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.
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.