Breakfast is an important meal highly recommended by nutritionists. It’s the first meal of the day. Its composition largely depends on a person’s daily schedule. It would surely vary for the school child, the sedentary worker, the office worker and the market woman etc.
But for most residents of Congo’s commercial capital Pointe-Noire, breakfast could be on the go as they head to work and it could be ready in less than five minutes.
Yes, breakfast on two wheels, usually manned by young Senegalese men who push their tea carts along the road. The Kinkeliba tea sellers serve it hot not just in the mornings but at all times of the day.
I meet Salif Sumaila, a 23-year-old Senegalese pushing his cart on the busy streets of Pointe Noire’s city center (Centre Ville), incidentally, it is right in front of a highly popular café where people are seated, sipping coffee as they chat.
Those seated are not Sumaila’s target. His clients are usually on the move but in need of a quick fix, a fix Sumaila and several of his colleagues offer on the main streets and street corners. Asked what his cart typically serves, he said: “we (my brothers and I) serve Kinkeliba, lipton and coffee.”
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Published : Wednesday, September 13, 2017