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Diaspora Eats: 7 of the Best African Restaurants in Houston

Here are seven of the best African restaurants in Houston, Texas.

DIASPORA—It’s “No Borders” month here at OkayAfrica, which means we’ll be highlighting travel and intercontinental relations between people on the continent and in the diaspora.


Food is a major part of the travelling experience, and if you're like us, then you’re looking for tasty delectables in any city that you might find yourself in. Good food only amplifies the travelling experience and thankfully, the diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll make your trip even more memorable. They might even remind you of mom’s cooking.

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 Houston.

Check out some of the best African food in LondonDCNew York, and Paris.


Cafe Abuja 

This family-owned restaurant on Westheimer Road serves traditional Nigerian food like egusi soup and ewedu in a simple, clean setting. This picture pretty much says it all:

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Suya Hut 

Seriously, who doesn't love suya?  This restaurant off of Airport Blvd is known for its Northern Nigerian dishes and its scrumptious meat kebabs. A meat lover's fantasy.

Blue Nile 

This family-owned restaurant on Richmond Street, offers a selection of classic Ethiopian dishes in a homey atmosphere. Be sure to sample their kitfo—seasoned mince beef and miximita mixed with spiced butter.

Afrikiko 

This low-key family-owned Ghanaian restaurant on Bissonnet Street offers a variety of West African dishes. Be sure to choose from their many Nigerian staples like pounded yam with ogbno soup.

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Peli Peli Kitchen 

This eatery on Katy Freeway, blends South African cuisine—and the many influences that make up its rich flavors—with American, Vietnamese, Mexican and other cuisines. As a result, you’ll be able to sample unique dishes such as South African fajitas and South African Banh Mi.

Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge 

The restaurant named after Lucy is a nod to the groundbreaking, skeletal remains found in Ethiopia, offers authentic Ethiopian cuisine in a classy setting. Doesn’t their injera look yummy?

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Finger Licking Bukateria 

This Naija-Ghana restaurant on Bissonnet Street is known for its finger-licking fufu, egusi, and goat pepper soup. It certainly lives up to its name.

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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