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11 African Food Instagrams That'll Make You Cook Like Mom

...or close to it.

Food is the one thing that keeps families and cultures thriving and surviving—the one thing that every African mom is the best at.


And with social media, why not show our food off and even remix it in our own way? The following Instagram pages will inspire you to attempt the dishes we know so well growing up.

Make sure you're not hungry when you peruse or it might amount to torture.

Ivy's Kitchenette

Ivy Mango Chatora of Zimbabwe is the food blogger behind the handle, A Taste of Zimbabwe, where she shares her beautiful plates of her take on her country's cuisine. Her cookbook, Ivy's Kitchenette: Think It, Cook It, Love It, quickly went out of stock (and we're waiting for a re-up!). She keeps up a blog of recipes you can check out here.

Essiespice

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Essiespice is a small batch spices and sauces brand that wants to put African food on the global stage. If you're based in Tri-State Area, the small jars of punchy flavors have a space in the spice section in Whole Foods and Shoprite stores, to name a few. This Instagram page features plates of African dishes that feature the spice blends that will make your mouth water. Read our interview with the creator, Ghana's Essie Bartels, here.

Black Foodie

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Black Foodie is an online digital platform that explores food and lifestyle from the Black perspective. They aim to celebrate the best African, Caribbean and Southern foodie experiences. Founded by, Ethiopian-Canadian Eden Hagos, Black Foodie's Instagram is just a glimpse of how they redefine the diasporic experience through food.

Sudanese Kitchen

This Instagram page makes you feel right at home with the many images of home-cooked Sudanese meals. Omer Eltigani started Sudanese Kitchen to document and celebrate the cuisine and culture of Sudan that he feels is too often misunderstood. Check out more information on the project and recipes here.

9jafoodie

Nigeria's Ronke Edoho shows up how to maintain a healthy diet while eating Nigerian food. For those who may assume that's impossible, her recipes prove otherwise. Learn more about her meal plan and e-book, Lose It Nigerian, here.

Immaculate Bites

Since 2012, Imma of Immaculate Bites uses food as a tool for people to learn more about African and Caribbean cultures. The recipe developer and food blogger's beautifully curated Instagram page shows of her own twists on Afro-Caribbean flavors.

AfrovitalityEats

Cameroon's Elsie Kriz whips up West African inspired (and Mom inspired) recipes with AfrovitalityEats. Her beautiful Instagram also shows she can tackle other types of cuisines, but we love it when she features foods from her native Cameroon.

Thelmz Kitchen

How can you not love and reminisce at images of big cast iron pots over an outdoor gas stove, market action, jollof rice, egusi soup and more? Nigeria's Thelma Egbe gives us all the nostalgic feels with her blog and Instagram, Thelmz Kitchen. She really lives up to her motto: Food is love made edible.

My African Food Map

My African Food Map is another cool project that curates an authentic collection of the most popular dishes from around the continent. So far, Tuleka Prah and her team featured recipes from Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. For more information, check out their website here.

Kaluhi's Kitchen

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Look to Kenya's Kaluhi Adagala's food blog and Instagram for her unique take on her country's diverse cuisine. Just a scroll for a minute makes your stomach growl for some chapati or her chicken-marinated uwkwaju (pictured above).

Sisi Jemimah

Tripe? Check.

Shrimp? Check.

Pumpkin leaves? Check.

Jemimah Adebiyi gets an inspiration cosign in our book with her recipes featuring dishes from Nigeria's diverse ethnic groups, like the Edikan Ikong soup above, which comes from the Efik people in southeastern Nigeria.

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Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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