Expressing gratitude and appreciation

16- Feb2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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Expressing gratitude and appreciation

Expressing gratitude and appreciation is something we don’t usually pay attention to yet it is very important for our happiness.

My upbringing thought me a lot of ways to express gratitude and appreciation.

I remember my mum putting food on the table for me and asking me “what do you say?”. She expects me to say thank you.

I am a first-generation immigrant in the UK and one of the things I have learnt as a foreigner is how many times I have heard people say thank you.

I work in a job that requires me to send and receive a lot of emails. When I am replying to an email, one of the most common words in my email response is ‘Thank you’. I would even say thank you for something that a colleague has done for me.

There are various instances when we need to express gratitude and appreciation.

In the household, we express gratitude and appreciation to one another. In the workplace, we do express gratitude to one another. It could be among friends or in an intimate romantic relationship.

I am a Christian and I cannot tell you more about the fact that God expects us to show gratitude and appreciation to Him. People who believe in God understand the importance of showing appreciation to the universe.

Saying thank you is not the only way to express gratitude and appreciation. There are other ways to express gratitude and appreciation.

We will look at various ways to express gratitude and appreciation in this article.

How to express gratitude and appreciation

Human beings are generally not wired to express gratitude and appreciation. When somebody who has helped you or done a lot of good things does a bad thing to you, it is human nature to hold on to the bad thing and ignore all the good things.

As well, there are a lot of negative things around us which are not helpful to our subconscious mind.

From bad upbringing to life experiences, it’s easy not to appreciate people that have been helpful to us.

When you think deep you will remember people that have helped you through inspiring you to do great things. It doesn’t have to be something magnificent they have done. It might just be that they’ve helped make your life a little bit better. You need to express gratitude and appreciation to these people.

Sometimes it’s kid’s teachers or a bus driver who drop your kids in school. For you, it might be your boss at work or work colleague. Whoever it is, show them appreciation and gratitude.

These are my 7 ways to express gratitude and appreciation.

1. The power of words

I really believe words are powerful and they can communicate our heart. One of the most powerful tools we have to show appreciation is our speech.

A simple ‘thank you’ can do wonders. Use your verbal expression and say thank you to people who help you.

As an immigrant in the UK, one of the most common words I hear in the UK is thank you.

Some of the other phrase to show appreciation and gratitude are

2. Send a message

You can take some time to send an email to show appreciation. We now live in a world where technology is easily accessible. The person you want to show appreciation to will most likely have a mobile phone or computer where they can access either email or SMS message.

Use communication mediums like Whatsapp or similar apps to send a message of appreciation.

You can also send a card accompanied by a written note. This is very common during the festive period when people show appreciation to one another.

3. Give a gift

One of the most common ways to show gratitude and appreciation is to give a gift. There are a lot of gift ideas for showing appreciation.

When you give someone a gift, it goes a long way for them to know the help they offered to you means a lot to you. The gift you give doesn’t have to be expensive.

A flower can be a wonderful way to show appreciation.

4. Have a meal together or meet for coffee

Meeting face to face is a very good way to show appreciation to someone. You can invite someone who has helped you to your house and prepare a lovely meal to be eaten together.

As Africans, we do this a lot. There is an amazing community spirit in Africa. We do invite people to our house to come and have a meal with us.

In the western world, people do this also. One of the most common ways to meet up in the west is to meet at a coffee shop, have a drink and chat.

It is a great way to show appreciation to someone who has helped you.

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30- Jan2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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Cheapest way to call Nigeria (Call Nigeria from UK)

We all love cheap things, don’t we? The most common question among Nigerians in the UK is, what is the cheapest way to call Nigeria from the UK?

The cheapest way to call Nigeria is to use an app on your phone.

Cheapest app to call Nigeria

The cheapest app you can use to call Nigeria is Rebtel.

Back in 2005 when I first arrived in the UK, we used a calling card to call Nigeria. I remember I would buy a card called “TalkHome”. It’s a scratch card containing some codes.

Every time you want to call, you have to dial the TalkHome number, enter the code from the scratch card followed by the Nigerian number you want to call.

I used to hate that process because it was a time consuming and frustrating process.

