In the last three weeks, I have been closely observing the wonderful activities by the amazing organic farming expert, highly empowered, profoundly creative, multi- talented storyteller and distinguished Cameroonian Scholar GERALDINE SINYUY. Sinyuy writes intriguing folktales. As if that is not enough, Geraldine is a certified educator, a determined writer. She also tells her stories through sustainable organic agriculture. She eats the food from her lush farm and her food recipes speak stories of diversity, talent, hope and promise. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is a highly charged platform spirited to archive, profile, publish and exhibit diverse talents. We find this installment refreshing, new and unique. We are bringing her food exhibition and that seeks to educate us that we can write, speak, influence and as well work hard for to grow the food we eat and even read the stories we write. ONE STOP SHOP. Dr. Sinyuy is trendsetting an example of creativity, sustainability, self-empowerment, promise and community leadership. The greatest traits God gave us is the mind, commitment, dedication, tenacity, creativity and resilience and this we need to embrace and walk the talk– ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Portable Backyard Organic Gardening
- I should start by saying that I am a daughter of a farmer. I grew up in a community which knew no chemical fertilizers until modernity came and introduced chemical fertilizers which hamper both our environment and our health in general. My father never consumed anything grown with chemical fertilizers for he was too close to nature and selected what he consumed carefully. Later on in life, my foster mother, Reverend Sister Dinla Ann Emmanuel took me to an international seminar on natural Medicines in the Tropics and while there she registered me as a member of ANAMED (Action for Natural Medicine) Cameroon, Bamenda Branch. The seminar was chaired by a German, Dr Martin Hirts, who had lived in Congo for thirty years studying natural medicines. We were taught the various natural medicines available in our environment and one principal plant was Artemisia Annua Anamed (3A tea) which is grown and used as anti-malaria tea. Dr Martin told us the importance of organic farming and that lesson sang in my head.
- Years later, more and more chemicals entered the agricultural sector in my country and I did not feel comfortable with them. I then decided to start growing my own vegetables organically. Early this year, I came up with a project on Portable Backyard Organic Gardening and trained and encouraged a group of women and young girls on how to use the least space to grow their own food in portable organic gardens. That was before the COVID-19 broke out in my country. Now many families benefit from these gardens and I wish I could have the funds in order to spread the project to more communities. Organic farming is important as it is environment friendly. It also curbs down some chemically grown foods-related diseases like cancers and stomach ailments. It is vital to grow your own food because you will be sure that what you are consuming is healthy for your system. It is also cheaper to grow your own food as the cost of buying is cut down as well as the money spent on medications to treat diseases caused by the consumption of food stuffs grown on chemical fertilizers.
- Cookery is an art in itself. It is both an artistic and a scientific process. It feels so good to cook one’s food by oneself. I enjoy cooking. I cook with love and my family and friends enjoy the meals I cook. Each time I cook something new, I am always excited especially when my family savors it with appreciation. I started cooking as early as age 10. I could pick the huckleberries which are one of my staple foods. My people eat this with corn-fufu. My people eat a lot of vegetables, but I personally have an appetite for vegetables, I could easily pass for a vegetarian. Talking about my recipes, I will say that they are a natural gift, the recipes flow in my veins in the same way that William Wordsworth describes poetry, “a spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility.” So, my recipes flow thus. Each day I enter my chicken, I come up with something new. I even started running an online cookery channel called “FOOD FOR CHANGE CLUB” on Whats App where women and men subscribe and I teach them recipes.
INSIDE #SINYUY FOOD STUDIO
Sesame Seeds Crunches made with Pure Honey
A healthy snack packed with healthy facts. They contain iron, fibre, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus. This snack is a good source of energy and helps one to keep fit since it fills one up and prevents the craving for food. Apart from being a sweetener, honey has healing properties. It cures cough, helps reduce gastric ulcers, eases digestion, and good for sore throats. Honey contains antibacterial properties which are used in curing many ailments. In a nutshell, honey is an antibiotic.
Mango and Milk Smoothie
This juice helps in digestion, boosts immunity, lowers cholesterol and helps in weight loss.
It is a good drink to start one’s day with.
