One food we all enjoy is Okpa and it’s one food we miss when we leave the Eastern part of Nigeria.Okpa is one food that the goodness can’t be understated, with high level of nutrients in the food, Okpa has come to be a staple food. But the snag is preparation. The Okpa That folks eat are always bought in the open markets which gives those that are hygiene oriented to ask question ; how was the cooking environment is?
Neke Foods , an emerging indigenous food company based in Anambra is addressing this challenge. The issue of how to cook your Okpa to your specifications and standard has been addressed with the production of Okpa powder! This innovative products would avail the families in the East and Igbo in diaspora to eat their Okpa anywhere , any place and anytime.
Speaking to the media about the product, Philip Nwosu, the founder of Neke Foods said ” we looked at the gap in the market as we looked at how to address this challenge . We also looked at the Igbo in diaspora as how they miss the local foods such as Okpa ! This singular decision encouraged us to find hygienic ways to always this Okpa food available and we can up with this.”
On why the product is good, he also added that “It is affordable,It is a wonder food rich in protein and numerous vitamins and minerals It is a good meal to add variety to your diet. Your children can take it to school.”
The finishing of product is in line with the industry standards. It is well packaged, can be reused and sealed again. Being fully organic, It is 100% Okpa flour and NOT mixed with foreign substances and 100% natural , no chemicals and preservatives. The shelf life of the product is 3months because the company decided that it wouldn’t use artificial preservatives.
With eyes on the export market and one can make your orders from outside Nigeria . The label has a detailed description of how to cook it. Anyone can cook it irrespective of tribe or race. Coming in 500g which is for 6 servings while Ikg is for 12 servings at the rate of Unit Price N1400.
“Adding value to existing products is one way any start-up would make it. With eyes on a niche market and great innovation, we believe that this product would be well accepted especially because of the wholesomeness of the products and the need to bridge the protein deficiency gap. This product is a welcomed development. We are happy for this, it can make our favourite food always available”, Anayo Nwosu added.
Nkechi Matilda Okoye