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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

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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