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09 December 2018

United Nations African Mothers Association Annual African Buffet Luncheon


With only one stomach at my disposal, and one short meal to eat, the only trouble at this year's United Nations African Mothers Association annual luncheon was that I constantly had to decide what not to each much of. Everything was so delicious, as always, and a few new countries were on the menu. I could not have asked for much more.

This year's event took place on the 21st floor of the Consulate of Nigeria near the UN. Sun was pouring in the windows and the atmosphere was generally festive especially once the music was on. I arrived on the early side and took a seat at an empty table waiting for some other folks I knew that might want to join me, but was quickly joined instead by two Egyptians, a lady from Cape Verde, a South African, and a Libyan. No need to reserve seats when new friends could be made!

A modest $40 donation to the association was all it took to be a part of the meal.

In the program it is said that the foods are prepared by the wives of diplomats. I counted thirteen nations amongst the available cuisines this year, with two more items going unidentified despite trying.

Here are some photos of the buffet feast. I think this is everything except the ndole from ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon, the seswaa from ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana, and the koshary from ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt. Things got a little frantic as the attendees got hungry and started attacking the buffet line:

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ NIGERIA - Puff puffs and meat pies

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ BURKINA FASO - Bean Cake

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ BURKINA FASO - Chicken

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Cร”TE D'IVOIRE - Chicken (on right)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป CABO VERDE - Grilled Salmon

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ RWANDA - Boiled orange sweet potatoes

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ TANZANIA - Pilau

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พ LIBYA - Couscous with lamb

Unidentified chicken

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ BENIN - Bitter green stew with fufu

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช KENYA - Baked potatoes and boneless chicken

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ALGERIA - Dates

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ALGERIA - Baklawa

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป CABO VERDE - Sweet rice

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ALGERIA - Griouech

UNAMA Luncheon
The Consulate of Nigeria

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