Name: Anthony Okeke.
Profession: Medical Student.
Facebook page: web.facebook.com/okeke.anthony3
Meet Anthony Okeke, our 88th guest on the interview on African foods as he bares his mind on the theme:
CAMPAIGN FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE EATING OF AFRICAN NATIVE FOODS AND FRUITS BY AFRICANS.
CALL FOR ACTION.
Campaign for the restoration of the eating of African native foods and fruits by Africans is a pet project of Brivera-Creations®projected on oyesfoods.com platform.
It has been observed lately that most Africans have a high preference for modern foods viz canned foods, fast foods, genetically modified foods and carbonated juice than our core native foods and natural juices.
Nevertheless, most studies have attributed a high incidence of certain diseases ravaging our health and early death to our addiction to these fast foods.
1) What is your view on the theme that Africans should return to the eating of their native foods as their main meal?
I entirely support the idea.
2) What do you think are the importance of eating African foods?
- African foods are more natural, nourishing and do not contain preservatives. In fact, they are chemical free.
3) Do you think that there are negative effects of eating African foods?
Yes. When you don’t process them well before eating. It can cause stomach upset.
4) Is there any drawback on preparing African foods? If yes, please highlight some of them.
Yes. Complex steps in preparing some African foods and time constraint in cooking some of them.
5) Why do you think that some people don’t feel like eating African foods?
- Poor hygiene.
- Individual perception.
6) What do you think are the reasons why Africans prefer modern foods than African native foods?
- Modern foods are very simple to prepare.
- Readily available.
- Testier and charming.
7) Do you have any suggestion(s) to postulate that will make African native foods more appealing to eat?
- Proper and hygienic preparation.
8) Do you feel that NGOs, donor agencies, media and African Government have any special role to play in making Africans return to the eating of their native foods?
Yes. By enlightening the people on the importance of native foods.
9) What is your best African dish and why do you like it?
African salad (Abacha).
10) Do you like eating fruits? Yes/No. what is your best fruit and why?
Yes. Watermelon and garden egg. Watermelon is sweat. It has a lot of water and pleasing to taste.
11) Any further comment(s) on this interview on African foods you may wish to point out?
Walnut and breadfruit are very good food. They are highly nutritious and nourishing. More so, African food contains more nutrients compare to western foods – which are mainly processed and preserved with a chemical.