The card usually cost £5 with a promise of 100mins. Seriously, I don’t think you get 100 minutes from it. It’s very difficult to measure or see how many minutes you have used.

Later on, we got a TalkHome sim card that could be inserted into a phone.

That was better. However, I wasn’t ready to switch my original mobile number for the TalkHome sim card. The solution was to have a separate mobile phone specifically for international calls.

I was still not satisfied with the idea of having another phone. It’s just doesn’t make sense for me to carry two phones. I used to keep the second phone at home and only made calls to Nigeria when I am at home.

When I had urgent calls to Nigeria whenever I was not at home, I was forced to use my normal EE call plan which was very expensive.

I thought there would be a way to call Nigeria cheaply from my everyday phone. I contacted my provider EE for any plan that will enable me to call Nigeria cheap.

They offered me a separate plan which was an add-on to my existing plan. ‘The International: 50 countries’ plan which has Nigeria as one of the 50 countries to call cheap. It would cost me an additional £10 for 500mins.

I thought it was a good deal.

Actually, I was wrong, it was not a good deal for me. Here is the reason why.

I don’t really need 500 minutes in a month to call Nigeria. This means that my unused minutes are gone at the end of the month and I will still pay £10.

As well, there are now a lot of other ways to call Nigeria for free. An example is WhatsApp. The WhatsApp call feature is not perfect but it still gets the job done.

I mostly use WhatsApp to call and only use normal call when there is a network issue on WhatsApp or when I am calling a few people who are not available on WhatsApp.

I wanted something that is “pay as you go.”

Eventually, I found Rebtel which solved all the problems for me.

Why I love Rebtel

Save money

Rebtel offers a credit-based plan which means I do not have to sign up for a monthly plan. A monthly plan is annoying because you are sometimes paying for what you are not using. If I don’t make calls, my credit will still be in my Rebtel app.

Below is a chart that compares Rebtel with other providers in the UK.

Easy to use App

We now live in the age of technology and applications provide a lot of conveniences. Having an app that you can use to manage your credit and call really makes life easy when calling Nigeria or other countries.

VoIP service like Rebtel provides an easy opportunity to make phone calls from their app anywhere in the world where there is internet access.

The easy process of calling.

I remember those days of using call card. Calling now using Rebtel cannot be compared to those days. I cannot imagine some people are still calling Nigeria directly with from their network provider plans when there is an app like Rebtel.

 

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25- Jan2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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What is a blog and how does it work (Beginners Guide to Blogging)

In a world that has become virtual and millions of people spend a lot of their time on the internet searching for one information or the other, blogging has become a great way to earn some extra cash.

Blogging is a great way to make money on the go, especially for people who have something to tell the world. It is like killing two birds with one stone.

Anyone can blog, you don’t have to be a web guru to start your own blog and earn from it.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not rocket science, with a rudimentary knowledge of the internet, an interesting set of topics to discuss and a great writing skill, you can be a proud owner of a money-making blog. 

Even though it is not rocket science, it is also not so easy. One has to be determined and consistent to build traffic and get followers.

As a newbie blogger, don’t expect to start making money as soon as you get your blog started, well except you are a social media star with thousands of followers.

If you are looking to start a blog and earn a tangible income from it, there are certain things you must do that will set you apart from thousands of others who are doing the same thing you are doing. 

How to start a blog

There are some steps you must take to start your own blog and create an online presence, putting you on the internet map for your potential readers to find you.

Decide on a niche

You can’t be a jack of all trades.  Before you start your blog, you have to decide on what you will be writing about.

Your niche should be what a lot of people can relate with because this will help your blog get a good following.

You are not for everyone, so you should not be all over the place. Decide on the theme of your blog and stick to it. The theme of your blog will help you in deciding on a good name for the blog.

   

Get a good domain name 

After deciding on a theme, the next step is getting a domain name. These days, domain names are high in demand and there are a lot of new extensions available. However, I will advise that you get one with the .com domain extension.

If you cannot find one with a .com extension, be careful when choosing other extensions so as not to make it country-specific. 

Also, make sure your domain name is as short as possible. Make sure your domain name is not more than 15 characters and avoid using hyphens. A trick for SEO bonus is to use a keyword in your niche within the domain name.

