Nigerian Soups


Welcome!! Today’s post is one of a kind because we will be discussing how to make Atama soup.

Atama soup is not a popular soup you see around or hear people talking about it. It is an indigenous soup that originates from the south-south region of Nigeria especially from the People of Ibibio of Akwa Ibom state. It is popular among the People of Cross River, Nigeria. This is a cultural delicacy among the people of Akwa Ibom.

This is a palm fruit base soup. Countries like Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroun and Ghana also like using palm fruit as a base in soups.

Description of Atama soup

This soup is known as Abak Atama by the Ibibio people, the name was derived from the two key ingredients of this soup. Abak means palm fruit sauce or concentrate and Atama is gotten from Atama leaves. This soup is quite easy to prepare and the other ingredients include meats, periwinkle, salt, pepper, Uyayak.onions e.t.c.

There are different types of Atama leaves, the aromatic ones, less aromatic and the slightly bitter ones. You can get the correct Atama leaves by buying directly from the Calabar women who sells it at the market. This preparation of this soup is quite similar to that of Banga soup.

This soup is a delicious soup with an amazing flavor, great aroma and can be a little bit spicy. You can also prepare Atama soup with waterleaf. The essence of being a vegetable soup makes this a healthy meal.

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Health Benefits

Atama soup has a lot of nutritional values and this is all due to the ingredients used in making this soup.

  • Rich source of Vitamin A: The use of palm fruit in this soup makes it a good source of Vitamin A. It prevents the occurrence of eye disorders.
  • It is loaded with anti-oxidants
  • It is very rich in Vitamin K which is very good for bone health.
  •  Reduces the risk of having cancer
  • Boosts the immune system and this is due to the use of Uyayak.
  • Treatment of gastrointestinal disorder
  • Good for postpartum care: It prevents postpartum contractions and also promotes lactation.
  • It reduces inflammation in the body system.
  • Lowers the blood sugar: The use of Uyayak in the soup helps to reduce the blood sugar which is very good for diabetes patients.
  • Rich in protein, lipids, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.

I hope with these health benefits, you will have reasons to start preparing Atama soup.


2 kg of Palm fruits

11/2 cup of shelled periwinkle

7-8 pieces of Beef or Assorted meat

6-7 pieces of ponmo

5 pieces of stockfish

A medium-sized smoked fish

2 medium-sized onions

A bunch of Atama leaves(Shredded)

A piece of Uyayak spice

2 seasoning cubes( preferably crayfish seasoning)

2 tbsp. of grounded crayfish

Salt to taste.


Boil the palm fruits for 25-30 minutes.
While the palm fruit is on fire, parboil your beef with onion, seasoning, salt and stock fish.
When the palm fruit is boiled, pound to separate the pulp from the nut. Boil some water and add to the pounded fruit to extract the oil, then strain.
Pour the parboiled beef into the pot of palm fruit sauce and boil together.
Add the smoked fish, periwinkle, and prawn. Add the uyayak, pepper, and crayfish and allow to cook for 10 minutes, until it is slightly thick.
Cut the atama leaves into tiny pieces and add to the soup. Allow to boil for 10 minutes.
Stir and add salt to taste.
Serve with the swallow of your choice.


I hope you’ve learnt a lot on this article on how to make Atama soup. Don’t forget to like and share this article.You can also check our other posts on Nigerian soups like Oha soup, Ofe Owerri and Owo soup

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