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Yul Edochie Sums up all Enugu is known for.

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The politician, actor, husband and son has given an idea to strangers and friends his on instagram,  the essence of the Eastern capital state.

The actor who posted himself practising what he is preaching. Announced to fans that the beautiful City of Enugu has just a thig it is known for, and that is the legendary eastern delicacy known as Okpa and a humble bottle of coke.

Reposted from @yuledochie – Enugu (042) is a beautiful city.
Can’t come here without eating okpa, with coke.
Wetin you gain??
😁😁😁 – #obyorijiblog – #regrann

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Christmas with True Thompson is hands down the very best — Khloe Kardashian

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Khloe is in her feeling with True around this Christmas. The mother of one is realising a new level of love she never knew could be possible. Every day spent with True is considered a blessing by khloe.

From @khloekardashian – ☾ I have always looked forward to our annual Christmas Eve party but this year was hands down my favorite!! True, you make everything so much more precious and memorable!! I will forever love and remember our custom made GORGEOUS party outfits by @monicaivena!! Thank you @janellermiller for helping my vision come to life! ☾ – #regrann

From @khloekardashian – ✩ Christmas 2018 ✩ oh what a fun night ✩ Mom you get prettier every single day!! ✩ My friends are pretty cute too 😝 ✩

From @krisjenner – Khloé you look like a fairy Princess!!! GORGEOUS Khloé with precious baby True…@khloekardashian #stunning #memories #family

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Extinction: Thousands of Lions, Leopards and Elephants killed by humans summed up.

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@jemu_mwenda – A LIE IN:

KILL TO SAVE
Am only a few years old,but one of the injustices i have found with us humans,is when we place money in the hands of people to get a right to kill an animal,Not for anything else but to satisfy our ego.With all the greed and rapacity with men,it’s channel of benefiting off the blood of innocent beings,Drowned in prejudice and ego the killers carry away the “skulls” don’t assume I don’t know they call it trophy,to hang in their walls that reminds them of their commitment to increase the extinction of species.

The members of a species that are strong,healthy and carry strong genetic traits are targeted,Loads of cash paid and trigger pulled to bring them down,to the hunting firms and it’s affiliates they regard the returns support conservation precisely the communities,something I utterly disagree.Hunting for these reasons is one of the ways to prove mans crookedness and his inability to correctly handle what he was mandated to protect.

The only justice for sport-hunting would be if the quarry itself received the cash and sighed to die to save others,which isn’t possible.Their rights and justice being held in the hands of those who claim to own them.In the 19ths century there where hundreds of rhinos roaming and they thought careful introduction of such a sport would be fun,animals would just be shot at and their ferocity due to the pain of bullets and arrows gave them titles as the “big five”

Now today I and my colleagues wake up everyday to watching these last two Rhinos known of their kind.Ashamedly even as of now this vice of hunting still continues,Having witnessed the dark side of extinction I wish such people could swallow their ego and stop killing a being that can never defend itself.When you pay that money and pull that trigger,you undermine the rights of their existence,apparently their justice will be spoken in ways unheard by us! And it will be fatal.
May the Trophies on their wall hang to ashame and always remind them that they are murderers.
The greatest shame on a man/woman is when one has to kill a voiceless being to quench their ego,how would a human dare to prove ego to an animal literary.
*my thoughts
#sundayreflection

 

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Nigerian fishermen, the most under appreciated emergency response team.

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On the food chain of occupation in our society (depending on the society in question), fishermen are not always given the high and significant spots they have very well come to deserve, due to their peacefully subtle, availability and constant provisions of a very significant part of our food nutrient as humans. While they don’t make mllions and billions at every trip they make like the tech and other businessmen, they save many lives with their delicious varieties of sea foods. It is no longer news that these fishermen do whatever it takes for seafood to arrive at various markets at different parts of  the world.

