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Kenyan Themed Restaurant Overwhelming US Capital


Located at the heart of Washington, District of Columbia, USA is a restaurant, Safari DC famed for the Kenyan cuisines it dishes out and is the only Kenyan themed eatery in Washington DC.

The restaurant has hosted a number of prominent persons from Kenya when they made their trips abroad, most notably President Mwai Kibaki, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Keneth Matiba, and Mama Sarah Odinga the Standard reported.

Many people that have visited the restaurant, shower it with praise stating that it gave them a taste of Africa and the zeal of African food. It has established itself as a fan favorite among Kenyans and Africans in the larger DC metro area.

“Once you walk in here, you are an African and we love to eat, talk politics and interact with each other,” Everitus Kalaba then a Consular official from Zambia described the restaurant.

The restaurant was founded by William Mukabane and his wife Alice. Coincidentally, Mukabane left for the US to pursue the American dream the same day President Jomo Kenyatta passed on, August 1978.

After doing manual jobs at various restaurants, he pursued hotel Management and classical french cuisine, served as a chef and later branched out to start the restaurant.

A yearn for Kenyan food ignited the desire to establish a restaurant majoring in African delicacies.

Talks of the restaurant as an authentic Kenyan cuisine joint attracted people across Washington DC, inking its name among fan favourites.

A corner of the restaurant is dedicated to US’s 44th President Barack Obama and was christened the Obama shrine.

During Obama’s inauguration, it hosted his grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama and several Kenyan dignitaries who were set to attend the function.

A section of Safari DC, a Kenyan-themed restaurant in Washington DC.
A section of Safari DC, a Kenyan-themed restaurant in Washington DC.
She came in at around 10 am and left at 3 pm. I treated them to Tilapia, Samosas, Kenyan sausages, chapatis, nyama choma,” Alice recounted.

The hotel features cuisines such as grilled meat, staples such as collard greens, cassava, and grains.

In 2017, the restaurant was acquired by David Laichena, a Kenyan, and he along with his partner continued the Kenyan theme for the restaurant.

According to American publication Petworth news, some of the chefs at the restaurant are Kenyans. And Laichena constantly liaises with the Kenyan embassy to import Kenyan chefs for the restaurant.

For its African dominated menu, the restaurant imports a majority of the foods from Kenya. Kenyan tea including spiced masala tea, Arabica coffee from Kenya, Tilapia from lake victoria, Farmer’s choice pork sausages.

The soothing Kenyan music that plays in the background adds to the African experience the restaurant’s clientele seeks.

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Liberian Journalist turns US Insurance Guru

By Nathan Charles

Cross the Atlantic Ocean from his native homeland Liberia, Mr. Peter Massaquoi, had big dreams of becoming successful in the United State but had no idea of venturing into the insurance business.

Peter like many other Liberians and decedents of African, Asian, European countries who come to the USA via the Diversity Visa Program only think of working for other people or companies and earning money to improve their living conditions. 

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Omega1: Ghanaian couple open African fashion house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

By Kristin Palpini

PITTSFIELD — Bright Abbey has been an entrepreneur all his life. He has owned a restaurant and a medical equipment shipping firm. Those were in Ghana, though. Omega1 African Fashion on North Street is his first business venture in America.

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Andrew Young to deliver Keynote at Trade Summit that Reframe Africa for American Investors

 summit on U.S.-Africa trade  slated for later this month in Atlanta aims to reframe investors’ thinking about opportunities on the continent of more than 1 billion people.

Headlined by keynote speaker Ambassador Andrew Young, the U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit Sept. 26-28 is set to bring in speakers from across the continent with a heavy focus on agriculture but an even keener eye toward exposing tangible opportunities — especially government incentives.

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Washington braces up for Mega Forum on Making African Trade Easy – Q&A with Angelle Kwemo on Mate 2019

By Ajong Mbapndah L

Trade, the African Continental Free Trade Area, Prosper Africa initiative, business networks and more will be in focus during the upcoming Making African Trade Easy Forum organized by Believe in Africa Foundation. Considering that this is the 5th anniversary of Believe in Africa, we decided to do something different, says Founder and CEO Angelle Kwemo in a preview of the forum with Pan African Visions.

