Badagry: The day I ate Òfadà rice with fresh Palmy

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By the Badagry Lagoon sits my cup of fresh milky palmy, kissing the walls of its cup and wishing it could break free to see the beauty that lies before it… the mesmerising beauty of the smiling lagoon waters, dancing with the soft glitters of the setting sun which reposed majestically at the distant palmtree -fringed skyline.

The setting sun winked at my palmy, casting its golden rays on the tiny bubbles floating atop the milky fluid. Energised and brought to life, the bubbles glowed with mild sparks; in clusters they smiled back to the sun in unified obeisance.

Above me hangs an umbrella of spreading tree canopy; its shade tried but failed to shield my palmy from the sun’s rays.

A waiter came. She served me a plate of hot rice, packaged in our traditional way- a heap of steaming hot Òfadà rice, placed in fresh Uma leaf and capped with a small blanket of fresh hand-ground pepper stew. It was irresistible. It’s aroma rose and spread like a genie from Aladdin’s kettle; my nose could not say “no”, and immediately my belly yelled “go!”, I grabbed my spoon and turned the heap into a shallow sea. Though the meal was delicious and sweet, still my tongue burned happily at the lashes of hot pepper it had tasted from the spoonfuls.

I inhaled the bracing lagoon air and relaxed in my wooden chair. Right then I realised Badagry is not just full of relics of slave trade, it is also blessed with a charming lagoon front, girdled with many good restaurants offering delicious local dishes and fresh palm wine to meet the needs of its teeming tourists.

*Palmy is the nickname for Palm wine in Nigeria.


…A heap of steaming hot Òfadà rice, placed in fresh Uma leaf and capped with a small blanket of fresh hand-ground pepper stew. It was irresistible.

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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.

irokeifa@gmail.com' Omo ObaJuly 17, 2013 at 8:10 amReply

Keep up the great job…

NaijatreksJuly 17, 2013 at 9:13 pmReply

@ Omo Oba…thankss, I’ll make sure I do 🙂

roseline.etim@yahoo.com' RossyJuly 17, 2013 at 10:12 amReply

Loving the site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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neocentricgenius@gmail.com' HRH Prince Farouk IJuly 17, 2013 at 10:33 amReply

Very fancy looking ofada rice, i approve! and the palmy, yes! add some snail and u got me 🙂

NaijatreksJuly 17, 2013 at 8:58 pmReply

@ HRH Prince Farouk…hahaha, you must be a great lover of food o! Yesss, I forgot to talk about the snail…you sure have some sharp eyes there.

neocentricgenius@gmail.com' HRH Prince Farouk IJuly 18, 2013 at 2:06 pmReply

Ah! there was snail there? lol didnt see it o. I was just talking about what would make the meal even better.

Definitely a lover of food, secondary school food prefect back in my day 🙂

NaijatreksJuly 18, 2013 at 7:07 pmReply

@HRH Prince Farouk…*laughing hysterically* so you didn’t even see the snail before?Wt a coincidence…heheheno wonderty made you food prefect.Hope you didn’t finish their food back then. Lol

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