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A West African Christmas in Kansas City

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West African food can be hard to find in Kansas City. For many Nigerians living here, the familiar flavors of home are especially missed around Christmastime. Plus, a college student from Missouri shares the ups and downs of attending school with the added complications of the pandemic.

Finding the components of a West African holiday meal in Kansas City is not an easy task. There are shops like Wah Gwan or Fannie’s on Troost Avenue, but after that, options begin to thin. As Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga reports, one woman is determined to bring the smoky taste of home to Nigerians transplanted into Kansas City.

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas City Today is taking a special look at how people in our community are doing. College sophomore Faith Andrews O'Neal talks about her struggle to learn the ropes at Columbia University, when her entire experience has taken place during a pandemic.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.