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Queenkay, Entrepreneur, Author, Mother, Life & Business Coach |

When I took over the store in 2007 after my husband passed away from bone marrow cancer, I never knew I would be standing tall today, smiling and thriving. Many people thought I would not be able to do it. Many thought I would fail when I chose to push ahead. Here I am today to tell you that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard. I didn’t see the top of the stairs, but I took the first step. It is said that courage is knowing that there will be fears and challenges along the way but still forging ahead. In the past 6 years, our customer loyalty has grown beyond those who new Charles Amamgbo, We set up a website ( where people who are looking for us find us a lot easier, even from New Mexico, Chicago, New York, Ohio (we’ve mailed goods that far too!) We have joined the social media revolution, facebooking, tweeting, instagraming and blogging. We even deliver within a 60 mile radius. Folks are able to order select products online. It is possible to go above and beyond what anyone can think or imagine if you have faith and work hard. If you are already a customer, I sincerely thank you, If you are soon to be a customer, I welcome you. If you are a supporter, I thank you. Just remember, never give up on your dreams no matter how gloomy things may look. God bless you & we wish you an excellent season of peace, love and joy.
Queenkay, CEO Man Must Wak

P.S. look out for our 2014 calendar and other cool gift from us to you!



African Cooking Classes - Nigerian Egusi Soup

I can’t believe it’s 2013. This little store that started as a dream for it’s founder, is 15 years old!
I don’t know what it feels like to be handed someone else’s dream, but I know what it feels like to love someone who has a dream, who worked hard to make something out of nothing and who gave all he had to his patrons. Who sometimes, wasn’t interested in selling you anything, but gave his time to listen to his patron’s personal issues and often times, help them work out a situation that no one else could otherwise do for them.

For the past 5 years, whenever I speak to the customers when I am at the register and they say almost the same things, “Man Must Wak (his nickname & also the store’s motto), was my best friend” He didn’t care if I was Nigerian or not. He didn’t care if I was black or white, he just cared about me” It may seem easy to do, but it is not easy to be completely open and pure to people who are different from you. Even when you do know that you come from similar backgrounds, you may be a bit skeptical about their true intentions.

Miraculously, It’s been 5 years since I became a store owner and whether it is God, luck, the spirit of Man Must Wak himself, the store is still functioning. We have built up a following of very loyal customers who come rain or shine, come to us. We have a huge competitor next door to us who have been in business for decades we even thought about this business. They may even carry more inventory than we do. They may even have more long term loyal customers, but somehow, people still support us. There are many other African Food Markets scattered throughout the bay area and many that crop up and die out just as quickly as they open. I do not take for granted the fact that it is a blessing to be able to wake up everyday to say I am still in business despite all the odds.

Many customers come because of their relationship with “Man Must WaK”, others come because they feel they should support a fellow African who is a small fish in a big sea. Some say, they just like the ambiance, the feeling of being back home they get when they come to shop with us. All in all, I am so grateful that we have been able to survive the most turbulent economic times in recent years. A few days ago, a 73 year old patron came to the store. His hair was completely covered in silver. He was distinguished looking and at first I couldn’t place his place of origin. After I greeted him, he told me he was Nigerian and from the Igbo tribe. He leaned in closer and said to me, “Young Lady, I am so proud of you. I know it’s not easy running this store and raising these young boys (I had my boys with me). But everyone said, you were doomed to fail when your husband died and that your store would fold. I prayed for your success and promised myself, as long as I have breath in me, I would continue to patronize you” I was floored, the words he said, the way he said it, the way he looked in my eyes as he said it, moved my spirit. I took that message as God sent and I thanked him.

I will do my best and continue to grow this little shop that could for as long as I can. Please Continue to support and have your friends support too. You just never know the difference you are making in the lives of so many by the little you do.

Happy New Year! May 2013 be your best year yet!

From Man Must Wak Owner


I came to the US in 1992. I never heard of this season of thanks before I arrived.

Coming together as a family was always normal while growing up in Nigeria but we never had turkey as the guest of honor, center stage on the table. This was a new tradition. One where family members, and friends that are like family gather together to eat and be thankful for all the people in our lives and how far we have come so far.

Here’s a video showing just how we do thanksgiving in my house. Typically, we have more people over and we enjoy games and movies and each other.

Wishing you and yours a fabulous season of thanks!

Stay Blessed & Thankful!

African Cooking Classes - Nigerian Egusi SoupMan Must Wak kicks off our African Cooking Classes with a family recipe for Egusi Soup – one of the most favorite dishes in Nigeria and West Africa. Queenkay (owner of the African Caribbean Food Market) is the chef of the day and she shares her tips, charm and wit, as she prepares the ever popular Egusi Soup. Queenkay’s talent and love for cooking was passed down by her mom (pictured left), who is an excellent cook. If you have heard of Egusi Soup, but always found the idea of cooking it yourself too daunting, hopefully, this video will show you that it really isn’t that difficult to amaze your friends and friends with authentic African cuisine.

You will notice the use of Olive Oil, not traditionally a West African favorite for authentic cuisine. However, a lot of us are now trying to eat healthier and the use of Olive Oil does not impact the authentic taste of the Egusi Soup at all. It is all about enjoying the flavors we love and grew up on, while taking better care of our health. The use of too much oil is a common (and valid) complaint, when it comes to West African cuisine. In our cooking videos, you will find that we are very health conscious. If you have healthier alternatives and recipes for traditional African dishes, we’d love to hear from you.  Of course, it’s okay to splurge every now and then!

African Cooking Classes - Nigerian Egusi Soup

All items used in this recipe for Egusi Soup can be purchased at the African Caribbean Food Market or your local African food specialty store.

Welcome to The African Caribbean Food Market (aka Man Must Wak) Blog. We are still making a few tweaks, so please bear with us. The Man Must Wak Blog will have everything from cooking lessons and tips to daily specials from the African Caribbean Food Market, events and much more.

Authentic African & Caribbean Food - Man Must Wak Food Blog

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