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Easily Learn Kiswahili Alphabet Pronunciations

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Easily Learn Kiswahili Alphabet Pronunciations
Polyglots love learning different languages; the one thing we all have in common is that we simply found ways to enjoy the language learning process. A polyglot is a person with a command of many languages, people who know 4, 12, 24 and even 48 languages and more.

The term polyglot simply means you have mastered many languages but there is no universal definition for what it means to master a language. Just as there are no universal definitions and standards of literacy throughout the world, there is no standard definition of mastering a language.

However, why let a little technical thing like a definition stop you from having fun learning Swahili. I love learning foreign languages; in fact, I love it so much that I like to learn a new language every two years. I am currently working on my third language, Swahili, and when people find out about me they ask what is my secret for finding ways to stick with learning a new language. For many…

Accra the Ghanaian Capital Ultimate Mall Experience

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Accra the Ghanaian Capital Ultimate MallAccra the Ghanaian Capital Ultimate Mall

About the Accra Mall
Construction on the Accra Mall took two years, with 700 people working on the development since the mall is located within a seismic area. With open skylights, plastered ceilings and tiled floors the Accra Mall is the first and only Grade-A shopping mall and one of the largest modern malls in West Africa. Aurecon engineering and infrastructure advisory company was engaged to undertake both the civil and structural engineering and road design for the Accra Mall.

Open Monday – Saturday from 10am - 9pm, Sunday and Public Holidays from 12pm - 6pm the Accra Mall is a retail and shopping center in Accra, Ghana, located on the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange. In 2003, the Government of Ghana initiated the expansion of the then Akuafo Circle.

The circle was the largest roundabout in Ghana. The contract for the project was won by Messrs. The interchange was commissioned for vehicular use on Februar…

Perfect Vegan Sautéed Yams

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In the yam belt of West Africa, Nigeria alone produces 71 percent of the yams and there are over 600 varieties of yams and 95 percent of these crops are grown in Africa. Yams are a staple tuber vegetable of West African countries with 177 calories in one cup of yams.

A classic dish of vegan sautéed yams lightly boils yam chunks before cooking in olive oil, garlic, and spices. Sautéed yams are a delightful alternative to potatoes and so much trendier.


Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 20 min


Perfect Vegan Sautéed Yams


Ingredients

1 large yam
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 whole bay leaves
1 small bunch parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt to taste

Directions

Cut yams into chunks. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, and then cook the yams for three mins. Drain then place yams onto a paper-lined tray to cool. When ready to serve, heat olive oil, garlic, and bay leaves in a large non-stick frying pan until you can feel a strong heat rising. Add the yams in a sin…

African Water Spirit Mami Wata

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About Deity and African Water Spirit Mami Wata

African Water Spirit Mami Wata
African deity Mami Wata is a beautiful, caring, seductive, and treacherous water spirit.


Mami Wata, Maame Wata, or Mammy Water
The African deity called Mami Wata, Maame Wata, or Mammy Water in some parts of Western and Eastern Africa; among the Swahili speaking groups, she is called Mamba Munti. Mami Wata is a deity that has existed in Africa for as long as African history and culture can recollect.

The half-fish half-human female water spirit is greatly respected, feared and worshipped presenting a balance between dark, divine, mysterious and angelic existence. Often appearing with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish, Mami Wata straddles earth and water, culture and nature. Colors of Mami Wata are red symbolizing blood and white symbolizing spirituality and beauty; her colors represent Mami Wata’s dual personality.

She may also take the form of a snake charmer, sometimes in combination with he…

Monday Morning African Proverb Quotes

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Monday Mornings African Proverbs
Some people never look forward to Monday mornings. Instead of looking forward to the beginning of a new week with a renewed chance to change the world Monday mornings are dreaded. Unplugging from negative forces and being fully present is important to the honor of ancestors. Jumping out of bed and hitting the ground running each Monday morning may never be realistic but should also be the goal. Planning to do at least one happy thing each Monday morning you will look forward to Monday morning and honor the lessons of your ancestors.

African Proverbs your ancestors want you to know on Monday mornings.


Pay attention to the 32 proverbs and quotes from African ancestors on Monday morning.

What the colt learns in youth he continues in old age.


What is learned in the cradle lasts till the grave.


What is enough was never little.


Too late the bird cries out when it is caught.


To wash a donkeys tail is loss of time and soap.


There is no such thing as an insigni…

Mighty Little Hedgehog Short African Folklore Story

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Mighty Little Hedgehog Short African Story
Mighty Little Hedgehog Short African Story
In Africa, in the earliest times before there were pictures or written words there was the African folktale. For centuries, stories were passed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next. As Africans traveled across the African continent, they took their stories with them.
Every community had a storyteller who sat around the fire at night spinning yarns of magical tales and legends. African folktales reached into the heart of the people and grew into the lifeblood of the African community.
African folklore storytelling has long been accepted as a form of teaching to be defined as a series of events told in such a way that it moves the emotions and the intellect. African folklore storytelling is a spiritual legacy passed down from one generation to another. It is as old as Africa herself with a deep appreciation for antiquity expressed in artistic form.


Folklore storytelling is the most ancie…

Neck elongation rings how to put on and take off

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Neck elongation rings how to put on and take off
Neck elongation rings how to put on and take off


Idzila are Ndebele wives traditionally wear rings around the neck as a status symbol and wear rings around the arms, legs, and neck.

Wearing Neck Rings
For centuries, married South African Ndebele tribes’ women saw wearing heavy rings around their neck as an honored status symbol. Neck rings are any form of stiff necklaces worn around the neck of an individual. The neck rings are usually made of copper or brass.

During initiation, girls wear an array of colorfully beaded hoops called izigolwan around their legs, arms, waist, and neck. After marriage, the Ndebele wife would wear copper and brass rings around her arms, legs, and neck, symbolizing her bond and faithfulness to her husband, once her home was built. 

Idzila rings were believed to have strong ritual powers. Husbands used to provide their wives with rings; the richer the husband, the more rings the wife would wear. These outward symb…