Rules to have a successful Nigerian Christmas party!

Definitely, one of the most educational and fun experiences we have all over the world, is when we get to celebrate Christmas in a foreign country, another way, with other foods and traditions.  We experience first hand what the feeling is like in the country at Christmas time, what the expectations are and how important the celebration may be to the people. So, when my husband said we would be having an office party at our home, I immediately began thinking about some of the tastiest “Christmas” party treats I have had, what ones I would like to use and make and generally what would constitute my version of a “Christmas party menu” for the Nigerian staff.

Funny enough, this thinking was shot down quite quickly, within one day actually.  My husband consulted his staff and found out that most importantly of all is the food at a party…and…it was to be strictly Nigerian…and was to be the exact same dishes they eat all year-long.  They love their goat soup, their fish, their fried chicken and especially their specialty – “jollof rice”. Well, this would definitely require some additional help because these are not dishes that I cook and would definitely not be able to get the intense spiciness and “heat” just right for a Nigerian.  In my thoughts – “heat” meaning – death by eating the spicy food!  For some reason, despite all my travels – my palette still cant’ tolerate the spicy and stickw with my upbringing of the simple yet delicious “meat and potatoes” food.

We have actually had to plan several parties with Nigerians for Christmas, and each time I mention perhaps a “special Christmas dish” or dessert they would like to bring or have – they always in unison announce

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“jollof rice!”  So, that makes things really simple.  My children who were also involved did ask that we definitely make our own Christmas party, with our “own” foods that we usually have special at Christmas time.  I understand it, I was thinking the exact…same…thing.

Pay attention closely! Travel to the African country of Benin.

We will be posting our adventures of border crossings from Nigeria into the country of IMG_6778IMG_6781Benin.  The quietness and calmness of Benin versus the chaos of Nigeria was a lovely change.  We will also soon be exploring more African countries, South Africa, and Namibia in the next few weeks.  What do you want to see on a trip to Namibia?  Let us take you there.  Watch soon!!

Early morning, hot sun.

This was taken early in the morning in  Lagos , Nigeria. I can already tell it will be extremely hot, sticky, thick air, and even thicker with smells and various odors that come from an overpopulated city with poor sanitation, and water surrounding it that is used to dump all kinds of waste into it.

It is also the Harmattan season when the winds blow the sand from the Sahara to the western part of Africa; Nigeria. The sky is never blue, but hazy and grayish with heat searing through the cloudy cover.

We almost got hit by a truck full of cows! 

On our way home from our tennis lesson in Lagos Nigeria, we were just about to turn onto our street when an old, rickety truck came barreling by jammed full of steer! Unfortunately, I don’t know the exact breed of these cows because I was too busy trying to steer clear(ha ha) of the truck! 😃

We see lots of fun things on the streets of Lagos.l

Drive with us after storm!

After a short downpour one morning, we have to get out to the store and had lots of fun driving there! A combination of poor infrastructure and ineffective sewage systems leads to flooded roads and potholes everywhere! Who knows what would happen if a monsoon hit!​ Just another thing you gotta get used to here in the big city of 21 million!😁