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They Fled Burundi. Now They're Opening Detroit's First East African Restaurant.

Photographer Lauren Santucci documents an asylum seeker family from Burundi as they adapt to their new lives in the United States.

Mamba Hamissi and Nadia Nijimbere are a couple from Burundi who recently settled in Detroit. When they finally received asylum last year, Mamba quit his day job to open an East African restaurant that will employ African asylum-seekers, immigrants, refugees.

There is a growing number of Africans moving to Detroit because of Freedom House, one of the only shelters in the country providing pro-bono housing, legal, and social services to survivors of persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States.

I've been documenting Mamba and Nadia's family since September 2017 to explore how they rebuild their lives in Detroit and what opportunities emerge when they stay. I double as a prep cook at their pop-up events, often helping them fry plantains or make last minute runs to the African market between taking photos.

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Here Are 50 of the Best African Foods From Across the Continent

We asked and you answered. Here are 50 of the best African foods that you need to try.

It's food month here at OkayAfrica and that means that we'll be exploring different African delicacies, sharing recipes, highlighting the best spots for African cuisine, and dropping quick food videos throughout the month of November, so get your taste buds ready.

One things for certain: African food is just as diverse as its people. From the West to the East to the North and South, some foods are so delectable that they're worth taking a trip for.

We asked our audience to share some of their favorite dishes from their country and tell us why. We received colorful responses that introduced us to a world of delightful, adventurous dishes that have us wondering how we can make it to each and every country on the continent some time in the near future.

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#Goals: This Ghanaian Restaurant Owner Is Sparking an African Food Revolution In London

For our latest #Goals installment, we speak to Zoe Adjonyoh about how she's bringing African cuisine to the forefront of the restaurant industry.

During the month of August, we'll be highlighting aspirational folks who are setting major #goals and achieving them, and asking them to share their stories and insight to help motivate us all to “live our best lives."

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Diaspora Eats: 9 of the Best African Restaurants In Washington D.C.

Here are nine of the best African eateries in the Washington D.C. area.

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

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