Category: Business

Kenyan, American team up to found a Firm Furnishing Athletes With Shoes Fit For Tracks

By AvatarJael Keya

A Kenyan lawyer and a mother of two, Navalayo Osembo-Ombati teamed up with a Weldon Kennedy, an American campaigner based in Kenya and created the Kenya’s first high performance running shoe.

Enda Iten, created and inspired by Kenya’s athletic prowess, was birthed from the need to have a brand that can be promoted by Kenyans when they race on the global space.

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Ofure Palace Is Serving Nigerian Food, and Much More, on Cherokee Street

By Chelsea Neuling

Ofure Palace(3108 Cherokee Street) opened without fanfare in the former home of Kebab House on Cherokee Street. As its sign explains, Ofure Palace is a “West African and American”restaurant. It takes its name from its owner: Ofure Brandon. 

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Houston-based Artist Designs Sustainable Furniture With Rare African Woods

From Malawi With Love: Local Artist Designs Custom Furniture That Gives Back

By Susie Tommaney


People come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes they’re just agents of change, reminding us of dormant potential; others keep us focused on our path and goals; some will guide and teach; and then there are those difference-makers who share our mission and remain in our hearts and lives forever.

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The African Airlines That Should Be on Your Radar

By Mark Ellwood

Exactly a year ago, if a New Yorker wanted to get to Nairobi, they were looking at around 24 hours of flight time and at least one plane change under the best of circumstances.

But last October, Kenya Airways’ new direct changed all that, shaving 10 hours off that flight time and eliminating the transfer.

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This Ghanaian-American Entrepreneur Started a Shea Butter Business Inspired by Her Mom

By Baze Mpinja

32-year-old Naa-Sakle Akuete has an MBA from Harvard, but the best business professor she’s ever had just might be her mother, Eugenia.

In 2014, Akuete launched Eu’Genia Shea, a line of high-quality shea butters that are packaged in beautiful, embossed tins. Founding her own company wasn’t the path Akuete had in mind while she was in school, but the move proves that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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Burundi Refugees Bringing East African Cuisine To Detroit This Fall

By Megy Karydes

Events like Small Business Week help to remind us of the contributions of small business owners throughout the country, including those started by refugees. New American Economy research found that nationwide, refugees earned more than $77 billion in household income and paid almost $21 billion in taxes in 2015 alone. Refugees also have some of the highest entrepreneurship rates in the United States. Continue reading “Burundi Refugees Bringing East African Cuisine To Detroit This Fall”

Ethiopian coffeehouse opens in Niverville, Canada

By Jordan Ross

A new specialty coffeehouse opening today in Niverville will give customers a chance to sip the finest brews from Ethiopia, the world’s original coffee culture.

“For us, coffee is not like a drink. It is in our lifestyle,” Negash Coffee owner Henok Gebre explained Monday as he sipped espresso from a traditional handleless porcelain cup.

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Canadian group pledges commitment to trade, investment in Africa

Africa Canada Trade Investment Ventures (ACTIV) has promised to facilitate trade and investment in Africa. Its primary aim is the mentoring business growth and development among individuals and organisations operating in West Africa.

The director, Kenneth Oguzie, made the promise at a two-day event in Halifax, Canada, with focus on strengthening business relationships between the North American nation and West Africa, particularly Nigeria.

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Nigerian, Kenya Businesses to Join 1000 Global Business Leaders at U.S.-Africa Business Summit

Corporate Council on Africa’s (CCA) President and CEO, Ms. Florizelle Liser met with key stakeholders in the public and private sector during her recent visit to Kenya and Nigeria.

This was part of the ongoing effort to promote the upcoming U.S.-Africa Business Summit from June 18 – 21, 2019 in Maputo, Mozambique and advance trade, investment and business engagement between the United States and Nigeria.

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Immigrant-owned firms create more jobs than those with Canadian-born owners: StatCan

By Cillian O’Brien

Immigrant-owned firms create more net jobs and have higher growth than businesses with owners born in Canada, according to newly-released research.

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Africa meets America at Rem De Trendy Fashion boutique

By Peg DeGrassa

PROSPECT PARK — Delaware County is a melting pot of countless nationalities’ rich traditions and cultures, mixed with modern American trends and influences. Reflecting such a vibrant mixture is Rem De Trendy Fashion store, which opened this past fall at 621B Chester Pike. The part-African, part- American blended style boutique specializes in formal and casual wear, as well as custom made dresses for proms, weddings, Communions, Confirmations, christenings and other special occasions.

Rem De Trendy Fashion is the creation of designer/owner Remi Oyelami of Folcroft. The talented seamstress is a native of Lagos, Nigeria, where she opened her first dress shop, which is still in successful operation today.

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Kenya Airways inks deal with Delta Air Lines to expand operations in U.S.

Kenya’s flag carrier airline Kenya Airways said Friday it has reached an agreement with American airline Delta Air Lines to activate its codeshare with Delta in the United States and Canada.

Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz said the partnership will enable both the business and leisure travelers to enjoy greater connectivity and efficiency in 11 U.S. cities and four Canadian cities.

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Tunisia’s AfricInvest partners with Cathay Innovation launch $170 million fund to invest in African startups

Zubair Naeem Paracha

Tunisian private equity firm AfricInvest that has $1.5 billion in assets under its management, is partnering with San Francisco-based Cathay Innovation, a global VC fund created by French PE firm Cathay Capital, to launch Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund, the two organization announced in a joint statement earlier this week.

The fund, with a projected size of about $170 million (€150 million) which could make it one of the largest VC funds in Africa, will invest in technology startups all across Africa.

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How Delta Could Help Kenya Airways Launch an Atlanta-Nairobi Flight

By Trevor Williams

Atlanta is in the flight plan for Kenya Airways, a SkyTeam partner of Delta Air Lines Inc. which could eventually fulfill the latter’s decade-old effort to link its hometown and Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S. Robinson Njeru Githae told Global Atlanta that his country’s the flag carrier is eyeing links with Washington, then Atlanta, following the opening of a nonstop route to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last October.

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AfDB urges US businesses to “take advantage of opportunities” in Africa

African Development Bank President Adesina said it is time that the United States “scale up and take advantage of opportunities that other global players are already investing in.” APA learned on Friday.

Speaking at a high-level dialogue in Washington D.C., Akinwumi Adesina noted that “it is time to turn around the declining investments of the U.S. in Africa.

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