Struggles of an International (Nigerian) Student: Part One- What to Pack


I know, I’m literally the worst blogger! I apologize for going MIA again, life has been quite busy over here… or maybe I just got lazy, who knows? lol

Anyway, I’m getting ready to move to school for my master’s program(me) and I compiled a list of essential things to pack from home.

Number One: Indomie Instant Noodles. YOU NEED THIS. For all those days/ nights when you don’t have time to make an elaborate meal or you’re too broke to buy food, this will be your savior. Trust me!


Number Two: Knorr Cubes. I don’t know about you, but I love flavor in my food so this is VERY essential. Adobo is a close substitute but doesn’t quite do the job for me.


Number Three: Dried Pepper. This is the easiest way to add a kick to your favorite meals.


Number Four. Yaji (Suya Pepper). Yaji+ Knorr+ Chicken= perfection. Try it!


Number Five: Shea Butter. Perfect for those dry winter days. Keeps your skin, and hair healthy and moisturized.


Number Six: Chin-chin. What better snack to pack?


Number Seven: Golden Morn/ Peak Milk. Feed the child in you. Comes in handy for those late nights, and early mornings.


Number Eight: Black Soap. My new-found love. Major key to healthy skin.


Number Nine: Sure Roll-on deodorant. Simply because I don’t like sprays and solid sticks.


Number Ten: Nigerian Art. Adds a touch of home to your dorm room/ apartment.


If you’re like me, and you over-pack, you might want to add things like crayfish (dried and blended), bean powder, and garri.

Best of luck in your new schools, make sure to meet people and make friends! It pays off!



Feeding the Fam

Figuring out what food to make when you’re hosting guests can be quite cumbersome. I spent most of Thursday trying to plan a menu for the get-together, my brother, Ray planned with the rest of our secondary school family.

I had to decide if I wanted to prepare a full 3-course meal, or appetizers, or desserts. Eventually, I decided to stick with proteins, and dessert.

On Saturday morning, after a late night out, I made peppered beef, oven-baked honey chili chicken, and oven-roasted (sole) fish.


Peppered Beef

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Kilogram of beef, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • Onions- 1 medium bulb
  • 5 large tomatoes, blended
  • Blended habanero peppers
  • Cooking oil- 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 of a medium sized green pepper
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoonful


In a pot, pour 1/4 cup of water, add the beef, 1/2 of the onion bulb, adobo (2 teaspoons), Knorr (2 cubes), thyme (1 teaspoon) and bring to a boil.

In the mean time, start frying the tomatoes and blended peppers with 2 tablespoons of oil in another pot/ saucepan.

Pour the rest of the cooking oil into a frying pan to heat up.

Once fully cooked transfer the beef (and onions) to the hot oil and fry until dark brown.

As the tomatoes dry up, add the rest of the spices and continue frying.

Optional Step: Remove the beef from the oils and keep on a plate covered with paper towels to remove excess oil. This is only necessary if the tomatoes aren’t fully cooked by the time the meat is brown.

Once excess water from the tomatoes have evaporated, and it’s like a paste, go ahead and add the meat. Stir.

Cut the green peppers in your desired shape, I prefer cubes. Add it to the mix and stir. Adjust spices. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on low heat.


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Oven-baked Honey Chili Chicken

What You’ll Need:

  • One whole Chicken, washed and cleaned
  • Honey- 2 cooking spoons
  • Blended habanero peppers- 1/4 cup
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoon


Cut out enough foil to cover the entire chicken. Place it on a tray or counter top. Spray the foil with cooking spray or rub oil/ butter.

Place the chicken on the foil.

Mix the spices, pepper, and honey in a bowl.

Using a cooking bush (or your hands), rub the mixture all over the chicken, even in the cut open abdomen.

Grab all four corners of the foil and twist. Be careful that that the legs don’t tear through the foil. Of they do, just cut a small piece of foil and cover it up.

Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Poke the chicken with a fork to make sure it if fully cooked.

Once it is, open up the foil wrap and braise for 5 minutes to give the chicken a golden brown color.


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Oven-roasted (sole) fish.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sole fish (2 people can share one large fish)- I used 3 large
  • Onions- 1 medium bulb
  • 5 large tomatoes, blended
  • Habanero peppers, blended
  • Cooking oil- 1/2 cup
  • Irish potatoes (optional)
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoon


Similar to the tomatoes used for the peppered beef, fry the tomatoes and blended peppers with 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot/ saucepan.

