Nigerian breakfast has no regulated timetable!
NIGERIAN BREAKFAST HAS UNWRITTEN FORMULA THAT MEANS THAT YOU SHOULD DO YOUR OWN THING THE WAY THAT SUITS YOU MOST!
To be frank with you, Nigerians do not have regulated and regimented breakfast as you have it in the Western world.By that I mean that an average Nigerian in the village in particular doesn't even bother about breakfast.
Nine times out of ten, Nigerians in the villages can skip breakfast,even lunch and then eat fufu, cassava or yam pottage in the evening.Failing that, an average villager can even eat eba,akpu or amala for breakfast he doesn't care!
The kind of people that eat regulated breakfast are the workers who live in the cities.Those with families, do eat breakfast as we have them in Western world.Those who are single, depend on the services of 'Mamaput' ladies' canteens. 'Mamaput' ladies are divided into two groups.
Those who sell their cooked foods such as rice, beans,fried ripped plantains,boiled yams; stews and soups and of course, fufu in some makeshift huts or rooms and those who carry their foods on the trucks and push the trucks along the road looking for customers.They are Hawkers!
Mamaput ladies are very important and prominent as far as Nigerian social and eating habits are concerned.Their food stuff are relatively cheaper and sometimes sweeter and better than some of the foods one eats in 5 star hotels! I always enjoy eating Mamaput foods when ever I'm in any of the Nigerian cities.
These women can be found in any part of Nigerian cities. They also help workers in the cities to have their lunch depending on what they chose to eat.
THE TYPES OF BREAKFAST THE WORKERS OR THE NIGERIANS WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THE CITIES EAT.
As I have already stated, breakfast are more eaten by those with families in the cities than those who are single.The average villager can eat whatever he or she likes in the mornings, he does'nt care!
I, remember some years ago, when my mother visited us in the city. Our usual breakfast then was egg omelette, toast or plain bread with butter and tea or ovaltine. One day as I was off duty, I observed that my mother was looking tired and seemed unhappy.
I dropped what I was doing and faced her. I asked her what was troubling her as she really looked troubled. Could you believe it that my mother told me that she was feeling hungry. But I reminded her that we had breakfast about two hours ago.
She kept silent for a few minutes and then blurted out "You know, I'm not used to eating mere bread and egg as breakfast!" "What do you mean?" I asked. "Oh, well, I'm used to eating 'Akpu' in the morning it is the only food stuff that can sustain and give me energy till the evening!" she said. From that day, she refrained from eating egg omelet, bread,and tea with us until she returned to the village.
Nigerian breakfast are mostly eaten on Saturdays and Sundays
and they generally consists of Fried yams, Akara or moi moi,fried ripped plantains,bread and butter;( Akamu or ogi), or custard, tea,coffee and ovaltine and of course boiled or fried eggs. These are the usual breakfasts for Nigerians in the cities!
HERE IN THIS PAGE, YOU WILL SEE THE PICTURE OF AKARA BALLS IN A BOWL AS WELL AS MOI MOI IN A DIFFERENT SHAPE. THEY CAN BE EATEN FOR BREAKFAST AS WELL AS FOR LUNCH.
Foods eaten in Nigeria