Submitted by Prisca Anuolam and Regina Fuller
The West Africa Alumnae Chapter (WAAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated launched the highly-anticipated Taste of Africa cooking series on Sunday Dec. 12, 2021. Chartered April 18, 2021, the West Africa Alumnae Chapter is part of the sorority’s Dynamic and Historic Eastern Region.
Taste of Africa is the first fundraising event for Passport to Africa TM, WAAC’s signature platform to curate educational experiences about Africa focused on art, culture, food, entertainment, health, politics, tourism, and much more.
“The Sorors who have been a part of this labor of love are humbled and excited to be a part of this milestone. Many of us are from West Africa and the Diaspora, and Passport to Africa allows us to provide a positive spotlight on Africa and build a bridge to the Diaspora,” said WAAC Chapter President Eunice Omole. “We hope to make a lasting impact that is far reaching throughout West Africa.”
Attended by more than 100 guests, the highly-interactive, virtual cooking class featured Chef Uzo Orimalade, founder of Uzo’s Food Lab, a Nigeria-based food and beverage company, who shared her recipes for popular West African Dishes, Jollof Rice, Plantain, and Stewed Chicken. The proceeds of this event supports WAAC’s service projects and activities benefiting the communities in West Africa.
“I never thought about jollof until I lived in West Africa years ago. It was so great to finally learn how to make it” said Soror Sherrine Boseman-Rives.
The series continues in 2022 with a stellar lineup of chefs and flavor cues, and participants can expect to fill their virtual passports with various stamps as WAAC journeys through a number of countries in West Africa, such as Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Liberia, and more.