Legal luminary Habiba Bashari reveals entrepreneurship drive, unveils culinary spot
Habiba Bashari, a legal luminary and entrepreneur, recently unveiled Halal Eats, a pioneering venture aimed at bringing the rich flavours of Northern Nigerian cuisine and natural products to the heart of Lagos.
Drawing on her passion for business and her profound love for authentic Northern delicacies, Bashari has created a haven for food enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals alike.
From her early days as a law practitioner Bashari has harboured an entrepreneurial spirit, exemplified by her successful makeup, clothing, and jewelry businesses during her academic pursuits. Following her passion and inspired by a yearning for her Northern roots, the idea for Halal Eats was conceived during her pregnancy in 2019.
“It was during one evening, while driving around the bustling streets of Lekki Phase One, that the concept of Halal Eats began to take shape,” Bashari reminisced.
“I was craving an all-encompassing suya spot, a place where I could find everything from meat floss (Dambun Nama) to kilishi, grilled chicken, and Guinea fowl suya. This culinary adventure led me to realise that obtaining such authentic delights was a challenge.”
The desire for authentic, natural beverages like Fura, tigernuts, and fruity zobo further fueled Bashari’s vision. “I understood the frustration of not being able to find these traditional treats readily available,” she explained. “Even sourcing simple ingredients like natural honey and multipurpose peppers often posed significant difficulties.”
Bashari’s upbringing in Lagos, coupled with the requests from friends and acquaintances who shared her enthusiasm for Northern goodies, served as a catalyst for her ambition. “I recall how friends from different backgrounds frequently contacted me, yearning for a taste of Northern delights. Be it pepper, tigernuts, or ‘fura’, the demand was constant,” she said.
Motivated by the desire to create convenience and accessibility for fellow enthusiasts, Bashari embarked on the journey to establish Halal Eats. “My vision is to offer a one-stop shop where individuals can experience the diverse flavours of Northern Nigeria and indulge in natural products without the hassle of sourcing them,” she stated.
Halal Eats will feature an array of offerings, including an assortment of suya varieties, natural beverages, and traditional ingredients sourced directly from the north.
The establishment aims to bridge the gap between cultures and provide a seamless experience for customers seeking an authentic taste of the north.