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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.

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Nigeria and Egypt have Six of Africa's Largest Cities by Population

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Nigeria occupies three spots on Africa's top 20 largest African cities by population with an average temperature of 77 degrees F while Egypt also has three of the top 20 largest African cities with an average temperature of 63 degrees F. List of 20 of Africa's largest cities by population 2022. Nigeria and Egypt have Six of Africa's Largest Cities by Population. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Population of 15,628,085 Average temperature in December 75 degrees F Kinshasa was once known as Léopoldville, named after Leopold II who was the second King of the Belgians. His administration of the Congo Free State was characterized by atrocities and systematic brutality, including forced labor, torture, murder, kidnapping, and the amputation of the hands of men, women, and children when the quota of rubber was not met. Lagos, Nigeria Population of 15,387,639 Average temperature in December 81 degrees F Lagos State was created on May 27, 1967. Ho

Numidia African Equestrians

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Who were the Numidian Equestrians?  Numidia was a warrior north African kingdom known for horsemanship.  Horses were domesticated and ridden in northern Africa thousands of years before the birth of Christ. The Numidian Equestrians were a conquering people skilled at riding horses without saddles, and bridles. Numidians were a mix of dark skinned Africans and European people from the regions bordering the current day Algeria and Tunisia Sahara desert in Northern Africa. Numidians were famous as Equestrians ; their cavalry serving under Hannibal during many battles. The role of the horse in Numidian society were multifaceted with high prestige and importance. The horse was used for hunting, herding, warfare, transportation, food trade, and as a status symbol. Kings Jugurtha, Masinissa and Juba of Numidia were excellent horseback riders. Numidia was a warrior north African kingdom of modern Algeria known for horsemanship. The Numidians derived their name from the fact that they were brow

Fear of Emotional Intimacy African Proverbs

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15 Fear of Emotional Intimacy African Proverbs. Fear of emotional intimacy African proverbs teach if the inner self is neglected the outer self creates chaos where emotional intimacy is feared. Fear of sharing a close emotional intimacy. Emotional intimacy makes us feel vulnerable and developing emotional intimacy and maintaining intimacy is uncharted territory creating great emotional distress, the exact opposite of what we truly want in our lives, to be loved deeply from the inside out. The fear of sharing a close emotional intimacy because of childhood or adulthood trauma, a painful breakup, divorce, death, abandonment or rejection may makes us afraid to fall in love, afraid of emotional intimacy. This fear is so intense that we find it difficult, sometimes impossible, to form and maintain loving relationships. 15 Fear of sharing a close emotional intimacy African Proverbs A fall does not hurt those who fly low. No flies get into a shut mouth. Whatever the tree, so is the

Egypt has the World’s Largest Sugar Silo

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Egypt's Canal Sugar has the world’s largest Sugar Silo used for housing processed sugar beets and sugar cane.  Doughnuts made from sugar beets  Sugar comes from sugar beets and sugar cane plants. Egypt produces around 2.5 million tones of sugar annually with the Canal Sugar Company alone producing 900,000 tons annually with the largest sugar silo in the world with a storage capacity of about 417,000 tons. A sugar silo is a structure for housing bulk products from the manufacturing of sugar beets and sugar cane. The Canal Sugar has the world’s largest Sugar Silo with a diameter of 406 feet, a depth of 213 feet, and a height of 131 feet which is about 3/4 times as wide as The Washington Monument and ¼ feet as tall. The enormous concrete Canal Sugar Company Sugar Silo looks exactly like a dome sugar canister but much larger. Around 77 percent of sugarcane is cultivated in Upper Egypt, this crop is considered a traditional crop cultivated since 1952. Main production areas for sugarcane

Breadfruit Fries

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Breadfruit fries are easy to make. Breadfruit taste similar to potatoes and breadfruit fries are easy to make. Just like the banana and plantain the breadfruit is eaten ripe as a fruit or green as a vegetable. Breadfruits are edible large size fruit yellow green in color, a very popular recipe ingredient. In the green stage breadfruit is hard and the interior is white, starchy, coarse and hard. When fully ripe, the fruit is somewhat soft, the interior is a creamy yellow color and smells sweet.  Cooking with breadfruit sounds exotic because breadfruit does not look like your typical supermarket fruit. Breadfruit is cooked by baking, steaming, frying, dried and ground into flour.  The steamed fruit is sometimes sliced, rolled in flour and fried in deep fat in Ghana. In Uganda, breadfruit stew is made by boiling green chunks of breadfruit in milk and water until soft, then add onions, garlic, hot peppers, and spices. Breadfruits are edible large cantaloupe size fruit yellow green in col

