Name: Dr Ugwu Donatus.
Profession: Medical Doctor.
Meet Dr Ugwu Donatus, our 89th 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 support the idea of Africans returning to eating of their native foods as their main meal. This will encourage farming; boost the economy and preserve our cultural heritage.
2) What do you think are the importance of eating African foods?
- Less carcinogenic.
- Easy availability.
3) Do you think that there are negative effects of eating African foods?
4) Is there any drawback on preparing African foods? If yes, please highlight some of them.
Not to my knowledge.
5) Why do you think that some people don’t feel like eating African foods?
- Less availability of local foods.
- High advertisement for western foods.
- Lack of knowledge of food preparations.
6) What do you think are the reasons why African people prefer modern foods than African native foods?
- More availability of modern foods at supermarkets and restaurants.
7) Do you have any suggestion(s) to postulate that will make African native foods more appealing to eat?
- Increased availability of local food.
- The appealing packaging of local foods.
- Advertisement on the importance of local diets.
7) 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?
- Public awareness.
- Loan initiatives to local farmers to increase production.
- Youth empowerment/commercial farming.
8) What is your best African dish and why do you like it?
Nsala soup with fufu. I love it because it’s delicious and reminds me of my heritage.
9) Do you like eating fruits? Yes/No. what is your best fruit and why?
Yes. I love banana. It is easily available and very sweet.
10) Any further comment(s) on this interview on African foods you may wish to point out?
Empowerment for increased production is essential. This is my take on this interview on African foods. Continue the good work.