Posts

Showing posts from December 24, 2017


Don't set sail on someone else’s star.



Chic African Culture Blog

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.

A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup

Image
A1 Okra Recipe African Sardine Okra Soup is a healthy easy to prepare African food recipe. Many variations of okro (okra) soup can be found throughout Western Africa. A1 West African Sardine Okro Soup African Food Recipe 1 can sardines in oil 3 fresh whole anchovies 2 cups frozen orko (okra) 2 handfuls pumpkin leaves, washed and chopped 2 chopped onions 1 Irish potato, diced 1 green pepper, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely minced 2 medium tomatoes, diced 3 cups water Directions Add all ingredients into a large pot, simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with boiled dumplings or rice. Did you know? Hibiscus Esculentus or okra (okro) is of African origin originating from Ethiopia. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture More economical easy lunch and dinner recipes to make right now so you never have to eat or prepare a boring meal again. Curried Tanzanian Coconut Okra Recipe Yedoro Stir Fried Ethiopian Chic

ℛooster and the Hen Became Friends Short Story African Folklore

Image
Fierce Sworn Enemies Rooster and Hen Became Friends Short Story African Folklore Short folktale story of how enemies become friends as Rooster and Hen were fierce sworn enemies. Rooster and the Hen Became Friends African Folklore Tall Tale explore how enemies can transform hostility into harmony. The animals one day said to the Rooster, "Why don't you build a house for yourself?" "The audacity!" haughtily answered the Rooster. "To talk of me building a house when the trees are bare and without leaves! I did build a house at one time, but it fell down in a heap. It will be a long while before I build another!" One day he was very hungry, and he seated himself on top of a banana stalk. Looking down from his lofty perch, he happened to see some tempting red berries in the brambles below. They looked altogether too tempting! So, without further thought, he made a dive for the tempting morsel and presently found himself caught in a snare, wh

Life in the Slums of Kibera Kenya Africa

Image
Kibera slum is 617 acres or 2.5 square kilometers, a little smaller than New York’s Central Park. Only about 20 percent of Kibera has electricity and 10 percent of Kiberans have access to clean water. Sadly, there is currently no sewage system in the slums of Kibera. Kibera (Key-bear-a) is a Nubian word meaning Forest or Jungle. Kibera is one of Africa’s largest slums. Fifteen densely populated villages make up this slum. Residents of Kibera are officially squatters and do not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use the land, the land belongs to the government of Kenya. However, this does not stop slumlords from charging rent when families move into vacated shacks. Generations have lived in Kenya’s largest slum of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest squatters settlements. Kibera slum is well for its crime, overcrowding, poverty, and lack of proper sanitation . Every second, two people are added to cities around the world. This population surge is particularly rapid in Africa

History of real life blood drinking African vampires

Image
History of Malawi Black Vampires In parts of Southern Malawi Africa beginning in 1948, rumors began to spread that black and white vampires were working with Malawi's government to collect blood for international aid agencies. Sounds odd right, well people have believed in vampires for thousands of years beginning in Europe during the Middle-Ages and now the belief is widespread throughout the African country of Malawi. History of real life blood drinking African vampires Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture With vampire movies as popular as ever in America, blood-drinking vampires in the black community of Malawi Africa are hunted and killed by mobs. Despite the modern day charismatic and sophisticated vampire being very popular in many cultures, there are no evidence vampires materially exist but the widespread belief in supernatural beings in Malawi perpetuates the belief in real life African vampires.  For the past few years, people wh

Women African Heroes Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985

Image
Voices and Visions of African Liberation. Massacres, forced removals, substandard education and the consequent political crisis that gripped South Africa had awakened a militant attitude among the people, including women African heroes. Between 1963 and 1985 three women African heroes were murdered and one African hero executed in bloody South African freedom struggle. Women African Heroes Women Assassinated and Executed in South Africa 1963-1985 Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture Women African heroes who died for the liberation struggle African Hero Dulcie Evonne September Dulcie Evonne September, in 1976 joined the African National Congress (ANC) where she worked in the ANC Women's League. She was an anti-apartheid activist, humanitarian and political prisoner. September was arrested and detained without trial at Roeland Street Prison on October 7, 1963. Together with nine others she was charged under the Criminal Procedure Act

Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year Off Right

Image
Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year off Right Umoja (oo-MO-jah) means Unity Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) means Self-Determination Ujima (oo-jah-MAH) means Collective Work and Responsibility Ujamaa (U-jay-ma) means Cooperative Economics Nia (NEE-ah) means Purpose Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) means Creativity Imani (ee-MAH-nee) means Faith Kwanzaa is meant to help you start the New Year off right. A new year inspires renewed energy and excitement for what could happen and Kwanzaa seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith fit right into the New Year resolutions wish list. Beginning December 26 and lasting for seven days until the first day of the New Year, Kwanzaa is a celebration of everyone's community, family and culture. History of Kwanzaa, each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of

Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength

Image
Every Strength Is A Weakness, Every Weakness Is Strength African Proverbs Proverbs Among African People African Proverbs are a force and have the power to change behavior because the truths portrayed in them are so simple and undeniable that the morals and advice they have, people feel obliged to conduct their lives in the manner prescribed in the African proverbs simply because they are from the wise elders of old. Many African Proverbs convey the truth, every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is strength. You are not a loving person; you don't remember good deeds. Everyone is proud of himself, no one sees himself as ugly. Good can come out of evil. That which is meant to be yours will come your way. Laugh with them, but it’s not good for you. A farmer who has a big cutlass may try to fell a big tree with it, or strike it against any stick; but pretty soon, he will find himself with a broken cutlass.   Being greedy for more, you can miss all.   The school of an arro

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

Support African History and Culture

Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet are dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing African history and heritage celebrating 14 years of service in 2021. Share and support in the pride of being part of an important cultural and educational resource.



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.

Chic African Culture


Be better than average and support African history and culture. Since 2008 Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet highlight Africa through her food and culture. Contact us culture1africangourmet@gmail.com

More LOVE from Africa to Read About