The usage of chewing sticks by Africans abroad.
The significance of miswak popularly known as chewing stick can not be undermined as some proud Africans could not forget including it among their belongings as they prepare for their flights to foreign lands. Yes, though many guys would have thought that in this 21st century, the usage of it which obviously seems to have been approaching extinction is quit well still alive.
Scientifically unknown by many previous and current users of the “magic stick”, the chemical constituent in it protect the teeth from decay as proven by the Wrigle Company’s research conducted and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2007 which stated that the mint in it kills bacteria 20 times more effective than ordinary mint. I guess it might be a contributing factor while users of it hardly visit the dental clinics or what do you think?
Interestingly, there are many national health institutions around the world such as Public Health England (PHE) England, Center for Disease Control (CDC) USA, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Nigeria among others which prime purpose is safeguarding its citizens: national border control checks. Could there be a collective measure on importable chewing-sticks: i.e. a NAFDAC number for chewing sticks? Just wondering.
All things being equal, i give big kudos to the guy i saw in the early hours of today along a street not too far from mine for his proud usage of miswak which made me remember my early days and most importantly, the root of my origin where i came from: Nigeria. Distant should not be an excuse to forget where you came from. Cheers.