Kavachi Ukegbu has been working to promote the food of her Nigerian heritage for most of her life. The daughter of chef Margaret Jason, and actively involved in promoting their family restaurant, Safari, Ukegbu also has her own projects, including an educational resource, The Art of Fufu, and Grubido, which works to commercialize international flavors and bring them to the mainstream.
In this podcast, Ukegbu shares her own experiences of having her culture nullified when she was growing up, and how she has learned to celebrate West African staples such as fufu and jollof rice, as well as giant snails, goat head and cow leg, and to teach others to enjoy them, too.
She also discusses the recent demonstrations focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, how they brought her community together, and her hopes that, this time, some real change might come about.
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