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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.

One of the most polluted places on earth

Port Harcourt in Southern Nigeria is one of the most polluted places on earth and the center of the largest oil spill on earth. Nigeria's oil industry has been a major source of environmental damage. Shell is to pay 15.9 million USD to Nigerian farmers over oil damage where oil pollution continues to damage the health and livelihoods of many in the area. Nigeria’s crude oil and natural gas exports earned $55 billion in 2018. Land soaked in oil, oil companies are accused of negligence in the Niger Delta that has deep oil and gas reserves. Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa, there are hundreds of oil fields in the Niger Delta, one of the largest in the world. After suffering the effects of major pollution for decades, people have turned to the courts for justice.  Since 2008, the Netherlands branch of Milieudefensie also known as Friends of the Earth along with four Nigerian farmers have been fighting the oil spill case against Shell. In 2021 a Dutch court in the Hague rul

Importance of Ghana Slave Castles

The three largest slave castles in Ghana were Cape Coast Slave Castle, Fort St. Jago and Elmina Castle.  Ghana was a major hub for the transatlantic slave trade for centuries. Ghana slave castles are an important reminder of the horrors of slavery and the importance of never forgetting the past. Between 1482 and 1786 in Ghana, European-style coastal forts and slave castles were built to house millions of newly captured African slaves, gold, wood, and textiles arriving in North America to work plantations in English colonies.  Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana Because of the Atlantic slave trade and the profound effect on the history of West Africa numerous forts were built perched on Ghana's Atlantic Coast.  Ghana was called the Gold Coast at the time of the slave trade, the importation of slaves into the United States was outlawed in 1807.  The Castles and Forts of Ghana shaped not only Ghana’s history but that of the world over four centuries as the focus of first the gold trade

True Traditional health practitioners in South Africa

The traditional South African healer culturally still plays an important role in 70 percent of patient's in South Africa especially through the use of  Traditional Surgeons. Traditional Healers Explained Men and women take up the Traditional Healers profession after a long training period. The Traditional Healer may act as a therapist for issues of health, luck, love, dreams, sexual problems, or business ventures. Some of these Traditional Healers inherit, or are taught the knowledge possessed by their family members.  They all carry on their persons charms of numerous kinds to have power over the demons of disease. Some Traditional Healers use good magic as a cure because they believe that illnesses including psychological issues have supernatural origins. South Africa's Traditional Health Practitioners Act, 2007 established accredited Traditional Healing institutions, certifies Traditional Healers.  A true healer cannot take part in any action that can harm or negatively infl

New Years Day Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

New Years Day Black-Eyed Pea Casserole is New Year Day comfort food. Eating black-eyed peas on New Year Day is a stable New Year is tradition. The tradition spread after the American Civil War. Black-eyed peas, dried significantly expand in volume when cooked and symbolize expanding good look throughout the year.  During General William Tecumseh Sherman march, the United States Union Army devastated the Confederate Army food supplies but left dried black-eyed peas and hog meat.  The Confederate soldiers thus felt lucky to have these supplies. There is evidence that people ate black-eyed peas for luck as early as 500 A.D. as a part of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. New Years Day Black-Eyed Pea Casserole Ingredients 1 tablespoon melted butter. 3 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed. 1 cup cooked white rice. 2/3 cup dried breadcrumbs. 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese. 2 large chicken eggs. 4 large shallots, finely chopped. 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced

Trading Hippopotamus Teeth For Cash

Hippopotamus teeth are traded legally and illegally. Hippopotamus are one of the most dangerous animals in Africa but that does not stop the legal and illegal black market trade in hippopotamus teeth.  One hippo tooth can fetch up to $600. Hong Kong is the largest market for hippo teeth where an increased demand for ivory from hippos hippo teeth are often used for jewelry, piano keys, chess pieces, furniture inlays, hunting trophies and other art items. Hippopotamus teeth Trading Hippopotamus Teeth For Cash You may think of ivory from elephant tusks but hippo teeth are made of ivory also. Hippopotamus teeth are used as ivory after the thick, hard enamel layer is removed. Elephant teeth are up to 6 feet long while hippo teeth are up to 2 feet long.  Hippo teeth tusks are used like elephant ivory for carved decorations. Hippos also have the largest teeth of all land animals. Additionally, other parts of both animals such as feet and skulls are valued as statement or souvenir items.  Hipp

