Some Cheap Northern Nigeria snacks business ideas for NYSC Corpers in Nigeria

Snacks business ideas for corpers in Nigeria

Snacks business ideas for corpers in Nigeria

In this article, we will show you a few snack business ideas you can consider starting as a serving copper in Nigeria and make money! This post will carry a few but rather important details that will help you carry out your snack business and make it successful. so try reading to the end and try out any of this business. These ideas when worked on the right way, the business owner tends to make a lot of profit.

want some snack business ideas that you can start with just a little funds as a Youth corper in Nigeria? Well, all you need is read to the end because in this article we will bring you some cheap snack business ideas to consider at the campground or at where you’re being posted in Nigeria.

Some of these ideas mentioned on this article are businesses that some few corpers have put in to work currently and are making a lot of profit from it, we believe that this are just simple snack ideas that can make a huge profit, it’s your level of commitment and consistent.

As a serving member in the Nigerian youth service Corp, the need for money cannot be overemphasized. As an NYSC member there are definitely going to be needs which involves some Finance, example of such things are rent transportation, camp dues, provisions, airtime and data subscription and many More.

Financial difficulties are not a good experience for corpers especially when it comes to the ones far from home, there are other likely occurrence, that may result from delays of monthly allowance paid to corpers by the federal government. Other unforeseen situations may occur which might need urgent attention. But assisting yourself and being independent beforehand in one way or the other will solve some issues.

Snacks to consider.

  1. Awara (soya beans curds)
  2. Masa (Waina)
  3. Soyamilk
  4. Chin chin buns
  5. Zobo
  6. Kilishi
  7. Akara
  8. Kunu

This are some good and lucrative snacks ideas that will gain you influence and profit around the jurisdiction you wish to run your business.

Below we will be explaining the production process and some few things you will be needing to get you up and running.

1. Awara (soya beans Tofu)

Awara is a healthy street snack famous amongst the Northerners in Nigerian, this snack is produced from soya beans, which is one of the crops commonly grown at that region. The northerners call it Awara, but it’s called tofu in English. Raw or freshly drained Awara is soft with a brownish white for color. It contains a high volume of protein and iron and a low volume in fat and also has a low-calorie count.

Awara is a very easy snack to produce, it has easy and understanding steps if one just follows.

Materials / Ingredients Required

  1. Soya beans
  2. Tamarind
  3. groundnut oil
  4. Spices (pepper, Tomato, Onions)
  5. Cabbage
  6. Basket
  7. Scooping spoon (medium)
  8. Knife
  9. Chopping board
  10. Weight
  11. Large bowls or pot

Preparation process and time

Below is a simple preparation guide the on how to produce the snack.

1. Arrange your raw materials

2. Select and wash the soybeans, pepper, tomatoes etc. Getting them ready for grinding.

3. Have the washed materials grinder and ready for the cooking process.

4. Put on your gas or firewood stove and begin the cooking in a clean pot.

5. After it has been cooked to the required state, it’s now ready for sieving.

6. You take out the boiled soybeans portion by portion into a basket or sack, when done you place stone or hang it above the ground to reduce or totally remove the moisture content.

7. After about 3-4 hours, the soybeans curd is ready to be cut into your desired shape, but rectangular shape is recommended. Now your wara is ready to be fried or dried.

The whole process mentioned above if well followed without any obstruction, should take you about 3-4 hours.

2. Masa (Waina)

Masa (Waina) is traditionally made street food in the northern Nigeria. It is a rich nutritional filled food made from an unprocessed rice which the Northerners in Nigeria calls tuwo Rice, but in the absence of tuwon rich, one can make use Jasmine Rice.

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Materials Needed

  1. Ingredients
  2. Rice
  3. Ginger
  4. Yogurt (optional)
  5. powder
  6. sized
  7. yeast
  8. Salt
  9. Sugar
  10. Water
  11. Dambu Nama (optional)

Preparation process and Time Taken.

Step 1. Wash and soak the Rice in a clean water for at least 5-6 hours or it is most advisable to leave it overnight so that it will soak well.

Step 2. fetch some the rice and per boil it to a certain tender point.

