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As we celebrate #WorldFoodDay, let us drool on our Nigerian food and appreciate what we got but a little about #WorldFoodDay, shall we?

The theme of World Food Day 2019 is “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”. It focuses on tackling global hunger, due to globalization, urbanization and income growth, our diets and eating habits are changed.

In the way our food systems currently work, from agricultural production to processing and retailing, there is little space for fresh, locally produced foods as staple crops such as cereals take priority. Intensified food production, combined with climate change, is causing a rapid loss of biodiversity.

Today only nine plant species account for 66% of total crop production despite the fact that throughout history, more than 6000 species have been cultivated for food. A diverse variety of crops is crucial for providing healthy diets and safeguarding the environment.

So what is a healthy diet?

A healthy diet is one that meets the nutritional needs of individuals by providing sufficient, safe, nutritious and diverse foods to lead an active life and reduce the risk of disease. It includes, among others, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains, and foods that are low in fats (especially saturated fats), sugar and salt.

Nigeria is a fertile ground for fabulously delicious delicacies. From the east, west, north and south to virtually every corner in-between the country, rich and flavored delicacies.

Let’s talk about our vegetables and soups you can eat with just about anything

Egusi soup

Is widely consumed in Nigeria. Ingredients used in preparing the soup include melon seeds, red or any desired meat, seafood, fermented beans, a variety of green vegetables and onions. 

One thing I love about egusi is that it can be prepared in different ways.

Egusi soup can be served alongside Eba (I prefer white eba with my egusi anyway), Pounded yam, fufu and semo.

Egusi is also nutritious and well garnished with vegetables, protein etc

Efo Riro

Is a mix of green leaves (Efo Shoko or Efo Tete), meat or chicken or shaki or smoked fish. Efo Riro is a Yoruba delicacy originating from Western Nigeria.

Like egusi, it can be served alongside Eba, Pounded yam, fufu and semo.


Made with local Afang leaves and water leaves together with dried fish, meat and snails, as well as seasonings. Although it originated from South-southern Nigeria, Afang soup is now enjoyed across state borders in Nigeria and also in the diaspora.

The meal takes about an hour to prepare, and is often served with Pounded yam, fufu and Garri.


Mostly eaten by the Yoruba people, especially people from Oyo state, but it is appreciated by other ethinc groups.

Best served with amala and gberigi.


This soup is made with ground Ogbono seeds, with considerable local variation. The soup is made with stock fish, palm oil, vegetables, grounded ogbono seeds, iru, seasoning and ofcourse pepper. You can add whatever you want, maybe chicken, beef, snail, cowleg, snail, etc.

I absolutely love ogbono. You can eat Ogbono with any swallow pf your choice

Okay, now go to other delicious delicacies and drool

Ofada Rice our local rice from a place in Ogun state. What makes it special is its unique flavor, aroma and its special stew.

Most Nigerians will jump with excitement at the sight of Ofada rice and stew filled with diced ponmo and soaked egg


Roasted plantain (could be ripe or unripe) eaten with groundnut or pepper or palmoil strew and fish is one heaven. It is very tasty and a delectable popular snack.

It is mostly eaten and well prepared in Port Harcourt. You can revamp your boli with grilled chicken or turkey too

Ewa Aganyin

Is made up of cooked beans and pepper sauce, well known for its softness and tasty sauce. Every Nigerian beans lover is crazy about Ewa Aganyin and it can be served with bread or yam.

This food is best prepared by the Egun people and perfect with agege bread

Jollof rice

Nigerian Jollof has gone to war with many nations and always come back undefeated, if you can prepare a tasty jollof rice you are a champ. Ingredients include rice, onions, tomatoes and a variety of spices. It can be served with vegetables and desired meat, chicken or fish.

Jollof rice is commonly served on special occasions and at social events.


This is one of the best breakfast you can have and goes well with bread or pap. In the south, it is known as Akara while in the North it is called Kosai.

It can be gotten very cheap from roadside food vendors. It can also be prepared at home for family and friends.

Moi Moi

Sister to Akara, it can be made with egg, crayfish, corned beef, onions, and sardine to give it that added taste.

Moi Moi can be served with other Nigerian dishes or eaten alone as a snack. Best enjoyed and prepared in local moimoi leaf

Tuwo Shinkafa

Is translated from Hausa language meaning – Mashed Rice. It is the go-to-side-dish for many Northern soups such as Miyan Kuka, Miyan Karkashi and even Okra soup in many Hausa-speaking communities.

It is usually served daily for lunch or dinner.

Pepper soup

Is among the nation’s favorite dishes due to its intensely spicy flavor and the variety of meat, fish or chicken that can be used to cook it.

The broth is rich, with aromatic spices, pepper, ginger, garlic and onions to give it that unforgettable taste. If it isn’t peppery then it’s just a soup


This is a popular Ibo delicacy prepared from spiced cow leg marinated in a richly flavored sauce of Utazi leaves and palm oil.

For people looking to have a nice outing, a meal you can take as the African equivalent of an appetizer would either be – pepper soup and a dessert could be Nkwobi. You’ll likely find them well served at Igbo kitchens in major Nigerian cities.

Abacha and Ugba

Are known as African Salad and it can be eaten as a meal or snack. Many people eat it as a meal because it fills up your stomach just like any other meal.

This meal is well-known and very popular in the Eastern part of Nigeria, among the Igbos, and they love it.

Garri and  ice water.

The combination gives a kind of fulfillment that only a true Nigerian can understand. Ijebu garri that slaps with ice water can be enjoyed with groundnut, smoked fish, coconut and fried fish.

Nigerian foods are simple and easy to make, you can google recipes for whatever interes you

Here are other picture you should enjoy and maybe get yourself some but don’t forget the #worldfoodday isn’t about you alone, take a time out to feed the hungry and the poor.



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