The first time I really heard about “fura da nunu” was in one of Tekno’s lyrics. He goes “My love is furadinunu, my love is karate kongo…..”.
I don’t know what the hell is “karate kongo” but let’s focus on furadinunu. So I had my first taste of this goodness in orientation camp. And I have been hooked ever since.
Fura da nono/nunu translates to Millet and milk.
The nono is made from fermented cow milk and the fura is simply ground millet with a combination of some spices.
The nono is usually served from large calabashes and the fura is formed into hand sized balls and set in bowls.
When a customer makes an order, the nono is poured into a bowl, and the fura balls are smashed in with a ladle well designed for the job.
And then the mixture is poured into a much smaller bowl for the customer to consume.
In Nigeria, fura da nunu is commonly associated with the north, and fulani women are famous for making and selling this drink.
Purchasing it at the local market is always a bit difficult, because of the language barrier. But like we all know, where there is a will, there is definitely a way.
I don’t request for “sukari” (sugar) and ice block to be added. I usually take the drink home to add sweeteners and ice myself.
I must say furadinunu is a very sumptuous, delicious, wholesome and satisfying meal, especially when served chilled.
It is also highly nutritious but the real concern is in the hygiene, especially during the handling.
However, nothing stops me from enjoying my furadinunu every now and then.
Thinking about it now, I think Tekno was right. Furadinunu actually deserves to be in a love song.
Have you ever tasted fura da nunu? Did you enjoy it? Kindly let me know in the comment section.