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African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

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 …

What does a Mall in Africa Look Like?

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What does a Mall in Africa Look Like? Walking around the Accra Mall in Ghana.
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 thru 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 February 27, 2005, by …

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 are the best West African Food recipe


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 str…

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 is a very popular deity. 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,…

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 insignif…

Mighty Little Hedgehog Short African Folklore Story

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Mighty Little Hedgehog Short African Story Mighty Little Hedgehog Short African StoryIn 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…

Read Three Short African Folklore Stories

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Read Three Short African Folklore Stories
Read Three Short African Folklore Stories
Three African folklore short stories you can read online. Take Care of Problems When They Are Small, No One Can Live On Beauty Alone and The Man Who Wanted To Fool Death are three short African stories to read today.



Take Care of Problems When They Are Small African Folklore Story #1
Two men in a certain town were building new shanties for themselves. One day one of them noticed a young Jackalberry tree nearby and he said to the other "Let us cut the tree down while it is still small. It may cause us serious damage later on if we allow it to grow."

"No!" said the other. "Why bother about it? It won't hurt us any."

And the tree was allowed to grow.

Sometime after a dreadful storm passed over the land, laying low many giant trees of the forest including the Jackalberry tree which, by this time, had grown to considerable size.

With a boom, the tree fell down on the shanty of t…

The DRC death rate from Ebola is 66% in 2019

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo death rate from Ebola is 66% in 2019The DRC is a country located in central Africa where Ebola is still devastating Africa’s second largest country. In The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the death rate from Ebola is 66% with 3,210 cases, 2,144 deaths, and 1,027 survivors.

How this outbreak of Ebola compares to other Ebola outbreaks. DRC outbreak is the second biggest outbreak of the Ebola Virus since the tracking of the disease in 1976, sadly Ebola is still killing African people in 2019.

The Ebola virus outbreak is heaviest in nine areas including Katwa and Vuhovi DRC. This Ebola outbreak is primarily affecting the northeastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo bordering Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan. During February 13 to April 4, 2019, a major increase in new confirmed and probable Ebola cases have been reported with a high risk of further spread.

DRC outbreak is the second biggest outbreak of the Ebola Virus since the trac…

Mind elevation African wise sayings and proverbs

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Mind elevation African wise sayings and proverbs
Prepare the mind for elevation with 45 African wise sayings and proverbs.

The tongue breaks bones though it has none. There is throughout Africa a large collection of wise sayings and proverbs. African proverbs embrace the wide range of human strokes of genius. They enchant with irony, humor, mischievousness, the grace of imagery, and the tenderness of emotion. 


Forty-Five random African wise sayings and proverbs
He who enters the home of a prostitute enters not to say his prayers.
By going and coming a bird builds its nest.
By blackening another, you do not whiten yourself.
Poverty makes a man a slave.
He that forgives gains the victory.
The moon does not grow full in a day.
The pearl lies at the bottom of the sea, while the corpse floats on the surface.

The way through the challenge and to get unstuck is to be still, run your favorite African proverb repeatedly in your mind and then ask yourself what is the next right move. Do the next right mo…

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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