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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Two Ways to Cook Pumpkins Roasted and Toasted

Fresh sugar pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are popular African recipe ingredients. Pumpkins are a gourd growing on vines popular in Uganda and South Africa. Pumpkins are one of the most popular fruits in Africa used in countless African food recipes. Pumpkins are a fruit botanically despite most people considering pumpkins a vegetable. They are eaten many different African food recipes used in stews, side dishes, and baking.  The taste is slightly sweet when ripe and bitter when green however all pumpkins are a good source of beta-carotene. The African pumpkin weighs between 5 and 50 pounds in many different oval shapes.  The rind varies in color from light to dark green when immature and light orange to beige when mature, and can be smooth or rough with the flesh orange in color when mature. Pumpkins are a popular African food recipe so let's make roasted fresh pumpkins and toasted pumpkin seeds. Roasted African Pumpkin Recipe Ingredients 2 pounds fresh sugar pumpkins cut into

Life is Precious African Proverbs

African proverbs reaffirming we are all distinctive miracles of this universe and every moment of our life is precious. 25 African proverbs to affirm that all human life is precious and is to be valued and protected. Though many African common sayings and proverbs seem simple to the common person and even coarse to the wisest and noblest of educators, there is complexity in simplicity. The basket that was used to carry a precious gift to a neighbor will bring back another gift. Whoever counts the mistakes of a friend will never love. If you are filled with pride then you will have no room for wisdom. If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges, and the foolish build dams. Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. The fool speaks, the wise man listens. Wealth, if you use it, ends; learning, if you use it, increases. One fly does not provide for another. Communication does not wor

African Proverbs Are To Speech What Salt Is To Food

African proverbs are important because they teach life lessons in short simple sayings. African proverb wisdom is not the wisdom of the schools but of the village, the farm, and the elder. African proverbs do not have meaning for people who understand learning is not based on someone’s race or class. African proverbs are wisdom of the heart and head. Essential lessons learned from African proverbs carry heavy weight in world culture. African proverbs are common African sayings used by honored ancestry. The influence of African proverbs over the hearts and lives of people was second only to the words from Spirits. African Proverbs help people to cope with life and death matters by adding traditional common sense to a complex situation. Few people dare to question the African proverb truthfulness and authority. African proverbs enable people not only to win their independence but also to overcome the many trials and disappointments of life. Through African proverbs as through Africa

Egyptian Bread and Stew Classic Recipe

Egyptian Bread and Stew Classic Recipe Egyptian Lentils and Bulgur Wheat along with fresh made Eesh Baladi Egyptian bread is the perfect classic combo recipe. Street food in Egypt First the stew. Egyptian lentil and bulgur wheat recipe is the perfect vegan and a traditional delicious vegetarian Northern African food dish made with lentils and bulgur wheat. Bulgur can be used in recipes calling for rice, and a plus is bulgur wheat has been found to be more nutritious than brown rice. Egyptian Lentils and Bulgur Wheat Recipe Ingredients and Directions Ingredients 2 cups quick-cooking bulgur wheat 1 cup yellow lentils 1 cup dried chopped dates 2 medium white chopped onions 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 cups vegetable stock Directions In a large pot over high heat, add oil, spices and brown onions until slightly soft. In the same large pot add lentils and stock,

War African Symbols and Meanings List

Discover the meaning of the African war symbol. Akoben the war horn.   Akofena sword of war.  Sepow the executioner knife. African war symbols of old are widely used today as designs but the true meaning of African war symbols is no laughing matter. War African Symbols and Meanings List Horn used as a battle cry. Many horns have been used as sounding cries by ancient societies. The blowing horn or winding horn is a sound device that is usually made of or shaped like an animal horn, arranged to blow from a hole in the pointed end of it. Akoben the war horn symbol of vigilance and wariness. Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry in battle to give the West African warrior courage and to frighten the enemy. Sword of war and death. Some West African populations are world renowned for constructing swords. Iron smelting and forging technologies may have existed in West Africa hundreds of years BCE. Metalsmithing including the production of iron tools and weapons helped to

African Folktales Help Families Connect To Their Cultural Heritage

African Folktales Help Families Connect To Their Cultural Heritage Everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, age or education, knows African folklore stories. Reading African folktales will help families make connections to their cultural heritage better than a genetic DNA test. Read the African folklore stories Why Frogs Croak and Beauty Does Not Pay The Bills. Reading African Folktales Help Families Connect To Their Cultural Heritage African folklore is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual. Most often African folklore stories have a moral underlined at the end of the story and are of diverse origins. Anthropology is the study of humans and human behavior and scholars from many nations have devoted and are devoting their lives to the study of folklore.  The African folklore originally belonged to the oral tradition and was not collected in writing until missionaries began recording their missions to Africa. Many African folklore

African Houses Inspired by Nature

African Houses Inspired by Nature The transformation of housing in urban and rural Africa have changed somewhat as African people have always maintained a connection between home and a natural living environment as walls and roofs are made of sand, straw and clay. Since the beginning of time, the people of Africa have shaped and defined their natural environment by using what nature has provided. Natural elements such as stone, wood, animal hides and feathers, mud, clay, shells, flowers, grasses, trees, leaves, branches, chalk and other natural elements have been shaped into shelters, household goods, medicine, clothing and jewelry for thousands of years. The use of natural elements and materials in all aspects of traditional African life is a testimony to the profound way that nature shapes the existence of African people. Explanation of African Cowrie Shells, Clay Pots and Mud Homes Provided by Nature. Natural African Buildings. Cowrie Shells. What is cowrie? It is

Irrevocably Linking African Diaspora and Africa

Africans of America, the entire African Diaspora and the history of the struggle for Africa's rights are irrevocably linked. Below are three African proverbs about growth, struggle and inheritance.  To the lovers of freedom for Africa and those who identify with her sufferings and resent the wrongs done to her, there can be few things more interesting than the history of the struggles that are hallowed by the blood of her people. Three African proverbs about growth, struggle and inheritance of Africans and the African Diaspora. African Proverb The efforts of the African race to break the handcuffs that foreign governments imposes on them, and elevate a continent from bondage and degradation to a place among free nations, fill a page in the world's history which no devotee of freedom can read without visceral emotion. Who cannot identify with a cause ennobled by loyalty and sacrifice, sanctified by the blood and tears of a nation as they look on the spectacle of Africa in

Buttermilk Fried Yams

Learn how to cook buttermilk fried yams for the best fried Hausa yam recipe ever. Yams fried in egg batter and buttermilk with simple spices tastes incredibly good so make and share this fried Hausa yam recipe. Buttermilk Fried Yams When you fry yams it helps to coat it in buttermilk egg batter because it helps to retain some of the yams moisture while forming a crispy and golden brown shell. Buttermilk Fried Yams   Ingredients 3 medium sized yam 2 large eggs 1/4 cup buttermilk 2 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste Oil for frying Directions In a large pot boil yam, it is easier to peal yams after boiling, and then slice into French fry sized pieces. In a large frying pan heat oil. Whisk the eggs and milk in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, and spices. Add the flour to the milk mixture and mix until flour is incorporated.  Place small amount of yams at a time into the egg flour mixture and add to yo

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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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