Once you have your main keyword, you can try a website like LeanDomainSearch to get an idea of the domain name.

Let’s say for example you want to be writing about coffee on your blog.

If you type in the word ‘coffee’ in LeanDomainSearch, the website will give you an idea of words you can have before or after the word coffee.

Choose a web hosting services

There are several great hosting companies but make sure to select the best one for your blog.

Before settling for a hosting account, read reviews on the account to make sure the provider comes with little or no problem.

Most importantly, ensure that your hosting account has a WordPress plugin. 

There are a lot of web hosting providers you can choose from. SiteGround and BlueHost are two of the best out there. This blog (Abundance Aware) is hosted on SiteGround and it’s really been the best decision because SiteGround service is excellent.

If you are just a beginner and want one of the cheapest in the market, BlueHost is the one to go for. If you are thinking long term and want the most robust and reliable hosting service, you can consider SiteGround.

 

Choose Content Management System (CMS)

The next thing you need after chosen a web hosting service is a content management system (CMS).

What your blog is about will influence the CMS that will be best.

For most bloggers, WordPress is far the best CMS. WordPress is free and open-source.

About 30percent of world websites use WordPress. The majority of bloggers use WordPress because it is the best. The major advantage of WordPress is the fact that almost anything is possible on WordPress. 

Because it is open-source, there is a mind-blowing number of plugins available to help you do almost any customization on your website.

The majority of the other CMS are templates and have limitations to what you can do.

WordPress Theme

While setting up your WordPress account, you need to select a theme, i.e what will your blog look like?

There are thousands of themes to choose from, and you can opt for either a free or premium theme.

One of the best ones I will recommend to you is Astra. I use Astra Pro on another website I own. I own another website where I write on another passion I have. Cacao & Cocoa use the Astra Pro theme.

Astra is a simple theme to use. It is a fully customizable & fast theme that you will love.

Within a short period of time, you can create your website because Astra Pro comes with a lot of pre-built templates.

You can get Astra by clicking here.

Install Google Analytics

Google analytics help in tracking your blogging experience. 

Through Google Analytics you will be able to see how your blog is making progress regarding the number of views it’s getting.

Start creating contents

After doing all this, you can now start your writing properly. To garner a lot of followers to your blog, you have to write keyword-focused content and do it consistently.

While curating your content, you must make sure it is engaging and one that will keep your readers coming back for more.

Writing engaging content will boost your engagement and help you rank high on Search Engine Results Pages. 

Decide on a way to monetise your blog

Your blog may not start making money as soon as you’d like but with consistency and smart work, you can build a large following and then monetise your blog.

Monetisation Methods

As a blog owner who has several followers and generates lots of traffic on their website, you can earn real money from your blog through the following:

Affiliate Marketing

This is one of the most common ways for a blogger to make money.

This involves promoting the products of other brands or business and they, in turn, pay you some commission for every client you bring.

Affiliate marketing is one of the best and easiest ways to earn money from your blog.

It is when you advertise a business’ product on your site and get paid for every purchase that is made through you. 

To be an affiliate marketer, having great traffic to your site is not enough, you have to convince your readers to buy the product.

It is usually advisable to not promote products or services you do not use or do not know about.

The sales you make through affiliate links are tracked so the company you are in partnership with could tell how many customers come from you and pay you accordingly.

Advert

Generating a lot of traffic on your blog would attract brands in your niche who want to advertise their business.

You may also consider Google Adsense as it is a great way to start using ads to monetise your blog if you have no brand pining for you.

There are other advertising agencies like MediaVine, Ezoic, and AdThrive.

They do have high requirements. When your blog gets to meet their requirements, you can earn good morning when you get accepted by them. 

Freelance Writing

Being a good writer of a great blog already qualifies you to be a freelance blogger. You can offer your service as a writer to other bloggers, brands, or businesses who find it hard to express themselves. 

Having well-written blog posts on your page would serve as reference points for would-be clients.

Write and sell online books or courses

As a professional in your field and a blogger who interacts well with their followers, you can create and sell courses or books on what your readers want.

If your followers already see value in what you are dishing out for free so they would definitely pay to learn more. 

Offer a consulting service

Sometimes, people want a one on one coaching as regards some things because it provides a more in-depth and personalised experience.

