The Nigerian chewing stick popularly called ‘Pako’ has been rebranded by some enterprising Nigerians in the United States and the United Kingdom with the new name Organic Toothbrush and this has made many Nigerians react to the development.
The chewing stick brand is now being sold in London for £14.99 and $15 in the United States.
A closer look at the chewing stick reveals that it is a twig or root of certain plants that are chewed until one end is frayed and gives a great brushing experience.
This end can be used to brush against the teeth, while the other end can be used as a toothpick.
Here is a cross-section of some reactions on Twitter:
See how much chewing stick is sold in London £14.99— Olushola Olufolabi (@olushola_shola) January 8, 2019
Package yourself guys…. pic.twitter.com/N9E3ULGVzL
First I saw “derica” (milk tin) sell for £30.— Nigerian Food Vendor (@TommyTrill_) January 8, 2019
Later it was our indigenous broom (igbalę) selling for $75 and I wondered if it was going to sweep away my sins.
Now it is our chewing stick. Someone rebranded “pako” and is now selling for $15
Things we fail to value 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/ykrVrqqAwG