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Diaspora Eats: 7 of the Best African Restaurants In Amsterdam

Here are seven of the best African eateries in Amsterdam.

DIASPORA—The diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll  remind you of mom’s cooking.


In our Diaspora Eats series, we highlight these many eateries, and offer recommendations for the best African food in whichever major city you might find yourself in. 

Whether you’re looking for options to fit your dietary restrictions or you’re simply looking to stuff your face with quality eats, there’s a spot in the city that will cater to your palette. Below are 7 African restaurants to check out while you’re in Amsterdam.

Check out some of the best African food in Houston, London, New York, Paris, and Washington D.C. 

Restaurant Azmarino

This restaurant, specializes in Ethiopian and Eritrean food and offers an extensive collection of imported beer in a casual and cozy setting.

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Kilimanjaro Restaurant

Located on Rapenburgerplein, this restaurant offers an array of food from various African regions as well as some exotic meats.  If you're in the mood for some crocodile, Kilimanjaro Restaurant is the place for you.

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Obalade Suya Restaurant

The name says is all. This restaurant offers everyone's favorite Nigerian snack in both beef and chicken options, along with a plethora of other classics like pepper soup, boiled yam, and beef stew. All the Naija food you need in one stop!

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Raïnaraï

This "nomadic" restaurant serves Algerian cuisine in a posh, oaky atmosphere.  The decor alone if enough to keep us satisfied, but the menu—which includes tender lamb and couscous dishes as well as flavorful vegetarian options—is just as wonderful!

 Walia Ibex

Located on Campenstraat, this quaint restaurant is a must stop for delicious Ethiopian cuisine.

Restaurant Du Maroc

This restaurant on Comeniusstraat offers a medley of Morroccan and Western cuisine. Traditional dishes like couscous and tagine are on the menu as well as merguez paninis. You'll be sure to find something to please your tastebuds.

African Kitchen

This Nigerian joint in South East Amsterdam, offers some of the best Nigerian cuisine the city has to offer. Feast on jollof rice or Ghanaian waakye. Did we mention that all dishes come with garri, amala, semovita or pounded yam?

Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

A Nigerian Label Is Suing Nas For Not Delivering a Good Verse

M.I and Chocolate City filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court claiming Nas didn't deliver the verse they wanted.

Nigerian star M.I and his label home Chocolate City are suing Queenbridge legend Nasir Jones.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Nas and Mass Appeal Records' Ronnie Goodman are accused of ripping off Chocolate City after they'd paid the rapper $50,000 for the verse.

According to the lawsuit, back in 2013, Nas and Goodman agreed to contribute a verse to a track from M.I. The stipulations were that Nas was supposed to mention "M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York—NAS's hometown—, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans" in his verse.

Nas did, in fact, deliver a verse but it didn't mention any of the subject matter Chocolate City had asked for.

The Nigerian label requested that the Queens rapper to re-record the verse, which now three year later, has never happened despite them delivering the $50,000 payment. Hence, that's why they're now suing him, they mention.

It's not all fighting words, though, as Chocolate City is very complementary to Nas in the lawsuit calling him "a highly respected lyricist in the music industry" and writing that they wanted a verse from him "because of NAS's exceptional talent as a lyric writer."

Unfortunately that talent and lyricism was no where to be found in the verse they got, in the eyes of Chocolate City and M.I.

Revisit M.I's "Chairman" above.

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