Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), shared how his upbringing in a household where everyone participated in cooking contributed to his culinary skills.
Recently, Wike gained attention when a video went viral showing him cooking while hosting Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila and other high profile individuals in his Abuja residence.
During a recent media interview, the Minister expressed his pride in his cooking abilities, emphasizing the satisfaction he derives from preparing and enjoying his own meals. He explained that his upbringing encouraged active participation in meal preparation, such as grinding pepper and pounding okra, as a shared family activity.
The former Rivers State Governor acknowledged that while some people view cooking as a waste of time, he personally finds it fascinating.
Wike also fondly recalled welcoming his wife back from the United States with a homemade meal of Okro and Okazi soup when she returned after giving birth to their first child.
“I feel proud that I can cook and I’m happy when I eat it,” Wike said. “I’m satisfied. What is in cooking? When I’m hungry, I should go and call the chef to prepare?”
“Some of us were brought up in a home where if your mother is cooking, you are meant to stay in the kitchen. You make sure they prepare the pepper, you help to pound the okra.
“Some people may see it as a waste of time, but for me, it’s very interesting.
“My wife had her first child in the United States, the day she came back with my first son, I welcomed my wife with Okro and Okazi soup.”