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

West African Calf Head Stew Meat

Calf head meat is tender and delicious in a rich homemade beef broth simmered with Egusi seeds, fresh herbs, spices and root vegetables.

Calf head meat is tender and not an uncommon ingredient in many African cookeries as the meat is tender and gelatinous. Calf head meat is very commonly used in stews, salads, soups, and stir-fries in African cooking. 

Another common ingredient in West African cooking is Egusi seeds. Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, and pumpkin which after being dried and ground are used as an ingredient in West African recipes such as West African Calf Head Stew.

Calf head meat is tender
Calf head meat is tender.

West African Calf Head Stew


2 pounds calf's head meat

2 cups white mushrooms

2 large potatoes

1 medium yam peeled, diced

1 large onion diced

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 lemon rind grated

3 tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground parsley

1 tablespoon Egusi paste

Salt and pepper to the taste

Water to cover


In a large pot add the calf head and cook on medium high with three gallons of fresh water, vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sea salt for 3 hours replacing the water if necessary. Strain broth from meat. In a large pot add 2 cups of the strained broth, 4 cups of water, the remaining ingredients including the meat from the calf head simmering 30 minutes or until yams are fork tender over medium-high heat. Serve stew with fufu or rice. The fufu recipe is found here Fufu Recipe.

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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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