Ozoz Sokoh popularly known as “Kitchen Butterfly” explores Nigerian dishes beyond the usual, she picks dishes all the way up north, throws in elements from the south and sometimes mixes and experiments with ingredients from the east and the west of the country. Ozoz experiments and dares dishes many Nigerian cooks would never try. A trained exploring geologist, Ozoz enjoys playing with and reinventing staple Nigerian dishes in creating what she calls the “The New Nigerian Kitchen”.
Her kitchen feats earned her a CNN feature last year
Nigeria is a country of diverse people, culture, tribe and tongues. A country with over 170 million people divided by many thing united by a few things like music, football and Jollof rice, yes Jollof rice. Jollof rice is one of the most common dishes in Western Africa, consumed throughout the region and so dearly in Nigeria. Nigerians and Ghanaians have fought online and offline through intense arguments on the true originators of the delicacy and whose variant of the meal tastes better.
Going through Nigerian restaurants, from the North through west, to the east and down south, one might wonder if asides Jollof rice, all Nigerians had to eat were Eba, Fufu, Amala, Tuwo, soups, Beans, yam and on good days plantain on the go. Beyond the common staples listed above, not many Nigerian homes don't explore many food options and those who do, kept it safe. One might think Nigeria lacks kitchen varieties but that would be great fallacy and Ozoz Sokoh is out to prove that.
What thrills us the most about the Kitchen Butterfly is her originality and honesty even through trial and errors. Most of her recipes are original and retain their core Nigerianness and to think that she hasn’t gone through any formal training, she really does deserves more than just free Instagram “likes”.
By day Ozoz goes about her geology job, or explores her other hobbies in street photography and a blogging. By night she is a super mother of 3, a magician in the kitchen and a crafter of new recipes. Of all her many recipes so freely given, we love the most, the almighty Nkwobi-Jollof rice.
See below some other of her kitchen inventions: