Ever heard of man shanu? Well if you are a Nigerian then you must know the Fulani people who are predominantly herds men. The nomads move from place to place providing food for their families and cattle... aaand other reasons I'm not so sure about:). Having spent a lot of my years in Abuja I've had the opportunity of having Fulani classmates and acquaintances. One thing I've heard them rave about is man shanu. They claim that it is good for the hair and that it reduces breakage and leaves the hair soft.
Yesterday, I followed my Mom to a Village and while she was busy conducting a Survey I went off into the market. I saw two Fulani girls selling fura da nunu (yogurt) to an orange seller. Knowing that they understand neither English or Pigin English -and I understand Fulani NOT -I went to talk to them under the pretense of buying orange so that the trader could do the translations. After much pricing I bought a bowl of man shanu for N300.
I tried to get them to tell me more about the product but communication trouble left me with no info. on the ingredients and the production process. The only thing I could get out of them- apart from smiles and the man shanu -was it's use:
- Used for flavoring
- Used in cooking yam and rice ( I have eaten yam and rice boiled with a spoon of man shanu and I think I liked it)
- Mix with body lotion
- Apply directly to the hair as a hair cream. Hmmm....I don't think I want to smell like yogurt for the the whole day.
melting.... melted man shanu. See clear oil.
Anyways, I washed my hair and I've got the product in my hair as I type. Next will be a review on the product and if I can find a friend who can tell me what man shanu is I will let you know.