The Hague, The Netherlands. February 7, 2018.

Food Entrepreneur Ebere Akadiri publishes cookbook to fight against human trafficking in Nigeria


Vibrant West African Cuisine, written by Nigerian native Ebere Akadiri, is more than a cookbook. Akadiri teaches readers how to easily cook wholesome Nigerian dishes, often in 20 minutes or less. Highlights include Jollof rice, meat pepper soups and bean pottage. The book ranges from cookbook to sociological expedition, with first-hand glimpses into Nigerian culture, festivities and culinary heritage through photos, stories and more.

Ebere intends to raise €135,000 for Beauty in Every Life’s “Keep Dignity Alive” initiative, which raises awareness of how slavery, trafficking and poverty steal their victims’ dignity. World Poverty Clock estimates over 40% of Nigerians live in extreme poverty. The Guardian states that the “trafficking of Nigerian women in Europe is at a crisis level.”

When Ebere learned of the 26 Nigerian women who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, she felt compelled to act. Three months later she published her cookbook, using recipes and stories to dispel negative stereotypes while focusing on giving back. All proceeds from Vibrant West African Cuisine will be donated to #keepdignityalive until the financial goal is met. Funds will be used to create awareness on the lures and dangers of trafficking and to educate Nigerian young women on leadership and entrepreneurship so they can learn to lead dignified financially independent lives.

Vibrant West African Cuisine’s recipes are written for busy cooks and provide ingredient guides for easy substitutions. Dishes are accessible to newcomers and pleasantly familiar to experienced cooks.

Ebere celebrates community and culture through food and encourages her readers to do the same. She sums up West African food: “Imagine the smoky smell of grilled meat, infused with garlic and ginger, or the fragrance of coriander and curry from a gently simmering stew. Even before you taste the food, the evocative aroma of spices stimulates your appetite and heightens your anticipation for what is to come.”

Ebere now lives in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she offers West African cooking classes, catering services, Ataro Spice blends and signature talks on a variety of subjects. Vibrant West African Cuisine is available for pre-order with paperbacks selling for €25.00 and hardcovers for €35.00. Vibrant West African Cuisine’s launch party will be held on March 3rd in The Hague. Book signings will be available at the event.


About Ataro Food and Spices

Ataro was founded to inspire, educate and share the beauty of West African cuisine and culture. Ataro offers a variety of West African spice blends, cooking video courses, recipes with cooking guides as well as sharing West African recipes through their website, newsletters and blog.


About Beauty in Every Life

Beauty in Every Life (BIEL) foundation was founded to help African women and children to realise their potential and achieve their dreams. BIEL was initiated out of the need to protect West African women and children from all forms of exploitations, and prevent them from falling victim to low self-image, trafficking, abuse, and slavery. 


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Pr. Beatrixlaan 582,2595 BM, The Hague