Submitted by Eunice Omole
The West Africa Alumnae Chapter (WAAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held the third virtual experience of the inaugural A Taste of Africa cooking series on Sunday, June 12, 2022. 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. Throughout the sorority year, participants have journeyed through West African cuisine from jollof to ‘small chops’. This third class featured West African soul food dishes. According to WAAC Chapter President Eunice Omole, “Attendees learned a lot about the food and culture of West Africa during the class. They were able to follow the Chef, asked questions, and enjoyed themselves!”
The highly interactive virtual cooking class, A Taste of Africa – Soul Food Edition, featured Celebrity Chef Eros from Lagos, Nigeria. To build a bridge from Africa to the Diaspora, Chef Eros shared his recipes of popular West African dishes of Efo Riro (stewed greens), Akara (bean fritters), and crispy fried catfish leading up to Juneteenth commemorating the emancipation of African-American slaves. Attendees learned how to shop for ingredients, explored various flavor cues, and practiced failproof tips for adding an African staple to the cornucopia of dishes to their pallet. The proceeds from the event will support WAAC’s service projects. Suffolk County Alumnae Chapter (SCAC) and Washington DC Alumnae Chapter (WDCAC) were esteemed sponsors for the event.
The series will continue 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.