Mpho Tsuene - Mamak’hanakisi

16 January 2023

Mpho Ts’uene, a visual artist from Lesotho, uses art as activism against gender inequality and stereotypical narratives about Africa. She’s working on a cookbook that uses Basotho’s cuisine and food culture to contribute to the growing body of work that engages with food in Africa beyond poverty.


Mamak’hanakisi is the first traditional cookbook in Lesotho. It blends digital art, photography and untold food experiences behind recipes of Basotho. 

Besides challenging the belief “Africa is hungry”, the book also suggests that cultural food is centred around preservation and which creates a sustainable relationship with land. The recipes were curated on travels around rural Lesotho, and told by the people the artist meets along her journey to connect with her country through food.