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A podcast on all things African food! Every other week, Host
Yorm Ackuaku delves into the world of African food chefs, curators and bloggers. Interviews with African food entrepreneurs cover new African cuisine, customer experiences, the role of social media in promoting African food and much, much more.

Item 13: An African Food Podcast Heritage Radio Network

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

A podcast on all things African food! Every other week, Host
Yorm Ackuaku delves into the world of African food chefs, curators and bloggers. Interviews with African food entrepreneurs cover new African cuisine, customer experiences, the role of social media in promoting African food and much, much more.

    Building an African Food Marketplace with Whitney Osei-Akintaju

    Building an African Food Marketplace with Whitney Osei-Akintaju

    Whitney Osei-Akintaju was born in Kibi, Ghana, and migrated to the United States with her father when she was six years old. In her sophomore year of high school, she took a web design and multimedia class which sparked her passion for tech. In 2011, she began competing in pageants and was named Miss West Africa USA First Runner-Up. She was also Miss Ghana Tourism USA 2015. Her corporate career began in banking and finance working for companies like Bank of America. From there she moved into tech, working for Sage Software and Apple as a Technical Analyst. In 2017, while working at The 100 Companies as an engagement coordinator, she was pregnant with her first child, Cassidy. A busy mom, she searched for ways to purchase high-quality, authentic African grocery items online. Unable to find any, she decided to create one. Ethnic District is an e-commerce marketplace where African CPG brands can sell their products directly to customers, retail and wholesale. She started Ethnic District with just $80 and has grown it into a six-figure business organically as a solo entrepreneur. Companies like Warner Brothers Studios, CBS, and the Museum of Food and Drink have already used Ethnic District to source products for PR packages, events, and recipe boxes. She is an IfundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year Semifinalist in the Food and Beverage Category. With Ethnic District, Whitney hopes to bring more awareness to African products and make them more easily accessible in the western world. She wants to see African products become a part of mainstream American consumer culture. She also wants to provide tools and resources for makers in Africa to create products that meet international standards so that the continent can capture more market share in the CPG space.

    Photo courtesy of Whitney Osei-Akintaju.

    • 48 min
    Changing Food Narratives in Africa with Ndidi Nwuneli

    Changing Food Narratives in Africa with Ndidi Nwuneli

    Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on social innovation, African agriculture and nutrition, entrepreneurship, and youth development. She has over 25 years of international development experience and is a recognized serial entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and consultant.

    Through her work in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, she has shaped policy and led the design and execution of high-impact initiatives focused on strategy, organizational design, ecosystem solutions, and growth. Mrs. Nwuneli serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), AGRA, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, and the African Philanthropy Forum. She previously served on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc., the World Vegetable Center and Cornerstone Insurance Plc.

    As the co-founder of AACE Foods, which produces a range of packaged spices, seasonings, and cereals for local and international markets, Mrs. Nwuneli has propelled the growth of a catalytic business. As the founder of Nourishing Africa, a digital home for food and agriculture entrepreneurs operating on the African Continent, she is accelerating the growth of the ecosystem and supporting entrepreneurs in 35 African countries. Her latest start-up is Changing Narratives Africa committed to changing global mindsets about Africa by showcasing the Continent’s contributions to the world through the pioneering work of her dynamic people, their innovations, and products.

    • 38 min
    A Bi-Continental Wine Business with Tuanni Price

    A Bi-Continental Wine Business with Tuanni Price

    Award winning International Wine Educator Tuanni Price is on a mission to make the complicated world of wine simple. In fact, that is the motto of her wine lifestyle business, Zuri Wine Tasting. The self-proclaimed wine enthusiast curates’ wine-filled lifestyles from Southern California to the Southern-most part of the globe in Cape Town, South Africa. Tuanni uses her brand, Zuri Wine Tasting, to host private tastings, teach wine tasting classes and host wine tours. In addition, she produces small to large scale wine experiences for corporate and non-profit clients. Tuanni grew up in South Central Los Angeles and was not exposed to wine early in life. She was in her 30’s when her interest in wine peaked. One evening while dining at a five star restaurant, she was snubbed by the Sommelier. From that moment on her goal was to learn and share as much as possible about wine and its accompanying lifestyle, enabling her to help others avoid that feeling of intimidation.

    Tuanni started a wine club with her friends, she studied with the Society of Wine Educators and North American Sommelier Associatio Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Tuanni has traveled the world sipping and learning about wine. Tuanni made a bold move in 2018 to expand her business to Cape Town South Africa, spending part of each year contributing to the vibrant and exciting wine industry there. Zuri Wine Tasting now offers its services to clients and wine lovers in both the US and South Africa. Today, aside from managing the day-to-day operations and event planning on behalf of Zuri Wine Tasting, Tuanni also host a podcast, aBroad Drinking Wine. She volunteers for PYDA (Pinotage Youth Development Academy), Blacc Cellar Club in Stellenbosch and the US-based AAAV (African American Vintners Association). She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Grambling University.

