For World Poetry Day, we chatted to acclaimed poet, Inua Ellams. Born in Nigeria, the award-winning poet and performer has recently been appointed as Tower of London's first Poet in Residence. He shares with us how he got into writing, what his hopes are for his new role and just what is the Inua trim.
For World Book Day, we decided to sit down with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s leading publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press to talk books and the titles by Nigerian authors we should be reading.
Practising her baked creations since she was 14, there's not much about baking Benjmina Ebuehi doesn't know. So it's no surprise that she reached the quarter finals of her series of Great British Bake Off. Whether because of our mutual love for food our her infectious smile, we're a big fan of the talented baker over at Chuku's HQ and so it was our pleasure to sit and chat with her.
Biola Alabi is an African media expert with over 25 years of local and global media experience. She is the founder and CEO of Biola Alabi Media, a leading consultancy and production company based in Nigeria. Having watched her Nollywood hit Banana Island Ghost last summer we had the pleasure of speaking to her over the Christmas break and find out more about the person behind the brand.
Noo Saro-Wiwa is "a pioneer in contemporary travel writing" says The Guardian. Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria follows Noo as she voyages from the bustle of Lagos to the beauty of the eastern mountains. Nominated for several writing awards, it's a beautiful exploration of Nigeria and after reading it we knew we had to sat down with the brilliant mind behind it.
On October 1st 1960 Nigeria became an independent country. 57 years later, we're on a mission to share all that we know and love about the country with the rest of the UK. Whilst we’ll eat our fair share of jollof (and then our friend’s share too), we’re about more than just food and so we wanted to share with you some of our favourite facts about Nigeria.
At Africa at Spitalfields 2017 we unveiled our new street food menu, Eko Burritos (burritos Naija style). The carefully chosen names of our new offering was an opportunity to continue our homage to Nigeria. Away from the busyness of the market stall, we’ve decided to share with you the meaning behind our Eko Burritos.
So just what is Nigerian food? In the first instalment of our Nigerian food primer we provide an introduction to some of the most popular foods used in Nigerian cuisine.