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Niger Art Council to create local kitchen, saloon, says official



Mr Emmanuel Zhiri, the Executive Director, Niger State Council for Arts and Culture, says the state’s museum will soon be expanded to accommodate  the “museum kitchen and the museum saloon.’’

Zhiri told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Minna that this was to make varieties of local delicacies available in cafeteria in the council for tourists and visitors.

“In our kitchen here; Nupe delicacies, Gbagyi delicacies Hausa-Fulani meals will be served,’’ he said.

Zhiri said the essence of the museum kitchen was to preserve, and pass to the next generation how to cook indigenous meals spiced with local condiments.

“These days, some of the health issues people are having are caused by junks they eat as food,’’ he said.‎

Zhiri said that the benefit of such a kitchen could not be over emphasised as it would help to preserve some of the local delicacies that were going into oblivion.

He also said that the idea of the museum saloon was to preserve traditional hair plating with black thread and black rubber strings.

According to him, the handmade-hair styles the people were known for in the past will be a ‎trend in the museum saloon.

“We cannot afford to continue to derail from the culture our forefathers bequeathed to us, we must act fast,’’ Zhiri said. ‎

Edited by: Johnson Eyiangho/Peter Dada

Mercy Osajiugo

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