Programs Black Women in Food Convos - The Business of Food


  • Date:
    Aug 02, 2022
  • End Date:
    Aug 02, 2022
  • Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location:
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM
The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall
1280 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10029 United States (map)

*This is an in-person event. Masks are required and you must show photo ID and proof of COVID vaccine to attend this event.

Presented by EatOkra | Powered by Dine Diaspora in partnership with the Africa Center.

Join us for a discussion on diverse foodpreneurship paths among Black women who are contributing their talents to the food system. Black women-owned businesses are up by almost 30 percent in the United States and Black women foodpreneurs are undeniably contributing to the rise. From restaurants to pop-ups and virtual businesses, Black women have navigated challenges in their entrepreneurial journey, and seized opportunities to create and implement bold ideas.


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Rachel Laryea

Founder of Kelewele, a food business reimagining plantains to create plant(ain) based products. She is also a double PhD candidate at Yale University studying Black Capitalists in the TransAtlantic, and a Senior Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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Eden Gebre Egziabher

Chef and Owner of Makina Cafe, the first and only Eritrean and Ethiopian food truck in New York City. Driven by her passion for the foods she ate as a child growing up in Addis Ababa, Eden serves Eritrean and Ethiopian staples.


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Chef Brittney “Stikxz” Williams

Renowned Chef and owner of BWC Catering hailing from NYC, of Jamaican descent. She creates dishes spotlighting the Caribbean diaspora, all while reinventing the narrative. With a love & passion for people and the food we eat, it is her determination to embody the notion…”Out of many, One people”, through food.