Some  of these important men and women  who are into the seafood industry in the developed countries do concentrate on only easily providing their customers and communities with fresh seafood, due to the fact that a very structured emergency responds team on/in water has been created by the strata of the Governemnt they have come to trust and rely on over time. But what about their counterparts and colleagues in the NIGERIA, who have been called upon by the same line of aquatic duty, but over the years have not been doing only that to the country/community? I’m not even going to go into the extent of rescue these men carry out on a daily basis that go unnoticed or unappreciated by the people and government.

The Nigerian system is said to be failing its people every single day in so many ways, with the elected few that are so called leaders, only knowing how to steal the country money to better their lives and the lives of their families for years  from generation to generation. Nobody cares about the commoners in this part of the world. People basically fend for themselves from birth to death living in abject poverty and never coming hope for a better tomorrow.

They go into politics when they want to grab the country money for their own family, and better their lives,  It has been known to be the final and quickest  way to reach the Country’s treasure and make a fast money to Opress the poor and buy up the remaining police men that the earlier thieves have left for us. Néed I remind you that the policemen of this country have all been employed as personal body guards to the high and influential men and women of this country, and their family members, that the country’s commoners/masses are left with only a few to guard them, or even extort them when their help is needed. The politicians, a certain class of clergy men, who have made it to Forbes from this country, ELLE you that everybody is out to get the masses.

But them again, While the package of payment made for Nigerian policemen is ridiculous and largely disgusting, which explains their need to constantly collect bribes to put food on the table of their family members, they are offered more by the individual employing them, then the uniform and force. With countless problems weighing down on the pride and people of this nation, no one is even considering the safety of sea users. The Nigerian body meant to do that, NIMASA is said to have no concern In your safety, as they squander the money cut out for these things and no one seems to call anyone to book around here, leaving sea safety and rescue for these fishermen who only came out of their homes to catch some fishes and sell to put food on the table of their households. These men have had to undertake unbelievable tasks of helping crash, suicide, and occupational hazard victims in this country without a single appreciated directed their way. When these same politicians give a pencil to the masses, they come along with camera/press crew to the pictures and make videos so that the world will appreciate them, and let them continue staying on that spot to continue to stealing money from the country’s treasure.

These fishermen are said to know  not only the terrains of these unclean water body this country is centered in, but the spiritual side of these waters. They are men and women whose significance to the masses of this country have gone underestimated for decades. They physically care and come to the aid of masses than all government of this country put together have ever done.I am going to single handedly begin the need to have a ‘fishermen’s day‘ here in this Country called NIGERIA, I just wonder which day suits these brave men and women in the seafood industry enough to be allocated to them. For you all my esteemed readers, I am open to suggestions please. Thank you and looking to hear from you.

 

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A black spaghetti makes its way into existence.

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While some part of the world battle hunger and chronic starvation, some other part have surpassed that terrible level of insufficient basic facilities and are now playing with ideas and norms. It is no doubt that the world is used to a specific colour of pasta and its relatives, which doesny mean that thete arent other colours. But someone somewhere is bored of this normal colour and had decided to make a change, and the only colour they thought it wise to change it to, happened to be black . Introducing a black spaghetti into the market trying to cause a shift in the pasta world. I honestly don’t particularly like it, but I have asked some guys and they kept and open mind and decided that it is something they are Willing try. But not me, I like my food basic.

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Actress and ROK Ceo Mary Remy Njoku locates a dried snake amidst her pile of crayfish.

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It is no news that different aquatic organisms are found in a pile of crayfish. Which is the reason why many people carefully pour it out in a tray and pick out the unwanted aquatic animals in them before trying to consume them.while many see various things in it, it is however rare to find a dried snake in it. Which is what Mary Remy Njoku found while feeling targeted by the crayfish community. Well Mary,  no one is attacking anyone from any realm. This is bound to happen to anyone at any point. We are only asked to be careful out there. Some people will consider it a bonus finding a snake in there. Ask the snake eaters what they think about that coincidence.

