As if her mouth-watering posts weren’t enough to captivate you, her personality speaks for itself. Nma Jewel also known as Nigerianlazychef has a social media following of over 50K and its apparent as to why she does! In addition to posting all her delicious-looking creations as a chef, Nma is also a personal chef, food writer, and medical enthusiast. We had the pleasure of getting to know Nma and her story is the most inspirational thing you’ll read today.
Tell us about yourself, Nma.
My name is Nma, I grew up partly in Nigeria. I’m a self-taught Chef born by a mother who is a retired trained chef. I have two children whom I refer to as my Ajebutters. An Ajebutter is simply a Yoruba word for a person who doesn’t or hasn’t done any hard work. Like silky butter that flavors your jollof rice (laughs).
What was it that inspired you to become a personal chef?
Depression. I was suffering from depression and anxiety; postpartum depression inclusive. I started reading a lot and one day I cooked some cow foot, took a photo, showed my friends and served some to them. Their reactions made me feel so happy and it became my motivation. I started cooking my heart out. I noticed it made my Ajebutters happy to see me happy and the smile (which was the effect of my cooking) left on everyone’s faces helped me understand my passion. I want people fed and happy.
Food has become a huge part of your life in numerous ways but what intrigued you to blog?
I never really wanted to blog. I love writing but I didn’t really want the responsibility of being a blogger. I just wanted to cook. But you know we all have that one friend that pushes us into our passion n(for lack of a better word). That friend pushed and pushed until we got a domain name. It was a gift from her to me. Now I write and I’m truly grateful for how many lives, my writing has touched. There’s no story really without this story and for that, I am thankful.
Your Instagram is filled with delicious, mouthwatering images of the food you make but what is your all-time favorite food to eat and/or make?
As much as I love a good bowl of Okra soup, fried plantains are my weakness.
What is something most people don’t know about Nigerian food or the culture?
Our food is not difficult to make, it’s versatile and totally fuses well with most dishes. And just as culture is so big and different, each culture presents the same meal differently.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’ll say watch this space.
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