The production, procurement, preparation, presentation, and consumption of foods have always been regarded as central in the study of cultures. Foodways is the identity gained by a community based on their food. Declining access to traditional foods, changing demographics, and loss of traditional skills are all concerns that impact  in having a legitimate African foodway. These effect can be countered by use of the following strategies; Documentation, Celebration, Transmission, and, Living Traditions in Sustainable Communities. Africans should not loose their heritage by embracing foreign nutrition habits but should advocate for our own. UNESCO’s Register of Good Safeguarding Practices allows states, communities and other stakeholders to share successful experiences and examples of transmitting their living heritage.

According to the Oldways African heritage The African Heritage Diet is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts recommend for supporting good health. 

African cuisines.Recently many of Africa’s favorite foods have been popping up on menus worldwide. One things for certain: African food is just as diverse as its people. From the West to the East to the North and South, some foods are so delectable that they’re worth taking a trip for. Some of the African indigenous diet are illustrated below.


10 African recipes you should try out.

Jollof rice with fish.

source: Alan benson

Chicken Yassa – poulet-au-yassa.

African vegetable stew with sweet potato and peanuts.


Kuku paka (African chicken and coconut curry)

Photo:William Meppem

West African Seafood Okra Stew.

Harissa: North African spice paste.

West African ginger drink.

West African Fufu.


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