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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.

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Pickled Okra Recipe and Hot Pickling Spices

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The secret to making pickled okra is to begin with good-quality fresh okra for canning and fresh hot peppers for the best pickled okra recipe. Use canning or pickling salt; non-caking material added to other salts may make the pickling brine cloudy. Hibiscus esculentus or okra is of African origin originating from Ethiopia. Okra grows wild along the White Nile and the upper Nile country as well as in Ethiopia. Pickled Okra Recipe Ingredients 2 pounds fresh whole okra pods 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 4 dried red chili peppers 4 teaspoons dried dill 2 cups water 1 cup white vinegar ¼ cup pickling salt 1 tablespoon white sugar Directions In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Divide the fresh okra evenly between 4 sterile one-pint jars.  Evenly place mustard seeds, dried chili, and dill into each jar.  Pour liquid mixture into filled jars leaving ¼ inch room from the top of the jar to the liquid, this is your head-space.  Tightly

Perfect African Seafood Recipe

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The local variety of octopus in the seas of Zanzibar off Africa's Eastern shores is a favorite ingredient in the perfect Octopus stew.  Perfect African Octopus Recipe Zanzibar Octopus Stew recipe is the perfect African seafood recipe. Perfect African Octopus Recipe Ingredients 2 pounds cleaned and sliced octopus 2 cups water 1 onion finely chopped 4 scallions finely chopped 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed and very finely chopped 2 sprigs thyme 2 large bay leaves 2 tablespoons palm oil or sunflower oil 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped Salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions In a large pot, add octopus, one cup of water and seasonings. Let stew on low heat 1 hour. In the same pot add all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer over a medium heat for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Ancestors teach the past is revealed because it has been unveiled

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Listen to the wise words from the ancestors. Wise African proverb quotes with love from your ancestors teach the past is revealed because it has been unveiled, however, no matter the clever gadgets and predictions, the future remains unknown. Wise quotes are the Ancestors teachings Wise Quotes One cannot both feast and become rich.  - Wise Quote Hold a child with both hands. - Wise Quote The past years are in moonlight, the years to come are in darkness. - Wise Quote When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. - Wise Quote Learning expands great souls. - Wise Quote If a child washes his hands, he could eat with kings. - Wise Quote Together we build awareness that boost harmony, education, and success, below are more links to articles you will find thought provoking. African Country Names Your Saying Wrong What do Waist Beads Symbolize in Africa? About African Healers and Witchdoctors Hurricanes are Angry A

The roots of hockey in Africa

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The roots of hockey are deeply rooted in Africa's Egyptian and Ethiopian ancient sports. African hockey history shows that a form of hockey was played in Egypt 4,000 years ago and in ancient Ethiopia 1,000 years BC. African Hockey teams Ghana and Kenya The roots of hockey in Africa African Hockey Federation (AfHF) is the central governing body of field hockey in Africa. The African Hockey Federation is located on Townsend Road in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Bulawayo has long been known as the industrial hub of Zimbabwe and the multimillion-dollar sports complex.  Khumalo was opened on September 13, 1995 built by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Public Works who in turn handed the administration over to the Sport and Recreation Commission to manage on behalf of the Zimbabwe Government. Seif Ahmed is the current President of the African Hockey Federation; Vice Presidents are Nii Quaye-Kumah and Ginny Ross, The African Hockey Championships

Madagascar's volcanoes have not erupted in 80 million years

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Madagascar African Earthquakes and Volcanoes Madagascar's volcanoes have not erupted in 80 million years however Madagascar experiences many earthquakes every year. Madagascar is geologically complex. Madagascar was originally part of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, or Gondwanaland and was formed in two major steps. Madagascar west coast was formed when Africa broke off from the supercontinent Gondwana around 165 million years ago. The thinned crust on the west coast sagged and the dips filled with sediments, forming deep basins of sedimentary rocks. Then, about 90 million years ago, when the mini-continent migrated, brief but voluminous eruptions covered the island in lava. Madagascar finally broke off from India about 88 million years ago. Volcanoes of Madagascar A volcano is an opening in the Earth's surface from which gas, hot magma and ash can escape from deep within the Earth. Madagascar Volcanoes Name Height Ankaratra

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

Amaranth Plant Cooking Directions

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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 Recipe Using the

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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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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