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Mama Ntsama made her oil a real labour of love and I want to share that with other people who also love the way good food brings people together

Mama Ntsama’s Got the Hots for You!
‘I had a dream’ - African woman’s chilli legacy is bottled to become a delicious spicy oil and sauce

Cambridge, UK – April 8th 2009 – A chilli oil and sauce born from an old Cameroonian recipe that came to their creator in a dream, have been launched under the Mama Ntsama brand by Gannon Connexions Ltd.

Nigerian-born Joyce Gannon, the power behind Mama Ntsama and who has lived in the UK most of her life and married an Englishman, explains: “I met Mama Ntsama when she came to visit a friend of mine some years ago. She brought a container of her chilli oil with her and when I tasted it, I was hooked immediately! Mama Ntsama was a crafty old lady, though, and guarded her recipe carefully, not least because she got so much pleasure from making it herself and sharing it with people. When my friend went to Cameroon to visit friends and family, she would bring me back a 5-litre container of the precious oil, which I would eke out over the following year. This wasn’t easy, as it was so delicious I used it on practically everything!”

Joyce was afraid that Mama Ntsama’s recipe might ultimately be lost and her fears were indeed realised: “Mama Ntsama kept telling me she would pass her recipe on, but she never did and then one day it was sadly too late. As my last container of her oil started to run out, I began trying to replicate it for myself, but without success. Then, one night, I had the most extraordinary dream, in which I saw quite clearly Mama Ntsama going through every stage of making her chilli oil. Well, I woke up feeling like I had won the lottery and quickly wrote down everything I had seen before I could forget. When I tried preparing my next batch of chilli oil, according to what I had seen in my dream, it was a real ‘Eureka!’ moment – it tasted exactly like Mama Ntsama’s own oil. I was over the moon and straightaway I named my oil Mama Ntsama in honour of that wonderful old lady.

Joyce states that as she and her friends enjoyed Mama Ntsama’s chilli oil so much, she thought it would be worth seeing if there was a wider market for it, which led to the formation of a real cottage industry. Mama Ntsama’s chilli oil and sauce are hand-prepared from locally-sourced Scotch Bonnet chillies and one or two other secret ingredients. At the moment, production and bottling involve the whole family and Joyce reports that she is selling several hundred bottles in the UK each month, so the work is quite demanding. Ultimately, she hopes to find a business partner with the facilities to take production up to commercial levels and maybe even open up an export market.

For the moment this delicious oil, which is ideal as a dipping oil or for adding to recipes to give all cooking that special chilli edge, is available from the company’s website, where sample recipes can also be viewed. A happy by-product of the chilli oil preparation process is used to make an equally-delicious chilli sauce of Joyce’s own creation, but inspired by Mama Ntsama.

Joyce concludes: “I know there are many other chilli products on the market today, but Mama Ntsama’s chilli oil is prepared in a unique way, which gives it a unique and unforgettable taste. Mama Ntsama made her oil a real labour of love and I want to share that with other people who also love the way good food brings people together. Oh – and the recipe’s still a secret!”

Mama Ntsama products can be ordered online from, where more information on the oil and sauce can be found.


Note to editors: Joyce will be pleased to send out samples of Mama Ntsama’s chilli oil and sauce for review on request.

Press Contact:

Joyce Gannon
Tel: +44 (0) 1480 832325

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