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African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Listen to Lies Folklore Story

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Civet and Tortoise lost their friendship because they listen to lies tall tale story. When you listen to lies sour feelings hurt the character and reputation of others. The Listen to Lies African Folklore story is a sure way to wreck a true friendship.

Listen to Lies Tall Tale Story

The Tortoise and the Civet, although they lived in separate towns, had a good friendship. All the neighbors knew their kindness to one another, for they never refused to help one another in sickness and trouble.

One day the Civet heard that her friend the Tortoise had given birth to a child, so at once she got ready to pay the usual visit. On arriving at the crossroad leading to her friend's town, she met a Monkey, who asked her where she was going.

The Civet said, “I am going to visit my friend the Tortoise, who has given birth to a child." Monkey said, “Don’t you go, her child is very ill, and the doctor says that he must have the tip of your tail with which to make a charm to cure the child, and it…

Amaranth Plant Cooking Directions

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Amaranth Plant Cooking Directions
Amaranth Plant Cooking Directions

Amarais a broad-leafed, bushy plant that grows about six feet tall. Amaranth is a plant used in herbal remedies that are found in your garden or in the wild and may provide a unique traditional health benefit reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Amaranth plant is an important plant to the nutrition lives of Africans. Leaves and young plant stems are cooked like spinach and have a mild flavor and the seeds of the Amaranth plant are ground into flour.

Amaranth produces a brightly colored flower that can contain up to 60,000 seeds. Also known as, Chinese spinach or callaloo in Caribbean cooking, amaranth is a green leafy vegetable and is widely grown across East, West and Southern Africa.

Cook and serve amaranth leaves in a similar way to spinach or Swiss chard - boiled, steamed or fried. They only need brief cooking. Cooked Amaranth plant leaves are eaten as vegetables, soups, stews, and relishes.


Easy Re…

Coded Languages of Adinkra Symbols

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Coded Languages of Adinkra Symbols
Coded Languages of Adinkra Symbols

Adinkra symbols are coded pictures that relate to the history, beliefs, and philosophy of the Asante people. Adinkra symbols are well-known visual symbols that have a hidden meaning, deciphering.

Adinkra symbols are the same as reading a sentence as long as you know what is the coded symbols truly mean.

West African Adinkra symbols represent ideas, proverbs, expressions, attitudes, and behavior depicted in the simply drawn figure, think of it as a way of writing in code. African Code Language, African Adinkra symbols are visual symbols that represent the joining of spoken and pictorial language.


African Adinkra symbol Odenkyem is the crocodile symbolizing prudence and practicality.



Nyame Nnwu Na Me Wu African Adinkra symbol is a symbol meaning God never dies; so I shall not die indicating there is an afterlife.



Fawohudie African Adinkra symbol is important to Akan society symbolizing independence and freedom.



African Adink…

Brinjal Curry Andhra Style

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Brinjal Curry Andhra Style Brinjal Curry Andhra Style
Brinjal and Eggplant are two different words that refer to the same fruit. Brinjal is used in countless South African Indian food recipes. South Africans of Indian descent largely live in and around KwaZulu-Natal's’ city of Durban, South Africa with a population of over one million.


South African Indian food is widely known for its spicy and flavorful taste of curry. Brinjal Curry Andhra Style is a traditional vegetarian South African Indian recipe using a blend of Brinjal and eight spices.
Brinjal CurryAndhra Style
Ingredients 1large eggplant, peeled and cut into dice size pieces 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 chopped hot pepper 2tablespoons coconut oil 1tablespoon chickpea flour 1/4teaspoon turmeric powder 1/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin Salt to taste 2 cups coconut milk
Directions Heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan add spices and bloom for about 2 minutes care…

Sardines Recipes, Storing, Buyer's Guide and Interesting Facts

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Sardines Recipes, Storing, Buyer's Guide and Interesting Facts
Think about fresh sardines, not canned making a healthy grilled fish recipe.

Fresh African Sardines Recipes



Sardines Buyer's GuideSardines are best when cooked near where they are caught they do not travel well. Fresh sardines are very perishable and normal refrigerator temperatures of do not inhibit the enzymatic activity that causes them to spoil. They are available throughout the winter but are at their best in spring. If you are purchasing fresh sardines, look for ones that smell fresh, are firm to the touch, and have bright eyes and shiny skin.
How to Store Fresh SardinesTo store the fresh sardines, remove them from the store packaging, rinse them and place them in a plastic storage bag as soon as you bring them home from the market. Place in a large bowl and cover with ice cubes or ice packs to reduce the temperature of the fish.
How to Clean Sardines for CookingFresh sardines are perfect for stews, grilling and…

Easy African Way To Cook Cabbage

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Easy African Way To Cook CabbageSouth African cabbage recipe Umfino is a healthy mix of cabbage, corn meal and brown rice cooked in one pot. Umfino is a traditional cabbage recipe meal that is inexpensive and easy to make.
Easy African Way To Cook Cabbage.
African recipes by The African Gourmet.

