Preparing food for one’s family is a huge cultural symbol of pride for
the women of Burkina Faso, a small West African country. Akin to a right of
passage, it is a big part of life for a young woman from her father’s country. Though born in America, Yoland Ouiya, known as Yoli, was no exception. Twenty years later, she is known throughout the New York City area for catering for various
vegan activist organizations, a brief stint at Reboot restaurant, and servicing a
cultural array of clients and festivals.
Yoli Ouiya currently operates a green living blog and boutique eco-lifestyle outfit
called Ou!ya. This green lifestylist and chef offers rich, colorful meal and food preparation demos, sustainable living workshops, healthy living lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. Highlighted as one of 2011’s Young African Visionaries in Obaasema Magazine, she is currently on the junior board of The New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches and co-authoring a book slated for completion Fall/Winter 2011.