It’s with great joy and honour to have recognized some of the best in the Nigerian Food Industry. MCZ is known for celebrating those behind the exquisite cuisine that make it to your table not forgetting the hard work and dedication it takes to creating the food content you absolutely love.
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to recognize these (Top 100) selected individuals in the food industry for their commitment over the years and the resilience they’ve put into placing food on the world map.
MCZ selected the best of the best into categories such as: Chefs Category:
Culinary School, Restaurant, Pastry chef / confectionery, Instructors / Private chef, food vendors, food bloggers, TV shows, food critiques, organic farmers and food photographers.
•Ofonime Friday — SouthSide Culinary Academy
•Abiola Akanji — Red Dish Chronicles Culinary School
•Rukayat Momoh — Giggles Culinary Place
•Tiyan Alile — Culinary Academy
•Mercy Umoh — Food Perfect Institute
Chef Mercy graduated from University of Port Harcourt, where she studied: Educational Psychology.
Studied: Diploma In Hospitality, in ICCA, International Center For Culinary arts Dubai UAE. and worked before coming back home.
Being a Chef was what I dreamed of becoming one day in life..
FOOD PERFECT INSTITUTE OF CULINARY ARTS. Was founded February 6th 2017, Out of Passion and drive to help grow the Nigeria hospitality industry and make the Young people know that cooking is not only for lazy and uneducated people.
All I want is to change the mentality of people when it comes to food, is a career that can take you placing in the world.
•Renée Chuks — UCCA Lagos
•Ehis Ebenezer — ECCA
EHIS EBENEZER – ECCA Lagos (ehis center for culinary art
Chef Ehis is the founder of Ehis Centre for Culinary Art (ECCA) Lagos. He is an award of M/V SIEM MARLIN Agbomi FPSO oil field on 25th of April 2010, recognize as one of African Best Chef by Afrikana News, Boston 2018 with over 15 years experience in practical professional cooking that include a world class dining concept and several upscale private dining and crew management. With a Bsc in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.
•Onome Matilda Odogene — Styda Culinary Academy Warri
Onome Odogene Matilda is also known as Chef Styda and founder of Styda Culinary Academy Warri one of the foremost government approved chef school in Warri presently,and head chef @stydagourmet
I am a UK trained chef,a computer engineer from @BIU, class of 2007, wife,mother.
I fix computer and digital accessories,I repair phones, I sew . I work more than I relax.
Styda Culinary Academy Warri became operational in August 2nd, 2016 and we have short and long courses on African culinary arts class, baking and patisserie, continental culinary arts class, professional cake making and decorating, cocktail and grill, food business entrepreneurship course among others. We have trained chefs within and outside Nigeria both online and offline classes. We believe in creating innovative chefs that would be a lasting culinary career or food business.
•Eric Mekwunye — HBS Culinary School
•ANSELYN UGOCHUKWU ( chef Ans): CMK CULINARY ART SCHOOL.
Chef Ans was born and brought up in lagos, started cooking at age SIX, worked with Eko hotel and suite, Certified by American Culinary Federation, Certified by French Gastronomica Culinary school Florida, Director Cmk Culinary lagos and portharcourt, Bisque Restaurant) & YOUR CULINARY SCHOOL.( Nigeria foremost Culinary institute with 2 branches across the nation. Started since 2013. APPROVED CENTRE of City&Guilds London, Recognised by International Hospitality Council London, International Institute of Hotel Management India.
Nkesi Enyioha is the Executive chef and owner of HSE Gourmet a restaurant in Lekki, Lagos State. She started her career as a private chef over 8 years ago, shortly after graduating from Ashburton Cookery School, Devon, United Kingdom.
Chef Nkesi specializes in the fusion of African and Asian flavors with European techniques. In 2016 she opened her first restaurant, HSE cafe now HSE Gourmet, a restaurant serving comfort soul food, gourmet style, Shortly afterwards she was featured on a panel of renowned chefs around the world to deliver a master class on the sophomore edition of GTB food and drink festival.
In 2018, Chef Nkesi partnered with a few individuals and opened her second restaurant, SABOR where she sits as the Executive Chef and Co-founder.
SABOR is an upscale restaurant situated in Victoria Island, Lagos.
