Jollof rice is the celebration dish of West Africa. At its basic, it includes rice, tomatoes, onions and chili peppers. But there are a zillion variations, depending on your country of origin, and the friendly rivalry can get intense over which version reigns supreme. Matthew Mead/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Matthew Mead/AP

Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491380208/492005224" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Magida Safaoui, right, and an assistant plate tomatoes at a Trio Toques event in April. Safaoui helps out the three chefs who run the restaurant. Doreen Akiyo Yomoah for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Doreen Akiyo Yomoah for NPR

Somali chef Ahmed Jama holds up freshly caught spiny lobsters he's about to cook in one of his restaurants in Mogadishu. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
John Burnett/NPR

At His Own Risk, Somali Chef Creates Gourmet Haven In War-Weary Mogadishu

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/164091836/165896120" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript