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Bollylomo hits the streets of Ibadan to ask people which Nigerian tribe has the best native food? Some of their replies were quite amusing. Some said “Igbo people,” and others, “Akwa Ibom people.” 

Although people have said that Yoruba people have the worst food in Nigeria, but how true is this?“I cannot say my food is not good, because I’m a Yoruba man,” says one man “I believe in eba and egusi soup.”

Which ethnic group in Nigeria do you think has the best food? Gist us!

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45 Comments

  1. Naijatalk

    September 13, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    BN please this is not necessary, there’s enough that causes division in Nigeria and in fighting. This is low of both you andBattabox

    • Seriously

      September 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      It’s meant to be lighthearted but trust these commenters to turn it into tribal war. “Yorubas are said to have worst soup” that’s a loaded statement already. Gosh, can Yorubas get a break….lol
      When I was younger, I didn’t eat much nigerian food because my mom can’t cook the dishes but now I’m obsessed with them. I like pretty much majority of nigerian soups when cooked well particularly okra, egusi and vegetable soups. And when the fried stew with rice, I’m drooling.

  2. Gorgeous

    September 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    This causes division. I have not tried any igbo soup or food. I dont know any. I have eaten mostly Yoruba foods and maybe delta and Akwaibom. But thats it. I prefer my own soups by the way. Minus the oil. I have tried Nothern and i do not have a taste for it except Suya.

  3. e mi ni

    September 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    this is light entertainment @naijatalk …. similar to the nigeria jollof v ghana jollof beef… it’s all love.
    im yoruba but love igbo soups prepared by people who can cook it well – that can be someone from any tribe

    • Seriously

      September 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Can people please enlighten on Igbo and delta soups? So, I can try them next time. I only know the three major soups.

  4. Teni

    September 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Delta folks.

  5. Jite !!!!

    September 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Urhobo , Delta State reppin

  6. tunmi

    September 13, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    No, this is just light convo na. I know we have some good food but Sierra Leone folks can cook.

    • The Real Oma

      September 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      na wa for you oh @Tunmi, you jumped over all the cuisines in Nigeria to Sierra Leone… :))
      Anyway, me i have a special liking for Akwa ibom foods – notably Ikwan and efede afan.

    • Anon

      September 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      It’s the Nigerian blood in them…

      Take a trip down history.

  7. Cika

    September 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    THE IGBOS

  8. Ama

    September 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    “People have said that Yoruba people have the worst food in Nigeria”. Really? Bella Naija, how silly can you get? So of all the issues currently threatening this country and the anger that’s prevalent, you have nothing sensible but this to post? Sorry journalism!

  9. Jezebel

    September 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Has to be Idoma food! Hands down!!! You go licki hand, licki finger, scratch bottom plate ??

    • adelegirl

      September 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

      What’s Idoma food? Please share some of the names/recipes. Never heard of Idoma food. I know Benue people love pounded yam but that’s it really. It would be nice to know some of the specialties from Idoma land.

  10. AceOfSpades

    September 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Counting down to when someone will make a tribalist comment…..5, 4, 3, 2…..

  11. Liya

    September 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Its Gbagyi food all the way. Their foods are not so popular but they are delicious and healthy. Try Zhepo, awasawasa, and garden egg stew.
    Gbagyi people are blessed

  12. Majestic

    September 13, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    ” Based on the places I have been to”, I would give the Efiks/akwa-ibomites the first, the south east the second, the Yorubas the third(not because they do not know how to cook oooo). I have never tasted the northern cuisines so I can’t say. They might even take the first position in my list when I eventually do.