William Victor is the Executive Chef, Live Lounge. He’s all shades of goodness. Born in the eastern Nigeria city of Aba (Abia state) He is a part of, what can be called’the new-mind of food revolution ‘_ who is carving out ideas from cultures around Africa, as creative, outside of the regular professional career path. As a Chef, William’s passion is to bring together young youth from different cultures to build a brigade of Chefs that will transform the culinary industry in Nigeria and beyond
Start my journey as a Chef in protea hotel 6 years ago as a Commis Chef.
•Michael Adé Elégbèdé
ÌTÀN TEST KITCHEN
PRIVATE / CHEF INSTRUCTORS
Chef Dee culinary institute
I made a tweet 2017 January after battling through some tough life decision.
I said “ what if we cook for the rich to feed the poor “
That was the day I made the decision to be a chef after confirming Gods prophecy over my life that I’ll feed nations.
After then I went ahead to take some extra cooking class added to the knowledge I already had and exactly June 2017 I started my brand officially as a private Chef.
It’s been a roller coaster of emotions in between the years experiencing different high and low moment and some amazing everyday growth.
Over the years I’ve covered a few ground in the culinary industry which also led me to a pyne award nomination in 2018 as The chef of the year.
In my 3years as a chef I’ve grown from:
Organizing food events
Working as a private chef
Hosting private dinning
Successful corporate catering
Tv cooking platform
And also training multiple students over the years.
I can say Cooking has helped me find my voice and given me hope for the future. There’s a long way to go but I’m so much happy for how much I’ve grown.
I like to think of myself as an introverted extrovert. I am bubbly when I am with familiar faces and withdrawn when I’m not. I think that paradox pretty much sums me up. Despite being in the food industry for close to 7 years and cooking professionally for about 5, I still consider myself more of a food enthusiast than a Chef. I have other passions which include freelance writing and graphic design but the long hours in the kitchen often keep me from escaping to either. The kitchen kernel is a culinary consultancy and catering outfit I started in 2018. We focus more on the consultancy aspect of the business than catering because I have a deep interest in culinary administration. So if ever you want to have a conversation about menu costing or where you can find a particular ingredient, I’m your guy. Lol
Akintunde Adeshina (ChefShine)
HBS ( Hospitality Business School) Lagos
RED DISH CHRONICLES/ CHEF MIYONSE Miyonse is a Nigerian journalist and professional chef who hails from Badagry in Lagos, Nigeria. We describe him as a connoisseur and an extraordinaire chef. Miyonse attended University of Lagos where he bagged a degree in Mass Communication, he got trained as a professional chef at Reddish Chronicles Culinary School (Lagos Branch) after which he took part in the Big Brother Naija reality show season 2.
After the BBNaija show, he gained popularity amongst food lovers and started hosting the cooking segment of Wake Up Nigeria a breakfast show on TVC Entertainment with the hosts Yomi Owope and Titilayo Oyinsan. In June 2017, he was announced as the maiden ambassador for Payporte Food store. He’s currently a chef instructor at Red Dish Chronicles and a private chef under the business name Chef Miyonse.
Red dish chronicles
My name is Chef Zoey Umeokeke also known as Chef Zoey Blaq. I love cooking and the science behind it. To me every dish i make is art. A combination of visual appeal and complimenting taste. My motivation behind what I do is passion. I am very passionate about my work and the details that go into preparing each dish intricately. The difference between what I do and what makes me stand out is the love of my profession that is evident with each bite.
Red Dish Chronicles Culinary School
I am a Professional chef and also a Chef Instructor at Red Dish Chronicles. I am a go-getter, a trend setter and a culinary gangster.
Might sound a little cliche but I’ve always loved cooking. It probably didn’t start out as love per say because my parents forced me to learn but as I grew older I decided to take it up professionally and I haven’t looked ever since.
•Victor Isie Akpan
I am a very adventurous individual, and that’s how I fell inlove with food. I started the business knowing I could bring something to the African food industry. I started my career as a chef Instructor in my Alma mater. It helped me advance my skill and learn so much from my colleagues. After 3 years there, I took the head chef position at “THE CORNER by 7seasons”, a tropical-themed lounge.
