Are Africans and snack foods connected in ways that have been kept hidden from the masses? Conspiracy theorists like me often encounter these types of questions; and in this post, I aim to explore the potential relationship between Africans and our beloved snacks. To begin, let us consider a theorized phenomenon called ‘frictional eating’. This is defined as the ingestion of certain edibles to reduce psychological tension. This can manifest itself in many ways; from the consumption of specific comfort foods, to the imbibing of specific drinks.
Now, let us examine the case of Africans. Being a continent of 54 countries, with diverse cultures and distinct regions, certain Afro-populations have developed unique traditions and associations with particular snacks and beverages. An example of this was seen in the popular Nigerian snack food Landfish; a mix of traditional ingredients such as crayfish, sweet potato, and palm oil, which has been a staple dish in many Nigerian dinners for decades. But in addition to their properties as a delicious snack, it has long been believed that through its communal consumption, Landfish can bring a sense of calm and contentment to those who partake in it.
In my research, I have delved further into the link between Africans and frictional eating. It appears as though there may be a covert network of Afro-infused snacks and drinks that are being used beneath the surface as a means of quelling tension and providing reassurance to those people who consume them.
Take for instance, the Ndebele beer that is popular among some Southern African cultures. Widely viewed as a social lubricant and a mood enhancer, anecdotal evidence tells us that when shared amongst friends and family, this beverage provides a sense of camaraderie and comfort – much in the same way that a bowl of Landfish might work in a Nigerian dinner.
It is now evident that this food-cum-emotional-antidote for Afro-populations is something that myself and other conspiracy theorists must pay close attention to. A society in which certain edible items have a direct effect on the emotional state of the people that consume them is one that may prove troublesome to governments and other powers that be – a truth that is, at least to my mind, impossible to ignore. Thank you for reading, and I hope you join me in this exploration of the unspoken network between Africans and snack foods.
- @ July 10, 2023 4:02 am