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The Nigerian Couple Changing the Narrative with African Food in Diaspora

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Samis Online African Foods is an African food business founded by Segun Akande and Oyetola Akande. The Couple (Akandes) held a media round table on Tuesday 1st August. The roundtable was moderated by Joshua Ewere Lead Strategist at SoMe Solutions, who introduced Samis Online African Foods by praising them for their consistency over the years. Founded in 2019, Samis Online African Foods has been on a mission to ensure that there is access to quality African ingredients and seamless local and international deliveries to your doorstep.

It was a great opportunity for the couple to speak about their partnership and running a successful business in the diaspora.The longstanding relationship between Mr Segun Akande, a chemical engineer and Mrs Oyetola Akande, a chemical engineer by profession, shows that a married couple can indeed work together and accomplish great things. The two entrepreneurs have grown over the years, relying on each other’s strengths to build an innovative, community enabled brand. 

Mrs. Oyetola Akande and Mr Olusegun Akande, Founders, Samis African Foods (Image: Supplied)

The Akandes’ success is an inspiration to other couples looking to build businesses together. Their partnership is built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust, and a shared vision for the future. They have leveraged each other’s strengths to create a successful business that is making a difference in the Nigerian community in the UK.

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The story of Olusegun and Oyetola Akande and their Samis platform is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and partnership. Their commitment to authenticity and quality has earned them a loyal following and a reputation as a top African food platform in the UK. As they continue to grow and expand their brand, they are sure to inspire others to follow in their footsteps and pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams

Regardless of the challenges experienced during Covid-19, Samis Online African Foods was able to embrace the tumultuous realities and moved swiftly in digitizing their processes in order to remain competitive and relevant in meeting the needs of their customers in the United Kingdom.

Speaking on running a business, Mr Segun Akande mentioned  – Over the last 6 years Samis African Foods has not only faced challenges but also acquired numerous wins. 

During the roundtable there were discussions about scarcity of foreign exchange and its impact and the brand’s stance on it. Mr Olusegun  Akande mentioned The effect it is having on us is that we can’t directly translate that increase to the consumers because it will really be unaffordable and that is one of the things that brings down a business. We keep our products as affordable as possible. We have to keep managing the costs and our margins.

While the Co-founders are optimistic about raising capital from more alternative financing options, they expressed gratitude to friends and family who have supported the business venture thus far. The African logistics sector is on an upward trajectory as more innovative companies secure growing amounts of funding. Samis possesses great potential for disruption, acceleration and is open to growing even more with the help of investors and partners. 

 

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CliniDo: Your Personalized Healthcare Companion

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CliniDo Mina Shawky CEO and Hitham Essam CTO, at GITEX Africa

CliniDo, a MENA leading health tech innovator, With CliniDo’s revolutionary voice search functionality, connecting with a healthcare provider takes mere seconds. CliniDo transcends the limitations of a typical healthcare app. They envision themselves as your trusted healthcare companion, offering unwavering support throughout your health journey. Whether you’re experiencing a new symptom or managing a chronic condition, CliniDo provides personalized and exceptional customer-focused solutions.

Founded in January 2020 in Assiut Egypt, by Wael Soliman, Mina Shawky, and Hitham Essam, CliniDo aims to be the ultimate healthcare companion, providing top-notch medical services in Egypt and the MENA.

Your Voice Heard: Instant Connection Through Voice Search

Imagine needing medical attention and simply voicing your needs. With CliniDo’s revolutionary voice search functionality, connecting with a healthcare provider takes mere seconds. Forget complex menus or frustrating typing – just speak your needs, and CliniDo will connect you to the right healthcare provider. This innovative approach showcased at GITEX exemplifies CliniDo’s commitment to streamlining healthcare access.

Guiding You from Symptoms to Solutions: AI-Powered Support

CliniDo takes the guesswork out of your healthcare journey. Simply describe your symptoms to their AI-powered system, and it will recommend the most appropriate medical specialty for your needs. This ensures you receive the right care, right away – a testament to CliniDo’s commitment to efficiency and patient well-being, a theme that pervaded GITEX discussions.

