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Beyond Diversity: Candid Conversation + Cooking


So many studies have shown that diversity is good for business and for our world.

Everyone wants to belong and feel accepted despite our differences.

Yet, it’s uncomfortable to discuss racial discrimination without having emotions go high on both sides.

Let’s do it differently.

Let’s cook together and build relationships and trust, while having a difficult conversation around race and equity.

Would the world not be more beautiful with an inclusive culture, where everyone can freely contribute to the success of your organization and society?

Join us for another episode of Beyond Diversity: Candid Conversation + Cooking.

A community gathering to share, listen, analyze, and take action towards building an equitable organization and society.

Benefits of Joining the Beyond Diversity Conversation + Cooking class


  • Start the conversation with your team in a casual space
  • Build trust and relationships with every member of your team
  • Learn how to attract diverse talent and retain them for the long-haul


  • Join a circle, ask questions, stay open and speak your truth
  • Get encouragement, answers and feedback in a space with no judgment
  • Listen, learn, laugh, play and cook together

Here’s What You Can Expect


We will have a conversation and answer questions around topics like:

  • What are Microaggressions?
  • How can I do better?
  • How can we attract more black people to our community?
  • Intercultural communications and cultural differences
  • Understanding West African Culture through food

Group Assignments focused on the day’s topic or the food:

  • Syndicate Groups
  • Q & A Session
  • Resources for Further Education

Most importantly, get ready to prepare 3 West African Dishes (Jollof rice, Dodo and Suya).

Until you are a part of a community, some questions will remain unanswered.
Join the community!


Time: 2.5 hours

Schedule: August 28; 6pm – 8pm EST


  • EUR 75 per person: in-person (maximum of 10)
  • EUR 45 for virtual

Receive a digital copy of ‘Vibrant West African Cuisine’ cookbook.

Optional – order Ataro spices and ingredients before the cooking class.

50% of proceeds go towards fighting Human Trafficking in Nigeria.

Sponsored and streamed by Ataro Marketplace.

“The cooking class was so much fun, recipes were delicious and we learned so much about the food and culture. what a great date night event”

Queenie Verhoeven

“Ebere, your passion for cooking and food is wonderful and it was brilliant being part of this morning.”

Sunita Jaffery

“I take you on a journey to discover the well-kept secrets of all the best exotic flavours of West African cooking. You will discover first-hand all the ingredients, herbs and spices that are used in various West African dishes.”

Cook and Instructor Ebere Akadiri

“When I learned about the workshop on West African cooking, I was curious. I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there to learn about the great variety of delicious food available in West Africa. The workshop hostess Ebere was really knowledgeable and passionate about her work, and everyone had a lot of fun. I also made new friends.”


“After the workshop on West African cooking, all I can say is ‘Wow!’. I haven’t had so much fun in ages! We were all dancing and laughing while African music played in the background, and the hostess made the whole cooking experience so easy. I can’t wait until the next session!”

Lisa Brunslev

“Who would have thought that cooking could be so much fun? The hostess was full of passion, joy and laughter and everyone was completely captivated by her thrilling stories about life in Nigeria. I learned so much about African culture and cuisine, but the best part was the great new friends that I made! “

Lizzy Chaplin

“Guess what my family is eating tonight. Nigerian Jollof rice. Thanks to Ebere for her hands-on cooking workshop. It was a fun experience.”

Karen Main

“Ebere, your passion for cooking and food is wonderful and it was brilliant being part of this morning.”

Sunita Jaffery

"Today, I was introduced to an excellent, under-represented cuisine. The flavors are mostly familiar: a bit of India, a bit of New Orleans, and even some flavors evocative of Italy. The combination of the spices and the straightforward style of cooking were a real eye-opener, though. I predict that in 5 years West African will take the place that Thai cuisine now has, both at home and when we eat out."

Jonathan Talbott, TIP (Talbott International Presentations)


Ebere akadiri, Founder of Rise and Lead and co-founder, Ataro Marketplace

Here is her story in her words, “I love to share the beauty of my culture and the different herbs and spices that distinguish Nigerian cooking. I also organise life transformation workshops that help people to learn cooking, catering skills and personal development skills in an entertaining and happy environment.” Ebere Akadiri founder of Ataro Food and spices has been helping people in the Netherlands, and Europe experience the vibrant cuisine of Nigeria and West Africa. Relocating to the Netherlands in 2013, Ebere took her love of her native cuisine with her and offered cooking classes to introduce West African and Nigerian cuisine to the Netherlands. So far, Ebere has introduced her Nigerian cuisine to many people from different nationalities taking them on a journey to understand the culture of Nigeria, the ingredients and recipes and to cooking several Nigerian dishes with them. This proved so popular that Ebere opened her shop in the center of The Hague offering cooking classes and selling her brand of spices. She has been called “The West African Cuisine Ambassador”.