Kwanzaa Karamu

The Karamu Ya Imani (Feast of Feasts) is Kwanzaa’s traditional African feast held on the last day of Kwanzaa, December 31st. It is a very special part of the Kwanzaa celebration that was started in an effort to raise awareness and educate people and communities about Kwanzaa.
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For this feast, the dining table is dressed up with African colored (red, black and green) decorations and traditional African, Caribbean, and South American dishes are served.
What would you bring to the festivities?

Consider this suggested menu for a wonderful Kwanzaa Karamu this year:
Koki-a popular bean dish made from cowpeas (niébé or black-eyed peas) or other beans. The beans are mashed into a paste which is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.

Peanut Soup-creamy and comforting, spicy vegan soup with West African origins. Made with a simple combination of peanut butter, tomato paste and collard greens.

Jollof Rice- a popular West African dish consisting of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, and red pepper. Add almost any kind of meat, vegetable, or spice.

Also, the more common:
Okra & Greens
Yams/Sweet Potatoes
Green Tea with Mint and/or Ginger Beer

Of course, you and your family can serve whatever your hearts desire in your celebration of Kwanzaa! Enjoy the wonderful time of building strong families, friends, and communities!

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Fun Do-It-Yourself Gifts!

Spread Peace, Love, and Joy- Naturally!
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Show your loved ones you really care AND give your wallet a break! Natural Do-It-Yourself skin and hair care gifts are a cheap and creative way to help friends and family really pamper and beautify themselves, without the use of chemically based products.
Throughout the year we’ve listed a few great Do-It-Yourself recipes for skin and hair care. These recipes are quick, easy and effective and perfect for gifts with a more personal and caring touch!

- Lavender Facial Mask

- Homemade Coconut Scrub

- Homemade Shaving Cream

- Black Seed Facial

- Bronzing Body Butter

- Homemade Sunscreen

- Castor Oil Deep Conditioner

Happy Holidays!

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Celebrate Kwanzaa

Discover a perfect way to celebrate the African heritage with Kwanzaa! This famous holiday was founded in 1965 by graduate student Maulana Karenga. He believed that the African American people needed an annual holiday to celebrate their differences, so that they could grow strong as a whole, strengthen their collective self-concepts as a people, honor their past, critically evaluate their present, and commit themselves to a fuller, more productive future. Kwanzaa ILLUS.jpg
Kwanzaa celebrates what is called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
-Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
-Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
-Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
-Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
-Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
-Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

One of the important acts of Kwanzaa is to arrange all the Kwanzaa symbols on a table on the 19th of December. The steps are as follows:
1. Spread the Mkeka (A straw mat)
2. Place the kinara (candle stand) in the center of the Mkeka.
3. Place the muhindi (ears of corn) on either side of the Mkeka. One ear of corn for each child in the family.
4. Creatively place the zawadi (gifts), kikombe cha umoja (unity cup), tambiko (water and soil), and a basket of fruit on the mkeka.
5. Hang up bendera ya taifa (flag of the black nation). It should be facing the east.
6. Place mishumaa saba (seven candles) in the kinara.

Remember the mishumaa should be red, black and green. Use any creative match you desire. The most common practice is to have One black candle in the center; three red candles to the left of the black candle; and the three red candles to the right of the black center candle.

Afterwards it is suggested that you fast for one week to cleanse the body, discipline the mind and uplift the spirit. Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

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Winter Lip Care

Winter is approaching fast! And if you’re like most of us, keeping your lips soft and moisturized for these long, cold months can be a bit of a struggle. Some of the most common causes of chapped lips are extreme weather changes, harsh winds, lip licking, aging, lipstick use, and dehydration in general. But don’t worry, there are very simple and effective ways of warding off annoying, dry lips.

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Here is a list of natural products that can help keep your lips looking beautiful all winter long. Make sure whatever lip balm you choose this season, at least one of these ingredients are included. These may also be used alone or underneath your favorite lipstick/tint as well.

  • Shea Butter: Natural sun block, healing agent, soothing
  • Aloe Vera: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial soothing and moisturizing
  • Glycerin: Natural skin softer- binds moisture and skin together
  • Jojoba Oil: Nourishing, softens and lubricates
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant and moisturizing, protects from the sun
  • Coconut oil: Relieves dryness, softens and moisturizes
  • Beeswax: Non allergic skin softener, moisturizes and nourishes, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

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Muamba de Galinha (Chicken Stew) from Angola

The weather’s getting colder outside. Warm yourself and fill your belly with this delicious African chicken stew recipe!

