Igbokwenu!! Hello Friends, hope you’re enjoying this beautiful month of May, the weather is nice, the people are nice and it appears wedding season is around the corner. I have made a visit to the Eastern Part of Nigeria for this instalment of #cooknigeriachallenge. Nkwobi is spicy crowfoot. Yes you read that right, Potash is used to curdle palmoil creating a delectable Igbo delicacy.  (more…)

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image credit: thisisafrica.me

Chigozie Obioma’s book  ’The Fishermen’, is one I will never forget. His, his ability to imprint an image in the mind of the reader is not matched. He has been called the ‘son of Achebe’, I have to agree. Obioma had imprinted the image of mad-man Abulu, and I think I will need a purgative to get him out.

Obioma tells the tale of a young family. Four brothers left to themselves after their father’s work transfer began to entertain themselves. They became fishermen against all sound warnings. Ater one encounter with the town’s mad man, havoc ensues in their family. One statement from a man declared insane turned brothers into enemies and children became strangers to their parents.

Abulu, the madman, told Ikenna the first son that one of his brothers will kill him. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as he became obstructive at home and antagonistic to his brother. Boja his younger brother took this behaviour personally, and the conflict reached a boiling point. The death of both boys was an inevitable occurrence as a result of Ikenna’s desire to accept the ramblings of a mad man.

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credit: http://fidesnigeria.org

I have often joked to my family and friends that if I were to marry a Nigerian man he may likely be from the South/South Eastern parts of Nigeria. Why? I haven’t the faintest idea. However, I recently came across an article by Vera Ezimora where she satirically discussed the issues that may arise when Yoruba’s and Igbo’s become one in marriage. In Vera’s case, she is an Igbo woman married to a Yoruba man, I nodded and laughed at some of the items on her list, you can read the article here. Lo and behold, after watching the video below, I realised that there are subtle cultural differences which are able to wreck unnecessary havoc in homes, satire aside.
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