  13. Event planner

    September 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    You have to give it to Efik and Delta people though. Followed by Igbos and Yorubas on the same level because Igbo soups are virtually the same) with exceptions of dishes that aren’t soups for swallows of course) only the addition of the vegetables changes the dish. Thickeners are either Achi or Ukpo or Ofor or Ede. Similar with Yoruba cooking. There’s always a pepper base fried with palm oil before other ingredients are added, to form the soup. Northern cuisine isn’t that well known nationally and I don’t think even they like their own food because I work with caterers in Abuja and parties of northern elite and they always ask for food from the south, which will be unheard of to be done by southerners, with the exception of one old Aunty or grandma providing one or two core northern delicacies, the rest of the food is pure south. Imagine a Yoruba party without Obe ata or an Anamabra party without Ofe Onugbu for example. This video is obviously done light heartedly, so those who will take it from zero to 100 in 5 seconds should “cam dan”

    • Jasmine

      September 14, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Calabars have same dish. Same type of vegetable. Be sincer biko

    • Anonymous

      September 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Cross River and Akwa Ibom that share borders with South Eastern states, pretty much their soups are similar. Igbo vegetable soup has periwinkles called Esam, some people may put snail in their okra soup, but there are unforgettable Igbo delicacies like nkwobi, pepper soup (a delicacy that the south south and south east equally enjoy), African salads – Abacha with okporoko and kpomo, ugba with garden egg, okporoko, bits of meat, Ofe nsala, Ofe akwu, Ofe Oha or Ora, Ofe owerri, Ofe okazi, Ofe Achara, Ofe ogbono na uziza, Ofe ugu and okra, Ji nmiri oku (yam pepper soup with fresh fish or meat), endless Mehn.

  14. Sam Rans

    September 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I enjoyed one sweet soup in the East, I cant even remember the name sha. I hope one day PEACE MASS TRANSIT will start serving Enugu Dishes inside their bus because their services are becoming more classy!

  15. Iris

    September 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Considering how foolishly charged the wording was in this article, I am actually surprised by how reasonably people are commenting….so far. We thank God for small mercies. Maybe one day we will grow to fully understand unity in diversity.

    • Tell me

      September 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you for articulating my exact thoughts.. Was only too happy to see people jump straight into the dishes of choice!

  16. deb

    September 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I’m yoruba but I did say , igbos, south south has varieties.

    • Chukwubuikem

      December 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

      You are the most sincere yoruba person I have come across.

  17. Lala

    September 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Nigeria is beyond Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. For many people, any food they eat, that is not Hausa or Yoruba is automatically; ‘Omo -Ibo’.

    Different tribes cook different foods well.

    – Afang soup, Edikaikon soup, etc- The Akwa Ibom, Cross River state cook this the best, hands down. When the Igbo’s cook it, you won’t find periwinkles, large fresh prawns etc. Igbo soup is tasty but too much manage manage, not enough obstructions to garnish your eba as you navigate your way through the soup.

    – Owo soup, Banga soup, real traditional pepper soup (not using ginger and meat stock cook and calling it pepper soup), Banga rice, etc: These are all main staples in Delta state. The Itsekiri’s, Urhobo’s, Isoko’s and Ijaws. The other tribes in Delta state, e.g, Ukwuanis, Aboh’s, Anioma’s (delta Igbo’s) tend to cook similar foods as the Igbo’s. I have tasted delta Igbo soup, can’t remember the name but really tasty. Delta soup is very e pensive because like the Cross River and Akwa-Ibom people, you ave to put a lot of fresh fish (notice–fish). If you go to civil service office in Asaba, delta state capital, the Banga and other soups by the Urhobo’s , Ijaws and Itsekiri’s don’t last. Even the Igbo’s have acquired a taste for it.

    – Okro soup, Ogbono, in short any soup that draws, I give it to the Esan and Bini people of Edo state. I thought Itskeri’s cook good dry fish Okro soup, oh boy when I tasted Esan people’s Okro soup with correct dry fish, I throw salute. Cross river and Akwa-Ibom state people also cook decent Okro but Esan Okro soup is on another level a beg.

    – Moin-Moin Dodokiri and Akara: No moin moin I have tasted beats Yoruba people’s own. Even now, I order from a Yoruba lady in London. Cooked inside that leaf, it is just spectacular. I have tasted one stew that they put Okro but it is cooked differently. I have got Yoruba relatives but all of them don convert to delta food.

