Port Harcourt people swear by the awesomeness of bole (roasted plantain) and fish. But after asking a couple of people about their favourite bole combinations, I realised two things: Nigerians have questionable food choices and Port Harcourt people will fight anybody who calls it bole instead of boli. 

So side note:

Boli: The Lagosian version of roasted plantain eaten with groundnut.

Bole: The Port Harcourt version eaten with stew and fish.

Now, while you debate on what the true name is, here are seven things Nigerians need to start eating with boli (or bole). 

Ice cream

I’m as worried as you may be, but we’ve seen our very own Zikoko writer join the TikTok trend of eating ice cream with fried plantain and maple syrup. So, why not this? 

Efo Riro 

First of all, efo riro goes with anything, even pancakes. Yeah, don’t knock it till you try it because I have. And I know it’ll work with juicy roasted plantains. 


Mash it up, throw in pepper and you’ve got low-budget guacamole for a dip. You’re welcome.

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Ketchup is a hoe and won’t say no to blending in with any type of finger food. The trick is to add suya pepper and you basically have tomato sauce. 


If you add in suya and go crazy with the cream, you’ll have a mini shawarma plantain feast. So what’s not to love? 


Fried yam and egusi have proven themselves to be an underrated dish that needs the limelight in Nigeria. But roasted plantain and egusi are next level, and the people who get it, get it. 

Palm Oil

This is for the more traditional taste bud. Dice in onions, throw in some salt and fry for like three minutes. This is the kind of food you eat shirtless to be one with your ancestors again.

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