Step 3. After the rice is soaked to the desired point, rinse out and wash the soaked Rice with clean water. make sure there is no sign of dirt or stones in it.

Step 4. That been done, it’s time you cut in onion and ginger to the mixed soaked Rice and pre-cooked Rice, when done you grind or blend this mixture until its smooth and creamy.

Step 5. now Pour the grinded rice into a very large bowl or bucket, put in the Yeast and mix for a minute. Now cover the mixture and leave overnight or roughly for 6 to 8 hours. Just keep in mind, the longer you leave it the more fermented it becomes.

Step 6. When it’s ready to be fried, that is after the fermentation of 6 hours or more, you can now put in some additives like baking powder, Salt, Sugar and the Yogurt (optional).

Step 7. Now, the prepared batter is ready to be fried, sprinkle some oil into the Masa Pan, once the Oil is hot enough pour in a spoon full of batter into each of the pan space. Note that the Pan is made out of aluminum, and it gets hot really fast. so, it is advisable to put in any additives about halfway full like the Dambu Nama.

Step 8. Give the pan attention because masa cooks really fast, especially when the source of heat is high. when cooked your customers can actually enjoy this with sauce or vegetable soup. Enjoy!

How To Serve Customers Awara

Wara (Soybeans toffu) can be served in many ways, just depending on the customers desire or craving, Awara can be served to customers either with vegetables, vegetable stew or soup.

3. Gurasa

Gurasa is locally made bread in the northern part of Nigeria, in English it’s known as Pita while in Arabic, Khubz. It was first introduced in Kano by the Arabians; this food was found on the table of the rich in the old days. But as of today, gurasa is now known as one of the most popular street foods in northern Nigeria. Gurasa is cheap and affordable, with no more than N100 one can be satisfied with this bread. Gurasa can be consumed with tomato, suya, onion, and spicy grinded pepper. This snack and additives are filled with carbohydrate, protein and vitamins, which is considered to be balanced diet.


  1. Flour
  2. Yeast
  3. Baking powder
  4. Sugar
  5. Salt
  6. Kuli kuli
  7. Oil
  8. Cabbage
  9. Carrot
  10. Onions
  11. Masa pan

How to prepare Gurasa

The product process for for gurasa is very easy and understanding. Since the raw materials are all dry and grinder, the process should be fast and light. Below are some of the few steps to work with.

Step 1: Firstly, take a clean bowl or bucket, put in the amount of dry ingredients you require.

Step 2: Now, add a cup of water, the water should be turned in little by little while in the mixing process until the dough is properly mix. We advise not to add much water or make the dough water.

Step 3: Keep the mixed gurasa dough in a warm place to rise for about an hour.

Step 4: Put up your fire and hear up your masa pan (use for frying waina) in a moderate heat. It takes the same process used in the frying of waina, but in the case of gurasa you won’t be using oil.

This is the few steps that can be used in the production of gurasa snack. This snack will attract a lot of customers especially people seeing it for the first time.

How To Serve Your Customers Gurasa

There are many ways you can arrange this snack in an attractive way. You can serve as a simple snack, you can serve it with kuli, oil and cabbages or you can serve it with kilishi, suya and chicken, depending on the the customer’s order.

4. Chin chin buns

Ah..!! I know some of you are thinking is this not the same old Nigerian Chin Chin ? Actually it is, but save to say better, crunchy, and deep-fried snack. Unlike the normal produced Nigerian chin chin, Chin chin buns is bigger than your normal holidays celebration appetizers and still quite easy to make.

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  1. All Purpose Flour
  2. Baking Powder
  3. Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
  4. Lemon
  5. Unsalted Butter
  6. Vanilla Extract
  7. Milk
  8. Nutmeg
  9. Pantry Staples
  10. Sugar
  11. Vegetable Oil

How to produce chin chin buns

Step 1. In a large bowl or basin, put in the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and sugar. Add in your scooped margarine and mix until well incorporated (it should look like breadcrumbs)

Step 2. Crack in the egg and add your milk, mix, mix, mix.

Step 3. Add a little water gently into flour and keep on mixing until you have something like a stretchy dough.