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Inmate escapes from prison, to get some home cooked meal and alcohol.

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If he is not the most innocent minded inmate ever, I wonder who is. An escaped inmate who was craving home cooked meal while serving time, was apprehended while trying to sneak back into the prison with food, alcohol and other prohibited item.

According to @NYDailyNews, a rancher working in a property near the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont told police that inmates from the facility were escaping and using his land as their escape route.
The tip led the police to set up cameras around the area in question for evidence.

Police saw a vehicle pull up on the property and drop a duffle bag off around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday. An hour later, an inmate was seen on camera running to get the bag, and then dashing back towards the prison.

By the time Joshua Hansen, 25, returned to the facility police were waiting for him with cuffs in hand.
Joshua never got a chance to eat any of the large trays of home-cooked food that were in the bag. There were also a three bottles of brandy, one bottle of whiskey, several bags of tobacco, packaged snacks and fruits.

To think that he didn’t even get to enjoy his home cooked meal. He has since been charged as they look out for more inmates.

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The reason why responsible Nigerians abroad always want to know when some is coming over

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The Nigerian food has been the topic on so many lips in the last five years now, with Nigerian Jollof rice heading the committee.  While Nigerians are only just accepting the foreign goods like the Chinese and Mexican recipes and restaurant, the world is doing the same thing to our food, but at a faster pace. The Nigerian food is something that sticks to your mind forever, the spices, the delicious tastes, the filli ability, the reminder of home, where the heart is, and even the mere fact that you are eating he Nigerian good, no matter where you are. While Nigerians are dispersed all around the world, looking for a greener pasture, they always look for ways and time to come across a Nigerian food,or even its ingredients. While Nigerians abroad are expected to send money back home, they expect food items in return. Tit-for-tat right?

Over the years, Nigerians have gotten so used to making request from any Nigerian coming to visit the Country they reside, that they now ask for things that can actually be bought in that foreign land. So many have come up with the explanation that it is a lot cheaper in Nigeria, than their resident country.  Recently, it has gone from Nigerians themselves, to other people who are just proudly interested in Nigeria and her culture, down to women who have been married to a Nigerian, and are adopting the culture like it was there’s.

Last thanksgiving, I read a post of an African American man in the U.S, who said he had known the list of expected thanksgiving food like the back of his palm, which has been the same all through his childhood and some part of his adulthood , but the moment he got married to his Nigerian wife, his mother in law changed every single belief he had about American foods. He moved his food love to African foods, thereby Permanently turning himself into a Nigerian food lover for life.

While many Nigerians dread the thought of having to consume the weird tasting, fatty foreign foods when they live abroad for the whole time, they do their best in transporting as much Nigerian foods as possible. While they leave the a plea to anyone that anyone coming to visit. Asking them not to forget to get them a new batch of food stuffs, and food ingredients while coming. The ties the Nigerians abroad have with their fellow compatriot when it comes to food arrangement , is incredible. It is a bond that only food can cause. The Nigerian food might not be the healthiest, but these foods have memories attached to them, and they all have what they mean to each and everyone of us. Some Nigerians now carry a hand luggage that is filled with fried groundnut while traveling to their country of residence.  A lot of us might think that  it is something you might think is so simple to come across in a foreign land, but it isn’t that accessible. So when next you are visiting a foreign country from Nigeria, ask that friend or family members you know are residing there, what they would love for you to get them. You just might be their savior at that point in time. All the Eba lovers out there, who complain about all the Cost of African foods. I wonder who they survive.

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Recipes for my delicious Christmas and New Year Traditional snack.

Chinchin

 

So guys, Christmas and the  new year celebrations are gradually coming to an end, but I must confess that while I am writing this, I am chewing on my traditional chin-chin and meat snack. A lot of people in the Southern part of the Nigeria, are not aware of the festivity tradition  in the North, for obvious reasons,all  families are expected to make their very own snacks and drinks, so they can serve the visitors and neighbors who come around to visit. Being brought up in the North, I embibed the tradition so well, that I have been known to be the chin-chin master of my family.

