7 Interesting Facts About African Traditional Religions

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African traditional religion refers to the indigenous or autochthonous religions of the African people. It deals with their cosmology, ritual practices, symbols, arts, society, and so on.

Because religion is a way of life, it relates to culture and society as they affect the worldview of the African people.

There is a lot to learn about African traditional religions, and a lot of interesting facts to explore. We share 6 interesting facts about African traditional religions.

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1.It’s Highly Dynamic

African traditional religions are not static but very dynamic, largely because they are constantly reacting to various shifting influences such as old age, modernity and technological advances.

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2. They are Based More on Lived Traditions

African traditional religions are not so much based on faith as they are based on lived traditions. This is seen in the fact that they are more concerned with rituals, ceremonies and lived practices, than they are with doctrines and belief systems.

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3. Concerns For Health, Wealth and Procreation are Central To The Core of African Religions

It is because of this core concern that African traditional religions develop institutions for healing, commerce and general well-being of their own practitioners, as well as adherents of other religions.

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4. It’s Not Based on Conversion

A practitioner of African traditional religion is unlikely to attempt to convert a non-practitioner into his/her religious beliefs and practices. They simply believe in living their faith and attempting a peaceful coexistence with others who are of differing religious traditions that live among them.

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5. Women Play Key Roles in This Religions

African traditional religions have very profound internal gender relations and dynamics. Women, as well as men, play key roles in African religions as there many female goddesses, priestesses, diviners and other figures revered in African religious traditions and practices. The reverence of women, as well as men, in African traditional religions is so profound, that many feminist scholars have used these traditions as reference points to advocate for the rights of women in African societies. For indigenous African religions, the role of gender is complementary in such a way that a ‘confluence of male and female forces must operate in harmony’.

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6. It Provides Strong Linkages Between The Life of Humans and the World of Ancestors

As a result of these strong linkages, African religions provide a platform for humans to maintain constant and symbiotic relationships with their ancestors. These ancestors are understood to be intimately concerned and involved in their descendants’ everyday affairs.

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A Candomblé priest (babalorishá) dances during the ritual ceremony in honor to Yemanjá. IMAGE CREDIT: Jan Sochor Photography

7. Traditional African religions have gone global!

The Trans-Atlantic slave trade led to the growth of African-inspired traditions in the Americas such as Candomblé in Brazil, Santería in Cuba, or Vodun in Haïti. Furthermore, many in places like the US and the UK have converted to various traditional African religions, and the importance of the diaspora for these religions is growing rapidly. African religions have also become a major attraction for those in the diaspora who travel to Africa on pilgrimages because of the global reach of these traditions.

There are quite a number of revival groups and movements whose main aim is to ensure that the tenants and practice of African indigenous religion that are threatened survive. These can be found all over the Americas and Europe.


I Have Visited Over 30 States In Nigeria – Michael Balogun, CEO, Tour2Nigeria

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Michael Balogun is one of the few tour operators in the country who has experienced tourism in two different worlds: Britain and Nigeria. Of course, you cannot compare the tourism space of both nations. Thankfully, Balogun aggregated all his tourism experiences in Britain and invested it in establishing Tour2Nigeria-which has been organising tours to different Nigerian destinations. In this interview, Michael Balogun speaks about Tour2Nigeria, challenges of Nigeria’s tourism industry, his top 5 destinations for Christmas and much more. Enjoy

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Please tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Michael Balogun, CEO and Co-Founder of  Xtrm Tours 2 Nigeria Ltd, a tour packaging company. I spent a couple of years in London and the experience of their tourism sector ignited my passion. Together with my friend Mr Kole Majekodunmi, co-founder of Xtrm Tours2Nigeria Ltd, we were able to give this ignited passion an expression. In Nigeria, we felt we could replicate the same experience in terms of selling the memorable experience to tourist and the rest they say is history.

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Source: http://www.tour2nigeria.com

Can you tell us more about Tour2Nigeria? What does your business have to offer intending travellers?

Xtrm Tours 2 Nigeria Ltd is a registered company here in Nigeria. Tour2Nigeria’s main objective is to make the brand a one-stop shop and hub for everything tourism in Nigeria. Also, the core of our business is to promote inbound tourism in Nigeria and in the process help to create employment opportunities as well as promote the image of the country to encourage foreign investors. We have been using our platform to showcase both the Tourism, Cultural & Art aspect of Nigeria. We believe in giving our clients a memorable experience with our tour and customer service.

