We cook what we know and share what we love.
Scattered in countries around the world, our Authors are the Jollof Rice and Chicken of YajiBox’s curated collection of recipes. With a heart for African cooking and a passion for enthusiastic eating, our community of foodies and food bloggers cook what they know and share what they love with the rest of us.
From main courses to crave-worthy snacks, exotic beverages to delectable desserts, these Authors do the experimenting and taste-testing for you – so you know every recipe results in good eats!
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1Q Food Platter | 5 Recipes
Iquo Ukoh is just a woman who loves cooking and entertaining and cares about what she eats. I trained as a dietitian from the University of Nigeria and worked briefly as a dietetic intern at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Nigeria. I have worked with one of the world’s biggest food multinational company for about 30 years, and for more than half of this time, developing recipes for Nigerian women. I understand the women and her family, her kitchen and the food health challenges she and her family could face. My inspiration for this blog is to share food experiences and other tidbits around food and health that will help you create variety and excitement and maintain sensible healthy lifestyle.
9jaFoodie | 3 Recipes
Ronke Edoho is the founder and creative administrator for 9jafoodie.com. A CPA by profession, her interest in food and agriculture started at a very tender age. Ronke’s dream is to make an impact on the entire food chain, from farm to table. Ronke’s recipes presented on 9jafoodie.com are rooted in tradition paired with a modern flair. Traditional African recipes have a tendency to appear complicated; the goal of 9jafoodie.com is to simplify as much as possible. Ronke also presents many healthier alternatives to traditional recipes. Readers can purchase her ebook which features healthy Nigerian recipes from her website.
Chef Alex | 5 Recipes
Alex Oke is a Nigerian chef who’s patently passionate about bread, pastry and confections. He trained in classical/contemporary French cuisine at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Canada, and currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Follow his personal and culinary adventures on Instagram @alexcooksfood, where he currently photoblogs.
Chef Flo | 1 Recipes
Hi my name is Feyi Luther Mbanugo but every one calls me Chef flo! When I was younger I had a friend that called me flo then one of my dearest friends Amaka Onyejianya actually coined the name, Chef Flo . I have been cooking for years , my love of cooking came when my maternal grandma would let me cook with her, she taught me how to make pineapple crumble which is still one of my favourite desserts till date. Opportunity found its way to me in a very unusual way, we left nigeria during the Ebola situation and I thought while we were away what can I do so I applied to culinary school which was one of the best decisions I have made. It was an eye opening experience and also very fulfilling. There is still so much to learn and so much for me to do. I support women especially stay at home mums to change their lives and heal their soul and spirit. I do this through my business Wildfresh kitchen, which creates experiences for women to change their lives and heal their soul and spirit so that they can feel loved, confident and motivated to live a life that is connected to their purpose. We plan brunches , power breakfasts ,private dinners and cooking classes where they can connect with other positive women. I am also available to speak at seminars , workshops and to hosts cooking demonstrations and exhibitions.
Essie Spice | 4 Recipes
For one little girl, the journey started in her mother's tiny kitchen in Ghana where her love affair with spice was ignited. Her flavorful journey continued all over the globe, spurred by her insatiable appetite for travel. She played with exotic palates; she tested cuisines, she concocted condiments. It all boiled down to what you now find in this jar: bottled up joy handed down through three generations to spice up your life. That little girl was Essie, and this is Essiespice.
Estelle Archive | 4 Recipes
The name Estelle archive was inspired by my real name which is Esther but people very close to me call me sisi. I am currently an Economics student and an employee living in Eastern Europe. Back home then, cooking was a thing i do every day because i had to but the passion wasn't really there until I left home to the diaspora's. I have seen and learned a lot these few years which have made me become so passionate for food art. With the help of this knowledge plus the once i got from my mother, I created a website where I express and write recipes plus my social media where I share my beginners food photography, yes i love food photography and one day I will master the art. My best dish is rice, just give me a well cooked and tasty rice no matter the origin ? I am also a fitness enthusiast, I go to gym at least 5 days in a week.
Funke Koleosho | 9 Recipes
I am an avid lover of Nigerian food after having learned the techniques of traditional Nigerian cooking from a very young age. I was born in Nigeria but moved to the United Kingdom where my methods of cooking and presenting Nigerian dishes have been influenced.
