AFCON: A wonderful gem in the footballing world that cultivates the sport enticing and enlightening all those involved.
The AFCON has also brought opportunities for the African communities in Nottingham to shine in their culture and way of life.
The Compatriot restaurant is an African based restaurant in Radford located on Alfreton Road.
They specialize in predominantly Nigerian cuisine featured with other African style foods.
The Restaurant name Compatriots originates from the national anthem ‘Arise, O Compatriots.
Compatriot owner Isaac said: “There is a demand for Nigerian cuisine and people are yearning for it and not only in African locals but there’s also been a demand from international university students.”
The day before they held a get together where they broadcasted Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau.
Customer Emre Ojobo said “When Nigeria are playing you should come and see the place it gets packed, but it is an amazing atmosphere, and you can feel the support.”
With a 1-0 victory, Nigeria finished top of their group meaning there will be more fellowship at the Compatriot.
The restaurant was opened in June 2019 and ever since then there has been a diverse range of customers.
The store owner continued: “We are also branching out and trying to fulfil charity work as we use these occasions to give food to those who are homeless.
The Compatriot is Nigerian based but caters and welcomes anyone interested, every Nigerian is a compatriot to us, and we are a compatriot to everyone.”
We are currently opening another store in Lincoln as some of our customers travel from the Midlands where we aim to expand to.”
Whether you’re a football fan or interested in trying Compatriot’s diverse menu, it’s a great time of year to check out this restaurant.