Now staying in Lagos state, I realised that they buy everything here. I didn’t really experience the chin chin in the air smell era that signified Christmas, like in the North. They are all about ram meat, beer and food. So today, knowing that my Northern people are professionals in the chin chin world, I am Going to assume that the recipe  that I am about to share, will be more appreciated by the Southern people. Otherwise, I stand corrected.

Chinchin
Chinchin

I have added a few secret ingredients to my recipe, which makes my mine, a better tasting snack. *Not trying to brag* I love me some sweet tasty snacks. So let us see mama’s recipe.

                      INGREDIENTS

Flour

milk

sugar

eggs

Two bottles of pineapple flavour (foster Clark)

ginger

butter

nutmeg

Water

Preparation

.  Pour in your flour in a clean dry bowl

. Mix your flour with some butter gently and well, untill the moisture becomes homogenous

.  Add your sugar and milk to the mixture and mix really well.

.  Peel your ginger and roast you nut Meg, grind both of them,  till they are very smooth,      pour them into your dough.

. Break your eggs into the mixture and mix.

. Pour in your water in little quantity, making sure that you don’t ruin it with water.

Mix everything together properly even though they have all been mixed in previously, because I have used too many of the world ‘MIX’.

To know if your mixture is perfect, your dough becomes a big lump, it cleans up  the bowl, taking up all the particles and making them a big lump. making sure that no dough is left out of the whole  dough,

That Won’t be your responsibility. If the mixture is correct, You will have it happen all by itself.

. The next step will be to set your pot of oil on the fire, and allow it to get really hot .

. Reach for your dough, and cut out a small chunk of it.

. Place it on a flat surface and knead till it is all flat, and ready for cutting.

.  Reach for your cutter, and cut to your desired shape. Sprinkle a little dry flour on the surface before placing the dough, and another on the dough after cutting, to prevent it from melting back into a whole.

. Drop a few first of all in to the hot oil, as the first batch is always known to be the scapegoat. Stir them continuously to prevent it from sticking to the pot, until it turns golden brown.

. Get a metal sieve and scoop them into it, to let it drain oil while cooling .

.pour it out onto a try for a better cooling, while a batch is poured into the oil.

Practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to try even if it doesn’t turn out right.

Rememeber that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, take that step today.

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Here is a substitute for the sugary Nigerian drinks for school kids.

Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.

I am not sure why Nigerian  parents give out huge sum of  money to their kids in primary schools for lunch. They will always have their reasons, but I am not in support of that.

Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.
Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.

 

I belief that at that age, kids shouldn’t be exposed to money, talk more of huge sums like N500 for lunch in one day. What exactly do you think your child will eat for lunch in a day, that will cost him/her N500? You don’t start things like this, and after the child has gotten use to it,later on in life, you wake up and decide to stop. When I was in primary school, Lunch were made for us from homes. Mothers were actually doing their career and family duties. Giving out money required  very special occasions, and the amount never got up to N500.

Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.
Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.

Exposing your child to money at such a tender age, takes away their innocence as kids. Are you doing it because someone you are trying to be like, is doing it. Are you doing it to show that you have a wealthy family, there by sending out the wrong messages to the parents of your kids friends? Trying to create a gap between you and  the parents who can’t afford handing their kids N500 every day as lunch money.

Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.
Healthy Zobo drinks for kids.

You see kids buying expensive things.  when asked, they say it is from their savings. When a 5 year old tells you that he/she has saved up N10000 from his lunch money in a month, then  it immediately becomes clear that something is wrong with that picture.

Coconut, tiger but and date juice
Coconut, tiger but and date juice

Parents today belief that all they need to do it to give birth. And afterwards, have the school and community train the child on their behalf. They are now the so called ‘working moms of our generation’, that they think what their kids lack in motherly attention, they can make up for, with huge sums of money to buy whatever they want.

