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Coconut rice the Badagry way!


Have you ever met a woman whose best food is beans? Bunmi is unusual. I mean after watching BBN contestant Marvis relish eba, every other day for 90 days, I never imagined a more awkward favourite food for a female.

Badagry is a city of trade. It’s the custodian of Nigeria’s history of slave trade with footprints from that colonial era now turned into tourism attractions. From the first well dug in Nigeria, to the first primary school (St Thomas Anglican), down to the museum that exhibits articles of trade from that era, Badagry is bursting at the seams with history.


And it’s not just history. Food. Good food made possible by the abundance of sea food in the surrounding waters. Yes, Badagry is a coastal city, perfect for (family) getaways and meaty coconut. Did you know coconut water is good for breastfeeding mums and children? No, it doesn’t make you dull; forget the old wives’ myth. Coconut water is actually fantastic for keeping the body hydrated especially after exercise. Now you know what to fill your water bottle with when next you’re hitting the gym — *wink.

So in this episode of Delicious Naija, host Bunmi meets the Pinponsus who teach us how to party on a Monday! Mayomi and Bunmi Pinponsu are from Badagry and have been married for three years. The couple have two sons and have lived in Badagry all their lives. Mrs. Pinponsu’s favourite food is beans while her husband favours eba. The kids are typical rice-lovers just like the average Nigerian kid. When Maggi’s Bunmi meets up with Bunmi Pinponsu for their culinary adventure, she is introduced to a totally different kind of coconut rice made from blended coconut meat and garnished with yummy looking prawns and crabs.

At the Agbalata market, they shop for local rice, baby coconuts, fresh pepper, carrots, onion, tomato prawns, baby crabs, spring onions, Maggi chicken and Maggi Mixpy (garlic & ginger). Apart from preparing coconut rice the Badagry way, Mrs Pinponsu teaches Bunmi how to extract coconut oil from mature coconuts while also making coconut sweets. This is one adventure you can’t afford to miss and it’s all captured in this episode.

Journey Badagry with Bunmi and see resorts like Whispering Palms and Suntan beach. These homes away from home are perfect for tourists seeking to explore the coastal city full of palm trees, fresh coconut, sandy beaches and fresh air; and of course yummy coconut rice and sea food. It’s many for the price of one!

If you didn’t get to watch it this weekend on your TV, you can catch up. See the full episode below:

The food journeys of Delicious Naija can always be watched at 7.30 pm Saturday on Africa Magic (Family), at 5.00 pm Sunday on NTA and at 5.30 pm Friday on Arewa24.

But if you can’t get to these, that’s okay – there’s  Facebook & Instagram to keep you updated!

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