By Bright Bassey
The Nigerian Food Festival, hosted by indigenes of Abia State, has begun in South Africa. The festival organisers say the festival will fetch them foreign exchange and create jobs.
Chima Umealo, President, Abia Progressive Union, South Africa said over the phone on Sunday that the festival was to promote Nigerian delicacies in South Africa.
“The aim of the festival is to exhibit some Nigerian dishes, create employment for Nigerian chefs, boost importation of Nigerian food and earn foreign exchange,” he said.
Umealo said a survey showed that Nigerian food was in high demand in South Africa, adding that the festival was an opportunity to showcase it to South Africans.
“We also used the occasion to exhibit the rich cultural heritage we have in Nigerian food. It is going to be an annual event,’’ he said.
Local delicacies on display were egusi soup, okro Soup, plantain porridge, pounded yam, native soup, ukwa, akara and vegetables.
The President of Nigeria Union, South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, who also spoke on phone, applauded the organizers of the event
“This is a great opportunity to exhibit the rich culture of our country through food and encourage our people to export Nigerian food,” he said.