Step 4. After the mixing process is done, you can now put out the dough on a flat surface, roll it and cut into a big square shape.

Step 5. Its to set up the heat to a moderate state and put your pan on it, When the oil is hot, put in your big, squared shape chin chin and fry a batch at a time until they look crispy and golden brown.

Serving Chin chin buns to customers

Chin chin buns can be served to customers in many different exotic ways. You could recommend the locally made cold zobo, Kunu, or soyamilk and you could also recommend some soft drinks like Fanta, Coca-Cola etc.

5. Zobo

Zobo is one of the most famous and well-known homemade drinks in Nigeria, it is sometimes referred to as hibiscus tea or just zobo drink.

This drink is produced from Roselle leaves (dried). Zobo drink is not just seen as a beverage to satisfy you, but it can be also taken for the nutritional health benefits.

Materials that should be available in the making of zobo drink

To start this business here are some few things you will be needing:

  1. Zobo leaves (yakuwan zobo)
  2. Cloves (kanumfari)
  3. Star anise seeds
  4. Cinnamon sticks (kirfa)
  5. False cubeb pepper (masoro)
  6. Baskets
  7. Bowl
  8. Some recyclable plastic bottles.
  9. Leather bags…etc.

How to make zobo and time taken

If you already have your ingredients in place, then it will take you about 20-30 minutes maximum to prepare and serve your customers zobo drink.

1) Rinse the dried zobo leaves with some clean cold water, because its dry and dusty.

2) Put the rinsed zobo leaves in a pot, pour in the amount of water that best fits your desires.

3) Add in the grated or grinded ginger, chopped and diced orange and pineapple

4)when you added the flours and fruits, the pot should be covered and left to boil for about 30 minutes

5) after some minutes of boiling, give it a good stir, turn off your burner or fire wood and leave to cool.

6) when cooled sieve using basket and and add in you flavours and sugar.

7). Refrigerate it and serve your customers cold. You can also garnish and serve with extra orange and cucumbers.

6. Kilishi

Kilishi is a northern Nigerian snack prepared by drying beef under heat. It is also known as spicy Beef Jerky. This is one of those Nigerian snacks that is spicy, tasty, its chewy and to some point tough.

Kilishi is almost no different from the Nigerian Suya, in way or two they have similar ingredients, but the preparation method and tenderness is different.

Traditionally, Kilishi is dried under the intense heat of the sun’s for about 3 to 4 days, or you could just make it in your kitchen under an hour.

Cooking materials

  1. beef
  2. Suya spice
  3. Cloves
  4. Ginger
  5. Stock cubes
  6. Salt
  7. Cayenne pepper seeds

Production process for killishi

Step 1. Prepare and slice your meat as thin as 3mm.

Step 2. Wash and take out any trace of fat on the meat.

Step 3. Preparation of your spice.

Step 4. For sun drying, dip the meat fillets into the prepared spice and dry under sun for 2-3 days.

Step 5. For oven drying, set up thf oven to a high temperature and put on the oven fan to dry the fillets faster.

Step 6. Srinkle salt and the prepared spice on the beef fillets.

Step 7. Put in the oven tray or for gas get an aluminum tray, spread a wrapping foil.

Step 8. Put in the beef and leave for 15 to 25 minutes.

When done, allow the killishi to cool off and air dry properly.

How to serve killishi

Kilishi as tasty as it is can be served to customers with spicy suya pepper.

7. Akara (Kosai)

Akara (kosai) is a well-known street side Nigerian snack made out of beans. this snack is known in many other names such as fried bean cake, kosai (Hausa), bean fritters (English) and acaraje (Portuguese). this snack is also one of the cheapest snacks businesses to consider. this snack is mostly eaten as breakfast in Nigerian homes, it goes with almost anything e.g pap, custard, bread and so on. the process for making this is quite easy and understandable that anyone can make it.  below are some simple steps that when followed you can produce a tasty akara (Kosai) for your customers.

