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Eko Kitchen Will Be the First Nigerian Restaurant To Open in San Francisco

Nigerian food lovers in the Bay Area will no longer have to do without such succulence.

This former Silicon Valley financial analyst has taken the leap to fill in a much-needed gap in the Bay Area's food scene.

Eko Kitchen, helmed by head chef and CEO Simileoluwa Adebajo, will be landing in San Francisco on May 3. As she shares in a viral tweet, Adebajo quit her job as a financial analyst to make this dream come true. She seeks to "stay as close to home as possible," developing recipes she learned from her mother as well as her two grandmothers.


The restaurant has been fulfilling its last Uber Eats orders as they work toward opening its brick and mortar, and the menu offerings are mouth watering—from goat pepper soup, jollof and suya to ofada stew, efo-riro and agege bread topped with Nigerian-style egg sauce with mackerel.

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"All I wanted to do with this concept was to share Nigerian food, music and culture with this city," she reflects in a tweet from February. "I am not the best chef in the world, but I strategically positioned myself and the first and only Nigerian food in the city of San Francisco and I'll always be proud of that achievement."

Supporters on line are also proud, sharing words on encouragement like the messages below.





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South African Government Sends Envoy to Zimbabwe Amid Unrest

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently sent an envoy to meet with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid the widespread arrests of journalists, opposition leaders and protesting citizens.

EWN reports that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently sent an envoy, consisting of Sydney Mufamadi, Baleka Mbete and several others, to speak with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid mass arrests of journalists, opposition leaders and protesting citizens in the country. While the Zanu-PF led government denies there is an ongoing crisis, there continues to be public outcry from Zimbabweans who are demanding socio-political and economic changes under the online banner of #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.

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How the Creator of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ Finally Got His Due In ‘Black Is King’

Thanks to Beyoncé, Solomon Linda's famous song finally made its Disney debut—81 years after it was written.

By now, we've all seen and heard think piece after think piece about Beyoncé's latest visual album release Black Is King. The film depicts and celebrates a great deal of African culture and history, paying homage to many underrated and misunderstood artists and practices.

One moment, however, put an end to an 81-year struggle with the Disney giants.

Perhaps one of Disney's most popular songs, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," is a reproduced version of the late South African performer Solomon Ntsele (Linda)'s song "Mbube."

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Interview: Prettyboy D-O Wants the 'Whole World to Believe In Themselves’ Through His Music

Prettyboy D-O is a singular presence in Nigeria's growing alté movement. We speak to him about his latest project, his cult-like following and what motivates his sound.

Every other year, there is a breakout star raised by the streets, who greatly influences the Afrobeats sound within that time frame. "Street music" is what usually dominates the clubs, determines the mainstream soundscape and inspires viral dance routines that spread across Africa and sometimes globally. The sound embodies the madhouse that is Lagos—the acme of Nigeria's music industry. Towards the end of the last decade, a new genre of music weaved its way into prominence in Nigeria. It was tagged alté, a derivative of the word alternative. Between the intersection of street music and alté music is where you find Prettyboy D-O. The artist, born Donald Ofik, is a genre of his own which he calls "culté" a contraction of cult and alté, Prettyboy D-O's message is loud and clear: winning against all odds while spreading love in his own way.

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Burna Boy's New Album 'Twice As Tall' Is Coming This Week

The 15-track album will feature Youssou N'Dour, Stormzy, Sauti Sol, Naughty By Nature and Chris Martin, and was executive produced by Diddy, Bosede Ogulu (Mama Burna), and Burna Boy himself.