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Traditional methods bathe a new Nigerian baby

Recently, while doing my Facebook rounds, I came upon a post by an African American who had posted pictures of her newborn being stretched, hung upside down and so on by a Chiropractor. The more I looked at those pictures, the more familiar the technique appeared to me.

  • Baby held upside down by her ankles.
  • Baby’s head pressed gently in a sort of massaging motion

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Gari

Last weekend, the picture below started making its way around social media with a lot of people asking why NAFDAC would permit Garri to be imported into the country.

I have a few things to say:

I know that at this point, we are horrified, especially with the state of the economy, and we are looking for someone to blame but NAFDAC’s job does not involve deciding what to let in and what not to. They regulate Food and Drug Products in terms of their manufacture. They are just to determine whether the companies that are bringing in these products are doing a good job of manufacturing. C’est fini! We need to find another whipping boy to blame for permitting this into the country.

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Dried Okro Nigerian Foods Healthy Orunla Okpuko

The idea of a new series on the blog came up a few weeks ago when I went to the market and posted a picture of something I found which I had no previous knowledge of. It was dried okro. I had never seen it before, certainly never tasted it. I came across it by happenstance as I ventured into a part of the market I had never been in before. It never occurred to me that anyone would dry okro, since the fresh ones are always available.  (more…)

Last year, out of frustration that I know that a lot of us have faced when buying honey, I wrote this post. Luckily for me it was read by a beekeeper (whose sister saw the article and sent him a link)

This bee-keeper who was obviously knowledgeable and passionate about bee keeping answered a lot of questions in that post and of course that got my interest. Several emails back and forth, he has answered a few questions that readers like yourself submitted. 

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The fact that there is a Fuel Scarcity in Nigeria is no longer news. It has endured from one administration to another. While I would like to believe that we will soon be rid of the queues, their persistence weakens hope everyday.

Beyond losing man-hours to spending long periods of time in these unending queues, there are other costs that we do not see.

Our health as a nation suffers every time there is a queue. Every. Time.

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Katharine Natural Nigerian

A few months ago, I received a mail from a reader asking me for the English names of some items she had come across in a Northern Nigeria market. 
 
A few mails back and forth and I decided that I definitely had to interview her so that I could share with you some of her natural lifestyle practices. Easy to incorporate into your daily life and it will make a big impact not only in your life but also in the environment. 
 
The first thing you will probably notice is that Katharine is very tall. Lol! Actually, you will notice that she is an Oyinbo so we are making her an “honorary” Natural Nigerian!  Make sure you read it all, she shares some really interesting things about how we can live Naturally in Nigeria. 

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