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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.

African Folktale Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark

African Folklore short story of Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark was told to an ancestor whose ancestors told them to them, who had received the African folktale from their ancestors, and so back into African folklore storytelling history. African folklore with animals offers valuable moral lessons. African Folktale Innocent Monkey and Lying Shark Once upon a time Bahati, the monkey, and, Aza the shark, became great friends. The monkey lived in an immense mkooyoo tree which grew by the sea shore with half of its branches being over the water and half over the land. Every morning, when the monkey was eating her breakfast of kooyoo nuts, the shark would put in an appearance under the tree and call out, “Throw me some food, my friend;” which the monkey fulfilled most willingly. This continued for many months, until one day Aza said, “Bahati, you have done me many kindnesses: I would like you to go with me to my home, that I may repay you.” “How can I go?” said the monkey

Baked Breadfruit Recipe

Baked breadfruit taste similar to potatoes. Breadfruits are edible large size fruit yellow green in color, a very popular recipe ingredient. Cooking with breadfruit sounds exotic because breadfruit does not look like your typical supermarket fruit. Breadfruit is cooked by baking, steaming, frying, dried and ground into flour. What is breadfruit. Breadfruits are edible large cantaloupe size fruit yellow green in color, a very popular recipe ingredient in African food recipes and with hard starchy white flesh similar to a potato. Skin texture of breadfruit ranges from smooth to rough to spiny. It is easy to select breadfruit select a firm to the touch breadfruit creamy white or pale yellow inside. Cooking breadfruit is as easy as baking a potato. Baked breadfruit taste similar to potatoes and when making breadfruit treat breadfruit as you would a potato. Your new best cooking friend incredible edible breadfruit is rich in riboflavin, iron, niacin, thiamin, potassium, copper

African Proverbs for Students

African Proverbs for Students Students and kids learn from African proverbs and meanings to smooth out the rough patches in school life. Through the proverbs of Africa quotes from African elders Africa provides the world wisdom. Six African inspirational proverb quotes for students and kids. Never give up: The tree does not fall at the first stroke. Diligence: For the last-comer the bones. Fearlessness: Not every dog that barks bites. Friendship: The mouth is responsible for discord among people. Ask for help: A good swimmer is not safe from drowning. Inner beauty: A fine cage will not feed the bird. More African inspirational proverb quotes for everyone You will then learn your measure, when you spend a night with yourself. Look at a person’s deeds, not whether they are tall or short. One can be kept well by a hundred, not a hundred by one. Who dies inside has lost. The load that the mule will not carry, you yourself should

African Folklore Short Story of Rice

African Folklore Short Story of Rice African Folklore Short Story of Rice Legend of rice African folklore is a short story with a moral lesson of being happy with what you have. Why One Grain of Rice No Longer Feeds the Village is one of many short African folklore stories from Sierra Leone Africa. African Folklore Short Story of Rice Why One Grain of Rice No Longer Feeds the Village African Folklore Once one grain of rice covered well with water and cooked afforded a good meal for several persons. At that time the Supreme God, the ruler of all, had a wife from the people. One day her numerous relations come to visit her. She decides that one grain in the pot will not suffice for so many, therefore she puts in plenty rice. The Supreme God sees the pot boiling, and becomes very angry and says, “One grain would have sufficed to feed all the people but since you have broken my law, hereafter, to get enough to eat, everybody must put plenty rice in th

Simple Couscous with Honey Recipe

Couscous is pasta, not rice. Couscous recipes are eaten throughout North Africa. The best way how to cook couscous is simple with honey and a few spices. When honey and couscous combine the beneficial result is a tasty delightful dish of perfect North African couscous origin. Simple Couscous with Honey Recipe Couscous with Honey Recipe Ingredients 2 cups low fat milk 2 tablespoons honey 3 teaspoons cinnamon 2 cups dry couscous Directions In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, honey, and cinnamon. As soon as it comes to a boil, stir in the couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve warm. Did you know? Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat. More easy lunch and dinner recipes to make right now so you never have to eat or prepare a boring recipe again. Mozambique Coconut Beans Recipe Black-Eyed Pea Casserole with R

