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We discover the world08/06/2010


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Mail from Nigeria! Drawings by the Obada Oko Kids

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Wow... we weren't expecting this! Our friends at the basic school in Obada Oko in Nigeria sent us loads of great drawings.

Do you know cassava, also known as yuca or manioc? A cassava bush can grow up to three meters tall. Usually only the roots are eaten. Flour for flatbread or porridge is made from it, or it can be boiled or fried, which can be especially tasty with peanuts, milk and sugar. Yum-yum!

Of course, there are houses built with bricks, but many look like these thatched huts in northern Nigeria.

This is our flag -- green represents agriculture, and white represents peace.

Many farmers live here. You can see here how straight they plough the fields where manioc, cocoa beans, corn and yams grow.

Here we see fish being smoked -- they taste especially good with vegetables.

Do you like bananas? I love them -- yum yum! They're tasty and also very healthy.

What games do you play with your friends? We like 'Talo wa ninu ogbana' and 'Boju boju.' Never heard of them? They mean 'Who is in the Garden' and 'Hide-and-Seek' in Yoruba, the language we speak here along with English.

I love living in the country, because I really like fruit, vegetables, fresh milk and bush meat. That's the meat from wild animals, but only those that are not threatened with extinction. We also eat rabbits, rats and antelope.

This is how we transport just about everything here -- groceries from the market, fruit, vegetables and water. It's not exactly easy -- try it yourself!

Here we are at the river -- where we fetch our water, bathe and sometimes even catch fish!

Babies go everywhere with us -- see how mothers carry them on their back.

Yams are being pounded and then porridge (Iryan in Yoruba) is made. When you cook it with meat, it makes a tasty soup.

Of course you know about corn. The best way to eat it is with beans. 

You can't eat manioc raw because it is actually poisonous this way. But it can boiled, fried or made into flour or porridge. To do this, the root first has to be peeled, grated and soaked. The pulp is then pressed and dried.

 

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