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Born in Nigeria and a resident of several regions of the country, Kelechi Nwagboso moved to America a decade ago to join her husband, a chemical engineer. Kelechi is her family’s eldest daughter and started cooking for them and assisting her mother, who ran the cafeteria at a local cement factory, when she was eight years old. She opened Keobi, the Capital Region’s first restaurant dedicated to the flavors of West Africa, on April 8, 2020 to rave reviews.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, gaining its independence in 1960 after centuries of European rule. The legacy of Nigerian culinary practices ripple through Black communities, as food traditionally thought apart of Black culture in America is built on the foundational techniques of West African cooking. Flavors and ideas from Nigeria can be found in the way a soul food or Caribbean restaurant prepares rice, beans and stewed greens among other dishes.

Get ready for December’s dining opportunity as we visit Keobi, 189 Lark Street, Albany on Monday, December 6 at 4:00 PM. The cost of the meal is $39. Space is limited and registration is required. CSSC Transportation Services are available for those who are unable to drive themselves. Please call Diane at 518-459-2857 ext. 305 for additional information and to reserve your spot.