•Chef Benedict Okuzu
Lunch Con Benedict
Red Dish Chronicles culinary school
Chef Roux’s love for cooking started at the early age of 7, watching her mother cook and bake.
She is a Cell Biologist that went on to training at Red Dish Chronicles Lagos where she graduated top of her class.
Her love for catering to her large family and friends gave her this inexplainable satisfaction and joy hence her decision to pursue a career as a Chef.
She and other Red Dish Chefs provided culinary support at the GTBank Food &Drinks Fair 2019.
She currently trains the professional students at Red Dish Lagos branch.
•Chef Ibanga, Daniel
I Started cooking from a very young age and always loved FOOD. Finally decided to take it up as a full time career because that was the only thing that genuinely made me happy. I’m an avid traveller and nature lover, I own a small garden because I love the farm to table concepts and I like nurturing things a lot. I’ve worked in hotels, beach club, restaurants and culinary schools. I’ve worked in various cities, Lagos, Port harcourt, Enugu, Uyo and Accra. Currently nurturing my plants, sharpening my food photography and styling skills, and travelling.
PASTRY CHEF / CONFECTIONERY
Dewdrops Cakes Limited
Cakes by Tosan
I learnt how to bake from my Madre, she use to work in the former ikoyi hotel training school, ikoyi. While growing up I spent most of my time the restaurant or traveling to different hotels, and that’s how my fascination for food growth.
I have a BSC in psychology and a Law diploma, but my passion for baking growth as time went by.
I went to Reddish Chronicles, and started working at Orchid Bistro, Ikoyi. Afterward, I returned to Reddish and started working in there Abuja Branch as one of their pastry instructors.
My work portrays my experience in life, the ups and downs in daily life, one student once described my dessert plating style as a storm to my calm appearance.
Mojisola Aina (POD Chocolate)
•The choc boy
Matse is a Nigerian on-air personality and food blogger.
Matse became associated with Wazobia FM, after a successful audition in Lagos in 2007. Her popularity increased due to her ingenuity to the broadcasting profession leading her to win numerous awards like Eloy awards, The future awards, African voices award etc.
After her departure from radio in 2013, she birthed the MatseCooks brand in February 2014.
She explained that “Matse Cooks” will provide insightful information on foods and drinks that are culturally significant to Africans. The positive reception of her food blog led Matse to launch her own spice range, MatseCooks Seasonings.
In 2016, she was listed as one of 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria by YNaija, and in 2020, she was listed as one of the top 121 food bloggers in the world.
IYABO LAWANI is a Food Consultant, Nutritionist/Home Economist, with a catering and Hotel management background, a veteran Actress, a mother of 3 and 4 adopted children. She has an extra-ordinary passion for food, a food stylist/ photographer who enjoys doing what she does.
Visit her Food Rainbow page and group on Facebook and Iyabo Lawani (Food Rainbow) on Instagram.
Till date …. food stylist, recipe developer, chef training, food consultant : Haano Foods, Caraway foods, Olam Sanyo Foods , Dufil Foods( Indomine , Sunday Chef ( Sunday Punch Newspaper)FMN ( Golden Penny )
2017 … Food Consultant Delicious Niaja ( Maggi TV Food Program) TV series shot across Nigeria
2015- till date … Food Consultant, stylist, and Resource person, to Olam/ Caraway foods Singapore, Flour Mills Nigeria(Golden Penny Balls) Dufil Foods, Ikoyi Club chefs training.
2014 – food writer: family tree magazine ..till date
2012- 2015…..Maggi ambassador on Food Mata radio program on wazobia fm station.
Scripting/ model / voice over Artist for 15″Maggi TVC Brand hypes and awareness campaign for… Iodine, Hygiene, food Presentation, Vegetables,Iron, and the new Maggi Mixpy flavors, and Radio Jingle shot in Ghana at Insel Communications.
2011- Face of MTN 1 Billion Naira Promo.
2010- Till date – Food Writer: Charly Boy Magazine Column: Food solutions.
2009- Till date – Food Writer: Momentum Magazine Nigerian Cuisine.
2009- Till date – Food Writer: Momentum Magazine Nigerian Cuisine.
