Episode 28: How a young Nigerian started an eCommerce platform selling Made In Africa luxury brands to the Diaspora
Welcome to episode 28 of Africans Building Africa Podcast!
My name is Amadou Hanne, founder of Africans Building Africa and the host of Africans Building Africa Podcast. In this Episode, I interviewed Chekwas Okafor who’s the founder of Onychek.com, an ecommerce platform selling luxury Made In Africa brands.
In September 2016, Chekwas Okafor, left his full-time job as a Safely Leader at a manufacturing coming to start a Made In Africa luxury brands ecommerce, Onychek.com, which he named after his father. With limited experience in the industry, Chekwas managed to teach himself coding to build part of his website. To start his business, he borrowed money against his 401K.
His mission is to participate to the development of Africa by providing African luxury brand designers a platform to reach the diaspora. Onycheck.com has now about 13 luxury brands all Made In Africa including Maxhosa by Laduma (South Africa), Adele Dejak (Kenya), ENZI (Ethiopia), ZASHADU (Nigeria).
In this episode, we discussed:
- The WHY behind his mission,
- How he managed to get African designers to display their products on his website,
- The supply chain challenges from shipping products from Africa to the US, and
- How he managed to bootstrapped his company.