Thanni posted this appreciation on my Facebook page on New Year’s day.
You are welcome Thanni!
And the learning continues this year. ♥ ♥
Some people often ask me to promise them that my website, Facebook page and Youtube channel will never go away. I cannot make such a promise because I am not the Almighty. I cannot see the future but to the best of my ability, all these information about Nigerian food that I put out on the web will continue to be in existence.
I have seen that this is my calling.
Though I understand the science of cooking and in a family gathering, family members would rather I do the cooking, I am not the best cook neither do I know everything about Nigerian cooking. Apart from learning from my Mum and paying attention when people around me cooked stuff, I have no special training in cooking Nigerian food. Surprise Surprise … I am not even as passionate about cooking as most people think! When we come together to cook as a group, you can bet that I am often not the one doing the actual cooking. I let others do that. 😀
So that “Flo, please open a restaurant” will never happen. 😀 And I will not be catering any event in the near future. But I will continue to empower and inspire you all to prepare your own Nigerian meals, open your own restaurants, start your own websites, Youtube channels; start a snacks, Nigerian spice, events catering and catering school businesses.
So if I’m not that passionate about cooking, why am I doing this? What brought about all this Nigerian cooking business is my love for codes, website creation codes that is. That was how my website came to be – I coded it from scratch while trying to wake up my coding skills. Now I can code all day and all night long. And people say that I have the gift of passing on information in the language most people will understand. Maybe … I am a teacher’s daughter afterall. 😀 😀
Apart from the few initial recipes I uploaded to test my website codes, all the recipes, videos and information on the website are my efforts to answer your Nigerian cooking questions, debunk Nigerian cooking myths and write recipes that you request for. Some people insist on my version even when I send them links to these recipes on other sites. Others need a video. It must be a calling!
So this 2016, I hope to bring you more written recipes and videos. I have at least 70 recipes requests and 20 videos I shot but have not had the time to work on for the longest time due to numerous personal projects that I have been working on in the past year, my family life and my demanding offshore oil exploration job (video).
But I cannot do this alone. I’m counting on your continued support of this website. For us to take this my calling to the permanent site, you’ll need to keep interacting with me and sharing these posts to make them reach more people.
This website has gone from my lab rat for updating my coding skills to a site that is used by thousands of people everyday.
My Facebook page has gone from a forum I created where people can ask me questions and hopefully get an answer from other people before I get to it, to a page with over 130,000 followers, all thanks to the ever supportive Nigerian food lovers of that page. Most of you have consistently supported that page since it started. I see some people from as far back as 2011 relentlessly liking, commenting on and sharing the posts. You know yourselves. ♥
I remember one day I uploaded a video on Facebook and for some reason, while one could hear the audio in the video, the picture/video was blank – the video was ok on my laptop. While the geek in me was trying to figure out what was wrong with Facebook on that day, some of you, the same people I am talking about here had already started liking the video while some “smart” mouthed people were busy asking you what you were liking and making fun of you. 😀
Yes, people who have never been passionate about anything will never understand it. Just like they will never understand why you are madly and deeply in love with a certain somebody; they will never understand my love for codes that sometimes makes me chase a single piece of code till the early hours of the morning simply because I want to display a seemingly insignificant part of a recipe in a specific way on my website; neither will they understand your love for All Nigerian Recipes page that moves you to comment on, like/share posts or videos even before you read/watch them. That’s the ultimate unreserved love right there! ♥
I cannot mention you all by name but I see every single one of you. Know it now that I love you so much! Thank you so much because every time you comment, like and share the posts, you are contributing to making these recipes reach more homes, making more people happy, rekindling love by saving marriages/unions that are about to crash because of our brothers’ love for their stomachs and encouraging me to continue working on this. Please keep it up.
Here’s to a foodilicious 2016! Let’s keep learning and cooking!
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