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African Food Facts and Four African Food Recipes

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African food recipes vary from village to village. The food of Africa is as diverse as its culture and language. Food of Africa reflects its history. Try four easy African recipes from The African Gourmet. African food recipes from 54 African countries on the African continent have its own food influences. African food recipes are usually based on a carbohydrate staple such as cassava, sweet potatoes, cocoyams, yams, and plantains. It is impossible to group African food into one category. The food of Africa is as diverse as its culture and language. African food is often highly seasoned with no less than five or six spices blended masterly into one dish. Fishing is the lifeblood of Africa. The coastline of Africa is 18,950 miles, countless lakes and rivers, Africa's largest lakes are located in the Great Lake region and are centered on and around the East African Rift. The longest river in the world, the Nile at 4,132 miles is located in eleven countries in Africa, Tanzan

Cassava Description, Toxicity, Uses, How to Prepare

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Cassava is grown and cultivated in around 40 African countries. Portuguese introduced cassava into Africa. Cassava is a root vegetable like potatoes. Cassava flour Currently, about half of the world production of cassava is in Africa. The plant is known under many names: ubi kettella, kaspe, manioca, rumu, yucca, mandioca, aipim, manioc, tapioca, and cassada. Cassava is grown and cultivated in around 40 African countries, stretching through a wide belt from Madagascar in the Southeast to Senegal and to Cape Verde in the Northwest. Around 70 percent of Africa's cassava output is harvested in Nigeria, the Congo, and Tanzania. Traditionally, cassava is produced on small-scale family farms as the roots are processed and prepared as a subsistence crop for home consumption and for sale in village markets and shipment to urban centers. Cassava in DRC Grown throughout the tropical world, cassava is second only to the sweet potato as the most important starchy root crop of the

Khat Amphetamine Drug Explained in Simple Words

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Khat Amphetamine Drug Explained in Simple Words At the Chat Market Khat is a stimulant drug derived from a shrub named Catha edulis. Khat (pronounced cot) is an evergreen shrub that grows in areas bordering the Red Sea , including countries in the horn of East Africa particularly Ethiopia . The Khat leaves are chewed by men, women, and children. Cathinone and cathine are chemicals similar to the effects of amphetamines and result in similar stimulant effects in the brain and body. Khat is the locally chewed social drug in places such as Ethiopia and has a long history as social routine dating back thousands of years. Khat plant is widely cultivated and known by a variety of names in Yemen, the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and many other places in and around Africa. Khat is grown in groves and three to four hours per day is devoted to striping the branches chewing the leaves releasing the drug. Other Names for Khat are Abyssinian Tea, Arabian-Tea, Chat, Jaad, Kat, Qaat

Sirocco and Harmattan Dust Winds Facts

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Sirocco and Harmattan Dust Winds Facts Sirocco winds of coastal North Africa reach a peak in March and in November. Harmattan wind season in West Africa is November to March. Sirocco and Harmattan dust winds affects the entire worlds respiratory health. Fine particles of African dust can penetrate more easily into the human respiratory and circulatory system than larger particles. Dust Wind Blows Sirocco winds of coastal North Africa The Sirocco wind is a hot, dry sirocco wind blowing north from the Sahara is frequent during the summer season, bringing blinding sand and dust storms to North African coastal regions of Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.  They reach a peak in March and in November when it is very hot. Sirocco winds originate in hot, dry air over the Saharan desert. The Sirocco wind picks up a lot of the moisture in the air over the Mediterranean Sea and becomes a humid warm wind.  The wind began as

Super Hot Pepper Water Stew

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Super Hot Pepper Water Stew Learn to Make West African Super Hot Pepper Water Stew Making the super hot West African Pepper Water Chicken Stew is essential African food cooking. Pepper water stew is a fiery stew filled with meats and veggies. This is an African recipe you should always have on hand for family and friends who love flaming hot stews. Super Hot Pepper Water Stew Ingredients 2 pounds cut up stew chicken 1 pound cubed veal 4 cups cold water 2 large onions, sliced 1 tablespoon butter 3 hot chili peppers 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 4 stalks celery, diced 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Juice of one lemon Directions Cut up the chicken and veal, add the cold water to them, and place over a slow fire. Slice the onions and brown them in the butter. Add them and the peppercorns, cloves, chopped celery, and curry powder stirred to a smooth paste with a little water to the meat. Simmer togethe

Mental Illness in Africa Taboos

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Mental illness and mental health are widely neglected on African health and development policies. Article Topics. Depression in Africa, Mental illness in African culture, Chaining the mentally ill. Africa is ripe with war, sexual violence and rape, famine, displacement, and natural and manmade disaster but the epidemic of mental illness and mental health problems are taboo subjects that leave people stigmatized in much of Africa. The epidemic of mental illness and mental health issues in Africa often come last on the list of national and local importance. Banksy Follow Your Dreams Depression is not an illness. Most developing countries dedicate less than 2 percent of governmental healthcare budgets to mental health care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 56 percent of African countries have community-based mental health facilities, 37 percent have mental health facilities for children and 15 percent for the elderly. Mental illness is a ta

