Dawa-dawa (locust beans): An Answer to Africa’s Greatest Needs in One Tree

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The production and sale of dawa-dawa, the fermented extract of locust seeds, constitutes an important economic activity for women in West Africa. See more…

Here is a video showing the importance of locust beans:

Dawa-dawa (locust beans) can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop.

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African Proverb

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Knowledge is better than riches.

In the world that we are living today, we can’t deny the fact that if you don’t have money, you can’t have everything. Yes, it’s true. Just like what others are saying, “no money, no honey.”

But let’s not forget that the key towards success is not all about the materialistic things that we desire, but the knowledge and wisdom that we have deep within ourselves. Riches will pass, but the knowledge that you have is the only thing that will never fade away, and one thing that no one could ever steal from you.

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Spotlight: 5 Ankara Dresses You Will Surely Love!

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Welcome the latest fashion trend around the world! Ankara fashion is so lovely that you can’t help yourself but grab a number for your everyday outfit!

 Want to get fabulous and sweet for a party? This Ankara dress is just right for you!

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Want to go to the office but want to be in style? Hmm, try this out!

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You can look gorgeous, and yes, you can!

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Choose a style that speaks about yourself! Try to experiment for colors, and see what you’ve got!

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You deserve to be beautiful, yes, you do! These dresses perfectly add value to your beauty!

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If you have a tall, slim slender body, it best to choose a dress that will give the illusion of curves. The best choice of style will be flared Dress with thight fitting at the waist.

Plus size ladies with large bust need not worry, there are ankara fabric designs that will give fuller coverage. The dress style you chose must have adequate support to the upper body and appropriate length to the lower part of the body to draw attention away from the bust.

More of these ankara dresses can be found here: https://www.pinterest.com/YetundeSarumi/ankara-african-lace/

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Product Spotlight: Pap.Ogi.Akamu.Koko

Pap.Ogi

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Facts about Pap.Ogi

Pap is typically a great partner to most Nigerian breakfast recipes.  It’s a starchy food is made from corn and is 99.5% purely carbohydrate. It’s made from different varieties of grains and cereals. Maize is commonly used. Maizewhich is highly edible and nutritious also has some medicinal uses among the local people. It is used to cure many diseases, which it had over the years proved to be very effective.Because of its nutritional value, it is a good weaning food for babies. It’s also good for adults as well. It is mostly eaten as breakfast and it is healthy and nutritious. Corn pap is 100% natural compared to other traditional breakfast cereals. Pap has a high water content and helps to supply the daily requirement of water.

Here’s a pap recipe: http://www.allnigerianrecipes.com/breakfast-recipes/akamu-ogi-pap.html

Read more: http://inno4u2c.blogspot.com/2010/10/corn-medicinal-nutritional-benefits.html

This product can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop.

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Nigerian Food Online: Gbegiri Soup

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Gbegiri  or Miyan Wake is a Nigerian soup that is indigenous to the Yoruba and Hausa tribe in Nigerian. Gbegiri/Miyan Wake is made with cooked dehulled beans(beans with no coat/hull), that has been mashed and enriched with palm oil,  fish(crayfish or smoked fish), and spices.

The Yorubas call it Gbegiri, while it is known as Miyan Wake in Hausa. Gbegiri/Miyan Wake is a nutritious soup and tastes real good.

For a basic recipe, visit here: http://www.nigerianfoodtv.com/2013/03/gbegiri-soup-hausa-miyan-wake.html

These products can be gotten here: https://www.pinterest.com/africanshop/nigerian-food-online-gbegiri-soup/

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This Week on African Shop

Our slashed price of the week is:

Glowing Red Jewelry Set

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We are offering up to 64% discount on Glowing Red Jewelry Set. From $44.99, it’s now only $15.99!

http://www.africanshop.shikenan.com/african-fashion/african-custome-jewelry/best-fashion-jewelry-set-glowing-red

 Products that are selling this week are:

Caro White Lotion

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 Here’s a video to watch about Caro White:

 

Dried Chillies

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Our featured product on the front page is:

Ogbono Soup

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Here’s a video to watch on how to make Nigerian Okra Soup with Ogbono:

All of these products can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop online.

