A Queens woman on a mission to share West African cuisine and culture

ASTORIA, Queens (PIX11) – An Astoria woman is on a mission to bring authentic West African cuisine and culture to her neighborhood in Queens.

Béatrice Ajaero, 31, provides hundreds of meals for local shelters and those in need each month. Ajaero’s family are from Nigeria, where they say food is central to the community. She has turned her pride in her Nigerian roots into a now thriving restaurant during the pandemic. She says that with each dish she shares a piece of her culture.

To Nneji on 34th Avenue, they serve authentic Nigerian and West African cuisine, such as yassa, egusi soup and spicy goat cheese stew. The food is inspired by Ajaero’s mother and aunts.

Ajaero was busy on Thursday; On Friday, she will donate more than 200 meals to those in need in her neighborhood for a non-profit organization called Food First. Executive Director of the non-profit Queens Together Jonathan Forgash said it’s Ajaero’s heart that really connected her to the community.

The Queens woman has an MBA and a law degree, but it was her childhood dream to open a restaurant. Today, his dream is to generalize West African cuisine.

Helen D. Jessen