Yasmine Fofana is a pioneer when it comes to promoting Côte d’Ivoire’s culinary scene. She is her country’s first food blogger after launching Afrofoodie in 2012 and continues creating new ways of turning food into the language she uses to change narratives about African food, including launching the first Restaurant week of Côte d’Ivoire in 2017 and currently getting ready to launch the country’s first food tour.
Her Media Project Support grant will support a food tour that will further amplify her conversations chefs, food entrepreneurs, food influencers and bloggers.
“Food connects us in such a powerful way and I have always believed in experiencing a country through its cuisine. With this grant, I aspire to showcase the multifaceted nature of African gastronomy which has not only been deemed unattractive but has also been misunderstood for the longest time. It will not only allow me to amplify the voices of the movers and shakers of our culinary heritage in Côte d’Ivoire but also to step beyond its borders and immerse myself in other African cultures as well,” she says.