Only in Lagos!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lagos, the hub of Nigeria’s economy, is a city ever bustling with vibrant culture  think New York, London, Paris. As with every thriving city, Lagos prides itself on a rich local cuisine: a variety of countrywide meals prepared, served and enjoyed with a uniquely Lagosian twist.

Below are ten of the most delicious delicacies to try in Lagos:

10. Boli  Using one of Lagos most loved ingredients  plantain, Boli (or Bol as some would argue) is a snack made by grilling or roasting plantains. This tasty snack is quick and easy to prepare, a condition that perfectly suits the ever-moving lifestyle of the city. Wrapped in paper and served with groundnuts, this snack is enjoyed on street corners and corporate offices alike.

9. Dundun (Oniyeri) – This crispy fried yam served with a spicy sauce is another popular street snack. Served hot  fresh off the fire, literally  dundun is best enjoyed with a cold drink in the evening after a long day at work for a finger-licking treat.

Dundun

8. Akara (African Bean Cake)  Akara is made from ground bean paste. Spiced generously with pepper and onions  local chefs primary ingredients  the paste is fried into a delicious crunchy brown ball. For a delicious breakfast, crush some akara balls into a loaf of locally made bread and wash it down with a bottle of soda.

akara

7. Ewa Agonyin– This is another bean dish, made from mashed beans and served with fried tomato and pepper sauce. Originally from the Ghanaians and Togolese people, this sauce has evolved into a must-have local topping for these mashed beans, creating an unrivaled taste. The clarion call of Ewa agonyin hawkers rings through the streets of Lagos early in the morning and late into the afternoon.

6. Amala and Abula  Traditionally from southern Nigeria, Amala is a thick brown paste made from yam or plantain flour, while Abula is a mixture of Gbegiri (Bean Soup), Ewedu (draw soup made with a special leaf) and pepper sauce. The allure of this lip-smacking meal is such that local restaurants are filled to the capacity with corporates in suits at lunchtime, unashamed of digging into a plate of hot Amala and Abula on a workday.

5.  Catfish Peppersoup – If you have ever heard the term Point and Kill and thought to take cover, don’t be alarmed  only the ingredients are harmed in the making of this meal.

Cat fish pepper soupOur number five dish is a special delicacy made with Catfish, so called because the fish are displayed in a bowl from which customers point at their choices, after which the fish are killed  and prepared. The fish are then served in a bowl of spicy pepper soup. Catfish peppersoup is best enjoyed with a group of friends at a local bar.

4. Puff Puff  Just as the name implies, Puff Puff is a puffy, fluffy and spongy snack made from deep fried dough.  One could argue that the only difference between this and doughnuts is the hole in the middle. Served hot and fresh-off-the-pan, this is a delicacy that very many Lagosians have sworn allegiance to. The little round balls are easy to toss in the mouth; a sumptuous side snack to keep you going during the workday.

puffpuff

3. Nkwobi  A popular meal that originates from Eastern Nigeria, Nkwobi is a dish made with spicy cow foot mixed in vegetables, onions and pepper served in a small calabash or bowl. As gruesome as that may sound to the uninitiated tourist, Nkwobi is a truly mouthwatering dish. Served as an appetizer or a dessert, it is so irresistible that only the strong-willed can keep from ordering several bowls in one sitting.

2. Asun  Literally translated to mean, smoked, Asun is a spicy barbecued goat meat dish served with a selection of aromatic spices  and, of course, pepper.  Celebrations are never quite complete without a bowl of Asun to share with friends.

1. Suya  At the top of our list is Suya, unrivaled and by far the most popular snack in Lagos. Suya is locally skewered meat that originates from northern Nigeria.

suya2Similar to the shish kebab, Suya is sliced thinly, pre-cooked in generous helpings of native northern pepper, and grilled over live coals until well done. It is served with a special blend of peppers, onions and tomatoes, as well as a Northern ground spice called Yaji.

The rich aroma of Suya is one of the signatures of the Lagos nightlife. It is the perfect round table snack to share with friends at local bars, clubs and even at home with your family.

Welcome to Lagos!

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L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

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Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications