WANNER: How the city of Jo’burg mirrors African literature

If roast meat is your thing, you have not lived until and unless you have eaten some meat in a good old South African braai. And no, this is not just my opinion. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Forget Ole Polos or whatever you have heard about Louisiana barbecues.
  • If roast meat is your thing, you have not lived until and unless you have eaten some meat in a good old South African braai. And no, this is not just my opinion.
  • Once in a debate with my friend Helon Habila, he stated that South Africans were lousy cooks.

I spent my holidays with my South African side of the family this year. I visited family and friends in places like Orlando West Extension and Protea North, both in Soweto, as well as towns like Bloemfontein and Kimberley. One of the highlights for dude was a visit to partake in some chisa nyama and drinks with good friends. Forget Ole Polos or whatever you have heard about Louisiana barbecues.  If roast meat is your thing, you have not lived until and unless you have eaten some meat in a good old South African braai. And no, this is not just my opinion. Once in a debate with my friend Helon Habila, he stated that South Africans were lousy cooks. “The only thing you know how to do well is braai.” He had at least acknowledged that we were braai masters — a generous compliment coming from a Nigerian to a South African. But it still hurt, you know? So while I should have walked away enjoying the compliment about my compatriots’ ability to make a decent braai, I hit back with “we are better writers, though.”

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