West Africa

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    How Contagious is Ebola?

    It's been odd to watch the folks up in Dallas handle being ground zero for the first Ebola case in the United States. Ebola is a nasty, frightening disease, but Dallas and state officials have been cucumber-cool about the whole thing. First, they had a patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who recently arriv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Ebola Has Landed in Texas, But Keep Calm

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that a man was diagnosed with Ebola up in Dallas on Tuesday. For anyone that has ever seen Outbreak, this may seem like a good time to panic, but that's what both experts and politicians are urging everyone not to do. Dr. Charles Ericsso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Recipe: Nigerian Chapman Cocktail

    Now that the temperatures are finally creeping up, I'm getting more in the mood for chilled beverages. While perusing recipes for Thai iced tea I ran across a blog post that mentioned the Nigerian Chapman cocktail. Its name immediately suggested to me some intriguing imperial concoction, so I did so ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2014
  • Film

    March 6, 2014

    Squeezing the Globe

    Big Men reveals how the world of oil actually turns.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Scam Warning: Beware of Officers Collecting Debt Via Phone and E-Mail

    On the rare occasion my spam filter allows an e-mail through from a Nigerian prince who wants to send me $1 million, I chuckle for a moment. Then, I realize the reason these ridiculous e-mails are still in circulation isn't because they are funny, but because some poor suckers out there still fall f ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Top 5 Goat Dishes To Try in Houston

    Many, many years ago, when I was an adventurous young thang, I worked one summer in Rajgarh, a small town in the Indian Himalayas. I spent a lot of time helping a social services organization conduct field research in woman's health practices. I also ate a lot of goat. In the absence of beef, pork, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Chicharito Impresses [Again] at Reliant: 5 Things We Learned from Friday's Friendly

    International soccer was back in the Bayou City this past Friday night. The Mexican National Team made its annual visit to Reliant Stadium, taking on an unfamiliar foe in Nigeria. Although neither side walked off the pitch with a victory to celebrate, there was plenty to draw from their 2-2 score ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Top Four Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Mom, I'm Bored Edition

    It's here again, that time of year when the kids are let out of school and immediately begin whining that there's nothing to do. Oh, sure, you try and try to make them happy. You can invent a brand-new game with balls and paper sacks and even clean up the damn mess they make when they nearly kill th ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Nigerian cuisine.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine

    Tackling Nigerian cuisine so early in the Here, Eat This series? Why not? Nigerian food is some of the most accessible "ethnic" food out there -- or at least, it will be for anyone who grew up eating Cajun, Southern or soul food. I'm looking at you, Houston. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Gatlin's BBQ, Eatsie Boys, Latin Bites and More Restaurants on Board for 2013 Menu of Menus

    More of your favorite Houston restaurants are coming on board for Menu of Menus every day -- and maybe even some that will be your new favorites after you sample their grub at our grand tasting event on Tuesday, April 9. Since we're carefully curating the selection of restaurants this year, I'm ple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Louis Vuitton Obsession: Domain Seizure Reminds Us of Five Things You Shouldn't Buy Online from Random Websites

    As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Top 14 Words Used By Cybercriminals

    We here at Hair Balls have gotten pretty good at recognizing e-mail scams when we see 'em. For example, we don't give our checking account info to just any Olatunde, Abimbola, or Harry who says he's a Nigerian prince -- we make sure they prove it to us by getting their phone number first. But othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 28, Egusi at Finger Licking Bukateria

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Happy Meal: Sunday Ogbonu's Stomachful Of Heroin Weighs In At Two Pounds, Three Ounces

    Ah, the glamorous life of a Customs and Border Protection agent: waiting around for someone to crap out the kilogram of heroin they've ingested in order to get the junk into the U.S. Most recently on the bowl was Nigerian citizen Sunday Okechukwu Ogbonu, 47, who arrived at Bush Intercontinental Air ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Free Radicals: "If There's No Money Involved, That's Fine"

    Free Radicals have won an amazing nine Houston Press Music Awards for Best Jazz, but jazz really doesn't even begin to cover the 16-year-old Houston group's sound. It's so all over the place that the only category that really fits is the oft-misunderstood "world music," especially on the Radicals' n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend -- In Houston, Not At SXSW

    T-Bone Walker heir Don Kesee, one of the area's Houston's most underheralded bluesmen - which unfortunately is saying something, but watch a little bit of the above clip at Navasota's Blues Alley festival - comes into the city for a gig at the Shakespeare Pub. Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Dining

    December 22, 2011

    Finger Licking Good

    If you like Cajun and Southern food, try this West African restaurant.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Of Fufu and Roux: A Nigerian-American Love Story

