ARTS & CULTURE
4 Drinks That Helps To Soothe The Burn From Spicy Food
Is your mouth on fire because you’ve eaten something that was a little too spicy? Don’t try to cool it down with a bit of water: this won’t help you at all. That’s because hot spices and sauces contain an oil-like substance that won’t dissolve in water. So, what should you drink instead? One of the following drinks:
The most well-known method to cool down your mouth is drinking a good old glass of milk. Why does this work? Spicy food contains a substance called capsaicin, which attaches itself to the ends of your nerves. This gives your brain the signal for “fire!”. Milk, however, contains casein, which in turn attaches itself to the capsaicin and basically extinguishes the fire.
Yoghurt works the same way as milk in that it extinguishes the fire in your mouth. It’s even better, though, to eat some yoghurt before you start your spicy meal. Yoghurt more or less covers the inside of your mouth with a protective layer, which means the chilli peppers or other spicy things won’t have a chance to burn your mouth.
Tea can also soothe the pain. It might sound strange: “how can something that’s hot itself soothe my mouth?” Well, of course, you should make sure the tea is at a drinkable temperature, but then it does certainly work.
There are other products besides these drinks that can help soothe the burn. Try taking a bite out of some bread, or eat a bit of dry rice or a prawn cracker. This will cause the burning to stop and your mouth to cool down.
Whatever you do, never try to cool down your mouth by drinking water!
ARTS & CULTURE
7 Facts About The Benin Kingdom
The Benin Kingdom was founded by Eweka 1, son of the Yoruba prince Oranmiyan, who was sent by his father to rule the kingdom.
Oranmiyan’s attempts to rule the kingdom failed, and he left, calling the land Ile Ibinu, which means land of anger or vexation.
- Eweka 1 became the first Oba of Benin.
- The most powerful king was Oba Ewuare the Great, who built massive walls around the kingdom and inspired dedication and loyalty in his subjects.
- The Benin Kingdom was famous for its artwork, which was seized by colonialists. The people of Benin were powerful traders involved in different trading activities, including the slave trade.
- In the 18th and 19th centuries, the kingdom was weakened by civil wars among the people. At the same time, the British colonialists attempted to invade the Benin Kingdom and make it part of their colony.
- The British succeeded in 1897, burning down Benin City and expelling Oba Ovonramwem. His son Aiguobasin Ovonramwem later worked with the colonial government as a chief from 1902.
- The Benin people are the best bronze casters in the world. This is believed to be one of the greatest defining characteristics of the historic Kingdom of Benin. Established in the 14th century by Oba Oguola, the tradition of the casting profession remains a very preserved tradition only practiced by the Igun clan of casters by the official approval of the Oba.
- He was able to rebuild the kingdom, set up art guilds, and commission new artwork in place of the ones stolen.
Despite the British invasion, the Benin monarchy still exists today as one of the most flourishing and long-standing monarchies in the world.
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ARTS & CULTURE
5 Nigerian Proverbs That Would Get You Thinking
Proverbs, they say, is the oil in the food of a culture. Anyone who speaks with proverbs is always regarded as a wise person because he or she has had a deep root in the culture guiding him.
These 5 Nigerian Igbo proverbs would make your words weightier:
- Ura ga-eju onye nwuru anwu afo.
Meaning – There is no point rushing what you know you would still have.
- Gidi gidi bụ ugwu eze.
Meaning – Unity is strength.
- Chọọ ewu ojii ka chi dị.
Meaning – Make hay while the sun shines.
- Otu onye tuo izu, o gbue ochu.
Meaning – Knowledge is never complete: two heads are better than one.
- Ihe ehi hụrụ gbalaba oso ka okuku huru na-atụ onu.
Meaning – Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
ARTS & CULTURE
3 Fun Ways To Enjoy The Weekend Without Breaking The Bank
Everyone deserves to enjoy weekend especially after working through the week. The only problem is, the weekend can’t be fun without money. However, here are 5 fun ways to enjoy the weekend without breaking the bank.
Pay a Visit to The Freedom Park
Freedom park is located on the island and it has a lot if great sites to behold. There are statues, pools, ponds, museum, and a gallery. you can enter into the park with as low as 200 and buy food and drink for a reasonable price.
Go To The Beach
The beach is famous for its fun and splendid view. So as long as you can get to the island in Lagos, you have variety of beaches to choose from, the entry fee is very cheap. It is advised that you go with friends, to have complete fun.
Enjoy the Company of Friends and Families At An Owanbe
One way to enjoy the weekend without breaking the bank is by going to a party. There is always an owanbe going on somewhere, even if you are going as an invitee or as an attache, it is certain that you will have fun and a fulfilled weekend.
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