The thought of opening a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic would make most of us break out in cold sweats. For entrepreneurs like Aji Akokomi, it has meant a tough year of pivoting and perseverance in the face of such obstacles. Between the first and second lockdown, the British-Nigerian restaurateur opened his fine-dining West African restaurant ‘Akoko’ in Fitzrovia, London. No lockdown, great nor small, would stop Akokomi from pursuing his lifelong dream of opening a space to showcase the culinary depth and diversity of West African cuisine.