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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.

Is Pan-Africanism Racist?

Pan-Africanism helps people to understand African heritage as a positive and enriching experience that provides a sense of connection and identity. Self-love promotes self-esteem There is no single answer to why people think understanding and embracing Pan-Africanism makes you a racist. This ideal can arise from a complex interplay of individual, social, cultural, and historical factors.  Fear of Pan-Africanism can stem from a fear of the unknown or a perceived threat to one's identity, culture, or way of life leading to a sense of insecurity and a need to assert dominance over others.  However, when you are secure in your own self-worth and identity, you are less likely to feel threatened or insecure in your relationships with others. Embracing Pan-Africanism What is Pan-Africanism? Pan-Africanism is a philosophy and movement that seeks to unite people of African descent around the world and promote their common interests.  It originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries a

Ethnocentric View of Africans by Non-Africans

Views of Africans by non-Africans through the centuries were often shaped by limited contact, stereotypes, and misinformation. Ethnocentric Europeans are people who are native to or have origins in the continent of Europe who may judge a culture by their own standards, this is called ethnocentrism.  Ethnocentric Europeans include people from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, such as Anglo-Saxons, Celts, Slavs, Germans, Scandinavians, Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, and many others. It is worth noting, however, that the definition of who is considered European can be complex and contested, particularly in the context of migration, identity politics, and cultural diversity. Ethnocentrism is a concept used to describe the tendency to view one's own ethnic or cultural group as superior to others. This bias can lead to a lack of understanding and respect for other cultures, and can result in discriminatory attitudes and behavior towards people who are perceived

Strong, Intelligent African Woman Folktale

There are many African folktales that feature strong, intelligent, and resourceful African women as central characters. The Dancing Palm Tree folktale from Nigeria As the Elders say, in a small village in Nigeria, there lived a young girl named Adetutu.  Adetutu's family owned a beautiful palm tree that was known throughout the village for its delicious palm wine.  One day, a group of greedy men came to Adetutu's village and demanded that her family give them all of the palm wine from their tree.  Adetutu's father refused, but the men threatened to harm him and his family if they did not comply. The Dancing Palm Tree folktale from Nigeria Adetutu was a clever girl, and she knew that the only way to defeat the greedy men was to outsmart them.  She challenged them to a dancing contest, with the palm tree as the judge.  If the men could dance better than the palm tree, they would get all the palm wine they wanted, but if the palm tree danced better than the men, they would hav

Africa’s smallest mountain

Egypt is home to the smallest mountain in Africa Mount Horeb.  Africa's smallest mountain is Mount Horeb, also known as Jebel Horeb located in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.   Mount Horeb stands at only 2285 feet (696 meters) above sea level. Mount Horeb is also significant in religious history as it is believed to be the location where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God according to many religions.  More facts about Mount Horeb Africa’s smallest mountain (also known as Jebel Horeb or Ras Horeb) located in Egypt:  Mount Horeb is a mountain range located in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. It is the site where, according to the Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.  The mountain range is also known as the "Mountain of God" or the "Mountain of Moses" and is considered a sacred site by Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  Mount Horeb is home to several notable peaks, including Jebel Musa (Mount Sinai), which stands at 7,497 feet (2,285 meters) ab

Cultural Significance of Goat Meat

Goat meat has cultural significance in Nigeria and is a popular meat choice in many African countries . The demand for goat meat and goat products is high in Nigeria often served at special occasions and celebrations, such as weddings and festivals.  Goat meat rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12 has a strong earthy flavor. Here are the four top reasons goat meat is a popular meat choice throughout Africa. Availability: Goats are a common livestock animal in many African countries, and are often raised by small-scale farmers. This means that goat meat is readily available and more affordable than other meats. Nutritional value: Goat meat is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, including iron and vitamin B12. It is also leaner and lower in fat compared to other meats, making it a healthier option. Cultural and traditional reasons: In many African cultures, goat meat is considered a delicacy and is often served at special occasions and celebrations, such

Paying Your Diaspora Tax

For 26 years the 2% Eritrea diaspora tax has not been reviewed nor has the Eritrean gov. published financial records on how the diaspora tax is spent. 2% Eritrea diaspora tax is taxation without representation Calculating the 2% Eritrea diaspora tax  The diaspora tax or emigration tax on Eritreans living abroad is a sort of taxation without representation however, Eritrean consulates demand proof of diaspora tax payment to provide even the most basic consular services such as issuing visas to businesses and individuals, pursue an education, issuing Eritrean ID cards or any legal documents. Eritrea’s large diaspora has been a source of vital remittances, funding its war for independence and providing 30% of the country’s Gross domestic product. Because of drought and a war with Ethiopia, about 1 million Eritreans live abroad, that means one out of every five Eritreans lives abroad. Eritrea, pronunced eh·ruh·tree·uh is an African country located in Eastern Africa bordering the Red Sea,

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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

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