Coconut, tiger but and date juice
Coconut, tiger but and date juice

When I was undergoing my National youth service Corp(NYSC), I was attached to a primary school where I thought 18 subjects to kids. I got to see kids who just got weaned, start school. I became a morning soothing mother to some of the babies. For their parents to escape peacefully, they hand the kid to the Corper (me), before running away.

@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice
@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice

The moment these kids take their first shaky step, *needing their teachers to carry them almost all day,* they get enrolled in school.  These kids are still  very much attached to their moms, that when ever they are about to be dropped off in school, they literally cry so much, that it lasts so long even after assembly is over.

@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice
@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice

The parents hand a thousand Naira note to kids who have not even started saying a word of speech yet, kids who stick money into  their mouth, their lunch boxes have food and all kinds of sugary drinks in them. These kids stay from 7am- 4pm all day. When these kids cry, A sugary  drink is plugged into their mouth, sending them to immediate  silence.

@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice
@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice

All kinds of sugary and unhealthy drinks are flooding the shops and kiosks that sell kids lunch. My Boss once tasted one of these juices that came in a cute bottle shaped nylon, and it was incredibly sugary, that my headmistress started regulating the way the school kids bought it.

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@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice

She sometimes made them drink water after break, just to flush it off their systems, just in case they had gone behind her back to purchase it.

@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice
@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice

Before  these kids get to the age of 8, they become clearly obsessed with sugary junks. Nigerian kids are becoming so over weight these days, that I wonder who their pediatrist are. It is highly alarming and disturbing to see that wealthy kids  are so fat, while the kids of the others are so thin. Child obesity has taken over the Nigerian society, but parents see it as a good sign that their kids are living a wealthy life.

@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice
@saziz_kununaya tiger nut juice

Dear Nigerian parents, they  are not your specimen. You are damaging these kids, stretching their skin at such a tender age. Making up for your absence with extremely sugary foods, and drinks, is not what a mother and father should do to their kids. While you are away at work, they miss you  as a human, not the badly sweetened things you buy them.

SUBSTITUTES..

you can substitute  the soda, and very sugary drinks your kids take on a daily basis with healthier drinks like our locally made:

. Zobo, Kunu, and soya beans milk, tiger but juice with date palm and coconut.

These drinks all have their recipes flooding the Internet. So recipes for making them, can never be a problem to you Dear Parenst and guardian. You put in the amount of sugar you deem fit, and know thAt you trust the ingredients you are exposing your children to. Don’t trust all that company ingredients.

The unhealthy and extremely sugary foods, unhygienic street food, and un supervised food that these kids consume daily, can be changed. You  make them chin-chin, puff puff, amongst many other snacks, which now one again on are very much aware of the individual ingredients you have used. These things have their recipes flooding the entire internet, waiting  for you to try your hands on them. These may look like I am talking only to the Nigerian Parents, but it is not true. Other countries can out all of thes by themselves as well.

Involvie your kids in physical exercise and sop encouraging an unhealthy life by saying “this was how I was as a child, she  will lose the weight while growing up”. You clearly don’t excercise for you to have said that to a growing child. Don’t dampen their confidence by having their mates call the, fat all the time.

I remeber having a girl in my class back then, who was always coming to report on person or the other who called her fat. These kids might not tell you envy thing, but teachers see everything. So please, don’t leave every training for the teacher who is only doing the best she can, while being underpaid for the excessive work he/she does. Do you part Dear parents and guardians. Stop calling the police when teachers discipline your kids. We have been spat ding the rod and spoiling the child in this country for some decades now. The old leaders won’t act appropriate, while the young are not being brought up properly.

Stop feeding junk to your innocent kids who rely on you, to make right decision on their behalf, before they become independent.  Everyone can lose weight no Matter who you are. Stop saying the kids look like you because your parents made their own mistake of not helping you lose your weight as a child.

