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Fozia Ismail: East African Food and Identity

Wednesday, November 20 2019, 6pm - 9pm, at Barings, 20 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7BF


This event forms part of Migrations: All Our Voices, a series of events that celebrate the positive contributions of generations of migrants who have shaped the UK’s rich and diverse culture. Crucially, at a time of growing uncertainty for many in minority groups resulting from political and constitutional upheaval, this hard-hitting series stimulates meaningful reflection on the place of migrants in British society.

This event is being stage in partnership with EP Insights and Barings.


Conversation and Somali Supper with Fozia Ismail. 


Tickets  – £25 per guest to include a Somali supper with wine.  To book, follow this link


Researcher, writer and supper-club host Fozia Ismail will join Donald Sloan of the Oxford Cultural Collective to discuss connections between East African food and identity, with particular emphasis on the experience of immigrants to the UK. How can food give us a more nuanced and rich understanding of East African culture?  Does culinary heritage have heightened importance for those living far from their place of origin? How can we ensure that the food of African nations becomes recognised and celebrated as part of Britain’s diverse culinary scene?

Fozia runs a Somali supper club called Arawelo Eats. The supper club is a platform for thinking, researching and exploring racism and British identity via the medium of food, particularly in response to Brexit. Her work has been featured on Observer Food Magazine, BBC Radio 4 Food ProgrammeOxford Symposium on Food & Cookery Ox Tales podcast, Food 52, Crumbs Magazine, Vice Munchies & Bristol 24/7. In 2019 she was listed as one of the Observer Food Monthly’s Top 50.

By day Fozia is a Research Coordinator for University of West England and in June 2019 was selected as a City Fellow for the Arnolfini – Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol for her project Camel Meat and Tapes, through which she is exploring food and community cohesion in Somali nomadic culture.

The celebrated author and journalist Bee Wilson has commented: “Fozia Ismail – brilliant and eloquent on immigrant food in the UK.



To be held in partnership with Barings, this and future events reflect the company’s position as a global firm with local roots. It is our aim that the events supported by Barings should encourage reflection on the values and attributes that enable success for those working in culturally diverse business environments.

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