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Ingredients and Working Materials

  1. Black eyed beans
  2. Bonnet peppers
  3. Red bell peppers
  4. Salt
  5. Yaji spice mix (Northern Nigerian grinded pepper mixed with maggi, salt and other spice)
  6. Garlic
  7. Onions
  8. Scallions
  9. Water
  10. Vegetable oil
  11. Basket (Plastic)
  12. Frying pan and other Utensils
  13. Heat source (Gas, firewood e.t.c.)

Simple Steps on How to Prepare Akara(kosai)

Step 1. select and clean the beans, then put the beans in a clean bowl and wash.

Step2. Put beans in a clean bowl, add enough water and leave for about 3 hours. This helps to make the beans soft for quick and easy grinding.

Step 3. After 3 hours of soaking the beans, wash thoroughly and rinse the beans and peel off the peels,

Step 4. After the washing and beans is clean enough then, cut in your peppers and onions, its either blended in your kitchen or taken to the nearest shop that grind veggies. Make sure the Akara batter is not too smooth.

Step 5. Now, place a pan on the heat source and add the oil for frying, when the oil gets heated enough add the chopped onions in oil to give the oil a good scent.

Step 6. While waiting for the oil to get hot enough for the batter to be fried, add chopped onions, spices, spring onions and into the batter mix and whisk well.

Step 7. When the oil is heated and hot enough, Scoop the beans batter into the hot oil and fry, stay close to flip the fried side. we advise fried until golden brown.

8. Kunun Zaki

Kunun zaki is a very popular drink amongst the northern people of Nigeria. This drink is produced from grains of millet or sometimes other grains like sorghum or corn can be used.

It’s a very nutritional popular drink amongst the locals in the northern part of Nigeria where it originates. The taste is quite tricky and delicious with nourishing spicy, nutty flavor rich in vitamins and minerals, high fiber and some state of protein.

The time period for Preparation of kunun zari  drink takes around a minimum of 2-3 days. This is because for the good taste comes from the fermentation of the millets and other ingredients.

Making Kunun zaki for business is a good one and is quite one of yet another very easy homemade snack drink for customers. Here below are the materials/ the ingredients needed and a step-by-step guide on how it’s done.

Materials and possible ingredients for kunun zaki

  1. Millet, sorghum or corn
  2. Sweet potato (dry and fresh)
  3. Ginger (peeled)
  4. Cloves (Konofiri)
  5. Sugar or honey
  6. Water
  7. Pap seive
  8. Buckets or Big bowls
  9. Ice cubes

Making process of kunun zaki

The process of making Kunun zaki is quite easy it goes like:

  1. Soaking of grains
  2. Grinding
  3. Sieving
  4. Fermentation
  5. Serving your customers

These steps are explained accordingly below:

Step 1: clean and soak the millets or any grain of interest used in making the drink in bucket of clean water 8 hours or rather over night to allow the seeds ferment.

Step 2: After the grain is tender enough, wash thoroughly and rinse with clean water and soak again for about 30 minutes this time adding the Ginger, Cloves (Konofiri) & Sweet potato in it.

Step 3. After the soaked grains and spice are ready rinse with clean water and its ready to be grinded.

Step 4. One can choose to blend it using blended or take to the nearest grinding shop, When grinding or blending make sure water is added in little form for a Smooth paste.

Step 5: After the blending or grinding is done separate the smooth paste in to two separate places and set one part aside for later.

Step 6. After that is done, boil some water and pour into one part of the millet paste stir till its thick and allow to cool.

Step 7. When it has cooled off, put the other part of the smooth paste that was set aside and stir till it becomes a bit or watery.

Step 8. After the mixing, it should be left open and kept over night.

Step 9. Its then time for sieving, this process is carried out with sieve or filter to remove unwanted substances and chaff in the kunu.

Step 7. Refrigerate and serve chilled

Serving kunun zaki

The kunun zaki drink can be served chilled with other snacks likely biscuits, chin chin buns, waina, wara etc. This drink can also be served with other foods.


We hope to have point out some really cool and cheap business ideas that fresh youth corpers can profit from. Keep in mind that the information provided above are based on real life activities with profitable outcomes. If this postvwas helpful don’t hesitate to share for other interested people to learn on some cheap northern Nigeria snacks business ideas for NYSC Corpers in Nigeria.

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