my name is Tunde Wey. i am nigerian born-and-raised, new Orleans-based artist, cook and writer who uses nigerian food and dining spaces to interrogate systems of power. i have been featured in The New York Times, NPR, GQ, The Washington Post, VOGUE, Black Enterprise, Food and Wine, and my writing has appeared in the Oxford American, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle. after almost a decade of undocumented living, i recently received U.S. permanent resident status and now, just like the honey badger i don’t really give a shit :) .
FROM LAGOS. why the name? LAGOS is a port city, the most populous in nigeria and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. it’s where i was a child, learning and living all the things that my adult heart now remembers as nostalgia. FROM LAGOS is my attempt to remember, through food, where I came from and use this memory as a lens to interrogate systems of power— underlain is the assumption that power is almost always exploitative.
FROM LAGOS, began as my reaction to the dominant/ contemporary food culture which conflates the enjoyment of food with its abstraction. growing up in nigeria, food was described with simple and frank adjectives. it was "good," "tasty," “sweet” (meaning delicious not not sugar laden) or "bad" but bad meals were a rarity. my work has evolved from this prescribed critique of contemporary food culture to a wider examination of the systems that center whiteness, in all it’s global, economic, political and gendered ramifications, with food as my lens.
it is no longer enough to speak about what's on the plate all the while ignoring the socio-political moments leading up to the first bite. we deserve food that provides more than superficial context to the world around us.
omo see oyinbo sha :)
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