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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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Scoop Makhathini's New Partnership For The Upcoming Season of 'Catching Waves'

The latest season of the lifestyle show Catching Waves promises to be the edgiest with Pearl Thusi, FLVME, 25K and more celebrity guests set to make appearances.

South African media personality, basketball enthusiast and hip-hop culture connoisseur Scoop Makhathini is, once again, winning in his own lane. The fashion-forward presenter recently announced that the latest season of his popular lifestyle show Catching Waves, backed by Hennessy x NBA, will bring basketball action to fans and aspiring ballers. South African celebrities will join Scoop Makhathini on the show, over the next few months, in an enthralling series of basketball challenges. The selected few are a diverse group of well-known personalities, with some returning from previous seasons, form a mix that is sure to make for good entertainment.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Rema, BLK JKS, Tkay Maidza, Ayra Starr and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Listen to Djembe Monks' New House Single 'Nhliziyo Yam' Featuring Thandy Dhlana

Zimbabwean afro-house collective Djembe Monks' latest single, featuring Thandy Dhlana, is a soothing tribal house dance track (perfect for the heartbroken).

Zimbabwean drumming collective Djembe Monks have returned with a new, grounded house single "Nhliziyo Yam", with vocals from the melodic Thandy Dhlana who also co-wrote the song. This follows their resoundingly successful single "Rainmaker" that dropped in August 2020. "Nhliziyo Yam'" is a fusion of djembe drums, techno and deep house which reminds us to guard our hearts after experiencing a spate of heartbreaks.

The track carries elevating piano keys that create a spirit-sweeping effect. Staying true to their form, Djembe Monks' distinct tribal sound resonates with both dance-floor regulars and fans of alternative, yet modern African music. Thandy Dhlana's lyrics convey a heavy-laden heartsore message in which she forewarns love interests from encroaching upon her heart. All music fans, even those new to Djembe Monks' sound, will fall for the track instantly.

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Emotional Abuse Is Insidious, Perhaps Even More Than Physical Abuse

As gender-based violence continues to plague the world over, it's important to also highlight the dire effects of emotional abuse, long before it manifests in the physical.