Being an expert in your field, you can offer to teach, coach, or advise your audience personally.

To get the right audience interested in your consulting service, you have to write targeted posts on topics your type of potential clients cares about.

How to boost your web traffic

As a blog owner looking to monetise their blog, web traffic is no joke as this would serve as a yardstick for your blog’s success as well as monetising capabilities.

There are a lot of ways you can increase web traffic to your site.

Social Media

You can leverage social media channels to get traffic to your blog. It is free to open an account on social media channels.

It is now a must for a business or website to have a page on social medial channels like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and others.

You need to be active on social media. You can choose a social media channel that is relevant to your niche. It can be a grind to use all of them so it is better to choose about two and be active on the platform.

Youtube is one of the great ways to get traffic. The good thing about Youtube is that you do not need to show your face if you don’t want to.

Pinterest

One of the ways most bloggers get traffic to their website is Pinterest.

Pinterest is an image-sharing social media platform. What makes Pinterest a good place where people go to find information is the attractiveness of the images on it.

Pinterest is a must for any blogger that wants to drive a lot of traffics to their website.

Guest Post

Make sure to familiarise yourself with bloggers in your niche.

Inviting guest bloggers to your blog will boost your traffic as some of their own members might take an interest in your content through them.

You can also decide to write for other blogs as well as this will have the same effect.

Advertise

As a beginner, this might not be advisable because it can cost a lot of money.

Advertising your blog through paid search can bring traffic to your website. You can put your blog in front of a lot of people by using different paid channels suited to your purpose.

You can advertise on Google or social media channels like Facebook and Instagram.

Use SEO Optimally

Optimize your blog posts for search engines to boost traffic to your site. Make the most of image alt text, use meta descriptions, and don’t forget to create internal links to new content.

All these would boost your content’s engagement and help your blog to come up in Google search.

Use popular keywords

Using popular keywords in your content will make sure it gets seen fast. Make sure to use long-tail keywords as they account for a large number of web searches.

Eye-catching headlines

A lot of great posts go unread because of wacky headlines.

Writing a headline that would pique your reader’s interest is a great way to direct traffic to your site.

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22- Jan2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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Law of Attraction and Christianity

Ever since I came across the law of attraction a few years ago, I’ve been thinking about how it relates to Christianity.

I have been a Christian all my life. I was born in a Christian home. When I became an adult, I had the option to rethink and decide if I should continue in one of the biggest faith in the world or choose another faith.

Choosing to continue being a Christian isn’t really about belonging to one of the biggest groups in the world. For me, Christianity is not a religion but a way of life.

As someone brought up in a Christian home, I was taught a lot of Christian values which are very useful for me now that I am an adult and have my own family.

There are physical and spiritual things in this world.

I strongly believe all the things we see around us did not just come about on their own.

I believe God created them.

The water bodies, the air, the sky, milky way, the wildlife, plants, forest, deserts, and we humans. I strongly believe these were all created by someone who is more powerful than any human being.

This entity is God and HE’s the supreme being.

Stay with me, as I break this further down for you.

God and The Law

As someone who believes in God. I also believe God created the world with the physical law of nature and mental laws.

The most common of God’s laws in the Bible is the Ten Commandments that God gave to the Israelites. The Ten Commandments contain the core principles God wants to govern the people of Israel.

The Ten Commandments was eventually summarised by Jesus to just two sentences in Mark 12:30-31;

  1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
  2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

The major benefit of any law is to maintain order and resolve disputes. This will help improve people’s lives.

In some ways, God’s laws are connected to His promises. When we obey laws, things run smoothly in society. The same is applicable to an individual’s life.

When we consider God’s promises in the Bible, they always have a condition attached to them.

I found the Bible fascinating because the Bible relates to both practical and spiritual.

Some Christians think they can monopolize God by thinking the promises in the Bible are only meant for them. This is far from the truth.

Regardless of your faith, if you meet the condition attached to any promises in the Bible, you can be sure that the promises will be fulfilled in your life.

For example,

Proverbs 22:29, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

That is the word of Solomon, which is also the word of God and it is a promise.

Regardless of race, gender or age. If you are diligent in your work, you will be outstanding.