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Longest Canopy Walk in Africa is located at the Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos. Source: http://www.tour2nigeria.com

How many Nigerian states have you visited? Can you share the most exciting and exciting experience? Any weird experience?

I have visited over 30 states in Nigeria. My most exciting and weird experience will be during a private tour of the Lekki conservation centre, and it was during the Canopy walk which is the longest canopy walk in Africa. I have a slight phobia for heights which I had warned my client about. Halfway through the canopy walk, I heard my client telling me, “Michael, do you know you have been saying a lot of prayers and cursing at the same time?” It was hilarious when we got back on the ground because I thought I was murmuring all that inside my mind. That’s another thing about touring and visiting new places that I find exciting, it lets you push yourself beyond your comfort zones at times. You do things, you didn’t think you could; despite my fear of heights I have taken that canopy walk many times.

As an experienced tour operator, how much should an average Nigerian budget for a tour?

With our research and survey, among other factors like the minimum wage in Nigeria, I can say that it can range from about N10,000 to around N100,000. However, a tailored tour can be programmed around whatever budget you have in mind.

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We all agree that Nigeria is a beautiful country. Despite this, some Nigerians still prefer to visit Dubai, Paris, Seychelles and London among others for their vacations. What do you think can be done to encourage Nigerians to tour Nigeria?

Nigeria is a beautiful country blessed with so much history, historic sites, landmarks, festivals and culture, not forgetting the culinary aspect too. We have everything here to make it the biggest and best destination hub in sub-Saharan Africa. The major challenge we have had over the years has been the attitude of the government towards the tourism sector due to the focus on oil and gas. There is a need for  DMOs (Destination Management Organisations) to be set up to take full charge of destination branding and creating awareness. These countries like Dubai spent billions of dollars to get to where they are today. Take a look back at Dubai in 1985 and see how far they have come to be one of the biggest destinations in the world.

In your opinion, what are the problems or challenges of Nigeria’s tourism industry? What do you think can be done to fix these problems?

The travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries with a global economic contribution (over $7.6 trillion in 2016). Our biggest problem in Nigeria is not even the security or infrastructural challenges, but issues of politics, putting square pegs in round holes. We need to have the right people at the helms of affairs in this sector. A lot of efforts too is required from the owners and managers of these resorts and destinations. With the power of the social media, we don’t have any excuse not to do more. Hopefully, our leaders and people in the tourism sector would soon come to a realisation of the importance of the tourism statistics and how much the country is losing out on in terms of revenue and its effect on our GDP.

Based on your experience, do you have any advice for travellers, travel bloggers or any person that might be aspiring to tour Nigeria?

The best advice I can give anyone travelling to Nigeria is to have a clear and an open mindset and make the best of the moment while in Nigeria. This is the best way to enjoy your travel to our beautiful country, Nigeria and indeed to anywhere in the world. For those aspiring to be a travel blogger my advice for you is to give the best opinion of your visits and not just write to drive traffic to your blog.

Can you give us your top 5 Nigerian destinations to visit during Christmas?

Depending on your location within the country: Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, Ikogosi, Lekki Leisure Lake, Agodi Gardens and Calabar Carnival.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to become a tour operator?

A genuine passion for Tourism is the first step. I mean, you should have the passion for bringing culture/history to life. You must be determined and be able to exercise a lot of patience. An excellent interpersonal skill is also a step in the right direction.

Jury Appointed for the Nigeria Travel Awards

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Lagos, Nigeria, January 25, 2018— The organising committee of the Nigeria Travel Awards, organised by Jumia Travel, has announced the appointment of Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as a jury member for the 2nd edition of the Awards. Others include Michael Balogun, CEO Tour2Nigeria; Babatunde Onibudo, MD Pearlwort Hotel; and Omolara Adagunodo, MD, Jumia Travel.

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Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)

The jury’s decision will contribute 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% will be from the public through a voting process.

Meanwhile, the award ceremony which was slated to hold today January 25th has been postponed to Thursday, February 1st, 2018. According to the Head of PR & Marketing for Jumia Travel, Olukayode Kolawole the change of date will provide ample time for more people to vote.

