21 Nov Explore Nigeria with Abie
I’m Abasimfon from Nigeria. People call me Abie. I’m in Australia to study and am currently doing an internship at Ethni. I love Nigeria because we are a friendly and hospitable people. As a country, we are united and we coexist in our diversities. We have a sense of oneness and we are rich in culture. We live life to the fullest, yeah we celebrate a lot! And yeah! English is our official language but we also have our Pidgin English! “Naija no dey carry last!” (Translated to English – “Nigerians strive to finish first”).
Join me as I take you on a journey through my childhood with activities to learn, eat, play and make from Nigeria!
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SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT NIGERIA
- Nigeria is located in West Africa.
- The capital of Nigeria is Abuja.
- The country became independent on October 1, 1960
- Most populous African country over 170 million people.
- There are over 250 ethnic groups and over 500 languages.
- The official language is English.
- The national currency is Naira (₦) and Kobo.
- Home of Nollywood (Nigerian Movie Industry).
- Football is the national sport and the nation team is called Super Eagles.
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A DELICIOUS NIGERIAN SNACK
Chin-Chin is a delightfully tasty crunchy Nigerian snack common in every home for serving visitors and for in-between meals. It is also a travel package for trips and picnics. Of course, it is one of my best snacks from a host of others. It is ideal for you and your guests. It can last for weeks if stored in an airtight container. It is easy to prepare.
Caution: Once you start crunching, you would have to be kept in check to stop!
- 375g of flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 100g of sugar (could be more or less based on preference)
- 115g of margarine (any other butter could be used)
- ½ cup of liquid milk or water
- 1 egg
- Oil for frying
You can watch the video on how to make it through the link below or follow the steps. It’s quite simple! Have fun preparing it!
Step 1: Mix all dry or powdered ingredients together in a bowl (flour, baking powder, sugar).
Step 2: Slice in the margarine or butter into step 1 above and mix till it becomes like bread crumbs
Step 3: Crack egg into the mixture and mix
Step 4: Add the liquid milk or water gradually and mix until you have slightly stretchy but not sticky dough.
Step 5: Sprinkle flour on a dry flat surface and roll out the dough.
Step 6: With a knife or pizza cutter, make vertical and then horizontal cuts on the dough to get the cube shape.
Step 7: Set cooker on medium heat, pour oil into a pan and place on cooker. When the oil is hot, fry the sliced dough in batches until it turns golden brown then your chin-chin is ready!
Best served cool, with chilled drinks!
A GAME FROM ABIE’S CHILDHOOD IN NIGERIA
Growing up in Nigeria is so much fun! There are series of indoor and outdoor games for the Nigerian child to play. Below is one of my favourites growing up:
The Nigerian clapping game involves clapping in a rhythmic order and singing along while clapping. It involves counting the beats while clapping. It is a game played by young girls between 7 and 14. At the early stage when the players are new to the game, they could be slow but as they get used to it, they become fast and the rhythm of the clap gets more interesting that other children by the side dance to it. There are numerous interesting fun clapping games such as ten-ten, tinko, my grandmother, etc. an example can be found in the link to the YouTube video below.
Grab a friend and have a go yourself!
A FUN CRAFT FROM NIGERIA
The broom is a domestic tool made out of palm fronds and used in Nigeria for sweeping, a symbol of change (the icon used by the current government to signify change) and other traditional activities. Some Nigerians make money by selling them. It was one of the crafts taught to Primary School children under a subject previously known as ‘Handwork’ now known as vocational or entrepreneurial studies. Yeah! I learnt this exciting craft in primary school.
Image from Segilola Salami
What you need:
- 1 large branch of coconut leaf or palm frond
- Rope or rubber band
How to make your broom:
- Cut one large palm frond or coconut branch and take to a comfortable spot.
- Cut the leaflets from the leaf branch.
- Arrange the leaflets neatly, putting all heads together.
- Take out each leaflet one after the other and cut out the leaf from both sides leaving the stalk in the middle using a knife. Repeat this for all leaflets.
- Arrange the stalk neatly and tie with a rope or rubber band.
Step by step description on how to make the Nigerian broom with images can be found on the link below:
I hope you enjoyed your journey to Nigeria with me! We’d love to hear how you went with all your playing, eating and making activities, so leave us a comment below.