14 THINGS EVERY NIGERIAN MUST TRY

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                                                          Kajuru Castle Kaduna

If you are a Nigerian, then you must try these at least once, and if you an expatriate with an extended stay in Nigeria, then dive in…immerse yourself in the beauties and tastes of Nigeria:

1: Eat Abacha in Enugu: Just about every South-Eastern State lays claim to making the best Abacha – African salad, but polls have consistently shown that Abacha from Enugu State (by the way, I am not from Enugu, so there is no favoritism here) is uniquely appetizing and indescribably appealing. Some have confessed to forgetting their first names after a sumptuous plate of Abacha richly infused with the ‘iridescent’ flavor of ogiri okpei in Udi, Enugu State.

                                A plate of Abacha prepared with local black beans (akidi) and fish  
            
2: Enjoy the heart-warming taste of Gbegiri: Oyo people lay claim to this exquisite Yoruba soup, which has been touted to have the power to make any man start singing wedding songs. So ladies, if the man in your life is Yoruba…take a hint!!! Gbegiri is made from mashed beans cooked in potash, flavored with seasoning, and embellished further with palm oil, onion and iru, with lumps of meat/fish jumping up and down in praise before their final execution in your mouth. When served with hot Amala…walahi!!! You will confess.

3: Delight yourself in pounded yam and ofe Owerri (Owerri soup): Arguably the finest and most extravagant soup in the whole of Africa, and I dare say in the world. Richly garnished with meats of all sorts, particularly shaki, beef, stock fish (okporoko), smoked fish, cocoyam paste, uziza, okazi and several other mouthwatering ingredients, Ofe Owerri leaves you utterly mesmerized and abundantly filled. You have got to add this to your to-do list!!!

4: Enjoy the mouth-filling satisfaction of Kilishi: Kilishi is small but mighty – a small piece enlarges graciously in your mouth with every satisfying and spice-releasing chew. The jury is still out as to which State makes the best Kilishi in the North. Kaduna and Kano claim the title, so I will let you, the reader decide this one.

5: Experience the natural beauty of Yankari Game Reserve: Yankari remains Nigeria’s answer to Kenya’s safari. Home to the largest elephant population in West Africa, and an abundance of lions, hippos, and buffalos, roan antelope among other animals; Yankari is a breathtaking oasis of wildlife that you have to see for yourself.

                                         A herd of zebras grazing at Yankari game reserve

6: Savor Point and Kill Catfish pepper soup in Onitsha: Yes I said it…Find yourself a decent canteen operating in a shack overlooking River Niger and exercise your supreme powers over the life of that poor fish. One point of your finger and it will be methodically prepared and committed to eternal glory in the ‘bowls of your stomach’. Point and kill is heavily spiced with pepper, onion, utazi, ground crayfish, maggi etc. You are better off experiencing this with friends! There is no better place to savor Point and Kill than in Onitsha.

7: Drive up the Obudu Hills and experience the splendor of Obudu cattle ranch: Now a thriving resort, the ranch itself is believed to be one of the few surviving legacies of British rule. Now run by the Cross River State government, the resort is one of the finest get-away spots in the country and region at large. Winding roads up the Obudu hills, cascading waterfalls, exquisite hotels and diners nestled in the hills, pristine wild life habitats, spas and swimming pools and cable cars are just some of the many treats that the resort has to offer. This has got to be on your bucket list as a Nigerian!

8: Treat yourself to Edikaikong soup: Perhaps the mother of all soups! Edikaikong is a healthy assemblage of vegetables – waterleaf and pumpkin leaves doused in a tasty and tantalizing swamp of assorted meat, okporoko, smoked fish, periwinkles, onions, pepper etc. When served with pounded yam or semo, you are likely to forget your home address after a dose of Edikaikong. When you are in Calabar, make sure you treat yourself repeatedly to Edikaikong soup.

9: Happily destroy a plate of Tuwo Shinkafa: This is certainly the king of Hausa cuisine…the Lord of the rings in Northern Nigeria, food wise. Mashed soft white rice dipped in soup, usually miyan kuka or miyan taushe (soups). Miyan taushe is an orchestra comprised of assorted meats, pumpkin, roasted groundnut (peanut) paste, tomato paste and palm oil.

10: Send a procession of Ewedu soup down your throat: Ewedu soup is a catalyst! It serves as the joiner; the one that holds the stew and the Eba or Amala together, while at the same time paving way for a smooth and seamless journey down the throat and into the abyss of your stomach. Ewedu leaf is the ‘epicenter’ of Ewedu soup. Plan to stage such procession along the alleyways of your throat the next time you are in Yorubaland!

11: Immerse your stomach in the delight of Affang soup: Although some folks from Cross River State will argue that they make better Affang soup…based on research, this one goes to Akwa Ibom people. This soup is an energetic collaboration between the powers of Affang leaf, water leaf and Okazi, aided by the flavors of ground crayfish, maggi and palm oil and supremely capped off by chunks of beef and ‘luscious’ kanda (pomo)!

12: Visit the Lekki Conservation Center (LCC): This is one of those rare finds you may never know existed in Lagos. LCC is a refuge of largely aquatic animals, tilapia, crocodiles, tortoises, monkeys and several birds in a pristine setting on the Lekki Peninsula.
                                                       The Lekki Conservation Centre

13: Retrace the path of slave trade at the Black Heritage Museum in Badagry: Relive the plights of slaves shipped out of Lagos by immersing yourself in artefacts and historical records that depict the grueling experiences of slaves centuries ago.


                            From  Black Heritage Museum Badagry  

14: Explore the wonders of Kajuru Castle in Kaduna: This is a hidden gem; an epitome of magnificent architectural masterpiece located on the Southern outskirts of Kaduna. Kajuru castle is modern castle of European design built in the 1970s. This scenic location will take your breath away!


Written by:
Victor Chinoo

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