Stay with me and I will explain why the law of attraction is not in conflict with Christianity and the Bible.

Law of Attraction and Christianity

Following on from the explanation above in the section about God and the law. When we follow God’s instructions and obey His laws, we can attract into our lives whatever we want.

The Bible is full of promises about all subjects of life in the three pillars of human needs –  health, wealth, and relationship.

Whether you want money, happiness or love, you can attract them all if you apply the words of God in the Bible.

In my opinion, the Bible verse that summarises the law of attraction is,

“Jesus looked at them and said; with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

If all things are possible with God, that simply means, when you have a desire and pray about it, it will surely come to pass.

The law of attraction has a lot to do with believing that something will happen. For example, if you want to attract money to yourself, you have to first believe.

There are a lot of Bible verses that support using your mind.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7

I also love where the Bible states,

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” – Mark 9:23

All creation is complete, everything we want is already here in this world.

To think about attracting what we want is not in any way a conflict with Christianity belief.

There is an element of visualization in the law of attractions.

Here is another wonderful Bible verse that relates to getting anything you want by declaring them.

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46:10

And my favourite Bible verse is that which refers to Abraham,

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” – Romans 4:17

Watch the part highlighted in orange colour. That is a very powerful word that can help you attract what you want as a Christian. Things that have not yet existed, you call them to exist.

I am a first-generation immigrant in the UK. While still in my home country in Nigeria, I used to go to my university library to play around with UK universities prospectus. I would look at the colourful prospectus with images of the university environment.

In a way, it was a process of forming the mental image in my subconscious mind. As God would have it, I eventually attracted into my life what I was thinking about and visualizing.

I ended up at a UK university to study for my Master’s degree.

I saw myself in the UK before arriving, then circumstances and people came along to make it happen.

Misconception about the Law of Attraction

The law of attraction was popularized by the movie ‘The Secret’. The criticism I have about ‘The Secret’ is that they made it sound simple as if you can just sit without doing anything and what you want will be attracted to you.

How to make the Law of Attraction work

The simple truth is that the world works on cause and effect. You have to be the cause before you will see the effect.

My opinion might go against what people who preach the law of attraction preaches. I believe you have to also need to put in some work to make the law of attraction work.

The law of attraction is just the spiritual part which is very important. You have to believe, think right. Think about what you want and not what you don’t want.

A lot of people focus too much on what they do not want and they wonder why things are not working in their life.

Everything that happens in the physical world is as a result of things that happened in the spirit.

This is the reason why it is important to first take care of our mind, how we think.

We then need to take action. In my example above about how I travelled to the UK. I did not just sit down and hope UK universities will magically send me offer letters without applying.

In fact, I applied to up to 10 universities and the majority of them offered me a place. I had to think of creative ways to get someone who would sponsor me. And to eventually travel to the UK, I had to apply for a visa.

How to Attract Money

Let’s use an example of someone who wants to attract money into their life.

To attract money, you need to first believe that there is an abundance of money in the world. Trillions of dollars are being circulated everyday, this is the reason why I say there is an abundance of money.

What about opportunities to make money. There are countless opportunities currently available in the world. The good news is that we can not use up all the opportunities to make money. New opportunities emerge every day and every year. The bad news is that you have to find an opportunity to believe in and work towards.

Believe is the starting point, then you need to take action.

I am not ruling out the aspect of using money affirmations and setting a target of the specific amount of money you want.

One of my favourite money affirmation is,

“large sum of money comes to me easily and quickly.”

The most important part of the process is taking action.

Money is not to be won, it is to be earned.

You have to earn it by providing a product or service to the marketplace.

Money is the net product of providing a product or service to the marketplace. To earn money, you need to design a product or service that the world needs. Once you do this, you need to believe that people in the marketplace will pay you for your product.

Anyone that wants to attract money must believe in the fair exchange of money.

It is important to research and offer products the marketplace want.

People often ignore the fact that failure is an important part of success. Sometimes you need to try a lot of things before one of them will work. This is why you must believe in your chosen endeavour.

Successful people always believe in the law of attraction but they put in a lot of work to attract things they want into their life.

The Bible verse that came to mind is,

Proverbs 24:16

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again”

Don’t be scared of failure, try various business ideas and you will see how money will be attracted to you.

