The issue of the refined bitter leave has really sparked a lot in my memory and I feel this burning need for a wake up call on all Africans for us to go back to our traditional ways. In one of our recent post, we mentioned the First Nation people of Canada reviving their lost heritage through teaching of their traditional dances, medicine, language, smudging (traditional ceremonies), an on going process on presently.
Growing up in the seventies and eighties in Nigeria, there were no much sicknesses or ailments like we have today because the dependance then was not on hospitals or foreign drugs or remedies or food.
We ate food grown locally, chicken that were fed naturally around our homes, vegetables grown with no chemicals, fruits planted in our farms or backyard. Ripe mangoes, oranges, cherries, bananas, pawpaws, guava, sour-chop, to name but a few not grapes, or apples that we know not how they were planted or harvested. These fruits were only harvest or plucked when ripe and they did not only serve as fruits to be eaten alone but their leaves and barks of their trees serves as herbal effective remedies some of which I and my sister still recalled till date.
We never knew then that good food is a great prerequisite for good health. Come the late 90s and early part of this century, modernization and what we call exposure. Eating foreign foods and taking foreign fruits have given us what we never knew.
Good food can lead to a healthy lifestyle and health too. Most of our African foods are prepared with what this generation do not realize are herbs. The Indians have similar herbs and are today creating awareness of these but we Africans and Nigerians especially are busy abandoning them.
Few examples are:
Black pepper- Oziza seed used by the Ibos and part of the Urhobo tribe
Turmeric (cucurma)- used by the Uvwie and Urhobos as dye/ for pepper soup/ for fever/yellow fever remedy medicine.
TO BE CONTINUED.