The event will be held at Swahili Village’s “newest” and 3rd location in the exciting growing city of Newark New Jersey. Swahili Village is a fast-growing fine dining African restaurant and social/cultural event space that fosters US-African engagement while contributing to its local community residents and organizations. This event will be on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 at 4:30 PM.

WHAT: "African Food and Culture bridge to the USA: Ribbon cutting ceremony of the 3rd restaurant location of Swahili Village in the city of Newark, New Jersey” Event designed for those interested in Food, Culture, Africa, business, and networking in the city of Newark New Jersey.

WHEN: Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 | 4 PM – 6:30 PM (Virtual LIVEstream will begin at 5:00 p.m. via the Facebook page (

WHERE: Swahili Village restaurant, 2 center street, Newark, New Jersey 075. ** **(Members of the press will be present so attending this event means you understand that photography and videos of your image will and can be used for promotional and marketing purposes by Swahili Village) RSVP: Ike Nwaneri | 571.420.6450: Email full name and phone number to

HOSTS: Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of the city of Newark, New Jersey Kevin Onyona, Founder and CEO of Swahili Village

CO-HOSTS: Emad Shoeb, COO of Swahili Village Chef Ameer, Newark resident, and activist Francis Kilonzo

SPONSORS | SUPPORTERS | PARTNERS: Mayor Ras Baraka, the City of Newark, Carl Dranoff, Dranoff properties, Swahili Village operational team led by Emad Shoeb, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau,  ABC Department - Diana Jarrell, Sharif Alberta and Rasul Sharif (Liquor License), Reed Builders, Mark Kibutu, Dwayne Graham, Teddy Fannoh, Fred Odhiambo, David Sandler, Dwight H. Simon Day Esq., Tara Robinson & Melvin Sykes (Realtors), Eric Pennington & Kecia Daniels (City of Newark Business dept.), Mike Wilson (Health Department), TRYP Hotel and the staff of TRYP hotel, Miles Berger, Shah Deen, the Ambassador - Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN in New York, Jan Du Plain Enterprises, Washington Diplomat.

About The Event: A ribbon-cutting ceremony by the city’s mayor, to introduce the 3rd restaurant location of the Swahili Village brand. With every store opening, there is always a delegate, diplomat, or head of state to cut the ribbon to signify the importance of this restaurant’s mission; which is to become a meeting place for experiencing authentic African cuisine, indulging in African entertainment, and integrating with the development and growth of immediate communities. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food tasting from the updated menu, wine tasting from the new South African wine collection, and LIVE entertainment from a globally known and traveling Kenyan DJ and musician. This is expected to be a cocktail-style event with invited guests that are dignitaries, delegates, statesmen, corporate executives, local business owners, partners, and traveling or local customers and supporters of Swahili Village.

Media Contact:
Ike Nwaneri, Swahili Village