    -Kilisi/ Suya: No body does suya and Kilisi like the Hausa/ Fulani people. Isn’t kulikuli from northern Nigeria? I enjoyed that as a little child.

    – There’s one Igbo soup I eat at a friend’s house made with bitter leaf. Very tasty but not enough obstructions like periwinkles and ideshaworo (large fresh prawns) plus fresh water fish(I don’t like pond reared fish)

    All in all, Nigeria is blessed with over 250 ethnic groups and we need to enjoy as many as possible plus don’t classify Tiv/Idoma food as Hausa because you block up the entire north and same way, don’t block up Ibibio, Anan, Itsekiri’s, Urhobo’s , Isoko food as Igbo food because you think the entire south south is Igbo.

    By the way, l am from the south-south. as much as I like our food, there are other foods that other tribes cook better than the south-south.

    • jokl

      September 13, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      omo you really sound like an inspector general of food association in Nigeria!!
      you are a Foodie and theres no shame in it!!

    • Jasmine

      September 14, 2016 at 1:23 am

      See how u side-lined igbos!!! Take am easy abe.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      September 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Yes oh! So many places and foods to sample in Naija. We need to tour our country more.

      Like damn, Nigerians have food. “Foods” ehnnnn!! Boku-boku … my own travel history isn’t as wide as I’d prefer (still haven’t touched North Western Nigeria… KD and such like) but:-

      – starting with the south-south and PH, my very city of birth, life would be nothing without bole and fish. With peppered sauce! Street food for the gods! And then, onunu with native soup (my parents lived blissfully in Port Harcourt without native soup existed until the day someone taught me to cook it… they couldn’t believe their taste buds). Then fisherman soup… kai. And kekefie!!!
      – heading south eastwards and to the ofe-owerri of my ethnic origins. And ofe aku. With ofe-nsala cooked with proper native fowl. Ofe Oha, Ugba and ofe akwukwo. God, I thank you for good things. … Enugu will always have a special place in my heart because of how their bukas sustained me with the most amazing ofe onugbu and egusi throughout law school. And abacha. – My forays to Akwaibom opened up the world of ekpankwukwo, edinkankon, afang… I can’t even speak of them without salivating.
      – Then we go to Benin and owo soup with starch. I still can’t replicate the one my friend’s mum used to cook for us (YouTube to the rescue). My Itshekiri friends made ogbono soup for me – I truly, they have a gift.
      – Southwesterners, your gizdodo, your moinmoin, your asaro and your efo riro. Did I mention your party jollof? With stewed orishirishi? I hail you.
      – My time in the North East was actually very interesting as the only truly northern food I can recall eating was suya (suya was cheap there, sha… I miss it). All the restaurants seemed to be run by Igbos. And I’ll always remember Yobe as the place I had the best Isi Ewu of my life. One woman there ehnnn…. she was truly an isi ewu artisan.
      – I passed through Benue a couple of times and just realized I have no recollection of sampling their cuisine. Need to approach my friends from that region to show me what they’re packing. 🙂

      And that bitterleaf soup you refer to is called Ofe Onubu. 🙂

    • Gorgeous

      September 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      You do know that Boli is a Yoruba creation right? LOL!

    • Confuzzled

      September 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Its a Yoruba creation perfected on the streets of PH. You’ve not had boli until you’ve had it in PH. Take that to the bank.

  18. NG

    September 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Time was when articles like this wouldn’t even cause fear of war of the tribes. People will just enjoy the laugh it elicits. But times changed for worse with horrible ethnic rhetoric… we will do well never to forget how and by whom we got there.
    Thank God we appear to be getting our senses back…..hopefully, leaving rabid ethnicism at the doorstep of He that tried to unleash the worst devastating ethnic virus on our fragile psyche.