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African Proverb

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African Proverb: “Not to know is bad. Not to wish to know is worse.”

We are not all born with an Einstein IQ. We know something, and we don’t know some. It’s normal. The most important thing is, we try to discover those things that are not familiar to us, and engage, understand, develop, and amplify it.

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African Fashion: Africa’s Top 5 African Fashion Blogs

Here’s a list of Africa’s Top 5 African Fashion Blogs:

1. SHADDERS

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Shadders.com is a fashion, beauty, travel, event and lifestyle website that is an essential resource for African fashion creatives, entrepreneurs, shopping, African textiles, events and lifestyle brands in over 100 countries. Founded in Ghana and nurtured all over the world, this site has grown immensely in the past few years and gets bigger and bigger everyday. Staying true to the African culture and heritage, the website features an array of fashion designers, their exquisite collections, a shopping outlet and a perfect hub for all things African.

2. FASHION NOTEBOOK

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Founder Nancie Mwai is a blogger based in Nairobi, Kenya. Fashion Notebook not only follows her daily unique sense of style and shopping fetish but also captures and keeps a record of fashion trends and trendsetters the world over. Her blog has gained worldwide recognition in various media outlets and has seen Ms Mwai go from basic fashion blogger to one of the very best in the game.

3. ONE NIGERIAN BOY

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U.K based Editor in Chief Terence Sambo describes this blog as a platform where Arts, Design and Style can be displayed as they have a unique and esteemed place in African culture. One Nigerian Boy promotes the best of the best in African fashion, heritage and style.

4. ARISE LIVE

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Arise is first and foremost Africa’s biggest International Style and Fashion magazine in the world. Arise has had big names as cover stars such as Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek to name a few. With the relaunch of their website recently, they have proved once again that they are the best at what they do as a brand and a spokesperson for all things African to Africa, and to the world in general.

5. HERITAGE 1960

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Heritage1960 is an online retail destination offering a curated view of global African fashion, lifestyle, and design.  Named after the year 17 African countries won their independence, Heritage1960 celebrates freedom, individuality and unique style inspired by the continent.’ Heritage1960.com Its vision to get rid of the pre-conceived notion people have on Africa and Africa fashion. Heritage1960 presents Africa to the world and does so beautifully. Established in 2011 by Harlem based creative director, Enyinne Owunwanne, the site maintains its goal to feature one new African designer every week and this keeps the blog fresh and always informing the world of the up and coming designers, latest trends, fashion news, travel recommendations, books, and other editorials from within and outside Africa.

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Product Spotlight: African Food – Oat Fufu

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SOME FACTS ABOUT OAT FUFU

Oatmeal is filled with nutrients and fiber. It is very nutritious compared to almost all other foods typically used to make fufu. The fiber in oatmeal helps reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and helps decrease cholesterol, thereby decreasing the likelihood of developing atherosclerosis and heart disease.Oatmeal has far more nutrients and health benefits than any other food typically used to make fufu. For one, oatmeal is much higher in fiber than yams, cassava, corn, plantain, or even wheat, and this fiber is the key to much of oatmeal’s health benefits. http://www.foodandlens.com/2011/05/oat-fufu.html

Here’s a video to watch about oat fufu:

Oat Fufu can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop.

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Check out our Tumblr Page on Bitter Leaf

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Bitter leaf is a vegetable used for preparing the popular African Bitter leaf soup. It is also used as a medicine. Basically everything about it – leaves, extracts, stems, and barks – are used for culinary, medicinal, and curative purposes.

It grows everywhere and it is a homely plant. It is good for the body. It helps to tone the vital organs, especially the largest organ of the body – skin.

For skin infections such as ringworm, itching, rashes, and eczema, the pure, undiluted extract of bitter leaf is excellent. Simply add it to the affected part daily.

The leaves are usually harvested, dried, and made into teas and tincture. It offers preventive measure against stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue, and many other ailments.

Bitter leaf can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop.

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