In love with Nigerian food | 2 Recipes
My name is Eva Eneremadu. I am "oyinbo" married to Nigerian man. And this is how everything started. My husband is little bit picky when it comes to food. I am from Czech Republic and naturally I have been cooking for him our national meals... With no success! I had no choice, I had to learn how to cook Nigerian food. I started my research on internet, had long chats with my in laws, read blogs, watched videos and started to experiment. The first Nigerian meal I have ever cooked is okro soup. I felt like I am hero. My beloved husband loved it and it encouraged me to learn to cook more and more meals. Akara, egusi, moi moi, ayamase stew, ogbono soup... From duty it became my biggest hobby. I wanted to share my passion and experiences with another white women married to Nigerian men and I decided to write a blog In Love With Nigerian Food. For lot of ladies like me, African food is a big challenge. We all want to please our husbands but it is really hard to cook something what you don't know well or what you never tasted. I spoke with some of my friends and they told me they gave up on cooking because they are afraid of failure. It inspired me to do another step, I opened Instagram and Facebook page where I am uploading food photographs and recipes. I want to show all my sisters that everyone can learn how to cook Nigerian food. Everyone can get good results even if it is hard to get original ingredients. I am giving them tips where to buy things like palm oil, spicy, egusi seeds etc and what to use if they can not find what they need in their local African shop. My page and mainly my photographs were kind of successful among ladies from my country. Later I have got more and more followers from Nigeria. I began to write my recipes in my language, but my African followers motivated me to start with English too. If I look back, I can't believe what happened in just few years. So many wives, girlfriends, mothers overcame their fear and they are cooking like never before. And the main thing is, more and more people are falling in love with Nigerian food! What else can I wish for?
Kauna Kitchen | 11 Recipes
My love for the food and art of cooking stems from a strong desire to fill empty bellies. I thrive on and enjoy the challenge, creativity, and exposure that the culinary discipline has offered me. I am particular about food presentation, simplifying cooking methods, and sharing my experiences in every possible way.As a chef-in-training, one of my future goals is to educate Nigerians on unconventional and creative ways of working with common Nigerian ingredients and condiments.
Kess Kravings | 2 Recipes
Feast your eyes on traditional dishes I like to prepare with a unique twist. Get inspired by delicious creations that take root in my head, then take form on the stove and then end up amazing on my plate. I’m a firm believer that food is alluring. Good food takes me to that place where all is right with the world. It soothes my soul and warms my heart. And I want to share that experience with you. Satisfy your cravings by visiting often and trying your hand at my easy to follow recipes. I promise that you too will be taken to that happy place.
Matse Cooks | 4 Recipes
MatseCooks.com was born out of my love for Nigerian food and photography. I have always seen cooking as a form of art and being artistic in nature, I choose to use food as my medium. I have successfully merged food and nature in my works and brought in innovative and new recipes to the Nigerian food scene. My aim is to showcase Nigerian food to the world in all it's beauty and glory. Giving Nigerian food prestige on the international food scene. MatseCooks has also given birth to "TheMshop" which is a Food/ Nigerian spice manufacturing company, catering to the needs of Nigerians at home, abroad and other African food lovers.
My Moroccan Food | 4 Recipes
Hi! I am Nargisse, a Moroccan girl based in London with a real passion for food. My favourite activities include day dreaming, laughing extremely hard, exploring the world, swimming in the ocean and eating chocolate. I am passionate about Moroccan cuisine and I love sharing my cooking and cultural heritage. I like to develop recipes that are simple and balanced but most importantly that are inspired from my home country. On top of being a fun and tasty activity, I feel that cooking is also a way to explore and connect different cultures and I love to do it by putting my own twist into Moroccan classics.
Naija Chef | 2 Recipes
I have been cooking since I was 3! Yup. For some reason, I was very curious about what went on in the kitchen as a kid. I would want to watch everything being prepared. My mom, fortunately or unfortunately, encouraged me. She would tell me that I couldn’t walk about in the kitchen, but I could stand on a stool(Àpótí- In my mother tongue, Yoruba) in the corner to get a vantage height of what was going on. And that’s how it began! If you enjoy cooking, and you feel completely at home in the kitchen, welcome to my world!
omnomlagos | 9 Recipes
I have always been fascinated by food. I was that child who was always mooching round the grown ups in the kitchen. Now I’m that grown up who is always mooching round the kitchen, thinking of what to make next and feeding everyone. I am excited by everything to do with food, whether that’s eating out or eating in and I enjoy the celebratory atmosphere of enjoying good food with family and friends.
Yajibox | 19 Recipes
We are lovers of GOOD FOOD and we are passionate about learning ways of making local African ingredients more than what they appear to be. YajiBox was created by a very frustrated foodie who needed inspiration to make the same old recipes into something new and fun. Her solution was to create a single location where she could find recipes incorporating local african ingredients created by the awesome culinary minds out there.