The word “Buka” is commonly used across Nigeria and originated from the Northern part of the country. Buka means “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants and is used interchangeably with mama put joints. Here are 6 reasons why Nigerian love patronising Buka / mama put joints:
Buka joints are much cheaper compared with full-service or fast-food restaurants in Nigeria. In a typical fast-food restaurant for example, a millennial needs to spend at least N1,000 for a good meal. However N300 will probably get you a great meal deal at your nearby mama put joint. This is a great incentive to eat at buka joints.
Nigerian like eating at buka joints because they don’t like to cook anymore. Mama-put joints often provide freshly made meals daily which feels like home cooking. One good thing about Mama-put joints is that they hardly sell leftovers or use microwave; the foods are served fresh and boiling hot!
Mama put joints make better dishes than full-service or fast-food restaurants. The average Nigerian does not seem too worried about the health implications of eating at the local buka joints as long as the food prepared is tasty and enjoyable. Street side buka joints provide the opportunity to eat diverse dishes from across Nigeria without travelling outside your local area
Mama put joints often open much earlier in the mornings for Nigerians looking for a quick affordable breakfast before going to work. A significant number of restaurants in Nigeria don’t open on Mondays or open later in the morning.
Buka joint doesn’t really discriminate between rich, poor, big-men/women or small men/women. There is no segregation or separation based on status. Everyone gets served as long as you have cash money. Some high-end or exclusive restaurants are deemed to be more exclusive which may lead to preferential treatment.
Nigerians patronize local mama put joints to support the buka joints owners (typically women) who rely on the income to survive and sustain their families.