Mama Africa Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp

Tanzanian coconut curried shrimp recipe is a simple African food dish. Curried coconut shrimp is the favorite African food dish of coastal Tanzania. Mama Africa Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp Africa is full of seafood recipes to satisfy your shrimp cravings. A very popular African food recipe in the East African country of Tanzania is Tanzanian Coconut Curried Shrimp, the ingredients and directions are below. Ingredients 1 pound cleaned shrimp 2 tablespoons good quality curry powder 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 yellow onion chopped finely 2 tablespoons of salted butter 2 medium white potatoes, finely diced 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 1 hot pepper, chopped Salt to taste 2 cups coconut milk 1 cup vegetable stock Directions In a large saucepan brown over medium, heat butter, curry, onions, garlic, cumin and paprika. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp, cover tightly, and simmer until potatoes are soft 15 minu

You are not a hero African proverbs and quotes

You're not brave African proverbs and quotes Bravery African proverbs and quotes from ancestors teaches people are weak rather than strong when people pick fights with those they think are more vulnerable and weaker than themselves. A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Bravery is courageous behavior or character but when you pick fights with someone weaker than you, you are not a hero or brave. You disturb monkeys on their way to drink.

Fried Pumpkin Blossoms Recipe

Pumpkin blossoms are delicious battered and fried. Pumpkin blossoms have a long food history as an edible part of the pumpkin plant.  Pumpkin blossoms prettify your garden, and bring beauty and an interesting flavor to your mealtime. Pumpkin blossoms add flavor and color to any dish served up in the kitchen. Fried Pumpkin Blossoms Recipe Ingredients 12 large fresh pumpkin blossoms 2/3 cup self-rising flour 2 tablespoons water 2 large eggs, beaten 1/2 teaspoon good quality curry powder, optional Salt and pepper to taste Corn oil for frying Directions In a medium bowl, mix flour in water and eggs until smooth. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip three pumpkin blossoms at a time in batter to coat, fry on each side until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve as a side to grilled meats or as a topping for salads. Did you know? Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, pumpkin etc which after being dried and ground are use

African Folklore Why the Sky is Curved

If you went outside and looked up at the sky right now what shape would you see? The African Folklore story why the sky is curved explains the mystery of the sky. Why the Sky is Curved African Folklore Many, many years ago, when people were innocent, as soon as they died, their souls went directly to heaven. In a short time heaven was crowded with souls, because nearly everyone went there.  One day, while God was sitting on his throne, he felt it moved by someone. On looking up, he saw that the souls were pushing towards him, because the sky was about to fall.  At once he summoned five angels, and said to them, “Go at once to the earth, and hold up the sky with your heads until I can have it repaired.” Then God called together all his carpenters, and said to them, “Repair the heavens as soon as possible.” The work was done; but it happened that the tallest angel was standing in the center of the group; and so, ever since, the sky has been curved. The End Read mor

Best Fried Cassava Fritters Togo

Best Fried Cassava Fritters Togo Best Fried Cassava Fritters Togo Homestyle African food from Togo is found in every market and sold by numerous street food vendors throughout the country. This recipe was my mom's favorite recipe to make for afternoon snacks when we were kids in elementary school. Crispy but cake like cassava fritters are an easy to make classic recipe. Best fried cassava fritters Togo makes are made from grated cassava, this is one of Togo's favorite savory snacks. These deep-fried cassava fritters from Togo are the best fritter recipe ever Fritters are best served with homemade soups and stews recipes. Golden brown Garri Fritters are a favorite recipe of Western Africa made with ground cassava flour and spices fried into delicious snacks. Serves 8 West African Food Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 Total time: 20 min By Chic African Culture African food recipe Best Fried Cassava Fritters Togo Ingredients 2 cups cassava flour 1/2 teasp


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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