In her intersectional culinary practice, Sokoh writes, cooks, and researches Nigerian and West African cuisine, tracing the geography and legacy of its traditions, techniques, and ingredients through the transatlantic slave trade across Latin America, the Caribbean, American South, and Europe.
Her project Coast to Coast: From West Africa to the World maps these journeys and trajectories, examining and documenting West-African contributions to the thriving economies of the world. The narratives uncovered in her research are rarely visible, often erased, hardly celebrated, and commonly appropriated. Her goal is to unearth the legacy of West African knowledge systems while decolonizing historical records and shaping contemporary food media to reimagine the future, from Coast to Coast.
Working with curator Koyo Kouoh as her mentor, Sokoh is currently exploring work-stay possibilities for a joint digital workshop to further develop food-focused filmmaking and storytelling skills.
At the Forecast Festival in April, she will present two short films created in collaboration with Tolu Agbelusi, a Nigerian-British poet, playwright, performer, educator, and lawyer. The films delve into the varied politics of food expressed in past and present colonial constructs—ranging from monoculture to the abuse of power through language—by focusing on four West African ingredients: palm oil, okro, rice, and black-eyed beans.