10 NIGERIAN FOOD BLOGGERS I LOVE

10 NIGERIAN FOOD BLOGGERS I LOVE

Once in a while, I think it’s necessary to take a step back from my little world of Tatashey and appreciate everyone else from those who have been in the game for a while, to those just starting out and everyone else in the middle. There are so many creative minds out there and everyone has a specialty – something that is unique to them. We aren’t competing, instead we are learning from each other and supporting one another (cc: that time twitter went haywire on the way Nigerian chefs plate traditional food). I am still not sure why some people were angry that we present food beautifully today. Did we force them to look at the food? Or eat it? No. But the rage was real oh!

So today, I have set aside my skillet and chef knife to appreciate a few of my colleagues in the blogosphere. In no way is this list exhaustive – it’s actually just the beginning – so I’ll let you all leave comments and include other bloggers you love.

1. Immaculate of African Bites:

How do I even start? To be honest I’m not 100% sure she’s Nigerian (awkward because of the title you know…) But even if she isn’t, I still love her blog and she’s on the list regardless. I stumbled on her blog once time when I trying to perfect my puff puff, and I have been hooked ever since. From her simple-to-follow recipes, plating style and food photography… Sometimes the line is blurred between simply admiring her and wanting to be her. Some of my favorite recipes on her blog are her banana, coconut and chocolate flavoured puff puff.

 

Chocolate puff puff from African Bites

Chocolate puff puff from African Bites

 

2.  Ohita of Lohi’s Creations:

My sister from another mister (it sounded awkward to say sister from another mother because that doesn’t rhyme so…yeah). Her blog has taken the art of African Fine Dining to another level. It was one of the first African food blogs that opened many people’s eyes to show that our food can be made appealing to those outside our culture. One of the unique things she did recently was a pop-up restaurant. Check it out here

 

Moin Moin pops by Lohi's Creations

Moin Moin pops by Lohi’s Creations

 

3. Ronke of 9ja Foodie:

When I think of the founding fathers (or mothers?) of Nigerian food blogs, I think of 9ja Foodie. It is a go-to blog for those who have no idea what Nigerian food is and want to learn. Recipes aside, I most admire her passion for advancing Nigerian food because the blog breaks down cultural barriers and makes it easy for non-Nigerians to connect. Also I love that she’s somewhat outspoken (correct me if I am wrong) because some of her discussions on twitter pretty much say “COME AT ME BRO!”

 

Iced Zobo Lemonade by 9ja Foodie

Iced Zobo Lemonade by 9ja Foodie

 

 4. Atim of Afrolems:

Tips on tips on tips! And by that I mean cooking and kitchen tips. Not just about recipes, Afrolems has a knack for giving great kitchen advice. Each time I happen on a new tip, my reaction is always along the lines of “Seriously??,” “I can do that?,” “It’s that easy?,” “Adonbelivit!” (Translation: I don’t believe it). For example, no. 9 on “10 kitchen tips and tricks”

 

Otong Soup by Afrolems

Otong Soup by Afrolems
5.  Iquo Ukoh (or as I like to think of her, Mama Atim) of 1Q Food Platter:

All I have to say is: please, adopt me!!! I won’t cause too much trouble. I won’t break many things. And I will sometimes do the right thing. On a serious note, her recipes are so unique – she takes various cultures in Nigeria and infuses them into one another. And on top of that, she makes healthy versions. What’s not to love?

 

Asaro with Suya by 1Q Food Platter

Asaro with Suya by 1Q Food Platter

 

 6. Dunni of Dooney’s Kitchen:

The queen of kitchen machines – that was corny, I know. I love this blogger because she is all about capitalizing on technology to make the cooking process easier. Who would have thought (take note, it is not “who would OF thought” *side eye* to people who say that) that you could use a food processor to make pounded yam? That the dish that took our ancestors hours to prepare now only takes us a few minutes? All without compromising on taste?? Go ‘head girl! More grease to your elbow

 

Coconutty Eko by Dooney's Kitchen

Coconutty Eko by Dooney’s Kitchen

 

 7. Haneefa of Muslimahanie:

My girl has taken the art of food to a whole new level. She literally makes artwork/drawings from food! Like. Seriously. The first time I scrolled through her Instagram feed, I had to wipe my jaw off the floor afterwards. I am not sure how she started or when she first decided to merge her love of food with art, but damn – I’m forever impressed.

 

Braided Meat Pies by Muslimahanie

Braided Meat Pies by Muslimahanie

 

8.  Wonu of Eko Café:

This new blogger has a promising future with her colorful meals and fantastic plating. I love the bright and cheerful nature of her website, but most of all, I love that she also loves plantain! Because seriously, plantain makes it all better!

 

Puff puff by Eko Cafe

Puff puff by Eko Cafe

 

 9. Franklin of Nigerian Food Channel:

I admire this blogger because of his use of videos to teach people how to make Nigerian food. It makes his blog unique in its own way as he fills in the gap and caters very well to the audience that prefer visuals. Plus, his photos are so mouth-watering!! And those large chunks of meat in his food…Whoosh! He is truly my brother in the kitchen.

 

How to make Fried Stew by Nigerian Food Channel

How to make Fried Stew by Nigerian Food Channel

 

10. Adaobi of Dobby’s Signature:

First of all, I really like the animation/avatar (whatever it is called) on this website – the African woman with her 5 separate puffs of hair. If you drew this, you’re awesome (you’re still awesome even if you didn’t…). And I also love that throughout this website, there’s a really fun/energetic vibe going on with educational and interesting facts thrown in. A lot of times, I feel as if I am experiencing Nigerian culture through a fresh pair of eyes cc: her NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) food experience. She made me want to get on a flight to Nigeria and start NYSC. Sort of.

