A South African Disc Jockey was fined for cooking an African stew called "mogodu" in his New York City apartment after neighbors complained about the smell of the cooking dish of tripe in maize porridge.
According to Times Live, Metro FM DJ T-Bo, was fined $75 last week after neighbors complained about his culinary activities.
The bemused DJ told The Sunday Sun: "I was shocked to be fined for cooking my cultural food. But I guess it comes with the territory. I've been here so many times, but never experienced this. I suspect the smell might have been too much and I did apologize to my neighbors."
According to MSN Now, the South African dish is made from tripe and ground maize porridge.
Most African dishes are prepared and eaten with meat or fish stew, consisting of vegetables and herbal spices that give off a powerful aroma designed to stimulate the appetite of diners conditioned to associating the aroma with nutrition. But as many Africans in diaspora soon learn, what their senses interpret as "appetizing aroma" is often deemed "stinky" by neighbors who are unfamiliar with the odor and are therefore not conditioned to associating the peculiar aroma with nutritious food.
Boiled rice with peanut stew (West Africa)
In spite of the impression that African stews are "stinky," most are prepared using herbs and spices with nutritional and health benefits. For instance, Western weight loss diet enthusiasts recently went crazy over the West African nut or "bush mango" (Irvingia gabonensis) known as "Dikka" in Cameroon and "Ogbonna" in southeast Nigeria. "Ogbonna" is used for preparing Ogbonna stew, another typically "stinky" African stew, as English neighbors of Nigerians living in the UK would testify.
The interest in the Ogbonna or Dikka nut among Western weight loss diet enthusiasts followed a study published in the journal of "Lipids in Health and Disease," which confirmed that the "Dikka" extract contains substances that increase the rate of metabolism of body fats, help regulate leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite and enhances weight loss dietary programs.