  19. Ada

    September 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    When it comes to stews Yoruba stew is the best * the brown pepper stew with orishirishi* soups akwaibom hands down, even though am igbo our soups are just ehen to me the day I tasted original banga soup omo, I had to eat more than once. I still want to try other ethnic groups

    • Cutewine

      September 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Yoruba stew is indeed the best for me!

  20. Marlvina

    September 13, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    AKWA IBOM!!!! They’ve got wide variety. Even some u haven’t heard before that ain’t common. Delicious soups mehn! So heavenly. Especially Afang, Atama, Afia efere, edikang-ikong, and foods like ekpang-kukwo. Yebe koko. Finger licking.

  21. aj

    September 14, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I love a variety of Yoruba food like moin moin,efo elegusi, efo riro and obe ata. These are what I have tried so far. I have never tried banga but I have tried edikai-ikong before and it was very good and I’m sure it will be even better when prepared by an akwa ibom woman.

  22. C

    September 14, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Calabar ppl of course I stand by it yep my Igbo self stand by them. This is their zone best food in the country hands down!

  23. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

    There are a lot of dishes from other parts of the country like the north and middle belt that so many nigerians are not aware of or even taste. I think food is all about the right preparation not really about region

  24. Dee

    September 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Nigerian food rocks, regardless of the region. We have so many diverse and delicious dishes.

  25. bowl

    September 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

    The yorubas are the best cooks.they have best tomato stew.Their food however do not have a personality.same goes for the Efik .They have colourful dishes ,most based on waterleaf.They also market these dishes like no other tribe in Nigeria..But again their foods have the same problems with the Yoruba food.Those of you saying its Akwa Ibom before Efik, i think you are wrong.The Akwaibom people mix up things a lot. Most cooks from the Akwa/Cross axis are from tAkwa ibom,Thus you may understand the mix up in recipe.Many cooks abound from the same axis but there are few good cooks. Pure Hausas have fine taste for food but most of their dishes except suya la.ck personality.The Igbo foods have the strongest personality .The igbos of Anambra extraction have the best and bigger no of dishes.There are few good cooks . No respect for Original recipes as seen among the Efiks and Yorubas.Anything goes.We must understand that there factors that influence a peoples food: quantity of food produced by community, how exposed the people are, reception to change.Thus the Hausa have quite a colourful variety .Same goes to the Efik And Yoruba. Anambra state is the highest food producing state from south east ,so its understandable why they havebetter taste

  26. bowl

    September 14, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Sorry for my typos. I meant that Anambra is the highest food producer from the south east .Also, they saw light ahead of their Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia counterpart.so you can understand why they have better and bigger no of food..The exception to these rules are The people from Delta state and Benue state.Very big food producers.poor taste in food. No standard recipes except banga soup.No respect for recipes.Anything literally goes .I rest my case!

  27. Cutewine

    September 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    That Abacha(AfricanSalad) picture though… salivating already. lol

  28. bowl

    September 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    The people from Norther Cross River make the best Egusi and ground nut soups/stews all Nigeriian tribes.

  29. Peaches77

    September 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Daaammnn @ that Abacha. I don’t even want to be delivered from the love of peppery Abacha. I can eat it anytime and anywhere even with hubby giving me the side eye!
    Yes to Yorubas and their stew, moimoi, asaro. Love it! And for soups I enjoy most southern soups; affang, native soup, edikainkong, ofe onugbu, ofe akwu, ofe oha ❤️, ji mmiri oku, ji-aubo na ukpaka, up a and stock fish, ofe ugwu, ofe achara, ofe owerri and so on. Definitely more open to eating more varieties of food. Ah so much to eat ?!
    I am yet to eat a convincing fisherman soup. Have to keep trying.
    Where did Chicken-gbogon originate from?

  30. Stella

    September 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    As a member of the Efik tribe and the Igbo tribe, both regions have great dishes. However, the Efik people make the most incredible meals! The medal goes to the Efiks. Please keep in mind that I have extended and countless opportunities to enjoy countless cosines from other parts of the country. Some taste very good too. However, the Erik meal are consistently tasty and rich!

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