Sherifah Yunus Olokodana, a Nigerian who has made a name for herself as a chef in Lagos, wears a veil that just covers her eyes, giving her the appearance of any other Muslim woman. However, the entrepreneur hopes to dispel common misconceptions about hijab-wearing women in the nation.
Nigeria is split almost evenly between its predominantly Muslim north and its predominantly Christian south, where cultural traditions frequently hinder women from starting their own businesses.
Olokodana, a Yoruba Muslim from the southwest, has been a pastry chef for nearly two decades and sells food spices, but she said she still faced prejudice.
“Being a woman who dresses this way, I have to do 10 times the work of the average woman,” she said while preparing for an Instagram cooking show in her studio.
“Women in hijab continue to get negative vibes from people. People who dress the way I’m dressed are looked down upon in Nigeria.”