Ogbono, Okro, Egusi, Bitter Leaf Soup, Ofe Nsala, Oha soup among Soups originated from Igbo land
Okra (Pronounced properly as Okwuru in Igbo) is an Igbo soup. The English word, ‘okro’ was derived from the Igbo word’ ‘Okwuru’.
Ogbono and Egusi are also Igbo native soups. The proper name for ‘Egusi’ is ‘Egwusi’ and that is the way the Igbo people pronounce it. ‘Enugu’ is meant to have been ‘Enugwu’ meaning ‘on top of the mountain’ but the spelling is anglicized. Igbo dishes (Okro, Egusi, Ogbono, Onugbu etc) are the most common native dishes you find in Nigeria and the most likely ones you’ll get served with at Nigerian restaurants outside Nigeria.
Just because the soups became popular all over Nigeria doesn’t mean that we’ll deny the obvious which is their Igbo origin.
However, these soups have become so popular all over Nigeria that several tribes have adopted their own ways of cooking the soups. But generally, especially in Lagos where the different cooking styles exist, the Igbo cooking style is still preferred over other cooking styles.