Wilmington’s first authentic African market
Last summer, a one-of-a-kind market opened on Oleander Drive.
The owner of that market is Felix Emeka and he is originally from Nigeria but has been living in Wilmington with his wife and two children for about 16 years.
Since living in the states, Felix has loved to make authentic African dishes like the ones he had growing up in Nigeria. But living in Wilmington, there was just one problem. There was no where to find the ingredients he needed for those dishes.
Emeka found himself driving two or more hours to find ingredients every time he wanted to have some food like he grew up eating.
But in August 2020 that changed.
Felix and his wife Tammy opened Wilmington’s first authentic African market called African Caribbean Market and More.
Everything in their store comes from distributors who have imported the products directly from Africa and the Caribbean.
Emeka says the most popular items they sell are their seasonings such as the jerk seasoning and mambo sauce.
The response from the community has been great so far according to Emeka. He says people are coming from all over to get authentic African ingredients just as he had to before he opened his store.
“People come all over from the Southport area, the Jacksonville area,” Emeka said. “I mean, they drove all the way here to find the stuff they need.”
His favorite part by far is seeing the look on customers faces.
“The favorite part of this is going to be when people walk in here and [they] weren’t sure what they were expecting, they walk in and see, stuff they haven’t seen in a very, very long time,” Emeka said. “The smile on their face, they’re like, ‘Woah! Are we home? Are we still in the states?’”
Emeka loves Wilmington and says the community has been great to him the past 16 years he’s lived here so he’s happy to be able to give something to it that it has never had before.
The African Caribbean Market and More is located at 4209 Oleander Dr. Unit 7. For more information, check out their Facebook page by clicking here.
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