There 7 categories to be awarded include: Customers’ Favourite Hotel 2017, Customers’ Favourite International Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveler’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Nigeria 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Nigeria 2017

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Ibis Hotel Ikeja

The nominees for the Customers Favourite Awards are: Ibis Hotel Ikeja; Golden Tulip Festac; Federal Palace Hotel & Casino; Southern Sun Hotel & Towers; Owu Crown Hotels; Greatwood Hotels LTD; Newland Luxury Apartments; Citiheight Hotels; Pearlwort Hotel & Suites; Southern Sun Ikoyi; and Park Inn by Radisson.

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The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite International Airline are: British Airways; Turkish Airlines; Ethiopian Airlines; Air France; Etihad; Emirates; Egypt Air; & Rwandair.

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The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite Local Airline are: Medview Airlines; Dana Airline; Arik Air; Air Peace; Azman Air; Overland Air; and Aero.

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The nominees for the Best Travel Blog/Website are: TVP Adventures; Unravelling Nigeria; Travel With A Pen; EatTechTravel; Social Prefect; Irinajo; Naija Adventures; Khalid, The Workaholic; and Naijanomads.

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The nominees for the Best Business Hotel are: Ibis Lagos Airport; Pearlwort Hotel; Eko Hotel; Radisson Blu Anchorage; Rockview Hotel Classic Abuja; Presken Hotel & Resorts; Ibis Lagos Ikeja; Hampton Suites; Hotel Seventeen; and Tahir Guest Palace.

The awards aim at promoting Nigeria’s tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

In Nigeria, vote here.

Follow the Awards conversation on social networks: #JumiaTravelAwards2018

4 Popular Cultural Festivals in Africa


With Africa’s diverse array of cultures and spectacular picturesque locations, it is not surprising that Africa is home to some of best cultural festivals in the world.

Here are 4 popular cultural festivals in Africa:

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1.AfrikaBurn, South Africa

This is considered to be based on the popular US festival called the ‘Burning Man’. AfrikaBurn is considered the continent’s most alternative arts festival and it takes place in the Tankwa Karoo, an arid semi-desert area that’s located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Everything that happens at the festival is really up to the creativity of the participants as they are given the leeway to create their own art works, their own music and their own performances. It’s such a great festival because of this dynamism; you have no idea of what to expect each year but you are guaranteed a memorable experience. It generally occurs annually between 24th to 30th April.

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2. Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Morocco

This is an exciting musical festival that happens each year in the medieval city of Morocco. The festival presents a blend of lovely sacred music from around the world. You can expect everything from the whirling dervishes from Turkey, dancers from Bali and chanting Sufi mystics from Iran performed in breathtaking venues like centuries-old regal palaces and atmospheric garden courtyards. It typically occurs annually between 12th to 20th May.

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3. Zanzibar International Film Festival

This festival is widely known as East Africa’s largest film, music and arts festival. It takes place every year in the stunning island of Zanzibar and involves the screening of films from around Africa in venues across the island. An awards night is organized on the final night of the festival to round up the series of events that took place from day one, with exciting musical performances to liven up and create a carnival like atmosphere.

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4. Lake of Stars, Malawi

This festival has actually been named one of the world’s best by the UK Guardian newspaper. The Lake of Stars is a musical festival that takes place on the stunning shores of the Lake Malawi. It features the presentation of local Malawian music by local musicians played with bands and DJs from around the world. It explores a wide range of music from electro to Afro-pop, and while enjoying the lovely and entertaining music, one can enjoy a swim in the lake, relax on the sandy beach or get involved in one of the festival’s community projects.

Six Tips For Saving Money This Christmas

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There is a whole lot of spending that is done this Christmas. By the time the New Year arrives, your account is probably red. But the festive season need not drain your finances as there are always ways to save money during Christmas. Here are some of the ways:

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1.Create a shopping list
Shopping doesn’t have to be expensive if you only buy what you require. So, create a shopping list with items that you need, instead of items that you want. This helps you to avoid impulse purchases and keep track of your budget and the cost of each item. Do not forget to attach a price to every item.

