Nigerian Chef Tunde Wey's Traveling Dinner Series In Partnership With Okayafrica To Examine 'Blackness In America'

Nigerian chef Tunde Wey is hitting the road to explore Blackness in America on a new dinner series in partnership with Okayafrica.

Nigerian traveling chef and writer Tunde Wey is hitting the road in America and he may be bringing his From Lagos dinner to a city near you.

“The emphasis is that I wasn’t black until I came here,” Wey, 32, tells us about the upcoming tour, a series of dinners in partnership with Okayafrica exploring the notion of Blackness in America. Diners will converse and explore this theme from the perspective of “guest collaborators.” They'll also enjoy a  five-course meal that features Wey's take on Nigerian classics like dodo (fried plantains), pepper soup, eba, jollof rice and puff puff.

For Wey, the dinners are a chance to reflect on his “bifurcated reality.” “I’m ‘black’ because I live in America yet by virtue of my upbringing I’m steeped in a different and privileged emotional experience,” says Wey, who emigrated from Lagos to Detroit at age 16.

On the topic of Blackness in America, Wey says “It is incomplete to discuss America without referencing race and dishonest to mention race without beginning from blackness.”

A dinner offers the perfect setting to discuss important, and largely disregarded matters of race. “If we are to have these conversations,” Wey mentions, “and they are to be inclusive and sensitive then shouldn't we sit about a table to eat, and raise our glasses in drink?”

Wey's collaborative dinner series in partnership with Okayafrica begins Monday, March 7, at Shank Charcuterie in New Orleans with special guest Zac Manuel, filmmaker and co-founder/creative director of The Greenhouse Collective.

Look out for more dates and cities to be announced soon.

Head here to purchase tickets to the New Orleans dinners (March 7, 14, 21, 28) and Detroit dinner (April 6) and for more information on the From Lagos 'Blackness in America' series.

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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."

Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.

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