• A plate of traditional Nigerian food: rice with vegetables called Jollof rice and fried plantains. There is also meat with sauce and vegetables in the plate
    Food + Drink

    An Othered Cuisine

    Food. Something so simple can have such a resounding effect on how we interact with ourselves and others around us.  Staple Nigerian dishes and the accompanying scents were a commonplace in my childhood, having grown up in a Nigerian household. Dishes and scents were also intrinsically tied to community as they were a common component of Nigerian events and functions my family would take part in. The realization that something so common in my day-to-day life could be othered and viewed as strange had not occurred to me until I reached elementary school. Though I was surrounded by Nigerians outside school, the same sense of diversity I derived from those…