2008- 2015- Consultant, food stylist/ for Food Photography Publicis Ghana for , Milo, Golden Morn recipe development, Maggi recipe books, ( Rice and Pottages, MAGGI recipe calender, MAGGI Recipe Pamphlet, and MAGGI Mixpy Recipe Pamphlets, Resource/ Research , Home Economist, Script Writer: Maggi Good Food Moments. Nestle Nigeria Plc.
2007- Home -Economist/ resource for Maggi Junior Cooking Competition
2007-Sept- Facilitator/Initiator of Jewel of The House: A Women Empowerment Program in Gombe State and MAGGI women forum facilitator till date.
1999-2009- Presenter: Maggi Family Menu/Maggi Good Food Moments.
2004-Jan- March; Food Consultant and Trained African Kitchen Chef of Sheraton Hotel/ Towers Lagos.
2004- Research Officer: Communication for Change on Women Matters for the G8 summit conference.
Trained Sheraton Hotel and Towers Chefs ( African Kitchen)
1997, 1998,& 1999 model for MAGGI…. scratch and win TV Promo commercials
1997-2000; General Manager: New Wave Productions.
1993-Till date- Actress on Home Videos and Soaps with Over 55 Movies to Her Credit: All for Winnie, Scores to Settle, Abused, Glamour Girls, Dust to Dust, Hunted, Bitter Encounter, Deadly Proposal, Rest in Peace, Domitila, Last Vote, Dirty Game, Cyberia , Goodbye Tomorrow, Silver-spoon, to mention a few.
New Wave Productions.
1995-96: Organizing Committee, Nigerian West Indian carnival.
1FOOD BLOGGING / TV993- 1995: Organizing Committee, and chief of Protocol for, African Concert Extra , Children of Africa Music concert,
1993-95: Chief of protocol Pman
Music Awards Abuja
1992: Organizers PMAN’s Patron’s Dinner..LAGOON ’92.
1990- 1993- Protocol Officer: Nigerian Music Awards for International Artiste like Miriam Makeba, Kool and the Gang, Winnie Mandela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Shaba Ranks, The Sabalalahs, Paul Simon, Hughe Masakela, Manu – de Bango, Donnie Warwick, etc.
1990-1992; Public Relations Officer- PMAN -(Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria).
1989-1990; Manager Bins Hotel, Benin City- Edo State.
Ozoz Sokoh is a food explorer and geologist. A ‘Traveller by plate’, she believes that ‘Food is more than eating’.
Central to her work is the preservation of Nigerian/ West African cuisine, challenging myths & assumptions about its culinary legacy through 400+-years and its impact – from the American South to Europe and paying homage to Black ancestors and their intellectual might beyond mere labor.
Her 11-year old blog, Kitchen Butterfly is her creative space. In 2013, she articulated her philosophy & practice in The New Nigerian Kitchen, focused on celebration and documentation: like the first-ever seasonal produce guide for Nigeria – only one of a handful on the continent.
Her work has been featured on CNN African Voices and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada and wakes up to sun-streaked mornings on the couch, good book in hand with a pot of tea. She is a #FutureNewYorker.
I am Omotolani Tayo-Osikoya, popularly known as Diaryofakitchenlover. I am a Nigerian Food Blogger/Recipe developer, Food tutor, Advert personnel and a full time Business woman.
With presence on all social media platforms, I focus on sharing detailed recipes, twists and tricks to cook meals perceived as complicated. I also share food reviews and coach people on everything cooking and kitchen matters through online classes.
Even if you’re not big on cooking, A glance at my food blog will spur you to try out as many easy recipes as possible.
• Bukkie Akinmade
The Kitchen Muse
@9jafoodie and 9jafoodie.com
Ronke Edoho is the creator of @9jafoodie and @loseitnigerian. She’s has been creating recipes for over 10 years at 9jafoodie.com. She currently creates healthy recipes and meal plans for anyone looking to take control of their healthy through diet and exercise.
Uzo’s food labs
Temilade Adekoya is a food and lifestyle blogger with professional experience in digital communications and e-commerce management. She enjoys transforming businesses and sharing her love for tasty meals, African lifestyle, fun places and interesting business growth ideas on her blog, Perple Kitchen.
Perple Kitchen is an African food blog and food marketplace where interesting recipes and fun food spots are shared. The main focus of this initiative by Temilade Adekoya is to help individuals learn how to make meals the African way through unique ingredients, enjoy exciting lifestyle features/food tours from different parts of the world and learn interesting digital business insights. Perple Kitchen is committed to encouraging individuals to stay fearless about trying new things and exploring the world’s food & places.
I love to cook and I usually share images and videos of my meals but in January 2020 I decided to take food blogging serious and I’ve loved the journey.
I work 9-5 as an HR executive.
Chef Lola’s Kitchen
My passion for cooking started at a very early age. My dad thinks it’s about six years, but I literally met myself cooking, so I can’t say the exact age I started. However, what I’m sure of is that the passion and love I have for food from my childhood days to date have not yet changed; in fact, it has continued to grow.
I’m a self-taught baker, though my late grandmother was a baker, and my aunt does the same for a living; however, I did not learn any of my skills from them, so I guess it runs in the blood!
I studied Geology and mineral Science for my first degree but never worked with it (by choice). I got my first job as a Company Restaurant manager before moving to the states to join my husband. When I got to the states, I knew I wanted to grow my passion, and I had to choose between cooking and sewing (Yes, I sew!). I chose cooking, and blogging has since become my outlet to share my recipes.
Mrs Kush and I’m the Chef, Caterer and Food Content creator.
The name of business is Mrs Kush & Company.
Bibi Foods Catering (A subsidiary of Bibi Foods Ltd)
Bibi Foods is an Ibadan based catering company. The business has been in existence for a couple of years but I officially took over operations in 2017 as a result of my passion for catering.
I studied Estate Management in School and practiced with a real estate firm for about 4 years before eventually taking over this business.
We cater to all kinds of corporate and social events within and outside the city of Ibadan.
Asides event catering, we also offer services such as food/soup bowls, food trays and meal packs at pocket friendly prices.
• Tolulope Fisayo Hassan
As a 27 year old entrepreneur, have come to the realization that hustling in a line of work without liking it can only lead to despondency in the long run. My name is Tolulope Hassan and my love for cooking has always been a drive that I know will never cease. This is because I love doing what I do and that makes it easier for me to see it as a way of hustling.
My love for cooking took a more serious turn due to the compliments I got from people after they ate my food. Also working at one of the best locally made food companies in Lagos helped as I became more seasoned in making different dishes pertaining to the different ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Learning from the best is one the best ways of honing your craft and my tears of experience at the renowned food company made me decide that I was ready to open my own brand which lead to the creation of Dishesbyth.
This I did while also pursuing a degree in Book publishing at the Yaba College of Technology. It has not been an easy journey and the road still stretches with a lot of variables still to come into play, but what will always be a constant is my love for cooking.
Dishesbyth is designed to help customers elevate their taste bud with her quality meals at their convenience.
Our meals are freshly and carefully prepared to satisfy cravings.
We sell soup, stew and sauces in bowls, packed food for office lunch and parties, small chops,breakfast and lunch food tray.
We also offer premium catering services.
•OKONKWOR IFEANYICHUKWU ROSELINE.
II.ROSELYNS FOOD HOUSE
III.I am Okonkwor Ifeanyichukwu, i was born on the 20th of October, i am a graduate of Animal and Environmental Biology from Delta State University Abraka, Delta State.
Roselyns food house officially began in 2017, with the aim of providing healthy delicious meals, cakes and snacks. It is an online food vendor which deals in the provision of product and services such as cakes, snacks, food/lunch packs, food trays, soups, stew and sauces, as well as outdoor catering services.
•Blessing Efeosa Uduose
I am a Business Development Manager who works 9-5 on weekdays and cook African dishes on weekends. I am a Lover of good food, I like meeting new people and creating lasting relationships.
Efeosasignatures is a business that was borne out of the fear of eating underprepared food. We cater for all but majorly the average nigerian who wants to eat well but has low income. We strictly deal with African dishes.
Olashile Abayomi is a God driven entrepreneur, cook, philanthropist and public speaker divinely led by the (Holy Spirit) to touch lives and provide solutions to the needs/problems of upwardly mobile people who generally love Homemade Nigerian Soups and Stews but are restricted due time constraints and this led to the birth of Soupamarket. It is suffice to say her passion met her calling..
