By Ismail M. Kabir
Cafes may provide aromatic coffees of varying tastes and class but a visit to EbiraView Tea House provides a charming experience that leaves you with a lasting memory.
Located in Oro Estate, along Obehira road, it is a tea house where friends and fans of EbiraView converge on weekends to drink varieties of herbal tea including Uzzi (bitter leaf), Morringa, Avi Guava and the Chinese green teas. The tea can be further blended with either pure honey or lemon juice.
Pressing issues of concern to Ebira communities are debated and rib-cracking jokes are thrown as Lawali, the Tea man fills visitors' cups with hot tea while Hajo serves the local delicacies.
The host and owner of the Tea House, Alhaji Damisa Suleiman is a regular face at the joint.
Damisa, a passionate promoter of Ebira heritages who recently retired from the Nigerian Customs Service is also the Director of ESS Project Concepts Ltd., publisher of EbiraView News, a community tabloid in Ebira land. Friends of Customs Damisa (as he is popularly called) enjoy visiting the joint to enjoy their weekend.
At the tea house, there's always a steady serving of Ebira delicacies from Apaapa, Apapaapa, Oduba, Epe Uzzi, Ochoku, Gorigo Omehi, Gorigo Biscuit, Epe Gorigo, Eko oniri Ankara angwe Ovivi and more.
According to Damisa, the objective of opening the tea house exceeded mere funfare.
"Green teas are great supplements for our health. The varieties of tea served here help in boosting the immune system and regulate blood sugar level".
The tea house is another initiative of the dynamic ESS Project Concept that is gradually gaining patronage. It is expected to be fully opened to the public before the end of 2015 on an annual membership fee at a fixed sum.