Why Seafood Lovers Will Live Longer Than Meat Lovers

Why Seafood Lovers Will Live Longer Than Meat Lovers

Excessive consumption of red meat may trigger certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer. Red meat contains saturated fat, which increases the risk of heart disease and other health problems – MedicalNewsToday. Over the course of eight years, people who increase their daily intake of red meat are more likely to die, compared to people who do not increase their red meat consumption – hsps.harvard.edu.

Are you shocked yet?

Our internet in-laws would say that even with the emergence of online medical practitioners such as aproko doctor who is one of the prominent Twitter & Instagram food police, the impact of people’s food choices on their health can never be gravely overemphasised. In this blog post, we will delve into some thought-provoking facts that will help you decide if the conclusions of this article may or may not be true.

Firstly, why invest in that facial cream? Eat more shrimps instead. Seafood lovers look considerably younger than meat lovers because most seafood has been proven to contain antioxidants that slow down the aging process of people who consume them regularly – healthline.com 

why seafood lovers will live longer than meat lovers

And have you ever heard of the saying,  ‘seafood is the heart’s best friend’? Eating approximately one or two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish each week—salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, or sardines—reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 36% – seafood nutrition.org. Medical experts have strongly advised that people should eat fatty fish once or twice a week to meet their Omega-3 requirements. So if you ever need that one food type that will look after your heart, you should try seafood.

why seafood lovers will live longer than meat lovers

There is a risk of experiencing dementia as one gets older, but this is less true for seafood lovers. Seafood contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to maintain healthy brain cells, improving memory focus and cognitive performance. Research has shown that an intake of 25 grams of processed meat each day may increase the relative risk of developing dementia –  medicalnewstoday.com

why seafood lovers will live longer than meat lovers

Lastly but very importantly, why spend so much on weight loss supplements when you can easily afford seafood? Seafood is a high source of protein and low calories. Regular consumption of seafood and steady exercise could increase your metabolism effortlessly, aiding in general weight loss and bodyweight maintenance – healthline.com

why seafood lovers will live longer than meat lovers

It is evident that seafood lovers have a lot to gain health-wise. Whenever you consume seafood, you are not just indulging in a taste adventure but nurturing your health from the inside-out.

If you decide to begin or just want excellent options to continue your journey to healthier eating, we suggest Turaka or Jinja restaurants in Victoria Island, Lagos. These great spots serve the most delicious, fresh and juicy seafood dishes for Asian, local and international cuisine . Have a go and let us know about your experience!

After all that’s been said, what’s your go-to option—seafood or meat?  Tell us in the comments section.

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Nigeria stands undefeated as one of the African countries with the widest range of top African dishes you must try whenever you’re in town. Most Nigerian cuisine consists of meals bursting with intense flavours that will make your taste buds come alive. Do you want to explore but not quite sure what and where to begin? Sit back, fasten your belt while we take you through top african dishes you must try and why.

Jollof Rice

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

This dish is the perfect non-literal example of the saying ‘to each his own’. Virtually every African country has their version, but it might interest you to know that even with the rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana about “who makes the best jollof rice”, this dish did not originate from any of them. Yes, it’s funny.

Nevertheless, Jollof rice is probably the number one dish in African homes and celebrations. Its popularity that earned it that position on the list is not just a hype- the dish is specially made with well cooked rice, stirred in tomato sauce and a flavorful combo of veggies and spices that brings out the smoky aroma in it. 

My recommendation for you will be the Nigerian Jollof rice cooked with firewood, your palate will give you a hug and your tongue will sing songs.

Pounded Yam

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Pounded yam became a viral internet sensation a few years back when some YouTubers discovered the meal. It is a smooth and stretchy mould enjoyed with all Nigerian soups. Before this dish found internet fame, even locally the ability to make any soup a star dish has given Pounded yam a 5-star rating in the community of other ‘swallows’. Paired with Efo riro, Afang soup, Egusi soup, Okro soup etc, Pounded yam always delivers in taste exactly what it should.


Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Suya! Some would argue that a properly prepared Suya is done only at night, in the open air and wrapped in an old newspaper with sprinkles of Suya pepper and veggies hugging the juicy, tender meat tightly. Many have questioned the reason why this particular meal is mostly sold at night, but again some of the others who have bought this meat in the daytime say it tastes different. It might just be a cultural preference in Nigeria, or a superstition, no one knows. However Suya is chosen to be prepared, this dish is unarguably a unifier of tribes.

Pepper soup

Top African Dish You Must Try And Why

If you have a delicate palate, Pepper soup will give you a new appreciation for life- so it’s best to avoid it. This hot and spicy Nigerian soup is prepared with different kinds of proteins according to your preference- fish, chicken, or goat meat pepper with chunks of yam cut into it as an option. The soup is a combination of spices, including ginger, garlic, and chilli peppers. The intensity of this flavourful dish has made it somewhat of a challenge for most foreigners. Are you willing to try this adventurous meal yourself?

Moi Moi

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Here’s another yummy and satisfying Nigerian meal for first timers. This tasty meal is made from beans grinded to a fine texture mixed with peppers, onions, spices, and sometimes garnished on the inside with fish or egg. The mixture is then wrapped in banana leaves or foil and steamed until firm. Moi Moi can be eaten on its own, it can also be served as a side dish with Pap,  Jollof rice or fried plantains in Nigerian homes, parties and restaurants. 

Chin Chin

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Chin Chin is a sweet and crunchy Nigerian snack made with flour, sugar, and butter rolled into small pieces and deep-fried until golden brown.The sweetness and crunch of Chin Chin makes it a great snack option. It is usually served alone or alongside puff puff, spring roll commonly referred to as small chops at Nigerian parties.

Egusi soup

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Egusi soup is made from crushed melon seeds and a variety of spices, dried fish, stock fish, veggies and palm oil.   It can be enjoyed as a lone meal, or paired with Pounded yam, Fufu, Wheat flour or any of your preferred swallow. Try this meal out on your next visit to Nigeria and let us know what you think!


Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

Locally known as Akara, Beans cake is that one meal without a rival in Nigerian homes, especially during breakfast on weekends. This tasty snack is made from beans, grinded to a certain texture with onions, and spices formed into balls and deep fried. It is typically served with bread or as a side dish with pap and custard. This meal promises a satisfying experience especially during a rainy Saturday morning.

Seafood Okro soup

Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

If you are a lover of delicious soups with a taste of the ocean’s bounty, then you should try the Naija Seafood Okra. This soup is specially prepared with vegetables steamed in Okra, garnished with prawns and a wide variety of fishes. Usually served with pounded yam or fufu, this meal will leave your taste buds anticipating the next encounter.


Top African Dishes You Must Try And Why

The last on the list is a not-so popular Nigerian dish called Ekpa-nkukwo. This sounds like a tongue-twister but the taste of this special meal is magical. It is prepared with freshly grated cocoyam, wrapped in leafy greens and slowly stirred with various types of fresh or smoked meat, fish, crayfish and other spices. On special request, it can be made to please the taste buds of a vegetarian or a seafood lover. 

Nigeria offers a wide range of delicious and diverse dishes. Every dish is a unique tasty experience that embodies the rich food culture of Nigeria. If you are in Lagos, looking for great restaurants in Victoria Island, head on to Turaka rooftop and The White Orchid Hotel restaurants in EbonyLife Place in Victoria Island to experience the diversity of the Nigerian food culture in a hygienic, serene environment.

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Why Ghana Jollof Rice Is More Popular In Nigeria


“Ghana Jollof rice in Nigeria? You can’t be serious.” 

We are. The rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria for the bragging rights to the best seasoned rice is an old one – and a clear winner is yet to emerge. Neutrals tend to like one or the other, or both, so this may drag on for quite a while.