 

Hausa Masa by Dobby's Signature

Hausa Masa by Dobby’s Signature
Bonus:
11. Chef Dudu

I know the title says 10, but hey it’s my blog so I’ll do what I want. That and 11 was kind of an odd number. I had to add one of my instagram favorites – Chef Dudu (uncle please wetin be your first name?)! I literally lust after his food on a daily basis. The colors. The textures. The combinations. *wipes saliva*. I love his fusion of cultures and the way he still keeps each one authentic (if that makes sense). He really lives up to his title of being an “unorthodox food explorer”.

Jollof rice by Chef Dudu

 

Like I said, this list is not exhaustive so feel free to tag all your favorite food bloggers (including non-Nigerians). But I figured it was time to show some love to the people who encourage me to do better every day!

 

xx

28 Comments

  1. Lou
    November 24, 2014 / 6:20 AM

    I loved this!!! I follow all except 7, 8, 9 & 11. You should add yourself as Number 12. Hehe.

    I believe Immaculate of African Bites is from Cameroon…AKA Nigeria Extension (I Kid).

    Thank you!

    • Tatashey
      November 24, 2014 / 4:57 PM

      Haha! She’s from Cameroon? Eh, close enough 😛

      Thanks!

  2. November 24, 2014 / 1:34 PM

    Good one dear. Lol @founding fathers. All credits to Lohi and Alhaji of Alhaji’s groove (food and lens). Am I outspoken? I think so, I like to speak up for things I believe in. Twitter was an odd event for me though, I guess the combination of frustration, residual hormones from pregnany and sleepless nights from caring for a new born will do that to a person.
    Ms Yetty of afrofoodtv does great work and so does Funke Koleosho.

    • Tatashey
      November 24, 2014 / 5:04 PM

      Hahaha! I live for your twitter conversations, hormones and all!

  3. Lola
    November 24, 2014 / 1:53 PM

    Dooney’s Kitchen is awesome! I also like this blog eatdrinklagos.com – not really a cooking blog per say but still about food lol

    • Tatashey
      November 24, 2014 / 5:47 PM

      I know that blog! it’s awesome. Still food related so it counts lol

  4. December 12, 2014 / 3:26 PM

    Tatashey , this is a fab list. Thanks for including me. I love your blog too! Very inspiring! Just like you, I adore plantains – will definitely try the plantains quesadilla.

  5. Lily
    January 12, 2015 / 2:40 PM

    Nice list. I just stumbled on it thru google. I love http://www.matsecooks.com great pictures, recipes and the way she writes.

    • Tatashey
      January 15, 2015 / 9:41 AM

      Ooh I’m just seeing that blog. Thanks for the new discovery, I’ve been stalking the blog for the past 2 days now lol

  6. Yemisi
    February 9, 2015 / 10:07 PM

    I love a new blogger called matsecooks.com she does an amazing job, lovely photos and has great story lines. Chefdudu.com is wonderful, I just love his fantastic pictures but my problem is that he doesn’t blog too often. mybelledonful.com is also great but has stopped blogging too. Dobbyssignature.com is fast becoming an encyclopaedia for Nigerian food. Nigerian cooks and chefs are doing great works thanks to all of you.

  7. March 10, 2015 / 12:35 PM

    Thanks so much for adding my site to your list. I truly appreciate it 🙂

    Regards,

    Franklin

  8. Cheeoor
    May 14, 2015 / 5:18 PM

    Hi Tats (hope I can call you that), I just stumbled across this though I have always admired your site. This is well put together and you have given me a good assignment…or sould I say you have solved one for me. I love your spirit of saluting fellow ‘comrades’. Kudos girl and you will fly high

    • Tatashey
      June 1, 2015 / 8:57 PM

      Thanks hun! I really appreciate this comment

  9. June 14, 2015 / 6:51 PM

    Absolutely brilliant list. I know a few on the list but many more have come to my attention in recent months. And Instagram is crazy filled with talent. I have to give it the Nigerian food bloggers… and Immaculate, you are pretty serious about African food in a pretty serious way. 🙂

  10. August 14, 2015 / 4:43 PM

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  11. Bunmi
    October 8, 2015 / 5:29 PM

    You should check out sisijemima.com and my activekitchen. Great stuff

  12. October 23, 2015 / 6:13 AM

    there is one very good one though she is not a food blogger I love how she takes pics to show step by step cooking from beginning to serving. She’s good. I have tried most her recipes at http://www.wivestownhallconnection.com/recipes

  13. March 29, 2016 / 7:03 AM

    This is actually very great stuff,highly delicious indeed.Africa has really come to the fore to prove that it has quality bites that could compete around the globe.

    • Tatashey
      April 12, 2016 / 11:11 PM

      Our food is going places!

  14. September 15, 2016 / 12:33 AM

    Great list of blogs to track. Links Bookmarked – Thanks.

  15. Adebiyi Bolaji
    October 14, 2016 / 4:11 AM

    Hello tatashey. Love your write-up! You definitely know your meat. These guys are awesome and I have learnt some culinary skills from them likewise millions of people all over the world. So to you and them and other bloggers including me(cos I’m a chef too and I blog sometimes on food secrets) , I say God bless you all.

  16. May 8, 2017 / 5:35 PM

    Yes, they are actually doing a great job. Infact their recipes are wonderful. It’s so thoughtful of you to share this, kudos to you dear.

  17. June 24, 2017 / 2:00 PM

    thanks for this… very helpful

  18. eiphiee
    July 24, 2017 / 10:35 AM

    i just recently figure out that i do enjoy cooking. Of course i have been cooking for quite some time but now i figured its something i enjoy dong in my free time. i envision that your blog would be really helpful to me. keep up the good work. well done

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