Carrot juice boosts metabolism, lowers cholesterol level, good for pregnant women, improves vision, reduces risk of cancer and strengthens brain function.
Mixed Vegetable Salad
Mixed vegetable salads are low in calories and help regulate blood pressure. They are also rich in flavonoids which act as anti-oxidants and boost the entire health of the person consuming them. These are foods with high PH levels. This kind of meals can help in cancer prevention.
Salad and Moringa Leaf Tea
This tea contains antioxidants which help fight inflammations and thus give the skin a beautiful glow. Besides, moringa tea is good for people with BP as it helps lower blood pressure. It also helps in weight loss.
Steamed Fish with Menyando
Steamed food is one of the best cooking methods as all the nutrients in the food are preserved during this method. It also uses very little oil and less water. Fish is a good source of proteins, calcium, Vitamin B12, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium. The menyando with which it is served is a healthy carbohydrate made from fermented the cassava tubers. Other vegetables (tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, white pepper, and shallots) added to the meal make it completely balanced.
Wild Mushroom Soup
This soup is rich in antioxidants which help damage free radicals in the body. It is also good for heart health, contains cancer fighting compounds and many more.
Baked Cheese Rice
Rice is a rich source of carbohydrate which gives energy. It also contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, and magnesium. The cheese in this dish is a good source of calcium, fats and proteins. Vitamins A and B12, as well as phosphorus, zinc, and riboflavin are also found in hard cheese. The cheese used here is made from 100 per cent grass-fed cows.
This can be used as a healthy snack or for breakfast. They contain milk, eggs and sugars which help in body building. They’re high energy foods which can keep one going for long hours. They’re a rich source of proteins, iron, thiamine, calcium, Vitamins B6, A, E, B5, B12, riboflavin, folate, phosphorus, iodine and selenium.
GERALDINE SINYUY earned her PhD in English (Commonwealth Literature) in May 2018 at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. She earned a Secondary and High School Teacher’s Diploma at the Higher Teachers Training College, University of Yaoundé I in 2005. Geraldine Sinyuy taught English as a Foreign Language at Government Technical College Bangoulap, Bangangte from 2006-2016. During this time, she took up a part-time job as Assistant Lecturer of Medical English at Université des Montagnes, Bangangte from 2010-2014. She is currently an English Language and Literature in English teacher at Government Bilingual High School Down Town Bamenda, Cameroon. Sinyuy also taught as an English Language part-time teacher (2005-2007) at English High School Yaoundé.Sinyuy started writing poems and short stories (particularly folktales) during her secondary school days. She was often a participant and guest writer for the radio programme: Literary Workshop: a Programme for Creative Writing and Literary Criticism; CRTV Bamenda from 1993 – 2001. Sinyuy’s creative writing has taken her beyond national borders. In 2016, she performed one of her poems entitled “On a Lone and Silent Hill” during an International Conference on World Environment Day at Imo State University, Nigeria. Some of her poems are featured in online Magazines—“FIRED Up” and “ForeCreativeGirls”. It is worth noting that Sinyuy’s creative works are mostly poems and short stories. In May 2017, Sinyuy was a Featured Storyteller at World Pulse Story Awards. She has published academic articles in both local and international journals. Her research areas include culture, gender and migration in Postcolonial Literatures in English. She is a member of the Anglophone Cameroon Writers Association; Academia Edu., and Research Gate. She has published articles in both national and international journals. She is an advocate for organic farming and sustainable development.
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Mbizo CHIRASHA, UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist. Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum Deutschland,Germany. Alumni of the International Human Rights Arts Festival in New-York, USA. Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie. Globally Certified Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence. Arts for Human Rights Catalyst. Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry, hybrid writings, political commentary, short fiction, book reviews and Arts Features are published in more than 400 spaces notably the Monk Arts and Soul in Magazine in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia. Poesia journal in Slovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn, USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA. The FictionalCafe international Journal, Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland in Germany. Co-Edited Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity, solidarity collection to victimized Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry, Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes. He owns the Time of the Poet blog zine, MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace. A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental resistance poetry colection was released in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011 by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is Founder and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal, https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/ and WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS,https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/MORE INFORMATION visit, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbizo_Chirasha
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