18th February 2020 BY Uvie Giwewhegbe

The trouble of an appropriate snack to save one through the day is usually a moment of reflection until one lays eyes on the perfect option to make one’s heart skip a bit or wear a grin…Puff puff does that to almost everyone, especially in Nigeria. Puff puff is a Nigerian street snack made of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, eggs(optional)…


10 wonderful things to do in Dar Es Salaam

4th September 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city, with its beautiful beaches, sights and many culinary options, is a very popular tourist destination. With a population of about 4.3 million and growing it is also the economic, cultural and political center of Tanzania. We have compiled of a list of 10 wonderful things to do in Dar es Salaam for those lucky…


Chakalaka – A South African Dish

2nd March 2019 BY Sh'anesu Gutsa

“Chuck-a-laker!” Jermaine said in a deep American accent and Cherish had to stop herself from rolling her eyes at the American exchange student staring at her lunch. “It’s called “chakalaka”, Cha-car-La-Car, not Chuck a Laker!” “Oh well, I still don’t like the Lakers”, he shrugged, telling Cherish this as if this irrelevant piece of information was supposed to provoke a…


South African Restaurant Named “Restaurant Of The Year”

21st February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

The Restaurant of the year 2019 was recently named in Paris, with a small restaurant in South Africa winning the prestigious award. Located 150km from Cape Town, with a mostly female staff, who have no formal training, Wolfgat’s was crowned by the World Restaurants Awards, a new ranking to promote the vast diversity of the international culinary scene. The restaurant, which opened…


Emerge ALARA – An Award For Young African Creative.

20th July 2018 BY checkoutafrica

ALARA is committed to the discovery, support, growth, and exposure of young creatives in Africa and its diaspora through the Emerge ALARA platform. With a focus on Design, Art, Fashion, and Cuisine, Emerge ALARA aims to select the most promising talent in each discipline. The platform also recognizes the cohort of talent currently at ALÁRA through its fellowship program. Emerge…


Chipsi Mayai – a Tanzanian Dish

30th May 2018 BY Sh'anesu Gutsa

She had never seen anything like it before. Not that it looked alien or unusual, but she’d just never seen chips in an omelette in her entire existence. Fascinated, she asked the short and stout restaurant manager if she could come to the kitchen to watch the cook preparing the chip omelette. “It’s called ‘Chipsi mayai,’” the manager said, adding…


Maguru : A Traditional Zimbabwean Cuisine

8th May 2018 BY checkoutafrica

Chenai grabbed the white bowl in which she’d been defrosting maguru and placed it on the kitchen counter. It was only 1PM, but she wanted to prepare them early so that by the time her daughter came back from school, the offensive smell would have been washed off before cooking, and the meat well cooked. She was such a fussy…


Nana’s Gourmet Kitchen; Forerunner For Catering and Cakes In Zimbabwe

11th December 2017 BY Lerato Chiyangwa

Rumbidzai Natasha Kuipa who is popularly known by the moniker Nana is a 23-year-old girl based in Harare, Zimbabwe. She started the journey of Nana’s Gourmet Kitchen (NGK) in 2013 by hosting small dinner parties and lunch dates for her family and friends. During that period, that’s when she realised she was passionate about being in the hospitality industry and…


Fulani People History

2nd June 2017 BY checkoutafrica

The Fula people or Fulani or Fulɓe (Fula,French,Peul, Hausa: Fulani; Portuguese: Fula, Wolof: Pël, Bambara, Fulaw) are one of the largest ethnolinguistic groups in Africa, numbering approximately 40 million people in total. They are one of the most widely dispersed and culturally diverse of the peoples of Africa. The Fulani are bound together by the common language of Fulfulde, as…