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I’m Emem (yes, that’s me and my camera), and I run the food blog Foods from Africa. I love celebrating my African heritage, especially through food, and I have a passion for crafting recipes inspired by my heritage and travels. I have a simple mission, and that is to bring the best of African-inspired cuisine to you; recipes, stories and resources.

Emem Umoren Foods from Africa


Africa is a huge continent with a great deal of dietary variation, but there are a few dietary trends that are common throughout many parts of Africa:Plant-based foods are prolific in the traditional African diet. Grains such as sorghum, maize, or millet, are a dietary staple. These grains are mostly gluten-free and commonly prepared by soaking and fermenting which releases the nutrients and aids digestibility.


In addition, dairy contributes an important source of fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients.

Afro-fusion cooking is based on the principles of the African Traditional Diet, overlaying this with global food influences. The focus is on simple, wholesome and delicious recipes, originally from the motherland Africa, and sometimes adapted in various kitchens, far away from the shores of Africa over centuries.


I believe in Whole and Real foods, most of which are plant-based. Nature has provided everything we need to take care of our bodies, and the best health advice is simple: eat more fruits and vegetables. Thus, my recipes tend to celebrate the vegetable rather than the meat. I also believe that good food should be honest – sustainably sourced, and as close to natural as possible. My food philosophy summarised in three words; Whole, Sustainable, Healthy.


I am a Nigerian-born British home cook and a food blogger who doubles up as a part-time recipe developer, and food photographer. African-inspired cooking is my passion and Foods from Africa is the hobby that was borne out of this desire. Being Nigerian is intrinsic to who I am, and how I perceive food. I love my soups hot and spicy, I am not afraid of a little funk and fermentation in the kitchen, and I will gladly eat avocado everyday.

I take the phrase “You Are What You Eat” quite literally, and I enjoy challenging myself to come up with delicious and healthy meal ideas. When I am not in the kitchen working on a recipe, I am most likely at my day job as a consultant, staring into several Bloomberg screens discussing my musings of the global financial markets.

And now, here comes the legal stuff!


I work incredibly hard to provide unique content on the blog, and as such, all content and images are subject to copyright. If you wish to use any of the images on this blog for personal or commercial use, please, email me to ask for permission! It’s just the right thing to do.


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, and at this current time, does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards, and the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic or product or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.


Phew! That’s the legal stuff done..

Are you new to Afro-fusion cuisine? Then I’ve got a collection of recipes to get you started.

And if you are a veteran of Afro-fusion cooking, then you absolutely have to try my Ghanaian Fish Stew, and my Tunisian Shashuka.

I have also just completed my 30-Day African Vegan challenge. These are my conclusions about the challenge, along with some uh-mazing African Vegan recipes you will want to try.

Thanks for stopping by. Next time, the cookies are on me!