As the tomatoes dry up, add the rest of the spices and continue frying.

Once excess water from the tomatoes have evaporated, and it’s like a paste, adjust spices for taste, and turn off the heat.

Cut out enough foil to cover the entire fish. Place it on a tray or counter top. Spray the foil with cooking spray or rub oil/ butter.

Place the fish on the foil.

Rub the bouillon cubes all over the fish and wrap with foil.

After about 7 minutes, remove the fish from the oven.

Using a tablespoon or a cooking spoon, pour the tomato mixture on both sides of the fish.

Rewrap and place back in the oven.

Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Poke the fish with a fork to make sure it if fully cooked.

Optional Step

Peel and cut Irish potatoes into finger-like shapes.

Wash, strain, and add salt.

Heat up cooking oil.

Add in the potatoes and fry until golden brown.




Needless to say, my friends enjoyed everything… they only left the bones.



Top 10 Party Jams

I’m sitting at work anticipationg the weekend… so I decided to create a playlist that I’ll be jamming to this weekend!

10. Back to Back- DMW ft. Dremo, Mayorkun, Ichaba, Davido

9. Where- Tekno 

8.Kontrol- Maleek Berry

7. Ojere- Dremo

6. Hola Hola- Sugar boy

5. Kolework (remix)- Koker ft. Olamide

4. Pana- Tekno

3. Fada Fada- Phyno

2. Soft Work- Falz

1. No Kissing- Patoranking ft. Sarkodie


Bonus: Ready- Adekunle Gold, Ogene- Zoro ft. Flavour



The Goddess and The Bump

It’s been a while since I’ve done a photo shoot for anyone…

My beautiful cousin was attending a baby shower two Sundays ago and we decided to do a mini shoot before the event. Before you ask, no she’s not pregnant. It was part of the theme for all the women to dress like Greek goddesses and wear fake baby bumps. It’s crazy how realistic it looks!

One thing’s for sure, she will definitely be a hot pregnant lady! Look at those legs lol…






She’s always talking…




Model: Ola Njemanze

MUA: Ola Njemanze

Outfit by: Ola’s designer

Photographer: Adamara Okeke.


A Fruit Called Fruit

Growing up we had a huge tree outside our gate. During the harmattan, its leaves covered the grounds. Red, green, brown, everywhere. It reminded me of the American fall season. In the rainy season, the tree blossomed and bore fruit. In the initial stages, it’s green and bitter (don’t eat it before it ripens. I did, and my tummy suffered the consequences), then it grows bigger and turns yellow/ burgundy, depending on the tree.


The fruit has 4 layers; the first is the skin. Then the flesh which is followed by a large seed. Crack open the seed with a stone or a pestle and you’ll find a hidden treasure- a nut very similar to an almond, but better.

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Every year, I looked forward to eating this fruit called fruit… Yes, I said fruit called fruit. That’s what I grew up calling it, we all did. But today, my curiousity lead me to carry out some research and I found out that this fruit I called fruit all my life is actually an Indian Almond also called tropical almond, and scientifically, Terminalia catappa. Eh! Fruit sounds better to me!


For more information on this fruit, please click here.


Disclaimer: All images are gotten from

Brunchin’ 9ja Style- Part 2

Happy New Month guys!

Have you ever seen a photo of food on instagram and tried to recreate it? Well, on Sunday, I did. I was scrolling through my timeline and I saw a photo of an English breakfast. I thought to myself “I have to make this for my mom!” So I planned this elaborate surprise brunch for my mom.

Here’s the photo that got me all excited



Baked beans

  • Heinz baked beans, warmed in a microwave

Plain omelette

  • Salt, black pepper


  • Fried in cooking oil


  • Fried in olive oil
    • Black pepper, salt

Tomato/ onion sauce 

  • Fried in a little olive oil
    • Tomatoes, onions, black pepper, salt



I’m looking forward to trying out more insta-inspired meals! Send me some you’d like me to try out…


Sunday Rice: Coconut Jollof Edition


It’s my first weekend back home so I decided to throw down for my mom. I used snapchat to capture each process I used in making this Jollof rice and peppered (sole) fish dish. 

FYI, Nigerian Jollof stays winning!

Hahahaha, some more memes for you?

