We ask our members share a few thoughts: to introduce themselves to fellow members, and those who are interested in our community.
In this instalment, we interview Ebere Akadiri of Ataro Global Food Services.
Tell us about your business:
Ataro Food and Spices aims to promote west African cuisine in The Netherlands. We do this through the introduction of Spices, herbs and cooking stew inspired by West African recipes.
All our products come with cooking guides and they are all natural with no additives. Our spice products include Suya Spice mix, Ataro chicken, fish and beef rubs, Ataro West African seasoning mix and our famous Jollof Rice spice mix.
We also offer cooking classes to individuals, teams, chefs and restaurants. Our cooking classes are fun and hands-on and before the cooking, I enlighten the participants on the Nigerian culture as it relates to other West African cultures.
What 5 words would you choose to describe your business?
Food, Catering, Spices and Herbs, Cooking workshop, West African Food.
What do you like best about owning a business?
I like that I’m able to provide what people love and especially that I’m able to help many people to experience something new.
What makes your products/services special?
My products are genuine herbs and spices used in the preparation of West African dishes and you are sure to experience the real taste of West Africa.
What motivates you on a daily basis?
Reaching my goals and fulfilling my life’s purpose.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
The biggest challenge I have faced was relocation. I had to leave my restaurant business of 5 years behind in order to be with my family.
What tip would you give women who are starting a business?
For any woman who wants to start a business, she must first put her home in order so she can be more settled to pursue her dream. Also, she has to discover where her passion lies, set goals around those passions and write down the plans.
What are your top tips for networking?
- Listen to the other person
- Find ways to help the person
- Build trust
- Buld relationships
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I set goals in different areas of my life including my relationships, family, career and personal development. I write down my priorities and action plans. I endeavor to stick to my plans.
What is your motto or theme song?
“Never give up on your dreams”
People may be surprised to know…
That I have five children.
What are your future plans?
My future plan is to develop the brand, Ataro food and Spices, ensure that my products are in the major cities of 5 different countries, get more people to join me in the business and then move to my other passion of helping women and children to find their path.
Thank you, Ebere!
For more information about Ebere Akadiri and Ataro Global Food Services, please visit www.atarofood.nl