TINK Africa Gathers Experts to Discuss 'Future of Food in Africa'

EVERYTHING HAS A FUTURE INCLUDING FOOD. HERE'S WHY PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS OF FOOD GATHERED AT TINK AFRICA FOR A BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON WHERE FOOD IS HEADED. READ THE STORY BELOW TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT WENT DOWN JUST LAST WEEKEND.

It was a gathering of thought leaders in the food industry, experts, bloggers, cooks, chefs, foodies, food enthusiasts, foodpreneurs and anyone who eats at the Food Meetup themed “The Future of Food in Africa” which was organised by TINK Africa, a trends intelligence brand on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the TINK Space in Ogudu, Lagos.

This event is the maiden edition of TINK Africa’s monthly trend theme which will focus on the different sectors of the economy for each month.

This chop and chat session included a panel of discussion session where these influencers, experts and anyone in the food business gathered to talk about the future of food in the continent. These contributors included the likes of Ozoz Sokoh, Food blogger and founder, Kitchen Butterfly, Tunde Badmus, CEO Food Africana, Stella Naiye, Founder Chillis Kitchen, Itorro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, with representatives of Naija Butcher, Café Neo, Splash Greens among others.

Meme Osuocha, Business Experience Manager, TINK Africa said that it is important that we know where we are coming from and where we are headed especially as it concerns the food industry. This event is important especially to those in the business of food because at the end of the event a report will be collated and made available for them to be guided as to where the food industry is headed. The smart ones should be able to key into these trends and use them to improve their businesses.

Tunde Badmus Founder, Food Africana commented that their brand would continue to export local content. People who are not in the continent should enjoy indigenous cuisines. He says.

Ozoz Sokoh, Founder Kitchen Butterfly who commented on how much the culture of food has changed in Nigeria said there is more outside of the home eating habit and more focus on indigenous cuisines thanks to social media who has helped more Nigerians embrace more indigenous dishes.

For Itoro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, food is becoming more than just from mouth to stomach, it will get to be a unifying factor in the sense that a lady from one culture learns how to make delicacy of another culture because she likes it.

In an appeal to food bloggers Ozoz said that good food media will help the perception of food both home abroad. These bloggers and media should write and present our local dishes in such a way that it looks visually appealing because now people eat first with their eyes.

As regards making other cultures aware of the Nigerian food, Kunle Shokunbi, Founder Naija Butcher urged indigenous chefs to travel to other countries to showcase our foods because food tourism will help get Nigerian food recognised overseas.

In a closing remark Meme charged entrepreneurs to study trends in whatever industry they find themselves in as trends show a little of the future.

The general from all in attendance was for the Government to look into and invest in the food industry.

To cap the trend meet up, TINK Africa will be producing a comprehensive Food Trend Report for the year 2017 with focus on Nigeria and the continent Africa. This report promises to take you through an exploration of man’s number one need and will cover every length and breadth of food, from planting to harvest, processing, packaging, preservation, sale and delivery. It will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here. 

The panelist discussing The Future of Food.

Audience participation,. questions and suggestions

Real time Practical sessions and Exhibition

The Food report will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here.  

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Iquo Ukoh, the founder of the blog trained as a dietitian at The University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has a work portfolio that boasts of a 30-year-experience with one of the world's biggest food multinational companies, developing recipes for the Nigerian woman.

My inspiration for this blog is to share food experiences and other tidbits around food and health that will help you create variety and excitement and maintain sensible healthy lifestyle.

DOONEY'S KITCHEN

Dooney’s Kitchen is about redefining and promoting Nigerian food. It aims to give Nigerian food the identity that it deserves. For too long, Nigerian food has hidden under the umbrella term “African food”, and it is a term we at Dooney’s Kitchen strongly disagree with. Although similarities abound with, like you will find in countries across Europe and Asia, but distinct cuisines also exist on those continents, like French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Indian, etc and that is what we are striving to do with Nigerian food. Decades from now, Nigerian cuisine will stand proudly, recognised as a unique entity of its own.

