Calabar/Akwa Ibom Women…This is how we do it!
In Nigeria, it is widely believed that a ‘man’ contest between a Calabar/Akwa Ibom woman and women from the other parts of Nigeria is a no-contest – as the woman from Calabar/Akwa Ibom would win without even breaking sweat. Now, non-Calabar/Akwa Ibom women have wrongly blamed the power of women from these two regions on ‘juju.’ Wrong! Here’s the fact, besides being regions where great beauty reigns supreme, food and the act of keeping a harmonious home is a great part of the Culture of Calabar and Akwa Ibom. These two concepts (we will refer to them as ’emem ye ima’) form a fundamental part of the upbringing of Calabar/Akwa Ibom women. When something has been drummed into you right from your toddling years, it becomes a thing you do automatically, on reflex…and therein lies the power of women from my region.
With that short homily, here’s what my guests enjoyed at the last event. And by the way, all desserts lovingly made by me…no store-boughts in Sarah’s Kitchen!