Creative cabbage recipe of Umfino, a delicious traditional South African meal made of cornmeal, cabbage, spinach and onions cooked in one pot. Get new ideas for how to cook cabbage.

Umfino Easy South African Cabbage Recipe.

Prep time: 20 min Cook
time: 30 min Total time: 50 min 
Ingredients
1 medium shredded cabbage
4 handfuls of kale
2 chopped spring onions
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown rice
1 cup corn meal
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a large saucepan add vegetables, butter and broth, cook for 10 minutes. Add corn meal and rice stir well cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, dish will be thick add broth if necessary. Serve warm.

Pretend Kindness African-Folklore Story

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Much of African ancient-folklore has succumbed to lost memories of a culture. A desire to preserve, before African-Folklore is entirely forgotten, some of the traditional stories, is preserved not only in ancestral memory but also in writing. 
African-folklore has attracted much and deserved worldwide attention. Iniko’s pretend kindness African-Folklore is a story about Iniko who pretend kindness and was really a gluttonous and selfish husband and father.

Pretend Kindness African-Folklore
Nuru asked her husband Iniko to attend to the food on the fire while she went to fetch water. On her return, she found her husband skimming off the stew from the top of the pot. 


After he filled a calabash high with stew, he hid it inside the house.

Nuru did not let him know that she had seen him and went into the house, poured the stew her husband took from the pot back into the stew pot. She then returned the calabash to her husband secret hiding place.

At dinner, when Iniko, trusting in what he hid, …

Uncommon Geography Quiz on African Countries

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Africa is the second-largest continent covering nearly 1/5 of the total land surface on planet earth. The continent is surrounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, and on the south by the circulating waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Africa measures about 5,000 miles or 8,000 km from north to south and about 4,600 miles or 7,400 km from east to west. The continent is cut almost equally in two by the Equator so that most of Africa lies within the tropical region bounded on the north by the Tropic of Cancer and on the south by the Tropic of Capricorn. 

Because of the bulge formed by western Africa, the greater part of Africa’s territory lies north of the Equator. Africa is crossed from north to south by the prime meridian (0° longitude), which passes a short distance to the east of Accra, Ghana.


This quiz on four uncommon African geography facts are not easy but try your best. Which Volta is not…

Issue of Congo Basin Rainforest of Africa

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Issue of Congo Basin Rainforest of AfricaCongo Basin African countries are Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Congo, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe. Africa's remaining rainforests are found in the Congo river basin but African Rainforests are being cleared at an alarming rate amid global demand for minerals, energy and wood resources from Africa.
The Congo basin is the 2nd largest rainforest in the world, rainforests in Africa are found in West Africa and West-Central Africa. The gorilla is probably the most well-known resident of the rainforest, but poaching and deforestation have greatly reduced their numbers. Rainforests cover only a small part of the earth's surface about 6 percent, yet they are home to over half the species of plants and animals in the world.




The Congo basin is the 2nd largest rainforest in the world covering seven African countries, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equ…

African Countries Names You're Saying Wrong

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African Countries Names You're Saying Wrong What is in a name? The power of a name and its value is immeasurable. Ivory Coast name changed in 1986 to Cote d'Ivoire. Cabo Verde formally known as Cape Verde until 2013, Swaziland is eSwatini since 2018 and “The” officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964.

African Countries Names You're Saying Wrong

African Countries Names You're Saying Wrong. Ivory Coast, Cabo Verde and Gambia.

Ivory Coast name changed in 1986 to Cote d'Ivoire Foreign overseas traders and exporters solely according to the business and trade economies roughly divided Africa into four coasts; Pepper Coast, Ivory Coast, Gold Coast and the Slave Coast.

The French named the Côte d'Ivoire literally means Ivory Coast. Côte d'Ivoire was unofficially known as Costa do Marfim by the Portuguese, côte des dents or the teeth coast and the Ivory Coast reflecting the trade in ivory. The area that became the Ivory Coast on August 7, 1960 previously ha…

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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