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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.

Where are Sudan pyramids mostly located

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Sudan has the most pyramids and these facts are not taught in school. Which country has the most pyramids; Sudan is the answer. Pyramid construction is recognized as Egyptian; Sudan has more than 350 pyramids, the most numerous in the world. Sudan has more than 350 pyramids, double the number found in Egypt. They were constructed in Nubia to serve as tombs for royal families and wealthy citizens. Nubian pyramids differ from the Egyptian because they were built tall and narrow with offering temples. The area of the Nile valley known as Nubia lies within present-day Sudan. Nubian pyramids are pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. More than 350 pyramids grouped into five sites namely Meroë, El-Kurru, Jebel Barkal, Nuri, and later Sedeinga Sudan. They were constructed in Nubia over a period of a few hundred years to serve as tombs for the kings and queens and wealthy citizens. Where are Sudan pyramids mostly located? In a desert i

Egyptian Dukkah Herb Nut Spice Mix

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Homemade authentic Egyptian spice mix Dukkah, or Dukkha is an Egyptian spice mix of countless variations of herbs, toasted nuts and spices sprinkled over eggs, meat, poultry, pasta, rice or vegetables. You can use Dukkah as a rub for grilled ostrich, steak, chicken or fish.     Fresh market vendor Matrouh, Egypt Dukkha Egyptian spice mix of countless variations of herbs, toasted nuts and spices as a rub for grilled ostrich, steak, chicken or fish. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 5 min Total time: 25 min Egyptian Dukkah Herb Nut Spice Mix Ingredients: ½ cup cashew nuts toasted and chopped ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds 1 handful chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes ½ teaspoon salt Directions: Mix all ingredients well in an airtight container and store in a dry place. Egypt Name and Land Facts Occupying the northeast corner of the African continent, Egy

Old and Modern Lighthouses of Egypt and Morocco

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Old and Modern Lighthouses of Egypt and Morocco Lighthouses of Egypt and Morocco Cap Spartel Lighthouse in Morocco Discover information on the oldest lighthouse in the world, the Pharos of Alexandria in the African country of Egypt. Point Cires is a peninsula and two islands off the northern coast of Morocco within the Strait of Gibraltar. Strait of Gibraltar is a vital shipping channel connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, lying between southernmost Spain and northwestern most Africa. Strait of Gibraltar is 36 miles or 58 km long and narrows to 9 miles 15 km in width between Point Cires Morocco and Point Marroquí Spain. The islands have a lighthouse and many years ago, people decided to explore Strait of Gibraltar waters by boat. During the day, they could find their way back to the landing-place by looking for a pile of rocks that had been left there. These were the first-day marks. However, how could they find their way home at night? Since much of

Herbs have meanings

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Flowers are beautiful, but so are herbs. The spice rack is not just jars of spices you add a dash here and there, they also have a special meaning in herbal medicine art. The dictionary defines herbs as any non-woody seed bearing plant with leaves, seeds or flowers used for flavoring, medicine or scent. Spices are an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavor food. Many herbs in South Africa today are being produced for the valuable oils in their flowers and leaves. Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant however spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. In South Africa flowers and foliage are distilled to extract essential oils that are used in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and in the food industry. Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness and has been Africa’s primary form of medicine since the beginning of time. South Afri

Ancestral Advice on Love

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Love advice, the main message given by the ancestors is listen to your inner voice. Everyone receives all kinds of advice in life, both welcome and unwelcome. Most of this advice is easy to divide into two columns as good or bad. Good advice is when somebody counsels you and you think, “Oh, of course!” It might be advice about how to improve a relationship, or how to attract your soulmate. This kind of advice is easy to take. Bad advice is when somebody makes a suggestion and you have a clear sense that you do not agree with it. They might not respect their opinions, or you might know they have their own agenda that clashes. This kind of advice is easy to ignore. Here are ancestral tips on love advice; the main message is listen to your inner voice . What is it telling you about the advice you are hearing? Does it feel uncomfortable because the advice is wrong, or because the advice is right? Do you feel annoyed or defensive? As a general rule, if you feel stirred up by the ad

Fried Coconut Garden Eggs Eggplants

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How to Fry Coconut Garden Eggs Eggplants. Healthier version of fried eggplants is roasted eggplants, potatoes and vegetables This simple Fried Eggplant recipe creates an easy crispy texture and only needs a couple of unique ingredients Chic African Culture What are garden eggs? Garden eggs are a smaller variety of the eggplant that is highly cultivated and valued in most sub-Saharan African countries. The garden egg gets its name from the small size of the eggplant and is roughly the same size as a chicken egg. In African Igbo society, the garden egg represents fruitfulness and good fortune. Fried Coconut Garden Eggs Ingredients 1 large eggplant, peeled and finely diced 2 medium eggs, beaten 1½ coconut water ¼ cup coconut milk 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup coconut flakes Ground dry hot peppers to taste Salt and pepper to taste Oil for frying in a deep fat fryer Directions Add all ingredients adding more flour if necessary

Africa Did You Know Geography Facts

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Oodles of interesting true false fun facts and figures to keep you in the know of African geography.  Logger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Did you know that The Sudd is a vast swamp in the north-central region of South Sudan in Africa? Formed by the White Nile, its size varies but can reach some 15% of the country's total area during the rainy season, making it is one of the world's largest wetlands. Lake Victoria, the world's largest tropical lake and the second largest freshwater lake, is shared among three countries. Lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya Lake Victoria is a lifeline of Africa. North America's Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake. There are about a dozen countries in the world that have two capitals, but only one has three, South African cities: Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein. Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in th

50 Years Pic of Kenya 1900 to 1950

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Kenya 1900 to 1950 black and white photos of life, music, and smiles. Learn where Kenya is plus facts and key information. African women making rugs in Kenya at Fort Hall near Nyeri in 1946. Kenyan men listening to musical instruments, Mombasa, Kenya 1905 Coffee picking north of Nairobi Kenya in 1936 Kikuyu Tribe in Nyeri, Mt. Kenya 1935 Karantania market day between Nairobi and Nyeri in 1930 Rift Valley Nairobi Kikuyu woman on the road home 1920 Where in Africa is Kenya Kenya is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Kenya has five border countries in all, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The population is heavily concentrated in the west along the shore of LakeVictoria ; other areas of high density include the capital of Nairobi, and in the southeast along the Indian Ocean coast. Kenya is the economic, financial, and transport hub of East Africa. The Kenyan Highlands comprise one of t

Healing Gardening Ideas Five Plants to Grow

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Healing Gardening Ideas Five Plants to Grow. Five most popular indigenous healing garden plants are aloe leaves, African ginger, milkweed, cancer bush and devils claw root. Indigenous healing garden plants aloe leaves, African ginger, milkweed, cancer bush and devils claw root are African indigenous healing medicines. Aloe Vera Aloe leaves are traditionally used for stomach complaints, arthritis, eczema, conjunctivitis, hypertension, and stress. They are also used to treat skin irritations and bruises. Aloe produces two substances, gel and latex, which are used for medicines.   Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf. Aloe latex comes from just under the plant's skin and is yellow in color.  The useful parts of aloe are the gel and latex. The gel is obtained from the cells in the center of the leaf, and the latex is obtained from the cells just beneath the leaf skin. Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egy

Your lips are your enemy African proverbs

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Your lips are your enemy African proverbs Here are 30 clear ancestral enemy African proverbs and sayings on love, hate, war and peace; the messages are clear. 1939 Madagascar Island African proverbs are common African sayings used by honored ancestry. The African proverb is not only used by regular peoples 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 depres

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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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