Interestingly, coronavirus pandemic has shaped the food industry in ways unimaginable! Such that gives me a free rein to add valuable materials, fill pages with stories future generation will read how a mere sneeze from
Wuhan, China brought the whole world to a standstill.
''African food store owners have taken advantage
of unregulated food prices to a different level. For those open, business is booming, tills are fast and furiously ringing in cash. Serving staffs wear huge smiles instead of a face mask amid panic buying, supply shortage, inflated prices, fear of meeting
supermarket empty selves. With my face mask securely on I made sure I got everything covered, won't take any risk''
''I found myself buying frozen, off colour almost stale veggies, buried in industrial freezer for months or longer, due to scarcity of fresh produces''
''It is unsettling times, win-lose - situation though many are hard-hit, the real scoop are unscrupulous rough-neck store owners
who would cheat squeeze out the last penny from customers, serve them in close proximity without keeping a safe distance''
''It is a case of buying what is on offer or go without it. While we are advised to self-isolate indoor only venture out strictly for essentials, only a handful of grocery stores are open with limited supply of food products at inflated
prices. Mainstream food chain like McDonald and KFC provide limited outlets for drive-thru and takeaways did well compare to African restaurants who could only provide extremely limited few takeaways however quickly shutdown completely afterwards. It is a
known fact that majority of them rely on foreign import so limited food supply in the crisis especially authentic food items such as isi ewu (goat head), okazi, kpomo, isam, akpu, fufu, utazi, we can't find here in the UK, worse, the seasonal ones we rarely
see are almost impossible to find in pandemic''
(excerpts from my book coming out
October 2020, to be published in New York)
Akon Margaret Kalu - All Rights Reserved