The recent popularity of Ghana Jollof in Nigeria is new and, to be honest, quite alarming. It begs so many questions. Did we finally have the texture, taste and consistency of both Nigeria and Ghana Jollof rice compared, tasted and rated by top culinary experts? Have Ghanaians invaded Nigeria en masse, bringing their cuisine with them? Or have Nigerians thrown in the towel and accepted defeat?

Fun-fact: Neither Ghana nor Nigeria should be credited with the origin of Jollof rice  – the dish didn’t even originate in either country.

In fact, the popularity of Ghana Jollof rice in Nigeria can be attributed to Twitter. Did you know that there have been over 100,000 tweets about the rivalry? Since the instigation of this topic on Twitter, there has been a rise in the awareness of Ghana’s version of Jollof Rice in Nigeria. Apparently, the Ghanaian version is preferred by some notable Naija celebrities who have voiced their opinions in hushed tones, to avoid the mouth of online Nigerian tweeps. However, the most adamant Nigerians are sticking to their guns in defence of their motherland’s version.

We can only conclude that the ‘war’ over which country has the best Jollof rice won’t be resolved anytime soon. It will continue well into the future and may be passed down to generations unborn.

We look forward to reading banter between the two armies of fanatics and hope that it stays friendly. However, if you are craving Naija firewood Jollof Rice, we recommend a great rooftop restaurant in Victoria Island called Turaka. They offer a variety of yummy local and international dishes, carefully crafted signature cocktails, weekly live music, and an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean and Lagos skyline

After a dose of their Smoky Jollof Rice, you may feel sufficiently confident to wade into battle and defend Nigeria’s honour.

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Best Date Night Ideas In Lagos

Read more to discover the best date night ideas in Lagos!

A date night is a great chance to spend some quality time with your partner, away from everyday activity. When considering plans for a date, it is important to take your partner’s interests and preferences into account. Is he/she a foodie that enjoys trying out new restaurants? Or would they prefer to watch movies at the cinema? 

Remember that the ideal setting for a date night doesn’t have to be expensive or ‘perfect’; rather it should be wherever you both can feel comfortable, communicate easily and spend quality time together.

This article will look at some of the best activities to engage your significant other on a date that will make the evening remarkable for both of you.  


Beach Dates 


Beach dates at night are especially romantic, with a light, picnic- style dinner, the perfect ocean view, cool sand under your feet and twinkling stars above you. This is an ideal date for a good first impression with someone you really care about and want to get to know better. At Landmark Beach, Good Beach or Oniru Beach, you can indulge in various activities, including volleyball, outdoor table games, boat cruises, paintballing and long walks along the shore.

Gaming Spots

If you are looking for a more upbeat and fun activity, we’d suggest a gaming centre. You and your partner can choose a game that you both like – you could compete against each other or team up and play against another couple. To make it interesting, let the losing team purchase  drinks or snacks for the winning team after a series of games.

Experience gaming in Victoria Island at the VR Place, with an array of exciting activities. The VR Place creates immersive virtual reality experiences, combining technology and art in VR platforms. It cuts across different age groups giving users maximum perception in a way that defies existence. With over 100 games and a good restaurant, Rufus & Bee is another great date night spot, just minutes away from several beaches in Oniru. 

Dining Out

Have an elegant and quiet evening in each other’s company at any of the excellent restaurants in Lagos. Jinja is an Asian-themed restaurant that offers an exquisitely decorated dining room, which is considered a top instagrammable spot in Lagos. At  Jinja Restaurant, you not only get the aesthetics, you also get great food and excellent service. They offer a sophisticated dining experience and an Asian-inspired menu that has a vast variety of food options combining what you might get in a Chinese restaurant, Thai restaurant or Japanese restaurant anywhere in Lagos. 

Park Hangouts 

Park hangouts are popular with couples who enjoy spending time outside, engaging with others in the environment and participating in leisure activities. These include: night picnics, playing games, taking a walk, bike riding, attending concerts, or watching outdoor, big-screen movies.

Muri Okunola Park in Victoria Island is one of the popular parks in Lagos. It has lovely sculptures, lush grass, flowers and palms, and is suitable for hosting parties, picnics and creating content. A date in the park can be a lot of fun with the right company. Take advantage of the great outdoors for a vibrant night out. 

