After a decade of humanitarian work for United Nations, Ghanian-born, American-raised Selassie Atadika has returned to her homeland to become a chef activist. Through small steps, like launching a line of elegant chocolates and hosting pop up dinners in Accra using indigenous ingredients, she is generating huge interest in the foods of West Africa. Atadika is cooking dishes that have been passed down through generations, updating them, and in the process documenting a New African Cuisine. Her goal is nothing less than changing the conversation around African food at a global and local level. Listen in to this week’s Speaking Broadly to hear one woman’s journey from aiding refugees to rejuvenating her own country’s food traditions.
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