KITCHEN BUTTERFLY

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SISI_YEMMIE

Sisi Yemi is a food and lifestyle blogger, who happens to be a mom, wife and mother.

I’ve always been very passionate about writing but it never occurred to me to start a blog before now, though I was always nudged by friends to do so. My passion for cooking and developing recipes began earlier this year. I recently changed jobs and I’m allowed to work from home most times. Not being used to staying at home all day, I got really bored and decided to spruce up my cooking skills to while away time, well, let’s just say I became utterly obsessed with cooking. I took to posting photos of foods I’d prepared on Facebook and Instagram, consequently, friends and followers began to implore me to start blogging so they could keep up with recipes, After several persuasions, I finally decided to marry my two passions; cooking and writing.
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Where's best to Wine and Dine in Lagos?

TWO NIGERIAN FOOD LOVERS ARE EATING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE NOOK OF LAGOS RESTAURANTS AND ARE PROVIDING THEIR FOLLOWERS WITH THE BEST REVIEWS VIA THEIR BLOG

Eat Drink Festival / Photo via Star.ng

Eat Drink Festival / Photo via Star.ng

Sometimes the toughest decision after deciding what to eat is deciding where to eat. In a town like a Lagos, overcrowded and populated with over 8 million people, aimless food hunting drive arounds are not that fun. Considering the almost constant traffic jam in the streets, being absolute and sure about ones destination is key. In a bid to save other Lagosians from spending their time on this struggle, two young Lagosians Nosa and Folly set up an interesting platform reviewing food and drink spots around Lagos.

Eat Drink Festival 

Eat Drink Festival 

Eatdrinklagos.com was created in 2014 by the both, built originally from the scratch, the two started visiting Lagos restaurants and bars, sharing their honest opinions online via the blog and reviewing the general experience. With increased followership and consistence, the eatdrinklagos blog became the go to spot for food and drink lovers in Lagos, guiding them on where to and where not to dine. From clean first person point of view food photography to witty, honest and blunt reviews, the blog with its simple design ate its way into the heart of Lagosians. On social media, the @eatdrinklagos  Twitter and Instagram handles served followers with free dining-in-Lagos hacks, tips and witty reviews.

Folly and Nosa / Photo via life.guardian.ng/

Folly and Nosa / Photo via life.guardian.ng/

Climbing on the shoulders of their blog's popularity, the two started organising an occasional lunch club, a selection of 10 guests who do not know each other coming together to dine and network. By the second quarter of 2016 the blog became more than just a restaurant review blog, it grew into a community, Folly and Nosa then decided to try a free festival, the #Eatdrinkfestival, offering food lovers and select food vendors an opportunity to meet, exhibit, network and dine all together. Following the success of the first edition, The #EatDrinkFestival became a biannual food and drink festival hosted by the blog. According to their website, the goal of the festival is “…to curate an unmatched culinary experience with the city’s best food and drink brands. In a single day, guests will be able to eat and drink from an extensive and varied selection of Lagos’ best food vendors.”

The  #EatDrinkFestival recorded over 8,000 attendees at the 3rd edition which took place on December 27th, 2016. The third edition of the festival garnered impressive online buzz. About 201, 993 people were reported by social media aggregator, Trendinalia Nigeria to have seen the hashtag, #EatDrinkFestival since its first mention. Following these successes, the festival now receives numerous sponsors and partners from food & beverage brands, to lifestyle and culture outfits. Folly and Nosa have worked (eaten) their way into becoming authorities and thought leaders as far as food reviews go in Lagos. All fingers are crossed and waiting for the announcement of the 2017 edition of the festival. This is impressive to think, a community of food lovers are gathering in great numbers off the birth of a blog. 

Photo via Star.ng

Photo via Star.ng

Earlier this year, the blog introduced a rather interesting and innovative feature to their platform, an interactive chatbot ready to answer and guide the user through the best restaurants in any selected area in Lagos. The chat session inquires the user’s name, budget, location and number of people joining the food trip, calling the user by the personalized provided name the robot offers lists of restaurants based on selected location, budget etc. all in a few seconds! Try it out!