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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.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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