Nigeria has about only couple of indigenous dairy products and they are only popular in the northern part of the country. This may be largely due to the fact that most cattle rearing in Nigeria are also done in the Northern part of the country.
First of all, let me explain what dairy products are, for those who don’t know. Dairy products, also called milk products or lacticinia are a type of food produced from or containing the milk of mammals, primarily cattle. They are water buffaloes, goats, sheep, camels, and humans.
Popular indigenous dairy products in Nigeria include Fura Da Nono and Wara. They are
Wara (Cheese Curd)
The Fulanis of Northern Nigeria are traditionally cattle rearers and they have access to fresh milk from Zebu Bos indicus cattle. Wara cheese making is thought to have started in this region and as a result of the nomadic lifestyle of the Fulanis has spread to other parts of Northern Nigeria, Kwara, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo states; and the Benin republic.
Fura da Nunu
Fura da Nunu translates to Millet and Milk in English. Fura is the millet and Nono is locally fermented milk with a thick consistency.
Nono also called nunu by some tribes in Nigeria contains good quantities of amino acids, calcium, phosphorous and vitamins A, C, E and the B complex according to research.
The consumption of this milk product has been limited to Fulani/Hausa indigenous over the years since most non indigenous see their preparation as apparently unhygienic. Now with the establishment of modern processors/retailers of fura da nunu (e.g. Habib Yoghurt), it is now gaining wider acceptance.
This article is only meant to introduce you to the dairy products and not to show you how to prepare them. There are several websites detailing the recipe online.
A quick search on Google will show you some of them. Soon, I will talk about the health and nutritional benefits of these indigenous Nigerian dairy products.
These are the two indigenous dairy products that I know. If you know any other one that is not very common, please share with me in the comment section and I will add it to the list.