 

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16- Jan2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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UK equivalent of Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund

 

After reading the Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins, the question that was on my mind was, what is the UK equivalent of the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund?

I was desperate to get started with my investing journey and I was very interested in starting with Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund.

I contacted Vanguard in the UK and asked them the question. Can I invest in Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund?

They came back and said no, they do not offer Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund in UK.

They told me about the alternative to Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund in Uk which is the U.S. Equity Index Fund.

Looking into US Equity Accumulation Index Fund it has very close to the number of stocks in the Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund. They both have samples of all the stocks listed in the US stock market.

Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund on Trading 212 platform

Recently, I found out that Vanguard US Total Stock Market index fund is available via Trading 212.

Below image is a screenshot of me searching for it on my Trading 212 Individual Saving Account ISA.

Trading 212 is one of the commission-free investment platforms in the UK.

Trading 212 have the exchange-traded fund (ETF) version of the Vanguard US Total Stock Market Index Fund.

If you are interested in the option of Trading 212, you can get a free share if you open a new account and investment minimum of £1. I will also get a free share so it is a win for both of us.

You can invest in the Vanguard US Total Stock Market Index Fund on Trading 212.

Do you want to get a free stock share worth up to £100?

Create a Trading 212 Invest account using the link below and we both get a free share!

Click here to invest in Vanguard US Total Stock Market on Trading 212 

 

VTI vs VTSMX

The main difference between VTI and VTSAX is that VTI is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) while VTSAX is an index fund.

VTI can be purchased for the price of one share. VTSAX has a minimum initial investment. As well, VTI can only be traded during trade during market hours.

Both of these funds invest mainly have very similar stocks in them. It is important to mention that they are not the same price as regards price for 1 unit.

Vanguard US Total Stock Market in for of ETF is available in UK. VTI is available for UK investors on Trading 212.

Invest in Vanguard US Total Stock Market on Trading 212 

U.S. Equity Index Fund

I believe U.S. Equity Index Fund is also a good fund like the VTI or VTSMX.

It is available in two share class

Share Class

Accumulation – If you choose accumulation, your dividend will be automatically reinvested.

Income – As for income option, its the opposite of accumulation. Your dividend will not be automatically reinvested. It will be there in your account to withdraw if you choose to.

Management cost

The management cost is very low compare to other funds.

As at the time of writing the ongoing charge figure (OCF) is 0.10%. You can check the Vanguard website for the latest OCF by clicking here.

It is a passive fund which is the reason why the management cost is low.

Holdings

This fund invests in a lot of the biggest companies like 

  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Tesla
  • Alphabet (Google)
  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan Chase
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10- Jan2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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Facts about Africa (700 Interesting and Random Facts)

As a Black African born in Nigeria, Africa. I have always had a strong interest in things about Africa especially facts about Africa.

Africa is the cradle of humanity. There is a lot of archaeological evidence that supports the fact that Africa is the cradle of humanity.

The fact that Africa is where all human being originates from makes Africa have a lot of interesting and amazing facts.

There are archaeological and fossil evidence from Afar Triangle in East Africa which suggest Africa is the Cradle of Humankind.

My interest in facts about Africa on the various subject led me to compile these facts from various source and put them in a book.

700 Amazing facts about Africa is available on all Amazon marketplace.

                         

Below are some of the facts that make 700 facts about Africa an interesting read.

Extract from 700 Facts about Africa

General Africa Facts

  1. Africa is a vast continent, with 54 countries. Although some confuse the entire continent with being a single country. 
  2. Africa is the second-largest continent in the world. The largest being Asia, of course.
  3. Africa is home to over 1 billion people – half of which are younger than 25.
  4. More than 1500 languages are spoken across the continent. 
  5. Population: 1,415,045,928.
  6. Land area: 30,370,000 km2 (11,730,000 square miles).
  7. Most spoken languages in Africa are Arabic, English, Swahili, Amharic, French, Yoruba, Oromo, Hausa, Igbo and Zulu.
  8. Islam and Christianity are the two most common religions in Africa.
  9. The smallest country in Africa is the Seychelles, which is also an island. 
  10. Algeria is the largest country by area with 2,381,741 square kilometres. It’s the 10th largest country in the world.
  11. Time zones: From UTC-1 to UTC+4.
  12. The origin of the name “Africa” is greatly disputed by scholars. Most believe it stems from words used by the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. Important words include the Egyptian word Afru-ika, meaning “Motherland”; the Greek word aphrike, meaning “without cold”; and the Latin word aprica, meaning “sunny.”

