Food, Inside Lagos / 09.10.2020

When I heard on the Insta-grapevine that Soul Food Lagos, a new restaurant was coming to Yaba, I was so excited. For context, I live in Yaba and what we mostly have are Spaghetti and roadside grill joints. If you don’t believe me, ask UNILAG and YabaTech students. Every street corner is filled with two things they love - Spaghetti and Turkey. As a list maker that I am, I put Soul Food Lagos on my list of restaurants to visit (you can recommend your favourite restaurants to me...

Food, Inside Lagos / 04.09.2020

Sometime in February 2020, I wanted to try out new seafood recipes. Since I live in Yaba, the Makoko Fish market was my best bet to get affordable seafood in Lagos. Prior to that time, I had heard a lot about the market and other fish markets like the Epe and Oyingbo markets. Many people know Makoko for the buildings that float on water - it’s sometimes referred to as the Venice of Africa, even though I disagree. Makoko is also known for the resilient people that thrive in...

Destinations, Food, Travelogue / 28.10.2019

. It all came down to this moment, 2019 Chale Wote Festival was the sole reason we travelled across West Africa and it was finally here! We timed the last few days of our journey to coincide with the last days of the 2019 Chale Wote festival and boy was that a good thing (here’s where you stan my tour planning skills). Before I go off on how interesting Chale Wote was/is, let me explain what it is: Chale Wote is an annual street art festival that takes place in...

Destinations, Food, Travelogue / 21.10.2019

We took on a daunting task when we decided to travel all the way from Lome, Togo to see some amazing destinations in Central Region, Ghana by road. In retrospect, we were supposed to leave Lome early, but some people (please refer to their names in previous blog posts) decided to go shopping on the same morning we were supposed to leave town. The worst part is, they bought the cutest pants so they could twin at Chale Wote and conveniently forgot to buy for me. Yes, I’m still...

Food, Travel With Me, Travelogue / 23.09.2019

Day 3 was all about exploring Lome, Togo, the innocent-looking city whose major highway runs along the coastal line. For the most part, it felt like we were in an extension of Cotonou, Benin Republic as the city layout looks the same and they also speak French. We set off from Ouidah early in the morning and spent about 2 hours on the road. It was a smooth journey and we all slept off for the most part. Benin-Togo Border Crossing  The Hillacondji border crossing was also easy. We had to come...

Food, Travel With Me, Travelogue / 10.09.2019

I took a trip across 3 West African countries - Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana with a few friends and I am writing about my experience in parts. Before you go ahead, if you haven’t read part 1, do check it out so you’re not lost along the way.  Exploring West Africa Part 1: Ouidah, Benin Republic. The second part of my West African Road trip diary has all the details about transportation, accommodation, and food. Transportation Before leaving Lagos, I read a lot of blog posts talking about stressful the border...

Food, Inside Lagos, Travel With Me, Travelogue / 18.06.2019

I vaguely remember the day Fela Anikulapo-Kuti died as I was only 4 years old at the time. The radio stations had his music on repeat and by evening, they were playing his songs on the Television shows. Something terrible had happened, I knew this but what I didn't know what the specific thing was. I had an aunt who loved to play his songs and force us to dance to them and she told me that Fela was sick and that he refused to go to a...