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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.

Plantain Dumplings With Yam Vegetable Stew

Yam vegetable stew with plantain dumplings recipe local food name is Counin Zindo that is super simple to prepare by Burkinabé cooks.

Plantain dumplings are a small amount of soft dough that is boiled in yam veggie stew. How do you make plantain dumplings from scratch, well its easy just drop plantain dough gently into a pot of simmering stew for about 20 minutes. The full recipe directions and ingredients are below.

Plantain Dumplings With Yam Vegetable Stew.

Ingredients for Yam Vegetable Stew.

2 yams cut into cubes

2 large onions, diced

2 large tomatoes, diced

1 small eggplant, peeled and diced

3 medium carrots, diced

2 medium white potatoes cut into cubes

1 medium sweet potato cut into cubes

1 hot pepper, chopped

Salt to taste

4 cups water


Directions for Yam Vegetable Stew.

Add all ingredients to a large lidded pot simmer 10 minutes. Then follow the directions for plantain dumplings.


Ingredients for Plantain Dumplings.

2 ¼ cups self-rising flour

2 large mashed ripe plantains

1 tablespoon ground parsley flakes

1 cup vegetable broth


Directions for adding Plantain Dumplings to Yam Vegetable Stew.

In a large bowl stir together flour, plantains, and parsley, slowly add water; stirring until soft dough forms. Add equally sized plantain dumplings into the yam vegetable stew one by one waiting 10 seconds in between drops. Simmer covered for 20 minutes until yams are tender.


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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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