A Nigerian Chef Finds Her Way Back Home

Yewande Komolafe makes a dessert of bouille (tapioca pudding) with coconut milk drizzled with Nigerian honey. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

In a Feet in 2 Worlds podcast, Rachael Bongiorno profiles Berlin-born, Nigeria-raised and Brooklyn-based chef and recipe developer Yewande Komolafe. She arrived in the U.S. as a teenager on a student visa to attend culinary arts school but after the school mistakenly deleted her record, she lost her immigration status.

Komolafe made the decision to stay and establish the career she aspired to when coming to the U.S. While it came at a cost, she turned to cooking and reconnected with her Nigerian roots. She tells her story to Bongiorno during a session of her dinner series “My Immigrant Food Is…” which she started around the time of the 2016 elections.

A year later, the two meet again. This time, Komolafe had a much different story to tell. Listen to what she had to say at Feet in 2 Worlds.

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