For over a week now, there has been a debate on Facebook about the supremacy of ‘Oha Soup’ over ‘Afang Soup’ and vice versa. This friendly debate has generated a lot of renewed interest in both native soups from Southern Nigerian, and for a Yoruba guy like me, who has tasted neither, I may not be able to tell which is King. This then means that I am officially searching for a girlfriend that can cook Oha and Afang soup.
If your girlfriend or sister can cook Oha and Afang Soup, please send her over to our office; we are in need of her culinary services. Jokes-a-part. lol.
Oha Soup, which is also called Ora Soup in some places, is native to the South Eastern Nigeria (the ones we commonly call Igbo people). It is a traditional soup similar to the Bitterleaf soup but cooked with Ora leaves, which by the way is a seasonal leaf. I guess that’s one of the reasons it is regarded as special. The other ingredients include Cocoyam, Red Palm Oil, Assorted Beef: Includes best cut, shaki (cow tripe), Assorted Fish: Dry Fish and Stock Fish, Chilli pepper, salt and crayfish (to taste), Stock cubes, and Ogiri Igbo.
Afang Soup on the other hand is native to the Efiks (the Akwa Ibom and Cross River people) also in the South Eastern/Southern part of Nigeria. It is said to be a very nutritious soup as it consists of mainly vegetables; prepared with a generous quantity of Water leaves and the wild herbal Okazi leaves. Other ingredients for this soup are Red Palm Oil, Beef, Dry Fish, Kanda (also known as Ponmo), Periwinkles, ground crayfish, pepper, salt, and stock cubes.
WHICH IS SUPERIOR, REALLY?
It is quite difficult to tell which of these soups is better on paper, but we can deduce a lot from the ongoing war on social media. According to some people, Oha is king and should not be compared with Afang because of the elegant ingredients used in cooking it, as well as the process of cooking it. In the Afang Soup quarters, it is said to be the greatest soup to come out from the South, and definitely the greatest soup to come out of Nigeria because of its great taste, and its capability to give orgasms!! How this plays out, we don’t know.
To add a bit of spice and bite to the war, Ife Oma said, “Saying Afang soup is better than Oha soup is like saying that Yemi Alade is better than Tiwa Savage.” Now, that’s Savage!!
Blessing Mary Ocheido shared her experience from eating the two soups below:
I can still remember the very first time I had a taste of Oha soup. I was a very young teenager at the time. I had travelled to Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State in the company of my mother to write an entrance examination in lieu of the admission I was seeking at the time.
We stopped at a restaurant to eat food and the only thing that was ready at the time was oha soup and fufu. I was very skeptical at the time because I had never heard the name before as per Benue chic that I’m na.
Anyway, my very first taste of this soup and I had mixed feelings. I was really FURIOUS because I felt so cheated over the fact that no one had given me this soup to eat before then. Like I had missed out on the very definition of culinary perfection for 15 good years!!!!!!!!!!
I was also delirious with joy that I didn’t even want to wash my hands. I wanted to keep licking it forever!!! Since then I have had it several times and I can’t seem to get enough.
Fast forward to 2016 when I had Afang for the first time. It didn’t even look good or smell exceptional to begin with but then Dan Wake (my Hausa friends will know this one) doesn’t look good but it tastes divine. So I ignored the look and the smell and plunged in. I need to, at this point, add that the soup was littered with plenty meat oh. I barely had two morsels of my semo and I had to look up and ask if this was the “Almighty Afang” I had been hearing about. The person said yes and it had been prepared in a renowned Calabar kitchen. I hissed and dropped the food until I was really too hungry to care.
Since that first time, I have had two more experiences with this soup and every single time it was prepared by an Efik or Ibibio person. I still did NOT enjoy the soup. See, okro, efo riro and banga even taste a lot better than that Afang of a thing.
So let’s be truthful and stop dragging Oha into the mud with that dark mess called Afang.
Oha is king forever!😍😍😍😍😍
Interestingly, my Yoruba folks couldn’t resist entering the contest with what they thought was their best offering – Ewedu Soup! Well, I am sure you can already guess the kind of clapback they got.
This one is coming from Nwani Kelvin Adim, and below is what he said,
“Two great soup are fighting the battle of titans; The mighty Oha soup VS the jealous Afang soup. People were cheering!!, only for the ugly looking Ewedu soup that has no swag to come saying that its head is there..😂😂😂😂. All the great soup comes from east and south; Egusi, Oha, Ofe nsala,afang, Edikang ikong, ofe owere etc…Yorubas doesn’t have any soup jare…give it up for the IGBOS and CALABARS…😂😂😂”
I wonder why Yoruba didn’t throw Efo riro into the mix and see if these guys would still have much to say.
Any resolutions so far???
For now, we don’t know who’s winning or losing the #Ohafang soup battle, I haven’t tasted either of the soups, but Chibueze Mitchell Odimegwu opines that, “…only those who are neither Ibibio nor Igbo and have tasted both soups, can have the final say.”
I can’t agree more!
My only issue is that I need a girl that can cook both for me, so I can have a taste and wade in into this discourse with my unique experience like that of Blessing. If you have a girlfriend or sister who can cook both, kindly send her over for a day or two. 😀 😀 😀
Girlfriend that cannot cook Oha and Afang soup, is that one a girlfriend??? 😒😒😒
I remain SILICON