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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Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.