Kitchens of Africa was created with one simple mission – to introduce the diverse and exotic cuisine of Africa to the rest of the world. It’s a bold idea, but no more bold than the flavors found in that continent’s unique foods.
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kitchens of Africa is a U.S. company, but our roots extend all the way to The Gambia, a tiny country in the western part of Africa, where our founder, Jainaba Jeng was born and raised. After receiving a degree in International Relations from a university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she found she was unable to return home due to a recent military coup and immigrated to the U.S.
Once here, Jainaba found great pleasure in sampling the cuisines of other countries. She learned to cook them at home and soon discovered preparation shortcuts. She could pick up a half-prepared meal such as a sauce, bring it home, add a few ingredients and voila, Indian, Thai or Mexican delights.