions  Rinse the basmati rice then drain. In a rice cooker add all ingredients and stir well. Set the machine for the regu

10 Favorite African Proverbs That I Always Keep With Me Wherever I Go

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10 Favorite African Proverbs That I Always Keep With Me Wherever I Go I know my ancestors are with me, wherever I decide to stay, drink, eat and explore; these 10 favorite African Proverbs I always keep with me wherever I go. A journeys discovery can be bittersweet but you can emerge stronger from the experience. Chic African Culture I take with me everywhere I go 10 favorite African Proverbs When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. It is not always the one who speaks the loudest who wins the dispute. The disobedient fowl obeys in a pot of soup. The river may be wide, but it can be crossed. An axe does not cut down a tree by itself. Strategy is better than strength. Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue. Do not let what you cannot do turn your head away from what you can do. If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the backs of those who came before us. If a donkey kicks you and you kick back, you are both asse

Ghana Elaborate Funerals And Decorative Funeral Coffins

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Ghana Entertainment Funerals In Ghana, the most significant cost you are going to incur in your life is not going to be your wedding, it is going to be your funeral. Ghana Elaborate Funerals And Decorative Funeral Coffins Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 10-9-2017 Ghana, Africa where funerals are world-renowned for their size and extravagance. Ghana Funeral Ghana population is comprised of 71 percent Christian, funerals usually begin with religious blessings, rituals, ceremonies, and words of remembrance, but that is just the beginning.  Funerals in Ghana are very much a social event attended by a large number of mourners, which could reach hundreds. When death comes, it concerns everybody in the Ghanaian community and a well-attended funeral carries great social prestige and the bigger the party, the better.    Funeral Money for Ghanaians Ghanaians may spend as much money on funerals as on weddings, sometimes even more. It is believed that the dead

Examples of Cooking in Africa

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Photos from recent cooking escapades in Africa making homemade African food recipes for family and friends.   Examples of cooking good food in Africa Chic African Culture You do not have to be a classically trained chef to make delicious food. Banku or Akple is fermented corn or cassava dough mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth whitish consistent paste. Served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish. Making Banku in Ghana Beatrice Ananga cooking a mix of Gnetum (okok) and Peanuts in the village of Minwoho, Lekié, Center Region, Cameroon. Cooking Gnetum in Cameroon Women cooking vegetable porridge in the village of Maderia, in Gemechis, a district of Oromia Region in Ethiopia. Making lunch for the family in Ethiopia Carrying shea to the cooking area. The nuts are crushed, roasted then pounded and ground into a fine paste. The paste is mixed with water to separate the fat, which is then manually churned into c

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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