Interesting and Random Facts

  1. Nigeria has seen the most twins born in the world. This has earned the country the nickname “The Land of Twins”.
  2. Eighteen people from Africa have been awarded a Nobel prize. They come from Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
  3. Plastic packaging and non-biodegradable polythene bags are 100% banned in Rwanda. They’re not allowed in the country at all and all luggage are searched at the airport to make sure of this. 
  4. 90% of the world’s malaria cases originate in Africa. Thankfully this is only a problem in certain areas, and there are plenty of safe African countries to visit.
  5. One of the oldest universities in the world is in Timbuktu, Mali. By the 12th century Timbuktu was home to three universities. Over 25,000 students attended one of the Timbuktu universities in the 12th century.
  6. The Second Congo War claimed over 5.4 million lives and is the deadliest worldwide conflict since World War II.
  7. Almost 40% of adults in Africa are illiterate – two-thirds are women. Adult literacy rates are below 50% in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
  8. Over 25 million people are HIV-positive on the continent and over 17 million have died of the disease already.
  9. Arabic is spoken by 170 million people on the continent, followed in popularity by English (130 million), Swahili (100), French (115), Berber (50), Hausa (50), Portuguese (20) and Spanish (10).
  10. The Pharaonic civilization of ancient Egypt is one of the world’s oldest and longest-lasting civilizations.
  11. The northern most point in Africa is Ras ben Sakka in Tunisia. The most southerly point is Cape Agulhas in South Africa.
  12. Rainfall variability is very high – from 0 mm/year in the Sahara to 9,500 mm/year near Mount Cameroon.
  13. Neo-colonialism is a real threat with over 1 million Chinese citizens on the African continent. Angola alone has a population of over 350,000 Chinese.
  14. Approximately 90% of all cases of malaria worldwide occur in Africa, accounting for 24% of all child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.
  15. All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.
  16. Before colonial rule, Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs.
  17. The famous singer Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar, a group of islands just off the coast of Tanzania. 
  18. Nigeria, with a 2013 estimated population of 174,507,539 is the most populous Black nation and the 7th most populated nation in the entire world, trailing after—from least to most—Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, USA, India and China (1.3bn).
  19. Libreville, Gabon is one of the most expensive city in the world to live in. Tokyo is the most expensive city.
  20. Nigeria, with 521 languages has the fourth-most in the world. This includes 510 living languages, two-second languages without native speakers and 9 extinct languages.
  21. The Portuguese reached Nigeria in 1472. In 1880 the British began conquering Nigeria’s south. The north was conquered by 1903.
  22. Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and their bloodlines worldwide have the highest rate of twinning (having twins) in the world.
  23. South Africa is 5 times the size of Japan and 3 times the size of Texas.
  24. Nigeria has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia
  25. The 2006 Census found Nigerians to be the highest educated ethnic or racial group in America.
  26. Nigeria’s population was just 16 million in 1911. It is projected to hit 444 million by 2050, surpassing the US and becoming the 4th largest in the world.
  27. The population of Lagos today is about more than the total population of all Eastern states combined.
  28. Benin Kingdom: The high quality and highly sophisticated bronze work of the Benin Kingdom dating as far back as the 13th century is a world wonder. Great works in iron, wood, ivory, and terra cotta products also highlight the empire’s history.
  29. Benin Kingdom: Lourenco Pinto, captain of a ship that carried missionaries to Warri in 1619, described Benin kingdom, ‘Great Benin where the king resides is larger than Lisbon, all the streets run straight and as far as the eyes can see….’
  30. Pretoria (SA’s capital city) was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius. He named it after his father, Andries Pretorius.
  31. French is spoken by more people in Africa than in France. And Portuguese is spoken by a larger number of people in Africa than in Portugal. 
  32. The largest annual Christian gathering in Africa is hosted by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and it is called the Holy Ghost Convention. This was in Nigeria.
  33. Nigerian immigrants in the US are one of the most educated
  34. Over 55% of Africa’s labour force working in food production with vast areas of arable and pastoral lands supporting agricultural economies.
  35. Africans are one of the biggest contributors to sculptural art. 
  36. Important climatic regions of agriculture in Africa include tropical wet, savannah, desert, Mediterranean, and highland.
  37. Africa has 135 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered across the continent.
  38. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt (200+ pyramids). But the largest pyramid is actually found in Mexico!
  39. Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, is technically bigger than Hollywood.
  40. 100 million Africans have Facebook accounts.
  41. The movie Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, had many of its most dramatic scenes shot in Maputo, Mozambique. 
  42. The Western Cape of South Africa is home to the longest wine route in the world. Route 62 spans 850kms and boasts some superb wineries. 
  43. It’s considered rude to decline an offering of meat at meals in Morocco – vegetarians may have a hard time with this. 
  44. There’s an African beer brewed from bananas. This is widely made in East Africa and goes by various names in different countries.
  45. In rural markets in the province of Limpopo, Mopane worms can be found being sold as food. These are high in protein and the locals love them as a smoky snack.
  46. In countries like Morocco and Algeria, couscous is a popular dish served with meat and vegetables.
  47. In Western Africa, it is common for people to grow and eat cassava, maize, millet and plantains.
  48. People living in what is currently Swaziland were the world’s first miners. In the late 1960s a hematite mine was found in the Ngwenya mountain range along with 300,000 artifacts and stone-made mining tools that were later dated to be 43,000 years old!
  49. Egypt is the most popular tourist destination in Africa, attracting around 10 million visitors per year.
  50. The oldest known mathematical object is the Lebombo bone, which was discovered in the Lebombo Mountains of Swaziland. It dates to approximately 35,000 B.C.