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Forget Popeyes: this Ethiopian restaurant has the best chicken sandwich in Washington D.C.

By Hannah Natanson

People had been losing their minds for days over the Popeyes chicken sandwich when someone threw out a suggestion for locals in D.C.: “Popeyes is cool and all,” the woman tweeted. “If you live in the DMV area you should check out the Roaming Rooster.

It’s a family business owned by an Ethiopian immigrant who “has always been kind,” tweeted the woman, whose account gives her name as “La Hara” and says she is a musician.

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Directory for Businesses of African Diaspora to be Launched

A directory for businesses and non-profit organisations (NGOs) has been developed for the African diaspora to promote economic and social relations for shared benefits.

Dubbed, International Black Book (IBB) and scheduled to be launched in 2020, it aims to converge with Africa’s efforts to meet the economic and cultural needs of the continent by connecting businesses, agencies and people throughout the African diaspora.

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Verve Global Card Launches 1st International Transaction In New York

Verve, a leading payments technology and card business in Africa, and Discover Global Network, the payments brand of Discover, today held an event to launch the Verve Global Card. Cardholders will now have the ability to use their Verve Global Cards on the Discover Global Network which provides acceptance in more than 190 countries and territories. This will expand Verve’s existing suite of tailored payment products and solutions for its customers.

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Nigerians in U.S establish diaspora cooperative society

The Nigerian community in the U.S. has embarked on the registration of members for its proposed Nigerian Federal Credit United Union in the country.

Inaugurating the exercise at the Nigerian House in New York, the Consul General, Mr Benayaogha Okonye, said a credit union for the Nigerian community was long overdue.

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South African Airways Cuts Washington To Dakar Flights

South African Airways has two destinations in the US — New York JFK and Washington Dulles. They fly nonstop between New York and Johannesburg and fly between Washington and Johannesburg with an intermediate stop in Accra, Ghana, and Dakar, Senegal

As of next month, South African Airways will fly daily to Washington via Accra. This is coming at the expense of the Dakar to Washington route, which will operate for the last time on September 1, 2019.

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Brooklyn Naija: Business and Entrepreneurship

Through education, entrepreneurship and a willingness to hustle, Nigerians find different creative avenues for earning

by Victoria Ifatusin

From retail to real estate; from architecture to acting, Nigerians seem to have a knack for turning their talents into money-earning ventures.

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By Jackie Abramian

There’s an influx of top West African government officials in Silicon Valley.

And it’s due to the efforts of one woman, Denise Ajayi Williams, President and Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley – Nigerian Economic Development Inc. (SV-NED).


Jerry Mpufane Joins South African Tourism North America as President

By Janeen Christoff

Well-known South African marketing and advertising executive, Jerry Mpufane has been appointed as the new president for South African Tourism North America.

Mpufane will be based at the organization’s New York office and will lead a dynamic team responsible for driving growth into South Africa from the USA and Canada.

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Finger-lickin’ Ethiopian food at Queen of Sheba, New York

By Gabe Herman

Queen of Sheba has been serving Ethiopian food in Hell’s Kitchen for nearly two decades, and is still going strong with a wide array of tasty dishes from owner and chef Philipos Mengistu.

Before Mengistu moved to America in 1990 with dreams of opening an Ethiopian restaurant in New York City, he learned the craft in a restaurant that his parents ran in Addis Ababa.

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Fiery stews and jollof rice: the chef giving San Francisco’s food scene a Nigerian flavor

By Luke Tsai in San Francisco

When Simileoluwa Adebajo was homesick for Nigeria, she started a restaurant to recreate her childhood home through traditional cuisine. Simileoluwa Adebajo missed the fiery stews she grew up eating in Nigeria. She missed her mother’s smoky jollof rice.

Adebajo lived in San Francisco, where dozens of stylish fast-casual restaurants churn out every kind of rice bowl and ethnically inspired sandwich you can imagine but there’s not a single jollof joint to speak of. So Adebajo had little choice but to follow in the footsteps of so many homesick expats before her: She opened a restaurant of her own.

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