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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

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Speak Swahili | 25 Easy Swahili Words to Impress Your Friends

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Africa - Language - Swahili Speak Swahili | 25 Easy Swahili Words to Impress Your Friends Kiswahili or Swahili is one of the top ten languages spoken in Africa. Swahili is spoken in the African countries of Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania (Zanzibar), and Uganda with over 140 speakers as either a first or second language. Even though Swahili uses the same alphabet as English, the letters Q and X are not used in Swahili. Swahili is the culture of many groups uniquely blended together. Swahili was given its name by the Arabs in the 16th century meaning “people of the coast” in Arabic. The word for the Swahili language is Kiswahili. The name comes from the plural sawahili of the Arabic word sahil, which means boundaries or coast. With ki- at the beginning of the word, Kiswahili means coastal language. 25 Easy Swahili Words to Impress Your Friends Amani [Ah-Mah-Nee] - Peace Asante [Ah-Sah-Nteh]- Thank You Baba [Bah-Bah] -Father Ghal

Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing

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Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing Salad is a universal recipe; salad is easy to make, healthy and versatile. Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing makes eating healthier a bit easier by infusing Arab seasonings, olives and mint leaves to create the perfect healthy salad. Easy Arabic Salad and Dressing Serves 2 Healthy Salad Total time from start to finish 20 minutes Low Calorie Food Nutrition facts: 110 calories , 2 grams fat Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves 1/2 head iceberg lettuce 1 large tomato, diced 1 large cucumber, sliced Amount to your taste of green olives Amount to your taste of black olives Arabic Salad Dressing Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon Baharat spice 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds Directions Combine all the ingredients, pour the dressing on top of the Arabic salad, mix and serve. Did you know? The Arabic language is the most widely-spoken languages in Africa. One of the offic

Your Attitude African Proverbs

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In life attitude is everything, read your attitude African Proverbs As the ancestors say, if you really want to be happy, be happy. Your number one mission in life is to create and maintain a positive attitude for yourself and everyone around. When you have an attitude of hopefulness, belief and enthusiasm, prospects grow and difficulties disappear. Attitude is one of the most commonly used and yet most misunderstood words. Most people think they have a positive attitude-unfortunately, most of those people are wrong. Learn from your African ancestors with these thought provoking African Proverbs. Suffering is a teacher. If you heal the leg of a person, do not be surprised if he uses to run away from you. Truth crosses fire without getting burnt. The one who does not ask does not learn. Days look alike but yet they are not the same. Don’t bargain for a cut that is still hidden in a bag. Every town with its way of cutting a chicken. The chicken is never prove

Tea Steamed Fish African Recipe

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Tea Steamed Fish Tea Steamed African fish recipe is a simple delicate flavor fish recipe. It takes less than 30 minutes, start to finish, and is delightful. The key ingredient to this African steamed fish recipe is high quality dried tea leaves. A perfectly steamed fish has flesh that is cooked to the bone but never dry. Tea Steamed Fish African Recipe Ingredients 4 white fish fillets 1 tablespoon dried tea leaves 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt to taste Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cut four foil squares large enough for each fillet. Center fillets on top of tea leaves and sprinkle each with salt. Sprinkle lemon juice over each fillet. Fold foil over fillets to make a pocket and fold the edges to seal. Place sealed packets on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes. Serve with plantains, cassava or rice. Did you know Africa super fish the sardine, tilapia, and Ni

Life and Death of the First African Nobel Prizewinner

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Life and Death of the First African Nobel Prizewinner Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli Albert John Luthuli Nobel Peace Prize body of work was molded by the pattern of the Zulu African tribal community and by the influence of Christianity. Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was the first African Nobel prizewinner for Peace advocating non-violent resistance to racial discrimination in South Africa. He believed in and fought for full political, economic and social opportunities for the oppressed people of South Africa.  Luthuli  was nominated in 1960 and received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1961. The Life and Death of Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli b. 1898 - d. 1967 Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli and family In South Africa, nonwhites are denied all right to participate in the government of the state. They are discriminated against legally, economically, and socially. And this discrimination between whites and nonwhites was growing steadily, this is where Luthuli ins

African Countries With The Highest HIV AIDS Rates

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African Countries With The Highest HIV AIDS Rates Five countries in Southern Africa bear the heaviest burden of HIV and AIDS worldwide, accounts for more than half of all new HIV infections. Nine countries, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland (renamed the country eSwatini in April 2018), Zambia and Zimbabwe have adult HIV prevalence rates of over 10 percent. Five African Countries With The Highest HIV AIDS Rates ESwatini 27.2 percent Lesotho 25 percent Botswana 21.9 percent South Africa 18.9 percent Namibia 13.8 percent Africa highest HIV AIDS rates of adult aged 15-49 living with HIV AIDS. In 2016, of the estimated 6,000 new AIDS infections that occur globally each day, two out of three are in Africa below the Sahara desert with young women continuing to bear a disproportionate burden of the disease. Adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 years have up to eight-fold higher rates of HIV

Spicy Coconut Lime Relish Recipe

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Coconut lime salmon triple threat relish recipe will make you a recipe star when you create easy coconut lime and salmon dish for everyday parties. Salmon Spicy Coconut Relish Recipe Spicy Coconut Lime Relish Recipe is blend of coconut, lime, red pepper, ginger and shallots and perfect for fish, chicken, pork, seafood, and beans. With all those coconuts and limes available, Africa is brimming with coconut recipes . Quick and easy spicy coconut lime relish recipe is a great accompaniment for hot dogs. The sweet spicy flavor of this coconut relish is easy to make and stores well covered in the refrigerator. Spicy Coconut Lime Relish Recipe Spicy Coconut Lime Relish Recipe is Perfect on Hot Dogs Ingredients 2 cups coconut flakes 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon lime juice 1 cup plain yogurt Directions  Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container in the refrige

All About the Turkana People in the African Ilemi Triangle

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About the African Turkana People of Africa The Turkana people live on the Ilemi Triangle, a disputed land bordering South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. Turkana People live in one of the most hostile places on Earth, where daytime temperatures reach 113 degrees Fahrenheit 45 degrees Celsius. Turkana People in the Ilemi Triangle Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture The Turkana tribe originally came from the Karamojong region of northeastern Uganda. Turkana oral traditions purport that they arrived in Kenya while pursuing an unruly bull. The land they occupy is harsh and very dry. The Turkanas were, therefore, less affected by colonialism than other tribes because the British saw little value in their land. Turkana tribe is part of the Nilotic tribes and constitutes the second largest pastoralist community in Kenya after the Maasai. The Turkana maintain their traditional way of life. They are notable as being very adaptable, living in harsh and inhospi

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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