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Popular Nigerian Foods and their Origins


Food is needed for man’s sustainability and existence. It is
therefore important to be aware of both its usefulness and its origins.
In Nigeria, there are many foods we claim as our indigenous meals and we
are unaware of their origin. Here are a few Nigerian foods and their
origins:

Jollof Rice
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Jollof
Rice is one meal popular in West African countries, and a cause of
supremacy controversies. One of the main Jollof rice rivalries between
Nigerian and Ghanaians is whose country’s rice tastes better. Jollof
rice for most of its faithful eaters is traced to Sengambian region that
was ruled by the Jolof Empire.
Fried Rice:

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This
is a Nigerian party favorite. It is a popular street food in Asia.
Small restaurants, street vendors specialize in serving fried rice.
There is no contemplating whether or not it is a local dish, Fried rice
can be traced to Chinese origin invented sometime within the Sui
dynasty(589-618Ad) in the city of Yangzhou in the eastern Jiangsu
province.
Coconut rice:

Photo: Sisiyemmie

To
prepare this simple dish, you would have to soak it in coconut milk and
the end result can cause you to bite your tongue. It is believed to
have its origins in the south Asia and Latin America regions.
Potatoes:
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Popular
for both its leaves and tuber, it has been claimed by Nigerians to be a
member of staple foods. Potatoes originated from Peru, Southern
America, and same with sweet potatoes whose origin is traced back to
South America and Central America.
Corn Soup:
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It is locally found among Afemai people in Edo state, locally known as
“Omi Ukpopka”, this meal can be traced to Native Americans.

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