Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
19 Sep 2019
9:36 am

Nigerian food, with that extra spice, is always twice as nice

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

In West Africa, it seems, if it's not spicy, it's not food.

Goat roll, salt and yaji shrimp and plantain beignets. Picture: Vhahangwele Nemakonde

Travelling to Nigeria taught me that not only is Nigeria rich in culture, but also prides itself in its food, with its dishes consisting of spicy meat and jollof rice. Nigerians love their meat, and this was problematic for this South African who, though she ate meat, also wanted her greens. Nigerians, it seems, prefer to see their vegetables in soups that also feature fish. Their meat is heavily spiced, as anything but will be seen as "bland", according to a Nigerian woman who told me she had suffered during her visit to "bland" Kenya. If it's not spicy, it's...