She has in bag her BSc in Political Science and went ahead for her M.A in International Relations and world order.. She also bagged professional certifications in HSE and Oil and Gas Management.. She is also an Alumni of Enterprise Development Centre of The Pan Atlantic University.
Olashile uses her cooking talents to feed the underprivileged and she calls it #Soupastreetministry, she also travels to remote villages to empower orphans on how to make Ankara asscessories for free (a skill she learned when she was serving – NYSC) amongst her other charity works..
Her brand Soupamarket is a force to reckon with as she has worked with brands like Nestlé, Maggi, Cadbury, Google, Fan Ville, etc. She exports her soups internationally to countries like Spain, US, UK, Canada etc on demand. She also produces other household items over the shelf products like Soupa Soupa Ofada sauce oil, Soupa Pepper soup spice, Soupa Suya Spice, Soupa Blends, Soupa Hot Pepper Sauce
There is also Soupaeasy – This is solely to source for raw ingredients should the client want to cook themselves but don’t have the time to shop..
Olashile is also a public speaker and she is passionate about helping people with open mind discover their purpose in life..
Olashile has won some reputable awards to her name like The Global Essence (The Republic of Ireland) award as the Young Achiever of the Year 2017, Unseen hero award 2017, The breaking barriers woman 2018, Lofty Heights Humanitarian award 2019, NHN one of the 50 Women in Leadership award 2019 amongst others..
Olashile Abayomi empowers women, she is very passionate about underprivileged women and she gives some of them Grants to start petty businesses .. She is well known in the local markets and under developed communities. She is also an advocate for non-violence against the BOY CHILD as well as for women.. She has helped victims get Justice overtime through her network and advocacy , something she does silently….
She is a God lover and is never ashamed of her Faith…
-My name is Shobajo oluwabukola also known as bukky SHO !
I shuffle two lives, one as a medical student and the other as a food epicure.
I love going on food adventures,sharing my good and bad food experiences, and mostly writing about food.
He’s Nigeria’s Biggest Food & Wine Critic
10/10 is for God
9/10 is for Him
8/10 is for the best Dish He tastes.
•Ugonna Ogechi Ejiogu
II. Mitya’s food Diary
I’m Mitya I’m from Imo state, Owerri to be precise but Delta State has been home to me my whole life. I was born and raised in Delta State that is why my vlog has been centered a lot on the south south. I have always been passionate about food and in a world of black and white food has been my rainbow . Mitya’s food diary is meant to take you on my food critiquing and food exploration journey. Showing you the best places to eat in the food universe.
I’m an Undergraduate of quantity surveying Futa, I own a fashion brand and modeling academy also a food critic and content creator.
The Food Lover
My love for food is out of this World! I was not sure what to do with all the excitement I felt when I cooked or ate out so I thought…why not share my food experiences with other people? And what better way to do this than blogging!
•Abuja food tour
Obianuju Amaeshi AKA Uju is the Top Leading Restaurant Critic In Africa and The Most Undiluted Critic behind @restaurantcritic_ng. Uju is a food critic who is based in Lagos, Nigeria and she is a judge on a food TV show called The Chef’s Corner on Popcentral TV.
“Everyone assumes I’m looking for the perfect ambience or an amazing service but in reality, I’m just searching for a memorable eating experience. Whether it’s in the entire restaurant experience or in one single bite” Uju says.
Uju writes with the hope everyone especially in Nigeria learns about food and the value for their money “when I started critiquing in 2017 on my small WordPress blog, I did that because the restaurant businesses had no value for their customers in my opinion. With average restaurants constantly overpricing food, someone had to step in to help eaters know their worth.
Bio : I am a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Lagos state, a part time OAP and also a business consultant. A fun and Chilled person, I’m all about living the good life and seeing positivity in things around me and people.
Instagram : Tobi_J_
Twitter : Tobi_J_
FOOD BLOGGING / TV SHOWS
FOODIES AND SPICE
URBAN KITCHEN SHOW
A culinary show where viewers learn how to make meals on a budget and also offers a fresh perspective to how the rest of the world sees Africa and Nigeria in particular.
•Food Bay TV
FoodbayTV is an African Food Television platform wholly committed towards showcasing the best of healthy African food and lifestyle. Foodbay TV boasts of over fifty-four original food content across different categories spanning Food reality, culinary, documentaries, cocktails and mocktails, snackable content and special features.
