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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 Culture is World Heritage

Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

Sawdust toilets could save lives in Africa

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Sawdust toilets can solve the lack of adequate good sanitation in African slums. The severe lack of water and toilets is a major concern for slums throughout Africa especially in the large slums of Khayelitsha in Cape Town South Africa and Kibera in Kenya. Densely populated slums are installing sustainable sawdust toilets using a container with a lid, a toilet seat, and a regular supply of sawdust. In Africa’s largest slums housing conditions and toilets are unsanitary and sawdust toilets are an innovative environmental idea. Sawdust toilets In the slum of Khayelitsha in Cape Town South Africa the lack of adequate sanitation, potable water and electricity, in addition to substandard housing and overcrowding, aggravates the spread of diseases and avoidable deaths. About half of Africa’s 470 million city residents live in slums or informal settlements a number that will only increase as Africa's urban population will double to 1 billion people by 2040. The severe lac

African Kimono Sewn in No Time

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Don't worry it's easy to look like an international African Queen by making an African fabric kimono with our visual and written no-sew directions. How to Make a No-Sew Ankara Kimono that will have you looking like an International African Queen. See step-by-step instructions to make the fabulous unisex African fabric kimono with no-sew directions for beginners. In Japan the kimono was orginally called a kosode, a layer of clothing that was worn as undergarments. The kosode which did not have the voluminous sleeves orginally, slowly morphed into the origin of modern kimono we know today. The kimomo is a unisex piece of clothing worn by both men and women. Kimonos come in infinite variations and this simple no-sew design you will need 1 ½-yards Ankara fabric measuring 45 inches wide. Before beginning to cut, give yourself plenty of room to work with good lighting, check to see if there is a right an

Angry Wind African Folktale Story

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Angry westward African winds message to humankind was interpreted wrong and her wind does not blow in the direction of peace. Read and understand the message of the Angry African Wind African Folktale Story. Angry Wind African Folktale Story The Wind summoned a Butterfly to give a message to humankind, saying, "Fly to Mankind, and tell them, "Love for mankind is the most precious reward that wisdom can offer" The Butterfly started with the message, but while on her way was kidnapped by a Rabbit, who asked, "On what errand are you flying so quickly?" The frightened Butterfly answered, "I am sent by the Wind to Mankind, to tell them that "Love for mankind is the most precious reward that wisdom can offer". The Rabbit said, "As you are a slow messenger, let me go to take the message to the humans”. With these words, he ran off, and when he reached the leader of Mankind, he said, "I am sent by the Wind to tell you, ‘Love for

Justice in Africa Adinkra Symbols With Meanings

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Justice in Africa Adinkra symbols include Fawohodie, Sepow, Kontire ne Akwamu, Wo Nsa Da Mu A, Epa, Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu, Krado – Mmra and Ohene Adwa.  Power, justice and punishment African Adinkra symbols are a one of a kind visual expression of West African heritage. Eight Justice in Africa Adinkra symbols and meanings Fawohodie Symbolizes Liberty Symbol of liberty, independence, freedom, emancipation Sepow Symbolizes Justice Knife used in executions. This is plunged through the throat of the victim’s cheeks to prevent him from invoking a curse on the King. Kontire ne Akwamu Symbolizes elder’s reliance and Democracy meaning one head does not make up council. Wo Nsa Da Mu A Symbol of taking part in government and democracy, if you have your hands in the dish.

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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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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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