Banga soup (stew) has over the years topped the list of Nigerian stew recipes due to its uniqueness and blend of natural ingredients.
I learned that it is more advisable to make stew with palm oil than groundnut/vegetable oil.

This is entirely different from the Deltan version that is served with starch or eba. If that is what you are looking to make, here is the recipe – Delta Banga Soup

The Banga soup (ofe akwu) is very easy to make and very popular in the eastern part of Nigeria, almost every ingredient used in Making this stew could be gotten from the farm, that is why it is a little bit easier for folks in the rural areas while it remains difficult for people outside the country to find all the ingredients that are required.

This is another kind of Nigerian stew popularly eaten by the Igbos and some other parts of Nigeria; I would prefer this stew above Nigerian tomato stew any day. This is a delicious plate rice, served with banga stew (soup) plus a sprinkle of peas. (the peas was boiled for 3 minutes on low heat)
banga stew - ofe akwu
Here is a list of ingredients used in making Nigerian Banga soup (stew) ‘ofe akwu’, (as the Igbos like to call it). Most of these ingredients can be purchased from any Nigerian market or African shops in case you live outside Nigeria.

Ingredients: | Serving : 6×2 Persons
Banga (palm fruit) (9-10 cups)
2KG of Meat (I used goat meat while making the video below, you can use chicken, turkey or a combination of two)
1 sachet of ‘Onga soup’ spice
A cup of Sliced onions
2 cups of sliced fluted pumpkin(optional)
2 cubes of maggi
A cup of sliced Scent leave
Dried fish (500g)
Half cup of ground Crayfish
Fresh or dried pepper to taste
Salt to taste

“Onga soup” is a special kind of spice that I use in making Nigerian banga soup and few other Nigerian foods, You will find this in the video below. Onga is made by promasidora (Nigeria) LTD, I think the company is located in Switzerland.

Like I always say; there are lots of spices and flavors used in making Nigerian foods, most of which are also franchised in almost every country of the worlds. Take knorr cube for instance, this ingredient is available in almost every country of the world in different forms and shapes, knorr or maggi is used in almost every known Nigeria food recipe.

The good thing is that you can use almost any spice for Nigerian foods although there are just a few that are irreplaceable.

Below is the image of pounded palm fruit with a portion of the squeezed-out thick juice in a plate and then by the right is sliced onions, scent leaves in a plate.
banga sauce
Soak the dried fish in hot water and wash thoroughly to remove sand and dirt,
blend the crayfish or blend together with dry pepper if you are making banga stew with dried pepper, although I prefer to use red fresh peppers.

Chop the onion and set aside in a plate, I like to make most foods with lots of onions just because of its health benefits.

How To Make Banga Soup (Ofe Akwu).

Cook the palm fruits (banga fruits) for 30 to 50 minutes then pound with a mortar and pestle, you will see how this is done in the video below. Pour water in a bowl, add the pounded palm fruit and try to squeeze out the thick syrup. The palm fruit juice is a major part of banga soup this can also be used in making Nigerian soups (then you wouldn’t need palm oil).

Pour the squeezed-out thick juice into a bowl and set aside.

Wash the meat with hot water and parboil with a separate pot till it is tender (be sure to add the ingredients – use the 2 cubes of maggi, a teaspoon of salt, half cup of onions.), It is possible to make a delicious meal with tasteless meat, that is the only reason I advise you to use lots of ingredients while parboiling the meat. Then very little or none while making the main foods, just use the meat stock (water from the meat) and you will be fine.

Add the squeezed-out palm fruit juice to the boiling meat on fire.
making banga stew

Add the (dried fish and crayfish) to the cooking pot and cook for about 10 minutes
Add your spices if it is not yet as tasteful as required. (Sachet of “onga soup” and/or a seasoning cube). Stir and add the scent leave (chopped), sliced onions, salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and cook for another minute then add the chopped vegetables (optional), allow to simmer for another 3 minutes and you just made a delicious Nigerian banga stew (ofe akwu)

Serve with rice, yam or cooked beans
Banga Soup
That is how to make banga soup (stew) in Nigeria, the Igbos call it “ofe akwu”.

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Banga Stew Video

Above is the video on making Nigerian Banga soup, This video will make the whole process a lot easy to follow, you will learn about all the ingredients I used in making this Nigerian Stew Recipe and of course the whole tricks involved.


  1. Racheal Murphy  April 28, 2016

    so lovely ma u are the best I love you

  2. Chioma Nwokoma  April 28, 2016

    God will surely bless you Chi for magnanimous sharing up knowledge and gift. Love u!

  3. Chy  April 28, 2016

    God will surely bless you Chi for magnanimously sharing your knowledge and gift. Love u!

  4. oge  April 28, 2016

    Madam, u are too much. Taking us round Nigeria. I will surely make this banga soup, have not eaten it since this year. Thanks

  5. Mina  April 30, 2016

    Pls i would like to ask cant it be eaten with eba, pandoyam or fufu? Thank you for your various newsletters.

  6. Favour  May 7, 2016

    U’re d best

  7. MUBO  May 13, 2016

    Well done chy

  8. Zukky  May 21, 2016

    Adding bitterleave is when you want to use it for swallow, as a kind of soup. That is when you add those spices. But here it is a prepared as a kind or alternative to stew for rice.

  9. vikky  June 2, 2016

    m enjoying this web site every day, thanks

  10. Glory Godwin  June 25, 2016

    So sweet ,I can’t Wait to prepare this delicious ofe akwu.thanks and GOD bless u.

  11. nasi  August 14, 2016

    Wow this banga stew is so lovely, bravo ma!

  12. Olayinka  October 27, 2016

    Nice banga soup, I will try and cook it.

  13. miriam  February 4, 2017

    Wow! I love it. thanks for d help

  14. Ennie  August 25, 2017

    I like the way you explained the difference between the Deltan Banga and Igbo banga. I am a Yoruba woman married to a Yoruba man but I love banga and other eastern/southern food.
    I have been cooking banga for almost 6years now and I do add scent leave at times which I can use to eat either rice or Eba and my family loves it

  15. lilian  May 29, 2018

    Some people use ehuru aswell and banga spiece, Ehuru gives it that local taste. Try it.

  16. Anita ijeoma  October 22, 2018

    Yummy Yummy… God bless Sis Chy

  17. Ainoko Blessing  October 22, 2018

    I made mine last Friday and it was yummy all the way
    .. Thanks so much

  18. Yummy  July 27, 2019

    I add okpei when making mine kudos

  19. Franca  September 20, 2019

    Wow! So nice!

  20. Naomi  November 11, 2019

    Wow I love this and I will try it for my fiance and I am sure he will love it. Thanks aunty chi


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