Dear Nigerian parents, help these kids.

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ObyOrijifood: The Incredible Okra Soup.

Okra Soup

Thinking of Making the incredible Okra soup? This was how I did mine. Although  It is Paramount to state that I am not particularly a fan of anything okra, it is only sensible that I learn to make it. You never know when okra soup will be needed to save a life.

ingredients

okra

uziza leaves

pomo

Calamari

cray fish

crabs

pepper

shrimps

seasoning cube

stock fish

dry fish

palmoil

white or red meat

salt

onions.

Okra Soup
Okra Soup

 

 

 

 

 

Preparation

— Heat palm oil in a dry clean pot, when hot enough, add some diced onions to the hot oil, causing it to simmer.

… In a separate pot,  Boil the well seasoned beef, adding seasoning cube, onions, salt to taste, and pepper to drive someone crazy, leaving them to cook for thirty minutes.

… Pour your diced okra into the pot, and stir for thirty minutes.

… Pour in your meat stock(the water gotten from boiled meat), allow to boil, and add your shrimps, crab, meat, calamari into the pot.

…. Add your sliced Uziza leaf, and put off the gas .

Eat with swallow of your choice.

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ObyOrijifoods: How Nigerians turn their left over Sunday rice to Jollof on Mondays..

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Being a Proud Nigerian, it is only fair that we share our rich culture with the people from Other Countries, who have been interested, watching, and impressed with us from afar.

Photo: Rice and stew (Getty image)
Photo: Rice and stew (Getty image)

On Sundays in Nigeria, Majority of its citizens have it all, at the back of their mind to prepare rice for the family. While some frugal ones prepare just the right quantity that will all be consumed for lunch. Nothing is as unpleasant as going to the pot after lunch hoping to get  more, and you meet a washed pot instead.

Photo: Jollof rice (Getty image)
Photo: Jollof rice (Getty image)

The rest just go with the “I might have visitors” flow, where they cook with the assumption that an unplanned or unannounced guests might show up to check on them after the church service. And since feeding a guest is a vital part of our culture, we cook for unseen guests,friends,ancestors, anyone who might want to drop by unannounced.

Photo: Rice and stew (Getty image)
Photo: Rice and stew (Getty image)

After the family finishes their portions meant for lunch and at the end of the day, no guest showed up, that leaves the rice still in the pot, what then happens? This is what Nigerians do to it.

Photo: Jollof rice (Getty image)
Photo: Jollof rice (Getty image)

Since Nigerians mostly eat swallow (a mold of blended cassava or yam or wheat, mixed with boiling water to form a semi solid paste, consumed with any soup of your choice) at night, with the excuse that  they hate to repeat the same thing they had for lunch during dinner, the rice is warmed for the  night, to prevent it from going bad. The next day, while kids prepare for school and parents prepare for work, there is an easy way to convert the rice into something different and more exciting for the family.

Turning your Sunday white rice and Stew into Monday Jollof.

.Get an empty pot, place it on the fire,  scoop some spoons of stew into it, depending on the quantity of rice you have, adding meat, fish,stockfish, dry fish, snail, any e.t.c.

.Dice your onions and garlic into it, add your seasoning cube, salt,curry, theme, rosemary, Bay leaf (the best ingredients for Nigerian jollof) into it.

.Add a little water to the pot, since the white rice is already done, stir and add salt and seasoning to taste. Add a big scoop of pepper (We love pepper a lot).

.pour in your rice, and allow to boil for 10 minutes. Adding  vegetables of your choice.

There you have it, breakfast is served.

Photo: Jollof rice (Getty image)
Photo: Jollof rice (Getty image)
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And then an indigenous Nigerian Christmas tree emerged.

Plantain Nigeria

We know we love to eat in this part of the world, we are proud of it to a very great extent, and we equally love to show it. This is the reason why instead of the non edible Christmas tree seen every where in the world, that basically has it sparkling ornament all over it, we just went for one of our favourite things in the Country.

