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Ideas for a Nigeria Themed Party
Nigeria is a land of many contrasts. Geographically it has beaches, mangrove swamps, tropical forests, mountains and desert. The Niger river - from which the country derives its name - is both an important transportation highway and source of food (fish, such as catfish and carp) and of course water. Culturally the country is diverse too, with many different ethnic and religious groups making up the population.
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Food for a Nigeria Themed PartyThe many different geographical factors and cultural groups lead to a varied cuisine. Fruits - such as melon, mango, pineapple, banana and citrus fruits - are widely available and popular with all. There are vegetarian groups within the population. Others eat fish, and with other groups meat dishes - especially kebabs cooked over an open fire - are popular.
Staple sources of carbohydrate include rice, cous cous and yams. Food flavourings reflect the fact that European traders have visited Nigeria since the 1400s, bringing with them spices from the far east such as nutmeg and cinnamon. Stock cubes seem to be widely used in cooking now, and peanuts are a commonly used flavouring.
Try some of these next time the Super Eagles are playing:
Drink for a Nigeria Themed PartyCoffee houses are popular with the muslim population, who of course don't drink alcohol - both tea and coffee are enjoyed here socially. In the non-Muslim areas, beer is popular, with many international brands such as Harp being widely available. I have heard that Guiness is actually brewed in Nigeria, although I only have one source for this information. Other locally produced drinks include gin, and palm wine.