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I grew up eating fresh food – Ijeoma Onwudiwe

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With Ebun Babalola

Ijeoma Onwudiwe is a classy designer. She specialises in making people look attractive in whatever way. She is our guest on this edition of Celebrity Talk as she speak on her village food as well as her eating culture.

What food goes with your style?

My favourite food is pounded yam with isala soup. Although, I’ve been trying to monitor my food in-take. I don’t want to grow fat than necessary so, I’m cutting down on pounded yam as often as possible. I eat rice and beans. Right now, I eat once on daily basis and eat more of fruit.

What was food to you growing up?

I like eating apu. I eat lots of it because I was born and bred in the village. I was used to eating all my village food. I love apu so much. I like rice, porridge with green leaf. It makes one look very healthy. Whatever we eat then was natural. Not now that everybody goes to Mr. Biggs and eat chemical. Whatever we eat was fresh and natural. We had farm plants in-front of our house. Not , that children are used to fast-foods. Eating good food prohibits me to visit hospital.

What is the major food in your village?

In Anambra people believe so much in eating (apu), fufu, pounded yam with isala soup and yam porridge.

Now that you want to cut down on your food-intake, what fruit goes with your choice of food?

I eat cucumber, pineapple, orange, paw-paw and garden egg leaf because the leaf helps in providing all the nutrients. With garden-egg, you will have enough blood.

Do you exercise?

Yes, I do, once in a week. Every Saturday, I run around my Estate. One can do some exercises within the locality keep fit. It is not a must to register in any fitness outlet.

What kind of drink do you like?

I was used to sugary juice but now, I prefer hot drinks diluted with any soft drink. I like power-horse. It is not a regular thing but I prefer hot drinks.

Nutritional values of mango


Mango, being high in calories and carbohydrates, is good for those who are trying to gain weight.

The phenolic compound found in mangoes has been found to have powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties.

Being high in iron, mango is said to be very good for pregnant women as well as for people suffering from anemia.

Mango is good For Better Sex: The Vitamin E which is abundantly present in mangoes helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive.

Mango is believed to be effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin.

The vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin E and selenium present in mangoes provide protection against heart disease.

Mangoes have been found to be quite helpful in treating acidity and poor digestion.

It is being said that the Vitamin E present in mango helps hormonal system function more efficiently and thus, boosts sex life.

The anti-inflammatory properties of mango might help alleviate asthma symptoms.

Mango has been found to be beneficial for people suffering from, bacterial Infections, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, eye disorders, hair loss, heat stroke, leucorrhea, liver disorders, menstrual disorders, morning sickness, piles, prickly heat, scurvy, sinusitis, spleen, enlargement and vaginitis Mangoes, both ripe and unripe are very good sources of vitamin C. 16mg of vitamin C is present in 100 gms of mango. Both vitamins A and C are anti oxidants and help to prevent free radical injury and thus reduce the risk of certain cancers. Ripe mango provides a good source of calories.

Mangoes are very nutritious and excellent source of carotene as compared to other fruits. Eating mangoes in the season may provide a store of vitamin A in the liver, sufficient to last for the rest of the year and highly beneficial for the prevention of vitamin A deficient disorders like night blindness.

The ripe mango is tones up the heart muscle, improves complexion and stimulates appetite. It increases the seven body nutrients, including food, juice, blood, flesh, fat, bone marrow and semen. The fruit is beneficial in liver disorders, loss of weight and other physical disturbances.

Mangoes are useful to children who lack concentration in studies as it contains glutamine acid which is good to boost memory and keep cells active.

Mango helps in clearing clogged pores that causes acne. Just slice the mango into very thin pieces and keep it on your face for 10 to 15 min and then take bath or wash your face. Use warm water for washing your face.

It’s a known fact that Mango is rich in Iron. People who suffer from anemia can regularly take mango along with their dinner. Generally women after menopause become weak and they should take mangoes and other fruits rich in iron. Pregnant ladies can also take mangoes occasionally as their body needs iron and calcium during that time. Too much consumption of mangoes should be avoided during pregnancy. If you have generally taken lots of mangoes right from your childhood then you can consume mangoes when you are pregnant as it won’t affect your body.

Afia Efere (white soup)


afia efere (white soup)

Goat meat,

smoked fish,

chicken (precooked)


one quarter cup grounded crayfish

salt to taste

Pounded yam

A pinch dried chilli


Combine the goat meat, chicken and smoked fish. Add 11/2 cup water.

Set on medium heat.

Add in the chili, blended crayfish, salt and seasoning.

Simmer for 15mins.

Add in the pounded yam

Simmer for another 10mins

You can add some scented leaves to the soup.

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