ASAFO Market, Africa’s hottest leading Mart in North America…Receives Patronage from Africans in Diaspora daily
*Rated on Social Media as ‘Hot Spot’ for African Groceries
*Untold Success Stories of Lawrence Dumfeh, Ghana’s High Chief behind Asafo
*“There’s nothing African you are looking for you will not find in Asafo store”-Bukola Ayomide, a Nigerian Medical Aid Specialist
*“The man is so hardworking, very humble, honest and focused”-Yvvone Achampong, Ghana’s Hair Stylist
*“My husband is African and he buys his groceries every weekend from Asafo Market to prepare us African spicy meals at home”-Quinneth Gunther, American Registered Nurse
*Entertain customers by African songs of ‘Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Amachi Dede, Oliver de Coque, Yvonne Chakachaka, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango’
BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/CNN iReport NORTH AMERICA & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, NAIJA STANDARD
FROM a little beginning, Asafo Market, Africa’s oldest food mart in Texas owned by soft-spoken, easy-going and humble Lawrence Dumfeh, a High Chief originally from Ghana, nationalized American has become ‘hottest food destination for African groceries’ such that its fame abounds in North America as the only African store where ‘everything African’ is available.
This famous African food mart located along 2905 E Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 76010 which operates 7 days a week and almost 20 hours a day receives visitors from far away Washington DC, Chicago, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, not forgetting Africans, African-Americans residing in Houston, Austin, Dallas that trooped this place daily.
To Asafo Market’s advantage is the uniqueness of his shop, pleasant ambiance of camaraderie that exists here. On several occasions, old friends that have lost contacts often meet afresh by stroke of luck in this place. In this place, you hear Nigerians, Ghanians, Kenyans, Ugandans, Somalians freely speaking their native languages. Even, South Africans who visit this shop to make purchases communicate easily in Afrikaans and Swahili languages.
In the eyes of a vast majority of Africans and African-Americans, Asafo Market is Africa’s hottest destination spot due to the fact that all the grocery items are valid, certified, fresh and very affordable. By the time you are making your purchases, at various intervals, you intermittently hear African songs of ‘Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Amachi Dede, Oliver de Coque, Yvonne Chakachaka, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango playing underground.
Inside Asafo Market, you have the nostalgia feelings of ‘Africa’ in your mind, thinking you are still in the African continent, but the moment you step outside this shop, the reality hits you that you are still in America. Other virtue that attracts customers to this shop is the fact that Lawrence accept all kinds of credit and debit cards for payment, without hesitation; unlike some other shops that will insists on selective acceptance of credit cards.
In Asafo Market, everyday is busy as different state-of-the-art automobiles struggle to outdo one another in their parking space. It’s African condiment and groceries originality, cheap and affordable prices, warm hospitality and friendliness of Lawrence attract him to vast number of the customers from different cultures, colors and countries patronizing this shop daily.
Rated on Social Media as ‘Hot Spot’ for African Groceries
Surfing the net, this reporter discovered that from Facebook to Twitter, Tumbler to LinkedIn, Instalgram to Google Plus, YouTube to Yahoo Messenger, majority of Africans rate Asafo Market, “Hot Spot for African Groceries.”
In a brief exclusive chat with this man behind Asafo Market’s success, he said: “God is the secret behind Asafo Market success. We always make our customers happy, since we are the leading African store that provides a taste of Africa, making you to feel Africa. We are very dedicated, visionary and fully committed to continually give our customers the best service irrespective of where they come from. We are destination home to Africans and other nationalities across the world.”
Customers’ Testimonials on Asafo Market
Some of the customers could not hide their joy, as they narrated their evergreen experiences. According to Bukola Ayomide, a Nigerian Medical Aid Specialist who flew in from New York, she said: “There’s nothing African you are looking for you will not find in Asafo store. I am happy I came, I saw this myself and I am fully satisfied.”
For Yvvone Achampong, Ghana’s Hair Stylist, she said “The man is so hardworking, very humble, honest and focused”.
Quinneth Gunther, an American Registered Nurse applaud the African recipes by saying: “My husband is African and he buys his groceries every weekend from Asafo Market to prepare us African spicy meals at home. We live in Houston, Texas”.