Fatmata Binta has lived in many places throughout her life, but no matter where she is, food is always her home. Her passion for cooking began when she was just five years old.
Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Binta grew up learning the customs of the Fulani people — one of the largest nomadic groups in Africa. She recalls spending much of her childhood in the kitchen helping her mother and grandmother prepare traditional Fulani meals. “I grew up watching them bring people together through food,” she said.
Now based in Ghana’s capital city of Accra, Binta, 37, is carrying on that tradition. In 2018, she launched Dine on a Mat — a pop-up restaurant that has traveled to cities in Europe, the US and Africa, giving people around the world a chance to experience her home culture. She also started the Fulani Kitchen Foundation to empower and support women in rural communities across Ghana and West Africa.