African Food: Some Facts About Tapioca


Facts About Tapioca

Tapioca is a starchy food extracted from cassava, and is mostly eaten in Africa, Asia, Southern and Central America.Tapioca is considered one the cheapest source of carbohydrates among cereals, tubers and root crops. It is sometimes used as a replacement for wheat flour. Various African tribes employ it in multiple dishes, and it is occasionally referred to as the everyday-man’s meal. Tapioca with milk poured on it can be eaten at breakfast.

Here’s a tapioca recipe: 

Tapioca can be gotten from Shikenan African Blog.

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African Food: Some Facts About Kolanut


African Food: Some Facts About Kolanut

  1. The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree, a genus (Cola) of trees native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. The caffeine-containing fruit of the tree is sometimes used as a flavoring ingredient in beverages.
  2. Kola nuts are often used to treat whooping cough and asthma. The caffeine present acts as a bronchodilator, expanding the bronchial air passages.
  3. Kola nuts are used as a religious object and sacred offering during prayers, ancestor veneration, and significant life events, such as naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals.
  4. The kola nut originates from the Congo and throughout West Africa. Today, it is cultivated in Jamaica, Indonesia and South America.
  5. Kola nut may be beneficial to those suffering from chronic fatigue and loss of stamina.
  6. Kola nut is often found in herbal weight loss formulas because it helps to increase metabolism and decrease appetite.
  7. The kola nut is also used to treat migraine headaches, because the caffeine and theobromine act as cerebral vasodilators (increase blood flow in the head) and, when used in a poultice, can be applied to external cuts and scrapes.
  8. The kola nut tree grows to 18.3 metres (60 feet) and resembles the chestnut.
  9. Kola nut are main ingredient of soft drinks and medicine.
  10. Small pieces of kola nut chewed before meals act as an aid to digestion.

Kolanut can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop

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African Food: Some Facts About Cassava

cassava flour cassava flourSome Facts About Cassava:

  1. Cassava is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics.
  2. Some health benefits of cassava are: Increased Immune Function, Protection Against Heart Disease, Slowing Aging, DNA Repair and Protection, Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches,  Prevention of Epileptic Seizures, Antioxidant Protection etc.
  3. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava.
  4. Cassava is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils.
  5. Cassava root is a good source of carbohydrates, but a poor source of protein.
  6. Cassava originated in Brazil. In the 16th century Portuguese sailors brought it to Africa, which now produces more than 50% of the world cassava supply.
  7. Young tender cassava (yuca) leaves are a good source of dietary proteins and vitamin K.
  8. Cassava is a moderate source of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
  9. Cassava is 1 to 2 percent crude protein. It is also rich in calcium and vitamin C and contains nutritionally significant quantities of thiamine, riboflavin and nicotinic acid.
  10. Cassava has nearly twice the calories than potatoes, perhaps highest for any tropical starch rich tubers and roots.
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Pounded Yam


  1. Yam which is also known as Dioscorea spp, is an important food crop especially in the yam zone of west Africa.
  2. West African accounts for 90-95% of world yam production with Nigeria as the largest single producer.
  3. The cup of pounded yam flour contains about 940 calories, Of this 940 calories of pounded yam flour, 88% is carbohydrate 0% is protein, 11.1% is fat.
  4. Yam tubers are excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins. It provides adequate daily requirements of pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and niacin. These vitamins mediate various metabolic functions in the body.
  5. Fresh Yam tuber also contains good amounts of anti-oxidant vitamin; vitamin-C. Provides about 29% of recommended levels per 100 g. Vitamin C has important roles in anti-aging, immune function, wound healing, bone growth.
  6. Yam contains small amounts of vitamin-A, and beta-carotene levels. Carotenes convert to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A has many functions like maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, night vision, growth and protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  7. Yam tuber is indeed one of the vegetables rich sources of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
  8. 100 g of yam provides about 816 mg of Potassium.
  9. Fresh yam tubers are available in plenty by August when the annual harvest season begins at the end of the rainy season in western Africa. A new yam festival celebrated in symbolism to fresh crop and availability of fresh food in abundance all over Nigeria and Ghana with great fervor.
  10. Yam contains many naturally-occurring plant toxins including dioscorin, diosgenin and tri-terpenes.


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African Proverb



African Proverb: A man who says he has not made a mistake has never tried anything new.

If you say you are incapable of making mistakes then you have not lived yet.

No one is perfect and mistakes help build us. Mistakes are not bad things. Let go of the past and embrace the future.

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African Proverb


African Proverb: A bird that chooses to perch on a rope will be ready to dance with the rope.

It’s like saying anyone who plays with fire will eventually get burned!

Anything you’re doing, know that there are repercussions. Be careful and wise!

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African Proverb



African Proverb: A child that says his mother will not sleep that child will not sleep as well.

Anyone that wants to be a nuisance will definitely not have peace!


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African Food: African Black eyed beans

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African Food: African Black eyed beans

Black-eyed beans are small, creamy-flavoured beans with a black ‘scar’ where they were joined to the pod. They are much used in American and African cooking.

Black-Eyed are rich in high quality protein which provides a healthy alternative to meat and other animal protein and very low in fat.They are also rich in soluble fiber which helps lower blood cholesterol. When a diet is based on protein and fiber-rich beans and other complex carbohydrates, it can reduce your risk of developing diabetes and help lower blood cholesterol level.  Beans provide substantial insoluble fiber, which helps combat constipation, colon cancer, and other conditions that can afflict the digestive tract. They are very rich in vitamins and minerals that are required daily.

Because of their high nutrient content, consuming beans and peas is recommended for everyone.

African Black Eyed beans can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop

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African Food: Do you Crave eating Clay – 10 Facts About Calabar Chalk/ NZU

Here are 10 Facts About Calabar Chalk/ Nzu:

  1. Clay-eating, the practice known as geophagy or geophagia.calabar chalk
  2. Calabar chalk, also known as calabar stone or Nzu is a type of chalk sold in traditional stores and markets.calabar
  3. Historically, clay eating (calabar chalk) has been associated with treatments for cholera and bacterial infection.calabar
  4. Calabar Chalk may include 100% Natural Ingredients, and No Harsh Laxatives and are non-FDA reviewed or approved, natural alternatives, to use for Toxic Build-Up, and Diarrhea.calabar
  5. Calabash chalk is not a conventional food, but is eaten by some pregnant women to alleviate morning sickness.calabar
  6. It is traditionally used by women in the Nigerian and wider West African community.calabar
  7. Calabar Chalk is also used as facial masks and soaps.calabar
  8. Calabar chalk is eaten for various reasons including Religious beliefs, medicinal purposes or as part of a regular diet.calabar
  9. Calabar Chalk is used in Nigeria to beautify or decorate traditional cultural dancers.calabar
  10. Calabar chalk serve as alternative medicine supplements and vitamins.calabar


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African Food: Nutritious Garri


African Food: Nutritious Garri

Did you know yellow garri is more nutritious than white garri because it’s fried with palm oil?


Palm oil gives it it’s yellow color.


Palm oil is rich in Vitamin A which is good for the eyes!


Garri is available at Shikenan African Shop

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