Congolese Cassava Pondu and Fufu Nosh

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French is the official language of the Republic of Congo, in Kikongo the name of this African country favorite dish is named Pondu, in French it is named feuille de manioc, in English it is known as cassava leaf stew. Congolese cooks combine a mixture of mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, pumkin, palm-oil and herbs, other fresh vegetables such as cassava leaves, fish, bush-meat and goat-meat eaten with a starchy dish called fufu. Farming Cassava Leaves Fufu is rolled into golf ball-sized balls, an indentation is made with the right finger and then dipped into a soup, sauce or stew in order to soak-up the flavor . Cassava is known by many names depending on where you live on this planet; the most common names for cassava are manioc, yucca, yuca, mandioca, and tapioca. Cassava originated from tropical America and cassava was first introduced into Africa in the Congo Basin by the Portuguese around 1558. Africans eat around 176 pounds or 80 kilograms of cassava per year per person. It is e

Senegambia Graves and Stone Circles

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 Senegambia Graves and Megalithic Stone Circles The Senegambia burial mounds stone circles are located between the River Gambia and the River Senegal in the Western African countries of Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia. The Senegambia stone circles are a setting for ceremony and rituals, grave markers, places of burial, and a sacred place of worship and mourning. Wassu in Guinea The Wassu and Kerbatch grave sites in The Gambia and Guinea and the Wanar and Sine Ngayene burial mounds in Senegal contain over 1,000 stone circles and ancient human burial mounds spaced over an area of 62 miles wide and 217 miles in length. In all, there are 1,102 carved stones on all the stone circles of Senegambia burial sites.  The Sine Ngayene grave complex of Senegal is the largest site with 52 circles of stones. The next largest is Senegal's Wanar grave complex with 21 circles of stones, third is the Wassu complex located in Guinea consists of 11 circles and lastly The Kerbatch complex located in the

Arrest in Rwanda 100 Days of Genocide

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Major Pierre Claver Karangwa, one of the executioners of the 100 day long Rwandan Genocide lived in the Netherlands for 26 years before his arrest​. Rwanda is the most densely populated country in mainland Africa with a population of 13 million living on 10,169 square miles of land; Rwanda is about the size of the US state of Maryland. The population is divided among ethnic lines with Hutu 85 percent, Tutsi 14 percent, and Twa 1 percent.  Major Pierre Claver Karangwa In 1959, three years before independence, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front and began a civil war in 1990. The mass killing of Rwanda’s Tutsi population was ignited on April 6, 1994, when a plane carrying the-then president, Juvénal Habyarimana, was shot down and crashed in Kigali, t

Make Perfectly Seasoned Sweet Potato Leaves

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Easy Recipe  Make Perfectly Seasoned Sweet Potato Leaves Cook sweet potato leaves in recipes just as you would spinach. Blend sweet potato leaves in smoothies, make sweet potato leaves stir-fry or eat sweet potato leaves washed and raw. Sweet potato leaves are eaten raw and cooked; add sweet potatoes to your salad or mix them in with spinach, sweet potato leaves go well with any meat dish such as chicken, beef, pork, or fish. Perfectly Seasoned Sweet Potato Leaves Sweet potato leaves are universally eaten throughout Africa in too many recipes to count. Sweet potato leaves are edible and delicious with a soft texture that tastes like kale or spinach. The best way to cook sweet potatoes is just to simply sauté them with a little bit of onion, olive oil, salt and pepper. Sweet potato leaves have five times more vitamin C than other greens such as spinach. Sweet potatoes do not have a particular season but are grown year-round in the United States; however they are at their peak sweetness

Life in a Nigerian IDP Camp

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Borno State’s capital in Maiduguri northeastern Nigeria had many internally displaced persons (IDP) camps which were home to thousands of people who fled their homes because war had been declared on the everyday people.  Internally Displaced Persons means persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border. Life in an IDP camp In IDP camps every inch of space counted. Jerrycans and cooking pots were stacked on top of each other and clothes hung from the roof. Living in an IDP camp means you have to start your life from zero, and you may not have a safe place to live once you arrive.  One night in May 2020, Awofaa, a 38-year-old widow was sleeping with her three children

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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