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2.Don’t overbuy food
Some people think Christmas is the time of the year where food is available in abundance and you eat as much as you like. As such, you splurge on food. While this may be true, you will probably be left with more food than needed.

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3. Start shopping now

There is no time like the present. Start shopping now so that you can spread out your budget over two or three salary months. This way, all purchases are quite manageable.

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4. Shop online
This is a great way to take advantage of a wide variety of great deals. Instead of going to the mall in your area in search of the perfect gift and at the right price, shop online and let your gifts be delivered.

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5. Give homemade gifts
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that remind you of each other and not by how much they cost.

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6. Share the cost of Christmas
If you are hosting a Christmas party, why not make a potluck where everyone comes along with anything of their choice. With this, you will be able to reasonably manage cost.



The South East Society of Professionals (SESOP) has launched the NdiIgbo Values Initiative (NVI) as an ambitious project to change values and the orientation of citizens in the South East geopolitical zone, primarily, and Nigeria in general. NdiIgbo Values Initiative took off at a ceremony held in Universal Hotel Enugu on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.


The NdiIgbo Values Initiative is a philosophical framework encapsulated in graphic reminders to pass on critical messages drawn from Igbo cosmology and values.


NdiIgbo Values Initiative, according to Michael Orekyeh, Convener and Programme Coordinator of SESOP, is a clarion call on the Igbo to return to the values that distinguished them and set them on the path of progress and civilisation in the past. It is also a compass to values that would enable the Igbo to manage the challenges of living amid the complexities and the changing political and socio-economic realities of Nigeria for today and the future.

Mahansa performing at the event

He stated: “There is an evident discard in the guiding values and ethics in Igboland. The internal guiding principles of Ndi-Igbo which we inherited as a culture from our forefathers have been eroded by our degenerating self-centred (not selfless) behaviours and aggressive love for money, which can be traced as a psychological after-effect of the Biafra War. And these values are sliding down an apparent slope and going from bad to worse, leaving a worrisome future for our future generations which must be corrected by efforts from as many quarters as possible”.

Amarachi Atama, an Igbo Poet, performing at the event

The values are the work of a 14-person committee. Members include Obi Asika, Benedict Okafor, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Anne Addeh, Mr. Chineye Mba-Uzoukwu, Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido, Ngozi Nonyelu, Chika Omeje, Ifeoma Ngozi Malo, Apollonia Okuzu, Nneka Ezeugwa, Odinaka Ugwuozor, Obi Uruakpa.

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Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido, one of the active members of SESOP, stated that the NdiIgbo Values Initiative targets all Igbo, home and in the Diaspora as a borderless race and group not bounded by geography. “The core target are the 65% youth demographic but also post-war generation, most of whom never heard of or experienced the initial renaissance of Ndi Igbo in Nigeria”.

Ume-Onyido added, “Igbo professionals are driving the NVI based on an awareness that we have collectively failed to speak out on behalf of our under-served masses. It also draws from a generation of Ndi Igbo who are willing to embrace more comprehensive perspectives/explore solutions of pre/post-war issues that affect us as a people.”


SESOP said it would distribute NVI posters, handbills and flyers to reach Ndi Igbo through towns unions, clubs and associations. It would deploy online using all available platforms.

The NVI commences with ten values. They are Ezi Okwu Bu Ndu (Integrity), Ako na uche, na uchu (Creativity), Igwe bu ike anyi (Collaboration and unity), Aku Luo Uno (Service), Ome Mgbe Oji Ka Ohi Mma (Discipline), and Egbe Belu Ugo Belu (Empathy). Others are Onye Aghana Nwanne (Loyalty), Isi m na mmụọ mụ juru oyi (Humility), Onwe m juru m afọ (Contentment) and ndụ mmadụ niile dị mkpa (Sanctity of life).

Orekyeh said SESOP as a non-political platform would seek to create awareness and adoption of the values by groups and individuals in Igboland in the manner the old Igbo State Union initially mobilised the people in the pursuit of education and Western civilisation beginning in the 1930s.

SESOP’s membership cuts across the diversity of professions and geographic locations of Ndigbo and includes Obi Asika, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Uche Onyemobi, Yvonne Mbanefo and Emeka Maduegbuna. Others are Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Appolonia Ukuzu, and Odinaka Ugwuozor. Also included are Uwakwe Azikiwe, Chioma Chigurl Omeruah, Nneka Moses, Muna Okam, Emeka Okoye, Chido Nwakanma, amongst many others.


