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The Newspaper of today is tomorrow’s Suya wrapper

Did you just smile? Really sorry I took this long to come your way (you know how it is now….. Got 3 men to cater to). Anyway I am here now. So there is this guy on Instagram with the handle @funnyafricanpics that cracks my ribs with his posts. Recently, he launched a book and Samsung app – Humour According to Nigerians. One of his posts inspired the title today. If you think of it really, our newspapers end up being wraps for suya, akara, buns and the small chops locally hawked on the streets. Before now, whenever  I entered my dad’s library, the heap of read newspapers would serve a suya seller for a year and the environmentalist in me just keeps thinking “do we really have to buy these dailies?” Thousands of trees go into he manufacturing of paper and need I remind you that these same trees are aiding our existence as they provide the oxygen we breathe, absorb the excess carbondioxide we produce, serve as shelter for some animals and the list…….. endless. This is a country where recycling is just being embraced (my opinion though). It got me thinking if we really needed newspapers and as if Vanguard newspaper publishers could read my mind, I stumbled upon an online version of the hard-copy newspapers. I was happy…. as in really happy. The essence of this post is to appeal to us to the best of abilities to minimize the use of paper. It saves a lot of energy…… printing, binding, electricity e.t.c.

Something just popped up now, do you like suya?  You did not just say no. A recent group presentation on Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (story for another day) I was involved in explained the negative effects of the smoke from suya when it’s being prepared. It’s difficult to relate with these things because the effects are not immediately noticed. The contents of the smoke can bioaccumulate (hehehehe) in humans and this ain’t good at all. They continue to accumulate till they get to a concentration when they cause harm. I’m sure someone is asking “what should we now do? Stop suya? ” Not necessarily, at least for now. Reduce how much you consume till you can finally stop or probably make it at home in your oven (this doesn’t stop the emission of the carcinogenic elements of the smoke). Take lots of fruits and vegetables too, they help to detoxify our bodies. Till I come your way again…..  Cheers to a greener earth.




Hey, I'm Ruky and I started this blog to share my views on sustainability and the contemporary issues around it. In recent times, environment and sustainability issues have been attracting the attention of businesses and government. In spite of this, there is still a lot of misconception and confusion around these issues. This is why I decided to create this tiny blog to share my journey into embracing sustainability and I am sure you would enjoy every bit of it.

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