FoodbayTV presently powers the food belt of Views Channel (Startimes Channel 108) and a block of syndicated belt across different terrestrial TV stations. The channel is billed to commence 24-hour broadcast come 2021.
Jamila Lawal is a Nutritionist by profession, a wellness coach, and a food and lifestyle blogger.
She is an on air personality and host of the Maggi television and radio series, ‘Maggi Diaries’. She is also a qualified Biochemist with advanced degrees in Nutrition.
As a food and lifestyle blogger, she advocates living a balanced and healthy lifestyle in fun and exciting ways without compromising the quality of life and taste of food.
She enjoys teaching nutrition, creating food content, and living a healthy and active lifestyle.
She considers herself progressively multi-lingual with current fluency in English, French, Arabic, Ebira, Hausa and with a more than average understanding of Yoruba.
She is a Maggi brand influencer, and can always be seen on the trail offering Nutrition and Wellness advice in different communities both within and outside Nigeria.
She loves books, fashion, music, dance, and loves to experience other cultures through food and travel.
•Sonia Akpata Usmar
Food Journey Culinary documentary series on Dstv Channels tv
Sonia is 56, a single mother of three and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. I am also an internationally recognised concert pianist and an exhibited contemporary artist.
Food Journey is a story about the culinary process and this includes sourcing prep cooking and also most importantly food education through the people within the industry.
It is a warm fun and relatable show which aims to get everyone excited about cooking and to realise that it is a source of joy in the giving sharing and the eating. Food Journey aims to modernise the approach to food lifestyle tv by presenting a candid no frills approach. Good food tv for everyone!
•Joel Adu Oluwaseun
Joel Adu Studios/ EkoFoodPhotographer
Joel is a seasoned Commercial Photographer and Advertising consultant with experience in general brand image and perception.
Joel has worked on several Advertising campaigns and Commercial Photography commisions for several top brands in America, Europe and West Africa.
His works have been featured on billboards, newspapers, magazines and other communication material around different countries with strong communication around Food, Agriculture, the Sustainability Development Goals and and a united Africa through innovation.
He has worked on projects that span across Documentary, Engineering, Security, Agriculture, Lifestyle, Food and fashion with brands like Discovery Channel, Lancome Paris, Maggi, Honeywell Group, Dangote and so on.
Abimbola runs a photography and social media compan, EatBMerry that focuses on bringing food to life using media and technology.
A food-focused brand that covers restaurant, lifestyle and travel around the world.
A restaurant visibility builder that works with restaurant to improve image delivery on their website s and social media handles.
Bio: I’m my own worst critic and I believe that’s what keeps pushing me to do and be better.
My love for food and photography is way beyond passion and a want; it’s a lifestyle for me, it’s what keeps my heart beating.
• Olusola Sowemimo
Ope Farms started from a very bright idea to produce safe and healthy vegetables and fruit.
Olusola Sowemimo, Founder of Ope Farms, attended a Cancer Conference in California in 2013 and realised that 92% of the attendees were cancer survivors who have maintained their health through eating of certified organic foods.
At that point she decided that health conscious Nigerians also deserve to eat certified organic foods.
It was tough at the start and in the first two years, she struggled but by 2015, she had gained adequate knowledge from trainings and by reading books by renowned organic farmers to stabilise.
Today, Ope Farms supply produce like kale, lettuce, cucumbers, celery, many indigenous vegetables and fruits such as pawpaw, soursop, passion fruit etc to homes, supermarkets and restaurants.
Ope Farms have been featured on BBC and France24.
Mrs Sowemimo, Lawyer, HR Consultant, Faculty Member of School of Eloquence and Etiquette Coach is a Fellow of the Institute of Agribusiness Management of Nigeria and an alumni of Lagos Business School having graduated from the Agribusiness Management Programme in 2019.
She is a strong Advocate for Organic Agriculture and she was awarded the Organic Agriculture Advocate & Processor 2019 by the Ecological Organic Agriculture (in Nigeria).
A mother and wife has presented papers at West African Organic Conference and the African Organic Conference, she is now looking forward to presenting at the world Organic Conference 2021 in Rennes, France.
•Fresh Veggies Plus
•A Farmers Garden