In the past few days, I've done two short trips to Oshogbo and then Ekiti. I still have one wrap of aadun left from Ekiti and one 50cl bottle of palmwine. Bought the pammie on the road, sipped some on the 4.5 hour trip. Got back in town and went straight for some pounded yam and edikaikong at my usual poundo joint. Sipped a little more after.
The aadun from Ekiti is, as usual, wonderful. It's better than the one I bought in Oshogbo that was wrapped in cellophane instead of whatever mysterious leaves, and ran with palm oil instead of holding it together. I don't love beans, but I love aadun which is made from beans, corn...
The best thing I ate on either trip was a breakfast in Ado of "dodo oniyeri" - basically fried plantains embedded in a fat egg omelette. It was served with a (shredded) fish stew. Lovely.
Not sure where one can get good aadun in Lagos; or palmwine (although there's decent, bottled palmwine abroad), or dodo Ikire. Dodo oniyeri seems really easy to make at home though.
- Dodo Ikire is sold at Ikire. Maybe next time I'll fall in love with it. Recipes - stylish, ghetto options.
- Aadun - Not sweet, but excellent and super-nutritious. Recipe. Aadun must contain red beans, don't listen to those who say it's made primarily of corn; they don't know what they're talking about.
I attended the Osun Osogbo festival for the first time ever. Good times. Great town.
|Talking drums; drummers|
|Palace art depicts this most important festival|
|Arugba on the left, drummer by the door|
|Chiefs or royalty?|
|Serelu Agbo, Agbara agbo, l'osun fi n wo omo re ki dokita o to de|
|Man clutches god|
|The face of a drum|
|Arugba in top right of this picture|
|Arugba in center of this photo|
|Arugba this year is a short girl|
|More people; now within the grove, nearing the river|
|White is the colour of Osun|
|Near the grove entrance|
|Grove entrance - World Heritage Site|
|Dance dance dance - je ka jo|
|Guy set up a little ring-throwing game - it's like a carnival|