The 2017 Africana Flavour which also was the 4th edition of this food festival, held on the 21st of October 2017 at Quatier Malibran Ixelles Brussels. The event was made possible by the support of the Ixelles commune's Dutch section led by Ms Maite Morren.
Our partners on the day were the BigPicnic Project of the Botanic Garden Meise, FAAB vzw, Tamneere (Terroir d' Afrique asbl), a non profit organization supporting women farmers in Burkina Faso, Nyemimei Akpee Belgium , a Ghanaian non profit association of the Ga ethnic group who were raising money to renovate a school in their region and Bakushinta, an organization of people of Congolese origin in Belgium.
Agasahani a culinary service group, founded by young African Diasporas also gave a cooking demonstration on how to make delicious and healthy 'vérin d’attieké' .
As part of the 'faces behind the food' joint project of The Food Bridge vzw and the BigPicnic, participants at this event were also asked to share their favourite food memories.
The launching of the new book-Diaspora, Food and Identity organized by The Food Bridge vzw was a success. Friends and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and professions were present to support the founder of The Food Bridge vzw, Dr Maureen Duru. The special guest of honour Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the executive governor of Imo state Nigeria was represented by the deputy governor Prince Eze Madumere.
The African Diaspora Projects initiative has kicked off with great success. The first session moderated by Ms Marie-Charlotte Tetepo had ten entrepreneurs out of the 23 entries we got, presenting their projects to the expert team from Entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurs.
The session started with the founder of The Food Bridge vzw Maureen Duru introducing the organization and explaining the motive for this new initiative. The General Manager of Ondernemers voor Ondernemers Mr Bjorn Macauter also introduced the organization and explained the different ways they support social enterprises in the global south. This was followed by a testimonial by Mr Werner Sels, the founder of Entrepreneurs without Border.
Dr Jessica Nanyunja, the CEO and Founder of Harmony Nutrifoods Ltd Uganda, who is a beneficiary of Ondernemers voor Ondernemers spoke about her experience as an entrepreneur. she also spoke about the support she got from Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs and how that helped her business.
All the Entrepreneurs that pitched their projects were also asked questions by the experts, who in turn provided them with feedbacks. Four projects were chosen to move on to the next stage, while the rest will be accessed further and offered support as deemed necessary by the experts.
The Helping Hand Project