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How to make sweet Nigerian Agege bread

 Pronounced ah-gay-gay agege bread is century old sweet tasting bread very popular with Hausa people in the West African country of Nigeria.

Traditional Agege bread is not sold as sliced bread.
Traditional Agege bread is not sold as sliced bread. 

Agege is a district in the Ikeja Division of Lagos State, Nigeria. The name Agege bread was created by a Jamaican immigrant, Alhaji Ayokunnu in the town of Agege. His Agege bread was a popular street food for people on the go therefore he opened up a full-time Bakery to where he was providing bread to different stores. 

Bread is not an indigenous food to Africans. Agege bread is popular because that's where the first bakery opened up selling this new style of African food on the street to busy Nigerians. 
Agege bread is a delicious bread with a very soft center, sweet taste with crunchy crust. Traditional Agege bread is not sold as sliced bread. You can substitute coconut oil for the butter for a different version of Agege bread.

Agege bread was created by Alhaji Ayokunnu

Agege bread was created by Alhaji Ayokunnu

How to make sweet Nigerian Agege bread ingredients and directions


6 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
½ cup white sugar
2½ cups warm water
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 tablespoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Stir in butter, salt and two cups of the flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. 

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume about 1 hour. 

Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Place the loaves into two lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. 

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a bread rack and serve with butter, jam or jelly. You can also make the African Gourmet Agege egg breakfast Sandwich below.

Agege bread Breakfast in Agege Nigeria

Agege bread breakfast sandwich in Agege Nigeria

Agege bread egg breakfast sandwich recipe


4 large eggs
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup chopped green pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red pepper
1 tablespoon butter


In large bowl, beat the eggs well. Add remaining ingredients except butter and mix well. In a large warm skillet melt butter then pour egg mixture into skillet. Cook until puffed and lightly browned on the bottom then flip over and cook the other side. Carefully run a knife around edge of skillet to loosen omelet. Place the omelet in between slices of Agege bread and enjoy you Agege bread breakfast sandwich. 

Three facts about Nigeria.

Where is Nigeria?

Nigeria is located in Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon and is about six times the size of Georgia or slightly more than twice the size of California.

In what areas do Nigerian people mostly live?

Nigeria is Africa's most populous country composed of more than 250 ethnic groups with significant population clusters are scattered throughout the country, with the highest density areas being in the south and southwest. Nigeria’s population is projected to grow from more than 186 million people in 2016 to 392 million in 2050, becoming the world’s fourth most populous country. 14.368 million Lagos, 3.999 million Kano, 3.552 million Ibadan, 3.278 million ABUJA (capital), 3.020 million Port Harcourt, 1.727 million Benin City

Who are Nigeria’s top international import and export partners?

Nigeria is Sub Saharan Africa’s largest economy and relies heavily on oil since the late 1960s. Nigeria main export partners $1.146 billion US dollars to India 30.6%, US 12.1%, Spain 6.6%, China 5.6%, France 5.5%, Netherlands 4.4%, and Indonesia 4.4%. Nigeria main import partners $32.67 billion China 21.1%, Belgium 8.7%, US 8.4%, South Korea 7.5%, and UK 4.4%. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil exporter, and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent.

Watch this video on different sandwich recipes to make with Agege bread.


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