2 Innovators emerge winners, as notable personalities share Key Lessons for regional renaissance at The Ola Ndi Igbo Inventions and Innovations Fair

Emeka Nelson Ugwueze (l) and Martin Mbamalu (r) were the joint winners of the 2017 Ola Ndi Igbo Innovations and Inventions Fair

Enugu, Nigeria- “AKPAIKE (Power box) a portable hydro electric generator” by Emeka Nelson Ugwueze and “Firewood Saving Stove” by Martin Mbamalu emerged as joint winners of the 2017 Ola Ndi Igbo Inventions and Innovations Fair


– an initiative set up by a group of passionate, credible and committed young Igbo professionals and hosted by South Saharan Social Development Organisation to honour and celebrate individuals of Igbo descent who have distinguished themselves in their profession on a global stage – held at the Oakland Amusement Park & Events Centre, Enugu yesterday.

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Chairperson BOT South Saharan Development Organisation, Dr Chichi Aniagolu Okoye

The pitch event held earlier in the day where participants picked “Alignment Gauge and Oil Pump Machine” by Timothy Kogbara as the People’s Choice Award. 25 innovations were pitched at the event to a panel of judges made up of Professor Barth Okolo, former Vice Chancellor University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); Engr CN Agulanna, DG/CEO Projects Development Agency (PRODA); Fred ‘CFA’ Agbata, Producer/Presenter Channels Television Tech Trends; Udo Jude Ilo, Head of Nigeria Office, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA); Dr Jacinta Johnson, Technical Consultant United Nations Development Programme; and Obiora Okolo, Regional Manager Nigerian Breweries.

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Dr Jahlil Tafawa Balewa Flanked by Dr Oby Exekwesili (r) and Prof Bartho Okolo (l)

This year’s edition, themed “REVITALIZING THE CAN-DO IGBO SPIRIT: SHOWCASING INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS FROM THE SOUTH EAST,” provided a platform for entrepreneurs, inventors and tech innovators to pitch their ideas and attract financial and mentorship support from the Sponsors – Fidelity Bank Plc, MTN Nigeria, Ford Foundation, Ellington Electric, Nigerian Breweries Plc and South East Society of Professionals (SESOP).

Delivering the Keynote Address, Former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, admonished Ndi Igbo to make values the bedrock of their attitude. “If we are desirous of revitalizing the can-do Igbo Spirit, we must begin to look away from oil and develop human capacity. A Nations backbone is built on events like this. We must make human development a foundational value. The values of the people are the bedrock of their attitude. As such, every system is a function of the values that form the underlying structures of her people. If everything is taken away from you, the only thing that will remain is character. Values must never be compromised’ she concluded.

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Cross section of participants at the event

Other speakers at the event included: Dr Jahlil Tafawa Balewa, who spoke on “A country united in the progress of its people;” and Dr Jacinta Johnson, “Be inspired to become an innovative leader.”

K9, performing his hit track “Kokoma” at the event

Cultural performances from Ikeogu Oke, the winner of 2017 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature,; Deji Ige, Performance Poet; Amarachi Atama, founder of OJA Cultural Development Initiative; Udu Bunch Dance Group, and one of Nigeria’s fast rising performance artists, K9 – spiced up the event.


4 Best Foods To Eat When in Ghana

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Ghana is a beautiful and brimming West African country that is rich in culture, tradition and delicious cuisines.  A lot of Ghana’s culture reflects in its local cuisines and you can clearly see the brilliant way Ghanaians induce the use of local crops and food sources to produce their tasty and mouth-watering cuisines.

Here are 4 awesome and best cuisines to eat when in Ghana:

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This is a popular traditional Ghanaian dish that basically consists of cooked fermented corn, which is served as orange sized balls along with often highly and deliciously spiced soup or sauce and fried fish or meat. Banku is frequently served alongside boiled rice, fried plantain or yam.

