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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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

African Culture is World Heritage

Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

South African Golden Rhinoceros

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The Golden Rhinoceros of Mapungubwe is a powerful symbol representing one of Mapungubwe South Africa most physically powerful animals, the rhinoceros and one of South Africa's most enduring symbols of wealth, gold. Golden Rhinoceros of Mapungubwe The famous South African city of Mapungubwe is pronounced as mah-poon-goob-weh. The graves of Mapungubwe royalty were buried in the upright seated position which is associated with royalty usually buried with a variety of gold and copper items, exotic glass beads, and other prestigious objects. These finds provide evidence not only of the early smelting of gold in southern Africa but of the extensive wealth and social differentiation of the people of Mapungubwe. The remains of Mapungubwe graves were uncovered in 1932 by inexperienced amateur and experienced archeologists from the University of Pretoria. South African art would not be complete without a discussion of the small, small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, Mapungubwe golden

Adapt or Let That Hot Mess Go African Proverbs

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Africa is known for words of wisdom using African Proverbs to help adapt to change and embrace uncertainties of the world or to let that hot mess go. There are centuries of wisdom in words from Africa in the language of African proverbs. African Proverbs help people to cope with life and death matters by adding traditional common sense to a complex situation.  Essential lessons learned from African proverbs carry heavy weight in world culture. African proverbs are common African sayings used by honored ancestry.  Africa's best known African proverbs teach no matter how clever the gadget and predictions from psychics, the future remains unknown and that's ok. As the ancestors say, if you really want to be happy, be happy.  The influence of African proverbs over the hearts and lives of people was second only to the words from Spirits. The widespread wisdom of African proverbs has brought important social and moral messages to the people who struggle in life. Each and every human

African Folklore Story How Dogs Learned to Hate

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When the dog was betrayed by her friends, she lost trust in her life. She trusted her friends as they had a sworn promise that they would not ever hurt, fight or betray one another. Why the dog hates the hawk, eagle and rat African folklore story is a tale of betrayal, heartbreak and long lasting grudges.  Why Dog hates the Hawk, Eagle and Rat African Folklore Story. One day a Dog, Hawk, Eagle and Rat planned to take a trip together, but before starting they promised not to abandon and fight each other in any matter that comes up during the journey. They had not gone very far when Eagle saw a bunch of unripe palm-nuts, and said" When these palm-nuts are ripe, and I have eaten them, then we will proceed on our way." They waited many days until the palm-nuts ripened and were eaten by the Eagle, then they started again. A little while later, the Hawk caught sight of a large land covered with tall grass, canes, and stunted trees, and said" When this land is burnt, and I have

Inner Being African Proverbs

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 Who sits in a well to observe the sky does not see very much - Inner Being African Proverb The energetic force of the inner self uses hurts, pains and betrayals to the inner child as food to grow and form a healthy adult character. Inner self is the true internal identity tuned into the emotional and spiritual essential nature of one's self able to forge a whole healthy being from damaged parts.  Inner Being African Proverbs. Who knows the truth is not equal to those who live it. Though the left hand conquers the right no advantage is gained. When fingers start scratching the thumb follows along. When a large vessel has opened a way it is easy for a small one to follow. What the ear hears is not like what the eye sees. The light of all the stars is not equal to that of the moon. Those who know when they have enough are rich. The inner self is connected to the undivided individual aware of the character of the irrational and rational mind, merging the two into a focused, confident,

Crispy Fried Tunisian Lentil Doughnuts

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Savory Tunisian lentil doughnuts or donuts are fried and dipped into harissa hot pepper paste. Lentil doughnuts are popular in many African countries and are prepared in various forms as a savory or sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, and street food stalls. Lets make fried Tunisian Lentil Doughnuts in 30 minutes serving five people. Serve as a snack with hummus or harissa hot pepper paste, the ingredients to our savory doughnuts are below and the ingredients are found in your local grocery store. Ingredients 2 cans 15.5 ounces of lentil beans, drained 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 3 hot peppers of your choice, diced 1 teaspoon sea salt Oil to shallow pan fry   Directions for frying and baking doughnuts. Heat the oil for frying. Place the flour, lentils, chili, spices, salt, ground spices into a blen

African Russian War Machines and Guns Military Training

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Russia's military presence in Africa is a long historic one. The Russian Congo military deal was signed in May 2019 to fix old war machines and guns. In the African country the Republic of the Congo Brazzaville,  a military cooperation agreement was signed with Russia in May 2019 providing military specialists to service Russian-made military hardware and equipment.  The government state organization the Congolese Armed Forces  is out armed using aging Russian Soviet-era weapons .  The Russian Congo military deal was signed in May 2019 after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and  former Marxist  Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso.  Sassou Nguesso employs  Private militias, which are are armed military groups that are composed of private citizens and not recognized by federal or state governments.  Many of the Russian military trainers are labeled as  unarmed advisers but are speculated to be soldiers and private contractors working for the Russian government.  Ru

The Flying Dutchman Legend

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Fear of Dutch sea captains, Cape of Good Hope deadly currents and weather,  seamen superstitions, The Flying Dutchman legend was born in South Africa. Before Spongebob Squarepants met the Flying Dutchman, in South Africa 1689 on the Cape of Good Hope the legend of the Flying Dutchman began. The sea is its own kingdom full of supernatural beings, The Flying Dutchman legend was told and retold in South Africa and supernatural appearances are never explained away. The Flying Dutchman In Dutch, a West Germanic language, Der Fliegende Hollander translates to The Flying Dutchman. In the 1600’s, the Netherlands, England, Portugal, and Spain were four colonial superpowers vying for the riches of African trade routes, spices, slaves, gold and minerals. The Dutch from the Netherlands were especially known for their fighting tempermente.  The competition between sea captains to make money from Africa’s trade routes, spices, slaves, and gold was intense. Beginning in the late 15th century until t

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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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their 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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