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Makula Dunbar, 2:42 pm AFKI Original
Ogundele Damola, founder of ASIRI Magazine, chimed in from Nigeria via Skype giving tips on how to build up a loyal following. Touching on topics including ways to identify with consumers and building on brands in order to garner social media influence.
Kimberly Jacobs, 1:38 pm AFKI Original
Changing perspectives on travel to Africa was one of the topics discussed at Social Media Week New York City. Panelists encouraged more people to travel to Africa through their various companies and through social media.
Staff, 8:00 am
Market Atlas, LLC (MA) has launched a pair of benchmark indexes, measuring the performance of a basket of African currencies against the U.S Dollar and the United Kingdom Pound Sterling. The M.A.USD Africa Currency Index and the M.A. GBP Africa Currency Index cover a universe of 27 currencies with an aggregate market of 1.35 billion people and are the first African currency indexes
Julia Austin, 5:00 pm AFKI Original
Koshari is a traditional Egyptian dish that gives you rice and pasta on the same platter. That’s a carb-lover’s heaven! This recipe from AllRecipes.com is a simple dish flavored mainly with garlic and red pepper flakes, but do you really want a bunch of flavors taking away from that comforting taste of starch on starch? Of course not. If you thought risotto was the ultimate in comforting rice dishes, these African recipes with that tasty little carb will make you change your mind.
Makula Dunbar, 5:39 pm
Roughly 14 million tons of rice is produced in Africa annually according to CCTV Africa. West African countries including Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria are top producers — and now researchers are working to convince more states to ramp up production. Last year the continent imported 12 million tons of rice. The Africa Rice Center is trying to lower figures, getting Africa’s rice imports down to 5 million tons by 2020.
Keren Mikva, 10:41 am AFKI Original
Approximately 40 percent of African-born scientists live and work outside Africa, particularly in North America and Europe. This phenomenon, known as the brain drain, is in large part due to the fact that talented scientists are lured — or seek — better-paying jobs overseas. Here’s a brief look at the state of scientific research in sub-Saharan Africa and the unique challenges it presents with regard to economic development.
Julia Austin, 11:02 am AFKI Original
They’re showing up everywhere. You can see them upholstering chairs in Anthropologie, in Burberry dresses and all over Gwen Stefani’s fashion line, L.A.M.B miniskirts. Spanish designer Juanjo Oliva is credited with bringing African wax prints to large brands such as Zara. Wax prints aren’t just a fashion statement — they’re about personality, money, and they’re big business. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about African wax prints.
Becca Blond, 2:34 pm AFKI Original
After independence, Dawda Kairaba Jawara was the first leader of the Gambia. He served as prime minister from 1962 to 1970 and as president from 1970 to 1994. During his rule, The Gambia and neighboring Senegal formed a confederation known as Senegambia. More than 500 people died during an attempted Senegalese coup. A former British colony, The Gambia is Africa’s smallest country. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about The Gambia and its struggle for independence.
Julia Austin, 10:28 am AFKI Original
Peri peri may be the best known African spice. It’s the main ingredient in peri peri sauce. You’ll find it throughout Africa — and the world, thanks to Nando’s — slathered on peri-peri chicken. Are you ready for a long ingredients list? Check it out here. Peri peri adds complex flavor to everything, but we love it in this recipe for homemade peri peri french fries. Fusion is happening in kitchens around the world. These are 10 African spices that taste great in favorite foods around the world.
Julia Austin, 12:42 pm
The rules in the Middle East for eating with your hands are pretty much the same as other areas of the world, however it’s possibly most important here to abide by the rules since you’ll almost certainly be eating from a large communal plate. You’ll be scooping the food up with pita bread. In some parts of the world, eating with your hands is the norm. There are rules. These are tips for the proper way to eat with your hands around the world.
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