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This delicious meal is pronounced by the Ghanaians as ‘Wa Chi’. This meal shows the love of Ghanaians for rice and beans and is one of the spicy Ghanaian foods that can be eaten with either fried fish, egg, spaghetti or fried chicken. Waakye is really one Ghanaian dish you shouldn’t miss eating when you’re in Ghana. It offers a truly memorable culinary experience for your taste buds.

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This is a popular street food in Ghana and is one of those foods that best portrays the ‘taste of Ghana’. Kyinkyinga is basically beef kebab and is typically prepared using steak meat or liver and is crusted with peanut flour. The meat is typically first marinated in chilli marinade and coated with peanut flour, before it is cooked on skewers that are placed vertically in front of a fire. The peanut floor gives the kebab a crunchy texture, and the sweetness of the flour helps to counterbalance the spicyness of the chilli marinade.

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This is Ghanaian beef and spinach stew and is another awesome meal from Ghana. This is one traditional Ghanaian meal that has remained significant and popular over the years. It is an easy to prepare meal that is also very affordable. It’s ‘hearty, spicy and full of greens’, which makes it a very healthy meal option. It basically consists of a combination of red tomatoes, peppers, leafy green spinach and of course beef.

Niniola’s ‘This is Me’ Debuts


Coming on the heels of her debut album ‘This is Me’, singer, songwriter and performer Niniola has signed with Kobalt Music Group, an independent rights management and publishing company. Her manager Michael Ndika made the announcement during a media parley to celebrate the launch of her new album.

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L-R Olisa Adibua- Niniola- Michael Ndika- Nelson Ononiwu

“Niniola is a very talented artiste who has achieved a lot within three years that most people don’t know about. She got signed on to Kobalt music in July ​for publishing which is a deal that will make her write music for international artistes. Kobalt is about third or fourth biggest publishing company in the world. So in the next couple of years will see Niniola writing songs for international acts.”

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Niniola rose to fame in 2013 when she emerged the third runner-up on MTN Project Fame season 6. Her debut album according to the artiste is a snippet of what she can do as she sampled different styles of music while staying true to her unique afro-house genre.  It is a 13-track album that features dancehall reggae king, Patoranking,  hip-hop Apala musician, Terry Apala, Devin Di Dakta and Charmant.

Her ingenuity has not gone unnoticed as she was a nominee of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards as well as the upcoming All Africa Music Awards where she will also perform.

The 30-year old singer is the sixth child of her parents.

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Niniola Autographing A Fan’s CD

​Niniola is currently signed to Drumroll Records”

The application deadline for Ola Ndi Igbo 2017 has been extended by a month!


If you know anyone who has always dreamed of showcasing their innovations and inventions to potential investors and the public, they are in luck as the application deadline for the 2017 Ola Ndi Igbo Inventors and Innovators Fair has just been extended!

Entries were supposed to come to a halt today but the organisers has announced that there are now a month more to get your application in the running.

The Inventors and Innovators to participate in this event will be drawn from South East indigenes and residents. Indigenes of the South East must not be resident in the South East to participate, but non-indigenes must be resident in the South East to participate.

The new closing date is Saturday, November 18th. Log on to http://www.olandiigbo.net to apply.

It’s pretty exciting!

Ola ndi Igbo is a biennial convention of Ndi Igbos with the vision of celebrating our global best. The theme for the 2017 Summit is: ‘Revitalizing the Can-do Igbo Spirit: Showcasing Innovations and Inventions from the South East.’


Despite the legacy of the Igbo people in education, science, technology and innovation, and the pivotal role that they have played in technology, innovation and inventions in Nigeria, the South East continues to struggle with high rates of unemployment, especially among youth and limited internally generated income to drive social and economic development in its five states – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.


In addition, the large and accomplished Diaspora populations in the United States and the United Kingdom are relatively disconnected, and the most successful citizens are not engaged in philanthropic and community development initiatives in the South East. As a result, the region continues to struggle with a relatively weak civil society and a non-profit sector that is unable to raise funds to scale high impact initiatives.

Hence Ola Ndi Igbo has provided a platform to foster a community of individuals of Igbo descent who are proud of their heritage and are committed to working collaboratively to promote the social and economic development of Ndigbo.

The event is slated for the 18th of December 2017 in Enugu State. For adverts and sponsorship, contact Rita on 09092403119 or rita@southsaharan.org



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