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Street Food: Feeding A Nation

Street food vending is a human phenomenon which dates back to Ancient Rome .  The urban poor purchased food  on the streets because they did not have kitchens in their homes. Today, from  New York to Hong Kong and from Delhi to the streets of  Lagos,  there is no question that  as people are on the move,  convenient access to meals is an important feature of  everyday living.

All across Nigeria, the business of preparing, cooking, selling and hawking the variety of delicious food items available is very much a bustling human enterprise. It provides a living for a large number of men, women and children. It is also a ready source of nutritious, affordable food on the go, for a nation of over a 150 million people.

For many Nigerians going to work at the break of dawn or crawling back tired and exhausted later in the day, street food is a necessity and quite frankly one business that really knows no “class”. Rich or poor, in a fancy car, or not , everybody has their favourite roadside vendor selling any of the specialities: Moimoi, Akara,  Dundu, Boli or delicious beef Suya.

Moimoi ( Steamed Bean cakes)

Moimoi  Seller- Lagos ( Steamed Bean cakes)

The iconic Suya sticks- organic barbecued beef steaks seasoned and spicy

The iconic Suya sticks- organic barbecued beef steaks seasoned and spicy – usually an evening treat found in every city in Nigeria.

 Boli (Roasted ripe plantain)

Boli (Roasted ripe plantain)

Akara sellers- Osu Junction- Ife-Ibadan Road. (Bean cakes)

Akara sellers- Osu Junction- Ife-Ibadan Road. (Bean cakes)

Fried Sweet Potato and Yam with choice of barbecued Gizzard and Turkey Wings

Dundu-Fried Sweet Potato  Yam with choice of barbecued gizzard and turkey wings.

A laborious, tedious job, street food cooking and vending takes time and effort. These men,  women and young people who slave away preparing  our Akara, Moimoi, Boli, Suya and Dundu deserve our kudos and deepest appreciation.

More than many politicians in expensive offices,  these food vendors in Nigeria, keep the nation moving. In many ways these men and women sweltering in the heat for hours, sustain the energy of human activity which oils the wheels of  this nation.



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    January 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    True talk. Nothing beats street food, not only does it fill the belly – it keeps you grounded andt directly impacts your ability to see beyond yourself.

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      January 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Yes o Funke. Street food rocks and Niaja has plenty! My favourite is Dundu and peppered gizzard!

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    ogute chris
    November 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    If youve never toured to southern coast part of kenya,then oga!,this is the time to cme n enjoy Ithe pure life….we have pure madafu,cocoanut,warm sandy bathing along the coast karibu kenya.

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      January 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Sounds like the Southern coast of Kenya is Packed full of wonderful sights and sounds Chris! Thanks for visiting. Maybe send some pictures of the beauty of the landscape. Will google and read up a bit more…

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        January 30, 2017 at 4:37 am

        Super exiectd to see more of this kind of stuff online.

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          February 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm

          Hi Dany. I’m inspired to keep writing content which for me is exciting. Cheers and thanks for the visit.

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