Our First Fun Filled Trip To Nigeria

Sweet Sweet Africa. My husband wanted our family to see where he grew up and it was the perfect time for all of us to go – so we did! I’ve never been to Nigeria before and was really excited. Here are some pics we took during our trip. For tips on travelling with babies and toddlers check out My Ultimate 20 Tips for Travelling with Babies & Toddlers Post HERE .

On Our Way

 

Sitting in the airport waiting with Mista M (7 months at the time). Don’t we look nice and relaxed? We actually had a smooth time in the airport to be honest. I think that’s because we were well prepared and we weren’t rushing. The flight was just over 6 hours and it was really smooth. We had some great food and Dee (2) was really good. Mista M got bored during the flight, so my husband walked with him up and down the isles a few times – which helped a lot.

Once we arrived we had to wait some time to get our checked luggage but thankfully it came and then we were off. It was sooo HOT but we were all wearing layered clothing, so it was easy to adjust.

Here are some stats about Nigeria
  1. The official name of Nigeria is the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  2. The population is over 150 million  making it the most populous country in Africa
  3. The major languages spoken are English (official), Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa
  4. Nigeria is located in West Africa sharing a border with Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger (pronounced Ni-Jer).
  5. The total land mass of Nigeria is 923,768 km² which makes it the world’s 32nd-largest country
  6. Nigeria is part of the British Commonwealth and the African Union
  7. Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups, the three largest of which are the Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo
  8. The Nigerian currency is called the Naira
  9. Nigeria has a tropical climate with variable rainy and dry seasons, depending on location
  10. Nigeria is rich natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals

Food & Agriculture

When you travel what is one of your favourite things to do? Mine is trying new an exciting foods. This was definitely a great opportunity for us to try things and see things that we’ve never seen before. Here are few new things I learned while on this trip.


Nigerian honey is not like the light yellow color or very sticky consistency you may be used to!
It’s a bit similar to maple syrup with it’s dark brownish color and smoother consistency but it definitely doesn’t taste like syrup or even like the honey we’re used to. Hmmmmm, I honestly can’t think of a similar taste to compare it to but it’s JUST as sweet & yummy!

 


 

Did you think these were Limes? NOPE! So, did I but they are very sweet and RIPE tangerines.

KID’S FUN FACT💭😄👇
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In this part of Nigeria tangerines and oranges are the ripest & sweetest when they are light yellow and a bit green (as in the pictures & video) and NOT like the deep orange color we may are used to in North America & other parts if the world! 🍊🍊🍊 But PLEASE believe they are just as sweet and tasty!😄😄😄😄



Here are the Biggest Okra’s I’ve ever seen and these were in my mother in law’s garden. They were almost as big as my daughter’s hand. Okra has several health benefits like potassium, vitamin B & C, folic acid, and calcium.


 

Beef Suya is a spicy dish eaten right off of the grill while sizzling hot. Yummmmmm. Chicken, Gizzard & Beef are all popular and delicious Nigerian street food snacks.


Terra Kulture:

An Award Winning Restaurant, Art Gallery and Bookstore

http://www.terrakulture.com

I really loved this place. Located on Victoria Island – Terra Kulture is an events centre with a restaurant/bar, art gallery and bookstore and much more. The ceiling was made of bamboo and there was so much beauty in this building. The picture above was the meal I ordered and it was definitely on of my favourite meals that whole trip.

Left to Right: Pepper Stew, Assorted Meat Kebabs ( Shrimp, Lobster, Chicken & Gizzard), Fried Sweet Potatoes. Yummmmmm.



At another local restaurant in Ibadan we had another traditional Nigerian meal.                                Left to Right: Pounded Yam, (wrapped in plastic wrap to keep freshness & shape), Efo, Assorted Meat stew, Jollof Rice.


 

These are called New Yams!

KID’S FUN FACT💭😄👇
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Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of YAMS. I’ve NEVER seen yams so big before! These are MASSIVE and lmost as big as Dee.

 

Around Town in Ibadan

 

Hair & Beauty

This was another first for me. So, as I’m West African I’ve used black soap since I was a child.

The plantain skins give the soap Vitamin A & E, and iron. Because the soap has the highest shea butter content of any soap, it purportedly also offers UV protection. Some people with caffeine sensitivities may need to test out soap that contains cocoa pods as there is some evidence that the caffeine can be transmitted through contact with the skin.

My mother in law buys the soap and adds other healthy ingredients to make a final product. It was really cool to be able to do this and I’m happy that Dee was there helping us as well.


On our Way Home

This cute picture of Dee was taken in the Aiport. There is an awesome store filled with Ankara clothing, jewellery and other bits and bobs. I wanted to get a nice purse to commemorate my trip and Dee picked out this beautiful one. What a great way to end our Our First Fun Filled Trip To Nigeria.

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