Unlocking Africa

From Passion to Plate. How to Build an African Food Empire in the UK With Olusegun Akande

September 04, 2023 Episode 86
Unlocking Africa
From Passion to Plate. How to Build an African Food Empire in the UK With Olusegun Akande
Show Notes

Episode #86 is with Olusegun Akande, who is the cofounder and director of Samis Online African Foods, which is the UK’s one-stop Afro-Caribbean Online Superstore. They are specialists in African groceries and original products of the highest quality.

What sets Samis apart is their commitment to sourcing 90% of their fresh food produce from Nigeria, even though they operate both within and outside the country.

Samis Online African Food has not only captured the hearts and palates of Nigerians living in the UK but has also provided employment opportunities, further bolstering the economic landscape of both countries.

What We Discuss With Olusegun

  • What difficulties have you faced forming relationships with farmers or suppliers in Africa to support and strengthen the quality and quantity of products that you source from Africa?
  • How do recent changes in Nigeria, like the Naira redesign and the removal of fuel subsidies, affect the work you're doing?
  • Outside of Africa, how did events like Brexit affect your operations and how you now run your business?
  • During these challenging times, how do you make sure that your products are both accessible and affordable for consumers?
  • How do you source and select the products that are featured on your platform?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: Unlocking Africa show notes

Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Redefining Banking in Sub-Saharan Africa: Affinity Africa's Journey to Financial Inclusion with Tarek Mouganie? Make sure to check it out!

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