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Learn How to Make Plantain Bread With This Original Recipe

Where has this plantain bread recipe been all our lives?

It's food month here at OkayAfrica and that means that we'll be exploring different African delicacies, sharing recipes, highlighting the best spots for African cuisine, and dropping quick food videos throughout the month of November, so get your taste buds ready.

Plantain is life, so we're not sure why this genius recipe wasn't brought to our attention sooner, but we're glad that Nigerian food connoisseur, photographer, content creator and spice maker, Matse Uwatse-Nnoli not only thought of it, but was also kind enough to share it with us.


Plantain bread is a genius recipe that fuses a classic baked good with arguably every African's favorite side dish.

Visit Matse's Instagram for more delicious recipes, and check out the full plantain bread recipe below.

Image courtesy of Matse.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 1 – 1 hour 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meal type: Snack, desert, breakfast

Misc: Serve at room temperature.

Ingredients:

2 very ripe plantain

80g melted butter

140g granulated white sugar

1 egg (beaten)

200g all purpose flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt

A sprinkle of sesame seeds, dessicated coconuts, nuts etc. as toppings.

Preparation:

Step 1:

Peel the plantain, cut it into small chunks and mash with a masher in a bowl.

Step 2:

Add the melted butter and blend it in with a wooden spatula. Add the salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix in. Follow with the sugar.

Step 3:

After mixing properly, pour in the beaten egg. Mix once more. Add the vanilla essence, continue stirring. Finally sieve the flour into the mixture and properly blend together.

Step 4:

Pour the bread mix into a greased pan and spread evenly.

You could sprinkle sesame seeds, dessicated coconut, nuts etc. as toppings before baking.

Bake in a pre-heated oven ( 350 degree Fahrenheit or 175 degree Celsius) for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.

When done, that is if your tooth pick or table knife comes out clean, set aside and allow to cool. Serve when cool.

Enjoy!

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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