Ẹbà is a staple food eaten in West Africa, particularly in the Southern parts of Nigeria made from flour, known in West Africa as garri. Ẹbà is made from dried grated cassava. It can either come as yellow or an offshade of white.
Please stop the spread of Misinformation.
Eba is NOT made from flour. As stated it is made from dried grated cassava, but it is NOT made from flour.
Eba is NOT eaten in West Africa; It is eaten in NIGERIA. This is an IMPORTANT distinction. Saying Eba is eaten in West Africa rather than Nigeria contributes to the ignorant idea that African countries and cultures are interchangeable and generalisable and there is no need to be specific. ALWAYS SPECIFY! ALWAYS! Nigeria is NOT West Africa, and West Africa is NOT Nigeria. Nigeria is NOT Benin, Ghana, Senegal or like any other country in West Africa or the entire continent for that matter.
Please DO NOT attribute NIGERIAN cultural features to other countries by dismissing them as West African or African. It is extremely insulting and precisely the kind of ignorant generalisation that we are trying to fight. And in the same vein, DO NOT mix up elements of various Nigerian cultures like saying “Eba (yoruba) is made from garri (Igbo)”. It is probably even more insulting than the first thing.
Eba is a YORUBA word while Garri is an IGBO word for THE SAME THING. This is extremely important because Eba is NOT “made from” Garri. Eba and Garri ARE THE SAME THING.
I completely agree with your commentary of that picture your reblogged of Beyonce. What's worse is that the entire spread was supposed to be some dedication to Fela and his wives/queens but she completely missed the point and if anything, completely disrespected their legacy. I was sorely disappointed and disgusted.
It was such an insult to Nigerians, Nigerian culture and especially the memory of Fela. I am tired of Beyonce and other Americans feeling as if they can just pick what they like from our culture and represent it as their own original idea without crediting us or appropriating our culture and perpetuating the idea that you can just steal what you like from Africans or African cultures because you know who cares about them anyway.