Personalized Content Tailored to Your Needs

CliniDo doesn’t stop at connecting you with healthcare providers. Recognizing that knowledge empowers, they provide customized medical and educational content that aligns with your specific condition. This empowers you to make informed decisions about your healthcare journey.

A Complete Healthcare Ecosystem at Your Fingertips

CliniDo offers a comprehensive suite of healthcare services, all conveniently accessible through their platform. Here’s a glimpse into what attendees at GITEX found particularly exciting about CliniDo’s offerings:

  • Book appointments with doctors: Find the right doctor for your needs and schedule appointments in seconds.
  • Book clinic consultations: Schedule in-person consultations with your chosen healthcare provider.
  • Book home visits: Get the care you need from doctors or nurses from the comfort of your own home.
  • Book lab tests from home: No need to go to a lab. Order your tests and have them collected from your home.
  • Request Medication: Easily request your medication.
  • New! Book medical services: This exciting new Product allows you to directly book any medical service you require, streamlining the process and saving you valuable time.
  • Next: Bookings and Payment Solutions: CliniDo’s commitment to continuous innovation is clear. you will soon be able to book surgeries and procedures directly through CliniDo, with a convenient installment payment solution built into the platform.

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Making a Measurable Impact

CliniDo’s dedication to patient care is reflected in their impressive achievements. They’ve proudly served over half a million patients, connected them with more than 11,000 doctors and healthcare providers, and facilitated over two million dollars in healthcare transactions. These numbers represent countless individuals who have received the care they need, thanks to CliniDo’s innovative platform.

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Rhea, a women-led Kenyan startup is cultivating change in AgriTech

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Rhea CEO and Co-Founder, Priscilla Wakarera (Image: Supplied).

Rhea is a dynamic agritech start-up that is revolutionizing soil health management with innovative IoT sensors, empowering smallholder farmers to practice precision agriculture for sustainable and profitable crop cultivation.

GITEX Africa 2024, was held in Marrakech, Morocco from May 29th to 31st, 2024. The event was an incredible platform for tech enthusiasts, startups, and industry leaders to converge, showcasing the dynamic growth and potential of Africa’s tech ecosystem.

Participating at GITEX AFRICA allowed Rhea to make meaningful connections with service providers who will be instrumental for our growth. The showcases by established market players were a source of invaluable learning and inspiration as we continue to build our vision.

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Additionally, engaging in insightful conversations with ecosystem drivers has opened new avenues for collaboration and support. Rhea is looking forward to the days and months ahead, the organization is excited to foster collaborations with the connections that were made during GITEX Africa 2024.

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Tapiwa Guzha: making African-inspired ice cream with local flavors

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Tapiwa Guzha is a South African entrepreneur and founder of the Tapi Tapi ice cream brand. This amazing journey all began in July 2018 which already feels like a lifetime ago. What began as a self imposed dare by Tapiwa to share a passion for ice cream, any sort of ice cream, has evolved into an amazing storytelling vehicle. A unique way to share African folklore, rituals and cultural practices through frozen morsels and crunchy cones. A way to celebrate our diversity and embrace our differences while also realising we’re far more similar than we are different. Very creative, Tapiwa stands out for his ice creams with new flavors. Dried fish, hibiscus, Mphepho, toffee, chilli, dried blackjack leaves with caramel. Flavours that are simply unprecedented.

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In February 2020, Guzha launched Tapi Tapi, and the shop quickly became a success. Tapi Tapi is a Shona expression that means “yum yum”. Tapi Tapi began as a direct-delivery service that dropped off ice creams all around the Western Cape. While also orchestrating pop-up tasting experiences where people could engage with the diverse food and food practices from all over the continent. It is a one-of-a-kind shop that showcases the flavors of Africa. Tapi Tapi’s ice creams are tasty, bold, and unique, and they’re a great way to experience African cuisine.

This Zimbabwean molecular biologist, PhD in biotechnology at the University of Cape Town, passionate about cooking and entrepreneur, he makes African-inspired ice cream with local African flavors after experimenting with dry ice (dry ice making process). Tapiwa began experimenting with dry ice, a form of solid carbon dioxide that sublimates into carbon dioxide when exposed to heat. This allowed him to create ice cream faster, smoother and tastier. 

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