Many unhappy things happening in all areas; from the academic sector to that of health and even the general labor force of the country. I am not going to be looking away but against the reason for why I am writing this particular post, I have decided not to dwell too much on the dismal happenings as it is grieving and unpleasant for me rather I’ll just compare the situation to what we have here which I believe we can better relate with and enjoy anyway.
Although, for anyone who is interested in following up with the unfolding of events in Nigeria, you could read up on it by following News outlet like the BBC and CNN Nigeria.
Though there’s light at the end of the tunnel, it does seem far right now. It gives me a sorrowful heart to know there are a lot of people who struggle to survive living in these dismal conditions with no access to some of this life basics we have in abundance here in Canada. This is what I was implying when I pointed out the norm of having a constant power supply and access to good health care.
These things are quite as needed in nations like Nigeria but the hope of realizing them look really blight at the moment.
I just prefer to talk about how pleasing and beautiful we have it here.
Nigeria might not be the most desirable place to be due to the immense backwardness in the standard of living in larger area of the country and the unfavorable working conditions of the labor market but there’s that one thing that no nation does better, that’s the making of sumptuous, mouth watering and very palatable meals.
Would you love to eat a Nigerian meal for breakfast, a Chinese meal for lunch and a Polish meal for dinner? Well, here in Canada that desire can be fulfilled with less stress as there are definitely restaurants near you with a particular specification of meal or with the ability to provide different choice and variety of food.
As great as that sounds, the originality in getting the authentic cuisine from the particular country of choice is incomparable. For the Nigerian meal, the techniques and ways at which they are garnished makes it more appetizing and enjoyable.
With the number of outlet that offers Nigerian foods here, I shouldn’t be longing for it but what they serve isn’t quite the same with what I always hope to get. I just love the way my mother always fried her plantain and egg, I could have that every morning for the rest of my life. Its super delicious with a peppery fish sauce. There are plenty meals that interest me for lunch or dinner, from yam and fish stew to semovita and okra soup or amala with ewedu and gbegiri.
Special mention: moin moin (steamed bean pudding) especially the one cooked in leaves served with hot Ogi (Pap) on a Saturday morning. It brings the entire family together in a different way, in fact from the point of preparation as almost everyone is involved. Other great weekend meals like that are akara (bean cake) served with eko (corn pap jelly), Ewa aganyin and small sliced yan with aganyin sauce. (Oh let me stop there, am already salivating)
Moving from Lagos to Canada with my family didn’t sound so spectacular to me at the time we did, I was quite young and yes, I had that childish innocent joy every African kid would have when he/ she received the news that he’s travelling out to the North American continent, but now I am exceedingly grateful it did happen. The whopping-great gap in the living conditions between the two places is staggering.
The structure, the comfort, the standard of the environ where I grew up here could never be compared to the area where I was born and lived in for a few years in Lagos. My parents were making just enough to sustain the family basic needs and couldn’t afford to live the luxurious life in the better part of Lagos, the Island, so we stayed in one of the “ghetto” areas on the Mainland. (Lagos is divided into two; the Island and the mainland).
The way of life there in the “ghetto” is so atrocious that folks here can’t relate with. I remember how overcrowded our house was that my mother had to always wake us up very early before daybreak so we can use the cloakroom before the queue gets too long and how at night the heavy noise from several small generators wouldn’t allow us to sleep well.
The living conditions of the Canadian citizen is healthier and exceedingly superior and there are better and more favorable circumstances to realizing them just like it is with Journalism and Freedom of speech.
With all that’s happening there in Nigeria, I can only hope that things are getting better.