Ewe Olele

Location Abeokuta. NG
Client Self-sponsored
Category Documentary


Moi moi leaf plant (Thaumatococcus danielli) protects against the complications of diabetes such as kidney damage as well as liver failure.

In fact, research has shown that Thaumatococcus daniellii seed is a natural source of antioxidant principles. It also showed that the in vivo antioxidant properties were favorable when compared to vitamin C, and this seed can be exploited for antioxidant bioactive components for the amelioration of liver and kidney diseases.

The Yorubas call it Ewe-Eran or Adundunmitan and to the Igbos, it is called Akwukwo Elele.
Thaumatococcus daniellii is a plant species from Africa, native to the rain forest of Western Africa, known for being the natural source of thaumatin, an intensely sweet protein that is of interest in the development of sweeteners. Moin moin or moi-moi is a steamed or boiled bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled beans and onions, fresh red peppers, spices, and often fish, eggs, and/or crayfish. It is a protein-rich Yoruba food that is commonly eaten across West Africa.

This series of pictures shows the Moi Moi leaf harvesting process preparing for new leaf to germinate before it gets to the retailer in the market and the consumer comes for it to prepare moi moi itself at home. To Yoruba’s understanding, this leaf adds more vitamins to moi moi. But seriously, there is a huge difference and it tastes better rather than with nylons and tin cans or cups.

Researchers revealed that the leaf used in. wrapping Moi-Moi, a popular food in Nigeria made. from beans protects against diabetes, contains. components that cure liver and kidney diseases.