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Food Tokie Laotan-Brown, {34}, Galway Ireland Eco Property Investor|Portfolio Manager A Doctor of Ecological Building Practices Scholar with the Graduate School at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales, Tokie was inspired by the potential of making environmentally sensitive architecture accessible to mainstream Afro Europeans. With a background in Sustainable Construction and Architectural Technology, Tokie hopes to travel extensively to Africa, Central and North America, and Central and Eastern Europe to study how environmentally sensitive homes and communities are affected during pre and post occupancy periods. Tokie is a member of the Black Designers Showcase in America (BIDS), Construction Industry of Builders (CIOB) in Ireland and UKGreen Building Council. She has also worked on various housing projects with the Galway city council as a spatial policy committee member from 2004 to 2007. Tokie currently resides with her husband and 3 kids in Athenry, Galway Ireland.

Yoli Ouiya, {32}, New York Eco-Living Stylist and Green Chef Preparing food for one’s family is a huge cultural symbol of pride for the women of Burkina Faso, a small West African country. Akin to a right of passage, it is a big part of life for a young woman from her father’s country. Though born in America, Yoland Ouiya, known as Yoli, was no exception.

Twenty years later, she is known throughout the New York City area for catering for various vegan activist organizations and servicing a cultural array of clients and festivals.

Jennifer Okpapi, {27}, London

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Founder of Akhaya Cookery School

Growing up, Jennifer was always enthusiastic about cooking. After graduating from university she decided to study Professional Cookery. With a passion for food and entrepreneurship, Jennifer gained funding from The Prince’s Trust and The Bright Ideas Trust and in 2010 she opened the Akhaya Cookery School in North London, UK’s first African cookery school. Jennifer runs her classes in the Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre in Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham. 56| ANNIVERSARY ISSUE |

Yoli currently operates a green lifestyle website where she offers food preparation demos, green workshops, lectures, and hosts a variety of eco-chic green themed events. Black Enterprise named Yoli the “Queen of Green” and one of the Top 20 National Bloggers. She is on the board of directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.

2012 Anniversary Issue  

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2012 Anniversary Issue  

2nd Anniversary Issue