Ghanaian Tatales and My Take On It

Happy thanksgiving!

I have been ill and I just kinda lost the will to write. Today, I feel a lot better, so I decided to make Tatales.

Tatales is Ghana’s way of preserving over ripe plantains. I haven’t met a Ghanaian who threw away over ripe plantains.

Tatales, are sweet plantains fritters or pancakes introduced by Ghanaians to the rest of the world ; unlike Jollof (yes I got jokes)…

Growing up Nigerian, my mother never really liked us throwing away food. We were constantly reminded of the children who had none. So this sweet recipe from our Ghanaian neighbors is actually well appreciated.

There are so many similarities between Ghanaians and Nigerians when it comes to food. I have to confess that having tried different foods from different African countries, I kind of prefer Nigerian and Ghanaian food. Well, the Senegalese created Jollof…sooo…

I have searched the internet, and I have found varieties of this recipe, but I kind of like my version better; even though I’m not Ghanaian.

Recipe:

1 very ripe plantain

2 tbsps. flour or corn meal

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1/2 tsp crayfish powder

Salt(a pinch)

chili flakes(a pinch)

coconut oil enough for shallow frying

peel and smash plantains. Mix with all the ingredients except the oil.

Heat up the oil and gently scoop dollops of the plantain mix into the oil and slightly flatten. Fry the tatales on both sides until golden brown but not burnt.

Enjoy with beans or by itself.

ARTXLAGOS: Expose on African Culture.

ArtxLagos an International Art Fair was able to unite Africa in one building as it was the first of its kind in West Africa. The event took place in Civic Centre located at Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island Lagos on the 4th to 6th of November, 2016. Art xLagos featured the works of 65 African artists from various African countries with 14 exhibitors. The three-day event saw artists, patrons, collectors and lovers of art from all works of life. It also saw over “30 local and International speakers delivering talks and conversations on the unwavering growth of African art in the global art scene and how African creative economy can lead to the rise of reshaping the African narrative” http://www.artxlagos.com

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My Dear Nigeria.

My dear Nigeria, you gloat with eloquence
while gazing at your fantasies that are years to come.
You exist in the suburbs of a dysfunctional world
Your innocence raped by corruption.
Far from a distant future even with the speed of your shining cars
I wonder how long people of different classes will continue to strive
in an atmosphere echoing nothing but noise and suffering
A weather harsh for agenda setting.

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Nigerian Palm Oil Rice and Buying Nigeria (Iwuk Edesi)

There was a recent campaign for Nigerians to buy Nigerian. But if there is one thing to celebrate in Nigeria, it’s our agricultural sector.

Nigeria is rich in mineral resources, but we forget the gold mine we have in our agricultural resources.

One gold mine is the Ofada rice. To people in the diaspora, Ofada rice is gold. To a Nigerian Ofada rice is brown rice to others. Apart from the smell, it is very healthy as it is unpolished and full of fiber.

We as Nigerians, we take our resources for granted. Not only do we rely on oil, but we can rely greatly on agriculture.

The day I heard that Nigeria to imported tooth picks, I almost cried for my country. As many trees and timbers that we have, we are still importing tooth picks.

The Nigerian government, even with the production of various types of rice, continues to import other types of parboiled rice.

Not only must we fight corruption, but we must learn to put things in perspective. we must understand that our country can survive on agriculture too.

I saw a picture of a jollof sauce produced and packed by a Nigerian and a question was asked “would you buy this?” All the Nigerians on that thread vowed never to buy such sauces, but most would rather buy Ketchup made by Heinz. Nothing against Heinz, but if you can buy other condiments made by and in other countries; then you should be able to buy and grow Nigeria. In fact if I was a non-Nigerian on that thread, it would be difficult for me to eat anything Nigerian with the responses I read.

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