Magical Frog of Lake Jipe

Magical Frog of Lake Jipe  Magical Frog of Lake Jipe Folklore Magical Frog of Lake Jipe African Folklore A long, long time ago there was magical frog who lived in Lake Jipe. There was also a large village named Mwere south  of Nghonji in Kenya where 10,000 families lived.  One day, a terrible rain storm occurred during which the magical frog entered one of the houses; the mother on seeing it told one of her children to throw it out, and this having been done, the magical frog then went to another home where the same thing occurred, and so on at the third. But at the fourth house the mother, however, said, “Oh, it is doing no harm, let it stay.”  Thereupon the magical frog seeing the mothers kindness said to her, “You have given me shelter and so listen to my words take your children and flee from this village without delay for it will disappear.”  She had the sense to obey this warning from the magical frog and had only gone a short distance when the whole village sank below the water.

Scapegoat Sacrifice Ceremony of Ukamba

Scapegoat Sacrifice Ceremony of Ukamba African Ceremony It is believed the physical world is parallel to the spiritual world therefore when a disease plagues the village of Ukamba, the Elders take a large ram, a male sheep for ceremonial slaughter.  The Elders of the village cut small pieces of meat from the ram carcass and spear the meat on wooden sticks.  Men and women of the village then each take a piece of ram meat, walk some distance from the village and throw it deep into the woods. By doing this the disease will be carried away with the pieces of meat taking with it all wickedness and impurities of the village. The remaining ram meat is roasted at a large fire and eaten by the villagers; the bones are collected at the place where the meat was roasted and are broken up.  A libation is prepared, and next morning at dawn, everyone must be awakened before the libation is poured out. The libation is put into a horn of an ox and into a bowl made from a gourd, the former being held i

Shadowland Mugumo Tree Legend Folktale

African Folktale from Kenya. Shadowland Mugumo Tree Legend Folktale A long, long time ago a poor farmer named Katimu lived in Kamoko Village Kenya. He borrowed a spear from a neighbor to kill an animal which was destroying his crops.  He lay in wait in the field and eventually speared one, but it was only wounded and ran off with the spear in its body and disappeared down a hole near a scared Mugumo tree.  Katimu went to the owner of the spear and told him that the spear was lost, but the owner insisted on having it back. He bought a new spear and offered it to the owner in place of the lost spear, but the owner refused it and again insisted on the return of the original spear.  He then proceeded to crawl down the hole under the massive Mugumo tree, and having crawled a long, long way found himself eventually, to his surprise, in the mikeongoi shadowlands .  Mikeongoi shadowland old woman The shadowland people asked him what he was doing here and Katimu told them of his errand.  They

Cattle raids and murders in Kenya

Cattle raids and murders have become common between the Turkana, Pokot and Samburu tribes in Kenya. As with all other pastoralist tribes in Kenya including the Pokot and Samburu tribes, livestock, especially cattle, are at the core of life and culture.  Cattle raids and murder. The Turkana people place such a high value on cattle that they often raid other tribes to acquire more animals. This may be seen as theft, but to the Turkana and other pastoralist tribes , it is a traditional custom.  However, on September 24, 2022 eleven people were killed in Turkana County including eight National Police Service officers, two civilians and a local chief during a the Pokot ethnic group cattle raid. t follows an incident last month in which at least seven people were burnt to death in the same county during a raid by suspected Pokot militiamen.  The pastoralist communities have used raiding and violence to restock herds, seize political power, or gain access to water. The area has been one of th

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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