Here’s the video tutorial:​​Comment below with any questions!


about me

Get to Know me.. (Part 1)

Good Morning!

I got a comment on my last post about a reader feeling like he/she didn’t know me well enough so I decided to create this post to make my blog more personal, you know.

I contemplated making a video or making a list, but I decided to write this like a narrative. So, here goes…

My name is Adamara, which means “Daughter of Grace”. I have a bunch of other names, but if I start listing them it might take two days! Before you conclude, no, I am not Yoruba, I am IGBO, from Anambra state (South-east Nigeria). Yes, Igbo people also have 200 names lol.

I was born and raised in Abuja (ABJ for short). I lived in my childhood home for 14 years! That’s so crazy! I was too excited to move that I forgot all the sweet memories I had in Harper Crescent. I remember writing on the walls with the house keys. Oh gosh, this one time, I fried plantains. When I finished, I poured the hot oil in a plastic container and put it in the freezer to cool. A while later, I opened the freezer and the oil had melted a hole through to the bottom level. Let’s just say God saved me from my mother’s wrath that night. I also remember ironing on my mom’s bed while watching TV and burning through the duvet, sheets and mattress. Yes, I was that kid. But we thank God for growth and maturity.

I am the first, last, and only child. I was lonely sometimes as a kid, but I learned to deal with it. I made friends and spent most of my time with them. One of them, who I’ve known since I was about a year old, Sommie and I are still friends two decades later. I think I just gave up my age there haha!

My favorite childhood memory has to be visiting Disneyland Resort in Orlando with my mom when I was five years old. We went during the Christmas holiday. Everything was decorated for the holidays. Lights, giant Christmas trees, fake snow… It was like a winter wonderland. During the vacation, we visited my cousins who lived in Miami. While we were there, I ate so much cheesecake that I started throwing up. Pepto Bismol came through for me. Since then, I never ate cheesecake… until this year. Capital Grill in DC has amazing cheesecakes! It tasted like a piece of heaven. Oh, did I mention I’M A HUGE FOODIE! I love food- cooking, and more importantly, eating. Yeah, it makes sense now right? That’s why I have so many posts about food. Yup!

Personality wise, I’m quiet when I meet you, but then I unleash my craziness once I get comfy. I have really bad stage fright! Like, it’s so crazy! All the presentations I had to do in college couldn’t solve it. I’m really trying to work on it though. I hope to speak in front of thousands of people at my own TED Talk one day. I’m reserved… in the sense that I don’t like to talk about my feelings or anything like that. If I’m going through something and you ask “What’s wrong?” odds are, I’ll respond saying “Nothing” 9 out of 10 times, except I really want to talk about it. I’m working on being more expressive too. I tend to bottle things up until I explode, which is never a pretty sight. It’s exhausting too! I’m a sucker for love. I love to love, and be loved, and just love. I have felt no greater love than my mother’s love. It is indescribable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Besides blogging and eating, I enjoy reading- I am currently reading “Last One Home” by Debbie Macomber, taking photos, dancing, singing (I can’t sing to save my life), taking photos, modeling (for myself), and sleeping. In my friend’s words “Ada, you can sleep for Africa.”

Well, this is getting longer than I anticipated, so I’ll stop here for now. If you have any questions for me, I’ll be happy to answer them. You can type them in the comment section below.



4th of July BBQ/ Cookout- Naija Style


I’m sitting in my bed fantasizing about all the juicy goodness I’m gonna eat today! It’s one thing to attend a barbecue, it’s another to go to an African (esp. Nigerian) barbecue. If you haven’t been, you haven’t lived life to it’s fullest (dramatic? I know I am!)

If you need some inspiration for a barbecue, I’ve got a few ideas for you. I’ll show you a list of some of my favorite things to eat at a (Nigerian) barbecue:


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Meat Pie (See my meat pie post here)


Fish Roll



Chicken (see my oven-baked chicken 5 ways post here, it works for grilled chicken too!)


Ribs (Beef, Pork, Lamb)


Goat meat (Fried or stewed)


Roasted Fish 



Mac n Cheese


Jollof Rice (see my jollof rice post here)jollof-rice

Fried Rice  nigerian egg fried rice ingredients 5

Potato Salad





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Corn bread and Ice cream





I hope you all have a wonderful day, lots off food, laughter, and fireworks!