Future and past agriculture of Africa

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Livestock, maize, cassava, cotton and coffee are Africa’s top five most important agricultural products. The main staple foods in the average African diet are in terms of energy cereal rice, wheat, maize, millet, sorghum 46 percent, then roots and tubers such as potatoes, cassava, yams and taro 20 percent and animal products as meat, milk, eggs, cheese and fish 7 percent. The highest consumption of millet, oil palm, okra, sorghum, teff, wheat, yams and coffee tops the list. Staple foods are eaten regularly and in such quantities as to constitute the dominant part of the diet and supply a major proportion of energy and nutrient needs. Of more than 50,000 edible plant species in the world, only a few hundred contribute significantly to food supplies . Wild plants are essential for many rural subsistence households; at least 100 million people are thought to use them. In Ghana, for instance, the leaves of over 100 species of wild plants and the fruits of another 200 are consumed. Re

Southern African Country Swaziland renamed eSwatini

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The Southern African Country of Swaziland no longer exists, King Mswati III renamed Swaziland eSwatini. The monarch Mswati II announced the official change in a stadium during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. He explained that the name had caused some confusion, stating,"Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland." King Mswati III of eSwatini addressing the UN The King gave no reason for the name change except Swaziland’s new name is easier for foreigners to pronounce. How do you pronounce eSwatini well say ea-swa-tea-knee, pronounce the short e in eSwatini like the letter e in bed. ea-swa-tea-knee = eSwatini eSwatini Facts eSwatini is a landlocked African country almost completely surrounded by South Africa besides a small area of land neighbored by Mozambique. The eSwatini King, King Mswati III, has been head of the Swazi Royal Family since 1986 since he was 18 years old. Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Ms

Unclean Water Health Crisis

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Unclean water in Africa is a crisis. The clean water shortage in Africa kills hundreds of people a day. Africa is rich in freshwater: large lakes, big rivers, wetlands, and groundwater but only 4% of the continents available freshwater is currently being used. Clean water shortage in Africa is not simple as water must be safe, easily reached and affordable; millions of people drink water that is not clean. Safe clean drinking water in Africa is a major health crisis. The clean water shortage in Africa kills hundreds of people a day. For the most part, people in the USA can turn on a tap and have access to safe drinking water whenever they like, but the situation is very different in many parts of rural and urban areas of Africa. The people of Africa face a number of issues in attaining increased access to clean water. These include an insufficient number of skilled personnel, effective institutions, water scarcity, and pollution. The most common hindrance is the limited

African hair is treated as an artist’s canvas

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For centuries, African hair is treated as an artist’s canvas. Unique African hairstyles were a fashion and status statement for women and men. Taking care of black hair is an iconic tradition from Africa to America. Take care of black coils and curls with conditioned scalp and drinking water. Black hair care in Hamar, Ethiopia Love Yourself and Your Gravity Defying Hair. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded with images of beautiful women with long straight hair, selling us just about everything from makeup, cars, jewelry, music, movies and more. Magazines and television sell us the latest fashion trends with beautifully constructed images in Adobe Photoshop, leaving little trace of the women whose photo is actually being taken. What can you do to fall in love with your natural hair ? It is important to understand that the images of women portrayed in the media do not correspond to reality. This can help you accept yourself as you are and feel better about your own hair.

Cooking Lablab Bean Stew

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Cooking Lablab Bean Stew African njahi lab lab beans recipe is a plant and dish native to Africa Lablab Bean Recipe Ingredients 1/2  cup lablab beans 1  ½ cups dry corn ½ teaspoon baking soda 3 peeled green bananas 2 peeled ripe bananas 2 tablespoons salted butter Water to cover Salt and pepper to taste Directions Soak the dry beans and dry corn overnight with ½ teaspoon baking soda. Then boil one hour with enough water to cover. Add the green bananas boil 15 minutes then drain, add the ripe bananas and butter, salt and pepper to taste. Purée the mixture and serve with stew as a side dish similar to stiff mashed potatoes. What is the LabLab Bean The lablab bean is a climbing, warm-season plant that can grow up to 3 feet, and the climbing vines stretching up to 25 feet from the plant. The Dolichos lablab plant is a lesser known member of the bean family and is known by many names; gerenge in Ethiopia, njahi, Kikuyu and turtle bean in Kenya, gueshrangaig in Egypt, lablab

Importance of Proverbs in World Culture

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Importance of Proverbs in World Culture African proverbs are common African sayings used by honored ancestry. African proverb quotes are not only used by regular folks but also by the wisest and brightest of world scholars.  By using African proverbs parents encourage their children, teachers instructed their pupils, authors impressed their readers, orators moved their auditors and preachers warned and guided their congregations in ways of uprightness and truth. Leaders of men in all departments of life have used African proverbs with confidence and power and quoted them freely in their meetings and counsels. African proverbs have enriched the tales of travelers, strengthened the convictions of moralists, been received as warnings by the wayward, furnished rules of conduct for tradesmen, consoled the downtrodden and depressed and stimulated the young to an earnest endeavor. In ancient times, the influence of African proverbs over the hearts and lives of kinsmen was second only

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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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