This recipe was passed to me from a foodie friend of mine on a Facebook food forum. It is Sweet Potato Curry from Kenya. I have been thinking a lot this week about Wangari Maathai. She passed away on Sunday from complications due to ovarian cancer. A light has been extinguished from Kenya and the world.
If you have not heard of her before, please google her. I cannot express all the ways she contributed to making this world a better place. In a nut shell, she was the first Eastern African woman to earn a PhD. She was the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize (2004). She was the first woman at the University of Nairobi to be appointed:
-chair of the department of veterinary anatomy
She campaigned for equal rights for women at the university. She lead women to plant trees throughout the region - which is an amazing story in itself.
So, when I came across this Kenyan recipe I immediately wanted to cook it in tribute to this amazing Kenyan hero.