Wednesday, July 1, 2015

See Popular and Sophisticated Dishes from Nigerian Cuisine

Nigeria is blessed with a lot of tasty and mouthwatering meals. Though some meals are peculiar to certain culture and people, it has grown to become a popular meal that is widely consumed by various tribes because they have come to fall in love with it. Let’s take a look at some of the mouthwatering meals below!

·         Asun (barbequed goat meat)

What do you think of goat meat, diced, grilled, and then mixed with spices and pepper? You will definitely love this; it has never failed in pleasuring the tongues. For a fun evening, it is usually the best chop to munch with cold drinks blending with the peppery sting. 

·         Edikang Ikong

Edikang Ikong soup is a popular meal in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states of Nigeria. The soup is very nutritious, geared up with a generous quantity of pumpkin leaves and water leaves, good for replenishing the blood. It is sold in virtually all “Calabar Kitchen” across Nigeria. The soup is best combined with “Fufu” or pounded yam. Enjoy!

·         Abacha (African Salad)

Abacha or African salad as it is also called is a traditional meal which originates from the eastern part of Nigeria. Prepared from cassava which is boiled till it softens then shredded, it is usually garnished with a lot of traditional leaves and spices that make it taste great!So if you find yourself in Imo, Delta, Warri or any other eastern state, be ready to try and enjoy this meal.

·   Pounded Yam with Efo Riro

This is a generic meal that cannot really be pinned down to any tribe, but it is mostly agreed to be the food of the western Nigerians, especially in Ondo. The Efo Riro soup (vegetable soup) is usually cooked with variety of assorted meat and fishes that adds flavor. Though the soup can be combined with other swallows, most people prefer the pounded yam, hence the delicacy. It is easy to find in restaurants in any part of Nigeria.



Ofe Nsala soup, also called White soup, is common in the riverine areas of Nigeria andmostly consumed by “Ibos”. Though not white in color, it is called white soup because oil is not used in the preparation. Meat and fish is usually used while preparing and its taste is similar to peppersoup - it can be sipped and enjoyed alone.

·         Banga soup
With different versions of the soup, it tastes great all the same – whether you are taking the Delta or Ibo version.It is made from palm fruit, which is boiled, and then the juice squeezed out to prepare the soup. The soup is widely enjoyed all over Africa and it’s called different names by different groups.

Ewa Aganyin

This is another dimension of beans preparation, distinct from the usual beans porridge. The beans are cooked till very tender, then mashed together, with the stew prepared separately. Though it is a very oily cuisine, the tang is definitely worth all the extra calories.

·    Gbegiri& Ewedu

Gbegiri soup is a Yoruba (Western Nigerian) soup prepared with beans. The taste comes alive when you mix it with ewedu and stew, which is why it is mostly served with these two. The combination of the Gbegiri, Ewedu Soup and stew will surely delight yourtaste buds. You can get this delicacy in local restaurants around when you get to Nigeria.

If you have not tasted any or all of these meals, then you are missing out!Which of them is your favorite?

Monday, June 29, 2015


Enrollees at one of JARUSHUB training sessions

Unemployment is a such a huge problem in Nigeria that a large proportion of people who claim to be 'employed' cannot be said to be gainfully employed.

One Nigerian startup that has been doing a lot to stem the tide of this negative trend in recent times is JARUSHUB . The outfit has Suraj Oyewale popularly known as 'Jarus' in social media circles as head coach. He brings-in his brilliant insights of Corporate Nigeria into coaching fresh graduates and young professionals on how to get high paying and attractive jobs in Oil and Gas, Consulting, Banking and other sectors of Nigeria's economy.

Taking this further, JARUSHUB has launched a career academy where graduates and professionals looking for career advancement will be put through what is described as a "5-week course where employability and career improvement lessons are taught. "

The course has 2 variants:

1. JCA GRADUATE CLASS (JCA GC): This is for students, corps members and fresh graduates who are still unemployed or underemployed. This class is essentially focusing on EMPLOYABILITY.

2. JCA PROFESSIONAL CLASS (JCA PC): This is for people that are already working but wish to improve their careers. Essentially, the goal here is CAREER ADVANCEMENT.

Knowing Jarus and his track record of providing great value at his coaching sessions some of which I have attended, the JCA is definitely a course I recommend to graduates and professionals that want to take huge leaps forward in securing great jobs and enjoying career advancement.

You can learn more about these courses by clicking here.

Maramoja Adds Okadas to its Taxi Hailing Service in Kenya

You might know Uber, the app that allows you hail a cab at a low price. Maramoja is one of its rivals in Kenya and has added Okadas to its service offerings which makes sense with Nairobi's notorious traffic.

In Kenya, Okadas are known as 'Boda Bodas'. I wonder why they don't just make it 'Boda', it would save them and  me a lot of time because I had to type it twice!

Read more about the service by visiting the company's website here.

Anyway, I am thinking if Nairobi can do it, its bigger brother, Lagos can take it to the next level in terms of deploymnt and acceptance.

What do you think?

BlackBerry Wants to Make Bacteria Free Phones

This is a welcome idea that is good for the struggling smartphone maker...

BlackBerry considers bacteria-free phone

BlackBerry may design a bacteria-free smartphone as it bids to become the secure mobile choice for the health-care industry, chief executive John Chen said.

The Canadian mobile manufacturer is partnering with ThoughtWire and Cisco Systems to provide nurses and doctors in a Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital unit with a portable messaging and alert system. BlackBerry declined to disclose how much it is spending on the project.

Medical equipment in patient rooms, including mobile phones, can carry bacteria through the hospital, said Aviv Gladman, chief medical information officer for Mackenzie Health.

Gladman said that medical professionals are supposed to wipe their phone with alcohol before entering and exiting a patient’s room. A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that about 20 to 30 percent of germs transfer between a phone and a fingertip.

— Bloomberg News

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Awesome Travel Quotes to Inspire You to Explore The World

The world is surely a beautiful place and one awesome way to learn about the different places out there is to actually travel. You don’t have to wait till you can afford to see other countries or continents, start by visiting even the nearestcities to you.

Book a place to stay anywhere in Nigeria and explore the amazing landscapes and cultures in the country. Do you need a nudge towards getting your bags and exploring?These quotes will definitely inspire you.

Why Travel?

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous 

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”
– Hans Christian Andersen. The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

 “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Self-discovery and the world around us

“Travel far enough you meet yourself” –David Mitchell

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

"You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby."

"One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things." -- Henry Miller

“Everything you're sure is right can be wrong in another place” -- Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible." 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St.Augustine

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world” – Freya Stark

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things” – Henry Miller

“Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature” – Freya Stark

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Exciting, Funny
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmache

“When you come to a fork in the road….take it” – Yogi Berra

“Knock Knock! Who’s there? Tibet! Tibet who? Early Tibet and early to rise!” –

Scoop it