91ST INTERVIEW ON AFRICAN FOODS.

Name:   Dr. Alexander Amuche.

Emailalexanderamuche@gmail.com

Facebook. Alexander Amuche Kizzy.

Meet Dr Alexander Amuche Kizzy, our 91st guest on the interview on African foods as she bares her mind on the theme:

CAMPAIGN FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE EATING OF AFRICAN NATIVE FOODS AND FRUITS BY AFRICANS. A CALL FOR ACTION.
PREAMBLE:

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.

BACKGROUND:

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 as daily meals.

Excerpts….

1.            What is your view on the theme that Africans should return to eating of their native foods as their main meal?

I fully agree with the view that Africans should return to the eating of their native foods as their main meal. The native foods are so rich in phytochemicals and antioxidant nutrients and have a high fibre content hence combating malnutrition, colon cancer and other small and large bowel diseases.

2.            What do you think are the importance of eating African foods?

Well, the importance are the following:

  • High nutritive value.
  • High fibre content.
  • Eating African foods helps in promoting and preserving African culture.
  • Most of the items used in preparing local foods are locally accessible.
  • A lot of them are cheap too and easily affordable.

3.            Do you think that there are negative effects of eating African foods?

Yes but just a few. This is especially when the local foods are not well prepared before eating. This can cause stomach upset.

4.            Is there any drawback/barrier in preparing African foods?  If yes, Ps highlights some of them?

  • The complexity in preparation some African dishes e.g. fermented cassava.
  • High energy consumption in preparing most of the native foods.

5.            What do you think are the reasons why some people don’t feel like eating African foods?

  • Modern foods are much easier and quicker to prepare. e.g noodles.
  • Inferiority complex. A lot of Africans feels low esteem or shy eating local foods in the public or being identified with it.
  • Complexity or difficulty in preparing some native dishes.
  • Lack of written guide in cooking some native foods.

6.            What do you think are the reasons why most African people prefer modern foods than their native foods?

Most modern foods are much more easier and quicker to prepare than our local foods. Busy mums and working class couples tends towards fast foods more than local foods. The fastness in preparing modern foods helps them to saves time and engage more time on their work.

7.            Do you have any suggestion(s) to postulate that will make African native foods more appealing to eat?

  • To ensure the availability of the processed cooking items and African dishes especially to those living in the city.

8.            Do you feel that NGOs, donor agencies, media and African Government have any special role to play in making African to return to the eating of their native foods?

Yes. The government should encourage the promotion of the eating of local foods because of their inherent benefits.

9              What is your best African dish and why do you like it?

Boiled yam with palm oil.  I like it because of the taste and nutritive value.

10.          Do you like eating fruits?  YES/NO.  What is your best fruit and why?

  Yes. My best fruit is pineapple.  I love it because it is tasty and juicy.

11.          Any further comment(s) on African foods/fruits/vegetable on this interview on African foods you may wish to point out?

A further attempt should be made to simplify the complexity of preparing most native foods. This will encourage a lot of people to cook local foods often and preferably adopt them as their daily meals. This will go along way in making our people to eat right and live longer.

This is my take on this interview on African foods.

Thank you.

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