Nigerians are interesting set of people; there are certain habits that are synonymous to them. Their culture and lifestyle would always be intriguing.
If you happen to have some Nigerians as friends, you would understand that they are unique set of people who are hospitable and witty. There is hardly a boring moment with them as they are bound to express their humour even when the situation is tough.
There are certain objects you would find in a Nigerian's living space. As soon as you see one or two of these things, you would know your host is from Nigeria. Their kitchen would always be branded with two or more of the items that would be listed in this piece.
Nigerians are more comfortable eating their own food; even when they do not live in their home country, they would always find a way of getting some of those things that would make their cooking easier; these things would make them feel more at home. Coming down to the country herself, you are bound to see these objects in excess in some Nigerians; kitchens. These are the things that make up the kitchen in the first place.
Not stocking the cooking space with these objects would just make the place an ordinary room that is not different from any of the other rooms.
Find below some of the things you would always find in a Nigerian's kitchen:
1. The turning stick
If you think this object is mainly for making Eba or any other 'solid food', then you are wrong. This object could also become your biggest enemy when you are being dealt with. It acts as a rod that could be used to chase out the stubborn demon in you.
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2. That iron sponge that has rusted
Every Nigerian kitchen you see would definitely have this iron sponge. We know that it washes pots faster than the normal sponge which would only crease the tough stains in them. Even when the iron sponge is old, Nigerians would still use it until it starts to fall apart in their hands.
3. That container full of lids
There would always be a container full of lids in a Nigerian's kitchen.l This container would contain all the lids to different shapes or sizes of containers in the house. Many people feel their kitchen is more organised when they know where to find all the plastic covers in the kitchen.
4. That custard container for storing food in the freezer
There is no way you will get to a Nigerian's kitchen without seeing containers that are being used for storing food in the fridge or freezer. If you open these containers thinking you will find the original content they were made for, you will be disappointed.
5. The nylon bag that has other nylons
Nigerians love keeping nylon bags. They can never get tired of them. After buying goods from the market, the nylon bags are kept in a bigger nylon bag so they could be used for other purposes.
There is no way you will get into the kitchen of a Nigerian and not find these cubes there. How else are they supposed to cook if they do not add maggi to the food? No food tastes better than the one made with these rich cubes.
7. The eva bottle water container whose destiny has been changed
Nigerians do not believe in disposing containers; there has to be some other use for them. The empty water container could be used to store palm oil or used groundnut oil that could be used for frying again.
8. The bowls with stickers
There would always be bowls and containers that would have stickers from weddings or burials on them. These containers are usually souvenirs gotten from events. They make up thirty to fifty percent of the bowls in the kitchen.
9. Pots that have no handle
Nigerians love keeping things; you will always find pots and kettles with broken handles. Sometimes, these pots may not have handles. If you treat them with carelessness, you would be taught history. They are usually old pots.
10. The blender that smells pepper
The blender you will find in a Nigerian's kitchen must have blended enough pepper. They would always smell pepper no matter how well they are being washed.
11. The morning fresh that has been diluted
Nigerians would always mix their liquid soap; that bottle of morning fresh you see in the kitchen may not contain the original content. Nigerians would have diluted the content or better still mix their own liquid soap inside it.
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12. The stained container in the kitchen
There would always be one container in the kitchen that will be filled with diluted liquid soap. You can be sure that it would be morning fresh container in a Nigerian's kitchen.