Visit an African market
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a country's culture, customs and cuisine is by visiting its markets. There you can watch the people, try their food and buy their wares. You will also find very peculiar traders who will go out of their way to communicate with you in their language.
You will hardly find markets more striking than the Africans. They are always full of people and have for sale any product imaginable. It is the ideal place to take the pulse of Africa. Would you like to visit a typical market? Come with me to Douala (Cameroon).
Going to the African market
In many cities on the continent, to the market is by motorcycle. In almost all the corners there are motorists that offer their services. If you're not afraid, get one of them. In Cameroon there is nothing that surpasses this popular public transport system in price and speed.
For the less adventurous, there are also plenty of conventional taxis. But do not be surprised to see several passengers crowded inside to share the expenses.
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The first time you visit a market, you may be surprised by the huge number of people and stalls crowding the streets. Rivers of people, including children, carry baskets of live chickens, peeled oranges, medicines and other goods on their heads.
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In one of Douala's markets, many of the vendors belong to the Hausa and Fula tribes. It is easy to distinguish them by their friendly greeting in the fulfulde language and by their gandouras or boubous, long clothes of blue and white or yellow color. It breathes a relaxed atmosphere. Ibrahim, one of the salesmen, chooses three large onions, gives them to me and says, "Tell your wife to fill them with spicy rice and cook them over low heat."
A few meters ahead fresh meat is sold, mainly of beef and goat. Large men carry the large pieces on their shoulders and place them on the tables. Butchers, deftly brandishing their knives, let customers choose their meat cut. Those who prefer to kill the animal themselves can buy goats, chickens and live pigs.
Every market that boasts its own has places to eat, and this is no exception. Some kiosks make loud music to attract customers, but there are quieter ones where you can order typical food and meet the locals. Typically, the menu is written on a blackboard. Now, if you are unfamiliar with the native dishes, you will surely need someone to describe them.
There are two basic elements in the kitchen: rice and fufu, an elaborate dough with yucca, banana or yam. If you fancy, you can taste roasted fish, veal and chicken, seasoned with quingombó based sauces, peanut butter or tomato. In the kiosks, the pace is calm and there are many opportunities to chat.
Good news and markets
Markets have always had an important role in the social life of many communities, as they not only provide an ideal environment for buying and selling , but also to exchange news, make friends or find work. The Bible tells us that Jesus went to the markets, where he spoke of God and performed cures. The apostle Paul reasoned "with those who happened to be there" (Acts 17:16, 17, Mark 6:56). Today, Jehovah's Witnesses in Cameroon also believe that the market is a good place to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God. (Collaboration.)
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