Cover Photo: a tablescape of beautifully prepared Nigerian food
Photograph via Adùn

Nigerian Food Is Evolving In America—So Am I

Whether one calls it “adaptation” or “assimilation” is a matter of one’s personal politics. But I—like the food I love—am undoubtedly changing.

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What type of stew am I now?What type will I be in my final form?

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Top Chef About time

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It’s what I need to do to be understood

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How much time and heat are just enough?

Damilola Oyedele is a Nigerian writer. Her essays and poetry have been published in Brittle Paper, The Republic, The Bangalore Review, and elsewhere. In 2022 she received a Hedgebrook residency and a Writers’ League of Texas fellowship. She lives in Austin, Texas.