    Photo by Troy FieldsA plate of doughy fufu and thick egusi soup at Finger Licking Bukateria.​Last Friday morning, I was rushing around my nine-by-six kitchen and tearing out the contents of the cupboards like a poltergeist. I was running late for our holiday luncheon at work and still needed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    The 10 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Business Names in Houston

    Gained in translation​Legend has it that back in that glorious half-season when Randy Johnson was mowing 'em down for the red-hot Astros, Drayton McLane thought up what he believed was a brilliant way to part Astros fans from still more money had one of his famous food-service brainstorms. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Houston Rapper Aims To Win Nigerian Contest

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Crawfish Across the World

    Ground crawfish powder, one of the "mother" spices in Nigerian cooking.​Louisianans like to think they've got the world on a string when it comes to crawfish, with small towns like Breaux Bridge laying claim to titles such as "Crawfish Capital of the World." But there are a few people in Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Christina Clardy: West U Doctor, Two Others Convicted in $30 Million Medicaid Fraud

    Christina Clardy among those convicted.​Christina Clardy, a 61-year-old West U doctor, was convicted with two other people of running a massive Medicaid-and-money-laundering scam that somehow involved Nigerian tankers, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Kenneth Anokam, 56, and Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Little India: The Reflection of a Small but Vibrant Community

    ​I was discussing Nigerian restaurants with a friend last night over dinner. "Are there any?" she asked. "In Houston?" I replied. "Of course! Why?" It was a rhetorical question; I knew the answer. Despite making up nearly 2 percent of our city's population, Nigerians in Houston -- and their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Nigerian Brunch at Peppersoup Cafe

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPlantains and scrambled eggs, with plenty of tomatoes.​Michelle Ukegbu isn't messing around when it comes to the food at her one-month-old restaurant, Peppersoup Cafe. Her mother opened Houston's first African restaurant, Safari Restaurant, literally right around th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2011
  • Dining

    April 14, 2011

    It Takes Tuwo

    Suya Hut serves a slice — er, ball — of West Africa in Houston.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Tuwo and Suya and Egusi, Oh My!

    Photos by Troy FieldsThink of tuwo like a giant, jolly ball of dumplings.​Despite Houston's wealth of ethnic food -- and even its wealth of African food -- eating Nigerian cuisine can be intimidating. Unfamiliar words, unfamiliar ingredients and unfamiliar foodstuffs all combine to make for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Suggestive Restaurants to Get You in the Mood This Valentine's Day

    The big red cock itself.​On the way to Jimmy Changa's a few weeks ago, my dining companion and I passed a country-cute little restaurant in Deer Park called Jug and Muffin. Aside from reminding me that I still want to open a pub some day called The Honk and Jiggle, we couldn't stop giggling to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    WHAT?!? Companies Pay BRIBES To Do Business In Russia And Angola?

    Shocking, we know​Be prepared to lose all faith in -- well, if not humanity, per se, at least capitalism and government officials in Nigeria.It appears -- are you sitting down? -- that bribery is sometimes used when American companies try to do business in Russia, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. Y ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

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    September 23, 2010
  • Film

    July 8, 2010

    Captured in Afghanistan

    American soldiers, vérité-style, in Restrepo.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- I Am Darth Soccer

    "Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"​If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    World Cup 2010: USA-Ghana -- Five Keys To Look For

    A moment he'll never forget​The images of Wednesday morning are still fresh on many people's minds. The image of Landon Donovan putting the US ahead in the 91st minute against Algeria, putting the Americans back in the round of 16 for the first time since 2002.Their opponent on Saturday is Ghana, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Fake Nigerians Scamming Hispanics In Texas City

    Photos courtesy GCSODaniel Johnson, not a Nigerian with cash-flow problems​Almost exactly five years ago, we were minding our own business at the Downtown Transit Center light rail stop one evening. A suave and well-dressed middle-aged black man came up to us and introduced himself and spun an out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Ask A Rapper: Uzoy On Some Absolutely Awful Rapper Names

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009

    The Okra Principle

    Love is a conflict we all share

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    iFest: This Is Our Party

    Better music than ACL and fewer hippies

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa

    This group mixes Congolese traditions with bits of styles from around the world

  • Dining

    May 22, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Les écailles de la Mémoire (The Scales of Memory)

    Brooklyn’s Urban Bush Women and Senegal’s Compagnie JANT-BI join forces in a collaborative dance performance

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    There Is But One Story with Many Tellings

    We were listening to Morning Edition on NPR (FM 88.7) this morning when we heard an interview with Aminatta Forna, author of Ancestor Stones, a fictional chronicle of the lives of five Sierra Leonean women. The author read a passage that detailed a hungry crowd’s reaction when a box of lipstick ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006
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