Plantain Nigeria
Plantain Nigeria

Plantain is one thing Nigerians are proud to say they don’t import. We are sometimes dumfounded by the number if things that get imported in this Country, but Plantain is never one of it.

So when I saw this beautiful Christmas plantain tree, or Plantain Christmas tree (not sure what it is called), it was clear to be how important plantain is to this Nation.

The love for it has made up come up with new ways to always consume it.

.friend plantain (Aburika eyereye)

.roasted plantain (Boli)  and sauce, with groundnut,fish, or pomo

.plantain flour for baking and frying puff-puff

.plantain porridge

.GizzDodo ( a delicious meal of plantain and gizzard mixed in a porridge form)

. Beans and Plantain

.Jollof rice and plantain (My fave)

.plantain and pap

.Combine (friend plantain, akara, potatoes and a pepper sauce)

Plantain Nigeria
Plantain Nigeria

All these amongst others that I am not familiar with. For this reason, we have every reason to convert out plantain to a Christmas tree.

Long live the Federal Republic of Plantain lovers. Merry Christmas.

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Humanity need: What to do with your Sunday left overs in Nigeria.

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Hi Guys, so since many readers of Oby Oriji blog aren’t from Nigeria, I will let you know what a typical Nigerian Sunday food looks like. Before advising my Nigerian people on what to do with their leftovers.

In Nigeria, a none written and oral rule has existed for as long as anyone can remember. Since half of Nigeria’s population are Christians, there is a huge attendance of church services on Sundays. After that, they are known to gather as a family to consume the famous Nigerian rice. They come in various ways depending on the part of the Country you find yourself.

On Sunday in the Northern part of the Country, White rice is boiled and eaten with chicken, goat meat,beef, ice fish or dried fish, offals or stockfish stew. Theses could be combined with fried plantain, boiled beans and eggs. Since fresh vegetables are grown in the North, the Northerners normally eat their rice with Spinach, lettuce, cabbage, Ugo. In the south, there is a high consumption of Nigerian jollof rice a.k.a party rice. Some eat Jollof with the ultimate ingredient (Bay Leaf) present, others have it garnished with carrots, green peas and beans,amongst other basic spices. Visit My friend sisiyemmie.com to access her various recipes for a delicious Nigerian Jollof.

But today we will look at how to handle leftovers in our homes. In Nigeria these days, a lot of families, especially kids go to bed on an empty stomach while keeping it a secret. Families that have, can always help families that don’t. It is equally a tradition to have most Nigerian kids eat rice for lunch on Mondays which is as a result of the over flow from Sunday. But we are very much aware that it is not every household that has kids to help consume the left over rice the next day. For those who are stuck with their left over with no babies to take them to school and consume.

This is the category we are dealing with. For the sake of humanity, you might not have the non sufficient (‘have nots’) come up to you to share their challenges with you, or embarrassingly ask her food out of their pride.

So if you look around you carefully,paying attention to details, you will see that a lot of Nigerians are suffering. So please, don’t give your leftovers to your over fed dogs,cats pigs, or over fed kids, there are a lot of humans who need it to survive. Take away packs (Take out plastics), are everywhere you can think of in the Country, and even flooding in homes that eat out. Use them to package the leftover rice neatly with or without meat, and give out the plates of food to these needy people in the neighbourhood.

While doing it, please try not to take pictures and videos to prove to the world that you are being kind and generous to the needy. It is between you and God, let him pay back your good deeds his own way. You should know that it is not between you and social media users who you are hoping to get likes and follows from,like some well known celebrities. Do it in the secret, no one needs to know.
Hand the filled plates to the needy humans in your community, streets, or neighbourhood and leave them alone. Don’t pull out a phone for a quick snap or video. That is how you can handle your leftovers after Sunday, or other times you have more than enough to eat. Help the poor out there, and stay low key.

Image Source: Getty Image of Jollof rice

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