Late Night Movies 

One of the pros of late-night movie dates is the lower number of people usually in the screening rooms. This way, you get to experience a more private and intimate time with your partner. A movie can be an effective way to date someone new, because the movie can act as a topic for conversation afterward. Without the stress of having to think of something to say or do, it is also a relaxing and low-stress way to spend time with someone you already know. These dates may be a fun and interesting way to discover new movies and genres that you would not have otherwise watched. 

EbonyLife Cinemas is a superb destination to experience luxury and unwind with thrilling blockbuster movies in Lagos. They have a wide variety of food and drinks, such as chocolate, salted and sweet popcorn flavours; asun and chicken pies; a Chops Box, Chicken Wrap, yoghurt parfait, carrot cake, cocktails, wine, beer, and so much more. Also, you can order four different pizza flavours from Jinja Garden, and have it delivered to your seat in 20 minutes.

All screening rooms come with wide, reclining armchairs and adjustable leg rests. For group dates, there is a VIP private cinema for 6-10 couples that offers: a movie and screening time of your choosing,  unlimited popcorn and drinks throughout the movie, blankets, a 2-course meal, cocktails or mocktails. 

Dancing Spots 

Club dates are often an exciting way to let go, let some steam off, and have a good time. 

However, it’s not the best recommendation if  you and your partner are still getting to know each other. If you and your date both enjoy dancing and the nightlife, club dates can be a fun and exciting way to spend some time together. It can be one of the best ways to relax and have fun with others, while exposing you to a different social environment than you might be accustomed to. 

Quilox Nightclub & Bar, located in Victoria Island, is one of Nigeria’s elite spots, with its impeccable design, stunning decor and lighting, and  hospitality.

Dinner with a View

If you and your date are into exploring traditional cuisine at picturesque locations, a rooftop experience might be the perfect place to discover authentic local flavours.

Turaka rooftop restaurant offers a wide variety of local and international dishes, carefully crafted signature cocktails, weekly live music, and an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean and Lagos skyline. The dreamy views are certain to leave you and your date with a feeling that all’s right with the world, and it’s the ideal romantic setting for getting lost in each other’s company.

Enjoy beautiful views that will elevate your date. If you arrive by 6:00 pm, you can sip on refreshing cocktails, and watch the changing colours of the sky as the sun goes down and the city lights begin to sparkle – all from the comfort of your balcony seat. 

Date nights are extremely essential for building and maintaining healthy relationships. Make unforgettable memories, as you explore new, fun locations in Lagos. On this list, there is something for everyone – so get out there and experiment for your upcoming date night!

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New Jinja restaurant brings exciting Asian-fusion flavours to EbonyLife Place

EbonyLife Place, in the heart of Lagos, Victoria Island, is opening a new Asian-fusion restaurant, Jinja, to increase the dining options available to visitors at the luxury resort. 

On Saturday 11th September, the restaurant will be launched in grand style with a birthday celebration for Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of the EbonyLife group. From Sunday 12th September, the restaurant will be open for regular lunch and dinner bookings, and walk-in guests. For a limited period, diners can enjoy a 10% discount on an exciting menu, featuring a stunning combination of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Nigerian flavours.

Jinja‘s dining room is filled with lush greenery, evoking the feeling of a rainforest in South East Asia, and anchored by a colourful 90-degree mural by renowned visual artist Gerald Chukwuma. Guests may prefer to dine on the terrace, in a luxuriant poolside garden, soothed by the sound of a splashing fountain.

Executive chef Gavin Blaauw and his team of local and international chefs have created an exquisite menu, blending Japanese textures artfully with Chinese and Thai elements, and infusing them with carefully selected Nigerian flavours. The result is a delightful combination of traditional Eastern cooking techniques, the finest ingredients and visually stunning presentation. 

Jinja is available for private dinner or party bookings of up to 50 guests. To book, call +234 913 926 4355.