Raise your hand if you have been following me for more than 2 years ?
Indeed, if you have been around for quite some time now, you probably remember my collaboration with Africa No Filter as one of their narrative champions.
Thanks to this partnership, I was able to launch the “Taste of…series”, a series of content showcasing the rich culinary cultures around the continent. With Africa No Filter, we explored Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. In addition, I was also able to document and share some culinary experiences in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana and Morocco.
I said it numerous times and I will say it again, it was BY FAR the best collaboration I was ever blessed to have in my journey as a proud African food content creator.
THE AFRICA NO FILTER SUMMIT
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Africa No Filter Summit came back in full swing as it gathered 150 of the organization’s community members in Nairobi, Kenya.
Funders and partners alongside with content creators such as Charity Ezekie, journalists such as Dorcas Bello, Youtubers such as Moses Kiboneka, artists such as Xabiso Vili, Photographers such as Vadu Rodrigues and poets such as Wana Udobang…the room was packed with a vibrant creative energy that was deeply felt by everyone attending the event.
“AS WE ARE”, the theme of this year’s summit was intended to be a celebration of who we are as Africans, unapologetic Africans relentlessly challenging the status quo and the stereotypes about our continent.
MY EXPERIENCE AT THE SUMMIT
Attending the Africa No Filter Summit was indeed a beautiful experience all throughout. Not only was it my first time in Nairobi, Kenya and in East Africa as i think about it but also the trip of many firsts.
From riding in a Matatu (a very particular local & colorful minibus that can easily be compared to a riding nightclub) to endless insightful conversations at the various venues and even while dancing the night away.
Everything was perfect, well-thought, structured and very detail oriented to the point where they even thought of maasai blankets to keep us warm and a pop-up market for souvenirs. My only regret was that I would have loved to see more of the local delicacies during the breaks and/or various meals.
MY CONVERSATION WITH MICHELINE NTIRU : BEYOND JOLLOF - TAKING AFRICAN CUISINE TO THE WORLD !
Shifting the African narrative through food…In other words : the drive force behind everything I do…whether it’s content creation with Afrofoodie, organizing Abidjan Restaurant Week or Abidjan Cocktail Week & soon launching a podcast.
I had the opportunity to step on stage and engage in a 15 minutes conversation with Micheline Ntiru of the podcast We Three Queens of Africa. Our discussion revolved around my story and journey as a content creator, the diversity yet various similarities about our cuisines and the need to keep telling positive stories about them rather than focusing on food insecurity and hunger.
Doing the exercise of sharing the takeaways from every panel is nearly an impossible task as there is truly so much that I learnt over the course of the 3 days.
I am 100% confident that we all left Nairobi ready to crowd the world with more positive stories about Africa as we pledged to do so…not to fight the stereotypes and harmful narratives but to give counter-stereotypes as senior lecturer at the University of Bath, Adam Hahn said.
In the words of Dorcas Bello : Why shine the light on the “bad” when “good” exists ?
More about the Africa No Filter Summit here : https://africanofilter.org/events/the-africa-no-filter-summit-is-coming-to-nairobi