Hands of the Tasty Ebony
by Jordan Unachukwu, on Jan 22, 2019 12:46:27 PM
The diaspora experience of Africans in the Czech Republic is a tale of interesting journeys in diversity. Survival, capacity building and even spirituality are some of the underlying considerations that have shaped their lives in this country.
Life overseas is fraught with challenges, at times because of language, culture and the economy. Africans generally have a strong capacity for adjustment, integration and survival. Of all the things that empower the Africans in the Czech Republic, higher education and entrepreneurship stand out as the most potent. This informed my choice to write about Madam K, who did her post-graduate studies in Prague and settled into entrepreneurship.
Tucked away in the city centre is a restaurant called African Bistro. It is an eatery whose target market is primarily Africans and people whose culinary taste savour African cuisines. Its interior decor is eclectic, reflecting both African and European tradition. The restaurant has two staff and it’s open 12 hours daily. It has been profitably run since its inception.
It’s actually a shame that where I come from, hardly anyone knows that the Czech Republic has Africans not only living in it, but who are very successful business people. There are African people working as managers in exporting, tourism, fashion even electrical companies. The African culture to me is an integral part of my life and something I am always proud to show anywhere and anytime. Its originality is simply a wonder to many and a way of life people want to explore.
Mrs. K Agiode, a Nigerian woman from the western part of Nigeria, is an amazing chef and successful entrepreneur. She has been living in Prague for over eight years and in that time has successfully bagged her post-graduate degree from the Czech Technical University in Business Administration. Mrs. K is happily married with three amazing children.