    • 35 min
    Building Taco Africana with Zinyusile Khumbula (Zi)

    Building Taco Africana with Zinyusile Khumbula (Zi)

    Zinyusile Khumbula (Zi) was born in Zimbabwe and spent some of his childhood in South Africa. He moved to the United States in September 2009 and been a resident of Harlem since 2014 where he has launched New York’s First Pop Up African Taqueria, Taco Africana. Zi’s daily inspiration is the mission of sharing Ubuntu (humanity to others) through food and fellowship. With his Tacos, Zi aims to create unique dining experiences that become a comfortable space, allowing people from all walks of life to come together and share their backgrounds, cultures, life experiences and authentically delicious food!

    Zi is a self taught Chef who discovered his passion for cooking and food at a very tender age. His grandmother laid the foundation for his skills. With the help from Careers through Culinary Arts program (C-CAP), Zi was able to enroll in the Hospitality Management Program at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). His culinary education is from YouTube and Google. Throughout his education, he began to curate meals that became uniquely memorable and culturally driven experiences that reflect not only his expertise in the kitchen, but also the flavors, textures, colors and beauty of Africa. “My dream is to continue building on the work Nelson Mandela started in South Africa and spread it all over the world,” he says. “We host intimate moments that drive people to talk and get to know each other while breaking bread. Our catering niche is African Fusion Cuisine. We specialize in cooking traditional and authentic dishes that incorporate ingredients and techniques from other cultures. Think tacos, shrimp & grits, street sandwiches and chicken and waffles with a flavorful African flare.”

    Photo courtesy of Zinyusile Khumbula.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Revolution Will Be Brewed with Margaret Nyamumbo

    The Revolution Will Be Brewed with Margaret Nyamumbo

    Margaret is the founder of Kahawa 1893 Coffee. She is a third generation coffee farmer from Kenya and grew up on a coffee farm immigrating to the USA. After earning her MBA from Harvard, she went on to work on Wall Street, where she rediscovered her passion for coffee. She founded Kahawa 1893 with a mission to close the gender gap in coffee. In Kenya, over 90% of labor in coffee comes from women. However, they aren't fairly compensated because they don't own the land. Margaret's coffee is roasted and distributed from San Francisco and the brand recently launched in Trader Joe's - the first black & woman-owned coffee brand to launch in the grocery chain.

    Photo courtesy of Margaret Nyamumbo.

    • 54 min
    Ancestral Food Ways with Abena Offeh-Gyimah

    Ancestral Food Ways with Abena Offeh-Gyimah

    Abena Offeh-Gyimah is a writer, a researcher, a business owner, and an advocate for an indigenous food sovereignty system. She's worked at Black Creek Community Farm as a coordinator for the youth farming program, with Building Roots as an urban gardener coordinator, with North York Community House as a Strong Neighborhood Coordinator, and currently project co-lead with the Jane Finch Community Research Partnership. Her food business, Adda Blooms, seeks to work with small scale farmers to bring ancestral foods worldwide. Her blog seeks to explore the intersections between food, culture, and equity. Abena’s passionate about preserving indigenous plants, seeds, and seeks to work in collaboration with small scale African farmers to grow and preserve ancestral foods.

    Photo courtesy of Abena Offeh-Gyimah

    Blog Posts mentioned:
    Famine Foods
    Food lineage
    Food System

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

ArtfullyH ,

Love Podcast- Over and over

#53 Yorm, You never disappoint. African cuisine is NOT a trend. There is strong curiosity in my mind and food palette and this is “my food” and this podcast helps me with that understanding and learning as I am one from the diaspora and one who has been many centuries removed from this cuisine. I so appreciate this endeavor, always. Keep the podcasts coming! ————-///———- This podcast is such a personal discovery as I celebrate “my” healthier indigenous food choices. Thank you sooo much for educating me about this cuisine Yorm. Just finished listening to Eden of Edenthefoodie. I want to learn more from the African continent since I’m of the African Diaspora (New World) for 200+ years and know little about this cuisine and want to claim it and you and your interviews help me connect in order to cook these or seek restaurants. This is so appreciated. Keep up the good work.

#59 So happy you are back. I so enjoyed this episode.

#62 - Ancestral Food. This is the most important podcast and food movement. It did not disappoint. The guest speaker, when she covered the Indigenous rice, that’s what I was waiting for. I appreciate her work. The health benefits are in these ancestral foods since they do not carry the chronic illnesses of the western world.

sincerely toya t ,

Great concept and content

I discovered this podcast in one of Facebook groups and I am happy I did. I love the idea of learning about African foods and getting insight from people in the African food industry. The host asks clear questions and makes sure to give as much information about the foods talked about on the show as needed to understand the content.

Hotcinnamon ,

Exactly what we need

Informative, fun and exactly what we need in the diaspora. The conversation on Africa’s contribution to global cuisine has been muted until now. Item 13 fills that white space on educating the global community on African food, introducing budding and established African/African inspired food entrepreneurs and creating a robust community of African food enthusiasts. Great job!

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