The love for Bòlì and Roasted fish #LifeinPHcity

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Like the heap of Olumo rock, my belly swells beneath my shirt,
filled and appeased by the favourite meal of the oil city,
Threatening to rip three buttons off my chest.

Like the cascades of Olumirin Falls,
streams of sweat trickle down my animated face.
Like the sedating vigor of emu ògùrò,
an aura of restful slumber inundate my nourished frame.

And like the sweet taste of ripe mango,
this combo of bòlì and roasted fish holds my tongue in a prison of passionate romance.
Oh bòlì… oh my sweet bòlì, here I am your Juliet, and there you are, my Romeo!


Everyday, throughout my stay, the oil city of Port Harcourt beamed with an charming and aromatic smoke, not from pots of boiling periwinkle soup or trays of fried yam and dodo, but from trays of wire-mesh carrying precious clusters of roasted fish and bòlì (roasted plantain) smeared with tantalizing hot peppery sauce.

So, even if nothing has amazed me about the Niger Delta; if its beautiful creeks, culture, wildlife and thrilling night life has refused to make my mind rock and roll, this single meal has changed  everything for me, and will always be a reason for me to keep dreaming of another trip to this city.

Have you been to Port-Harcourt City and didn’t taste this food? trust me, it would have been better if you had stayed back at home.

www.naijatreks.com www.naijatreks.com – Lovely something!!! the chef breaks the bòlì into small balls and smears it with hot peppery sauce… chai! Abeg I want some ooo!!


– Then she lifts a big roasted fish and places it on the bòlì balls and smears more sauce on it. She then packs it in a paper or aluminium foil and gives it to her customer. Trust me, you wont stop gobbling the bòlì balls until you’ve consumed the last one. And if you loaded the meal down with a bottle of chilled coke, means you’ve sentenced yourself to a jail of 4 hrs (straight) of irresistible siesta!

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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.


bigfootlp@yahoo.com' OlamidunJanuary 11, 2013 at 6:23 pmReply

Good Writeup bro… Its really been a while I had some of that.. Well not the portharcourt version anyway.. Lol

NaijatreksJanuary 11, 2013 at 6:57 pmReply

@Olamidun,…hahaha..so some people even sell it outside Port-Harcourt? I know they sell Boli+groundnut in southwest Nigeria, but not Boli+fish.

abolore.muraina@yahoo.com' LMJanuary 11, 2013 at 11:10 pmReply

ROTFL I could not stop laughing while reading, minutes after and anytime I think about this post. Any meal capable of inspiring such poetic description has got to be a MEAL. I have heard of the famous PH fish and roasted plantain but not like this…..I so want a taste now.

NaijatreksJanuary 12, 2013 at 9:17 amReply

@LM…hehehe…you really need to dash down to PH to have a taste of it…a personal experience might just turn you into a poet too. loll

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