This past Saturday in the city of Frankfurt am Main, friends of Mkenya Ujerumani e.V. convened to celebrate the organisations 10th anniversary.
The event that kicked off with a Maasai Market, showcasing Kenyan businesses from around Germany, followed by a Diaspora Conference with great speakers and crowned by a dinner.
The market was graced by innovative business owners from across the country. Among them:
African Dishes – they came all the way from Osnabrück to provide us with catering. An amazing team. They made some very good original matumbo like you’ve never had it before. If you’re in Osnabrück, you can stop by their monthly dinners and try them out or call them to your next event.
African Women in Europe (AWE) – this amazing organisation that awarded me the Young Achiever’s Award when Mkenya was just starting out. They have been a great partner over the years and it was great to have them celebrating this milestone with us.
Aswani Berlin – a crafts specialist that creates the most unique African print items, you’ve ever seen from bags, fleece blankets to lampshades. She came all the way from Berlin to be at the event.
Awali Natural Care – an organic hair care and beauty products manufacturer run by Shirley, a trained and certified natural hair specialist. Her products just make your hair feel well taken care of and if you’re looking for professional consultations on maintaining natural African hair in Europe, Shirley is the person to call.
Hottpott Saucenmanufaktur – a condiment producer by the formidable Njeri Kinyanjui, who was also a speaker at the Diaspora Conference. Your meals will never be the same with her sauces and jams. Especially, the Sina Makosa sauce.
Jambo Logistics – the one and only tested and tried, trusted partner to get your items delivered safely to Kenya.
Maisha e.V. – the women self-help group from Frankfurt that has been supporting women find their footing in this country since the early 90s.
Malkia Jeri Designs – a very creative young lady, Njeri, with her unique creations from jewelry to outfits.
Mavazi Tausi – the hands of gold. Terry, the head designer of Mavazi Tausi will create amazing African print pieces for you regardless of your location.
O-Ko-Re Designs – with amazing jewelry pieces, who came all the way from Brandenburg to celebrate with us.
Smart Data Analytics – got a small company with a website or an app, they help you understand how to use the data you collect from these media to protect, grow and boost your company’s revenues.
A huge thank you to all those that took time to be there as vendors, speakers, performers or attendees. We don’t take your presence and support for granted. For those that wanted to be there but were unable to do so and instead sent messages, thank you.
Worth a special mention are Janet Kioko aka Syokimanga, you wouldn’t ask for a better MC for your event. The speakers at the conference: Steve, Philomena and Njeri, thank you. Joy Wendo, no words can express my gratitude to you.
The Diaspora arm of the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) thank you so much for the sumptuous cake.
The Kenyan Embassy in Berlin, the Ambassador, Joseph Magutt, and the staff, asanteni sana for being at the event and for the continued cooperation over the years.
As we look to the future, we would love to hear from you on what you liked and what could be improved. Please take a minute and fill out this questionnaire and let us know your thoughts. Some have mentioned they would like us to have the market again, let us know if you feel the same way and which city you’d like to have it in.
Again, thank you very much. This milestone would not have been possible without your support through these years. Asanteni sana and to many more years ahead!!