 

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02- Jan2021
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Aldi Super 6 this week

In my household, we have been passionately looking forward to the Aldi super 6 this week.

Not only this week but every week we eagerly wait for what Aldi is offering in their grocery shoppers favourite Aldi super 6.

We’ve been a huge fan of Aldi since we found them about 7 years ago. Feel free to check out Aldi Super 6 Offer this week through the link below.

You can also stay with me and read about my view on Aldi weekly super 6 offer.

 

Why I love Aldi Super 6 Offer

Before we found Aldi, we used to only shop at the other bigger supermarkets in the UK. If you are reading this and you are from the UK, you know the other bigger supermarkets I am referring to.

One of the major reasons why we love Aldi is their Aldi Super 6 weekly offer.

Health Eating

Aldi Super 6 which is mainly fruit and veg has really helped us to increase our fruit and veg intake. It has a huge influence in my household healthy eating.

We have been able to use it to encourage our boys to eat more fruit and veg because its cheaper to buy.

Saving money

Thanks to Aldi for this offer which has saved us a lot of money. Aldi normal price is cheaper than the other bigger supermarkets. Their super 6 makes their fruit and veg even more cheaper.

I just love Aldi for saving us money in our grocery budget. Aldi super 6 is almost half of the price of what other large supermarkets sell their fruit and veg. This makes it worth it to shop at Aldi.

Why I love shopping at Aldi

It is a delusion that the big supermarkets are better because you will be able to find absolutely everything you want from them.

When we found Aldi, we realise that they actually have everything we need for our weekly grocery shopping.

We soon found out that what makes the bigger supermarkets big is the fact that they have too many brands or types of one item.

For example, you want washing up liquid. At bigger supermarkets, they might have five types of washing up liquid. While Aldi might have just two types.

Personally, I prefer Aldi because it’s easier for me to choose between two rather than other large supermarkets where you can easily get confused and require big brainpower to make decisions.

At small supermarket like Aldi, you can do your shopping very quickly in some cases when you need to do small shopping. At bigger supermarkets, you have to walk long distance inside the shop if you are looking for few items for quick shopping.

Aldi do regularly have offer of various homes and kitchen items which usually comes at very cheap prices. You could get fitness clothing or accessories at very cheap prices a lot of times.

Sometimes it could be a seasonal product that you get at the right time and for good price.

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