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- One chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 cup of red palm oil
- 2 or 3 onions chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 hot chili pepper, left whole and removed after cooking, or chopped for an extra spicy dish
- 3 tomatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 squash or sweet pumpkin, seeded, peeled, and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup of canned palm soup base or palm butter
- 1 or 2 dozen small, tender okra; washed, with ends removed
- Salt to taste

1. Squeeze lemon juice over chicken. Let it marinate for fifteen minutes to an hour.
2. Over high heat, bring the oil to cooking temperature in a deep skillet. Add the chicken and cook it on all sides until it is slightly browned, but not done.
3. Add the onion, garlic, chile pepper, and tomato. Stir occasionally, cooking over medium heat for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is nearly done.
4. Add the squash or sweet pumpkin and cook for an additional ten to fifteen minutes. Stir in palm soup base, and add the okra. Gently simmer for a few minutes, until the okra is tender.
5. Add salt to taste. Serve over rice

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Over a Half Million $ Donated!

Thank You for Your Support

October 2014 marked a very exciting milestone here at Africa Imports. From your purchases, over $500,000 has been sent to the kids in Africa to buy meals, give medical care, and schooling. Together we have helped to accomplish a lot!
Thank you for helping hundreds and hundreds of kids who live in very hard situations..


We appreciate you!

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Should You Be Afraid of Ebola?

The world has been shaken by the ebola epidemic facing Africa. More than 4,400 people have died of the disease, and new cases are appearing every day. There has also been some panic in the U.S. Will ebola reach us? Will ebola become airborne? Should we stop all flights coming from Africa to the U.S.? Some customers are even concerned about their own safety in using products that have come from Africa. What can be done to help and what precautions should we take? Are you at risk?

Although there has been much speculation and panic, the CDC states that ebola is NOT an airborne disease.

“Unlike respiratory illnesses like measles or chickenpox, which can be transmitted by virus particles that remain suspended in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids of a person who has symptoms of Ebola disease. Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.”

Many men of science are speaking up about the widespread panic; Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, made the cool-headed observation on Slate.com that we are diverting all our medical muscle and attention to a disease that has almost no chance of getting even a modest foothold in this country — on the eve of flu season, which infects tens of thousands every winter and has killed between 3,000 and 50,000 people every year since 1976.

Many news articles are suggesting that Americans are reacting to the panic – not the disease. Yet we still want to be careful.

5 Tips to Protecting Yourself From Ebola Virus:

1 – Wash Your Hands.

2 – Avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids of others.

3 – Do not come into contact with any items that may have been handled by someone who died from Ebola. This includes bedding, needles, and medical equipment.

4 – Avoid contact with bats and other primates or blood, fluids and raw meat of these animals.

5 – Avoid hospitals in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated.

For our customers, the question arises, how safe is it to use products that have been imported from Africa? Only a very small portion of our products are imported from the African countries affected by Ebola, and those products were imported long before the outbreak occurred. Alongside this fact, products imported from these countries are thoroughly inspected for cleanliness before they are put on our shelves. A product would have to have bodily fluids or blood on it to be a risk to someone else who uses it. The products we sell are unused and clean. Personal care products have been boiled and were imported long before the outbreak occurred. There are also still many African countries that have been unaffected by Ebola. Mali, The Ivory Coast and Ghana remain unaffected, and that is where a large portion of our items are imported from.

Dr. Peter Hotez states: “Patients cannot spread the virus to others until they themselves show symptoms,” Hotez said. “At the beginning of their illness they are not very contagious and cannot infect others through casual contact such as shaking hands or touching the skin. Also, unlike the cold or flu, Ebola is not airborne, which means it doesn’t linger in the air.” There is really no need for concern over items that have been imported from Africa by people who have never shown symptoms of having Ebola virus.

1.What are the chances that the Ebola virus will spread in the United States? Am I at risk?

Close to zero, according to medical experts.

“The quality of medical care and facilities in the USA and Africa are completely different,” said Thomas Geisbert, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

The areas where the outbreak has spread are “some of the poorest places on the planet,” Geisbert said.

In Africa, medical professionals sometimes don’t have the proper protective gear and over-run facilities are having to turn away patients, he said.

What is the most important thing we can do about this ebola outbreak? Send our prayers and support to those in Africa suffering from this disease. Send our support to the institutions fighting the disease. Another thing we can do is not withhold our support to the artisans throughout Africa who are trying to support their families and make a livelihood. Use careful hygiene practices to keep yourself safe from any contagious disease. Don’t let yourself be drawn into a panic.

While Ebola is certainly a concern and has already claimed the lives of many in Africa, the likelihood of you waking up here with symptoms is extremely low, especially because the virus isn’t airborne.

What shouldn’t be overlooked is the fear factor involved with selling more magazines and clicks to get your attention. Huge headlines describing the spread of the deadly disease and constant updates on suspected cases probably does more harm than good.

Let us keep Africa in our prayers. We are blessed to be in a country with advanced medical care, while others don’t have that same privilege. Lend a helping hand through prayers, financial support to health organizations seeking a cure, and encouragement. Instead of trying to find more ways to isolate yourself from Africa, be a support to those there who need it. Be safe but don’t be overcome by unnecessary panic and fear. Remember the famous quote; “Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you busy, but gets you nowhere.”

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