Meet Cafe Deli owner who used to sell Chang’aa in Dandora

Cafe Deli is a Nairobi based restaurant, that is darling to many city residents for the past decade.

The owner of the Coffee House Obado Obadoh, had a weird past that he didn’t define his future.

Obadoh was raised in Dandorah slums in a family of 14 children. After the death of his father he was forced to drop school and also venture in business.

Cafe Deli owner opens up

The successful businessman was forced to sell chang’aa, cigarettes and omena to raise school fees and money for the upkeep of his siblings.

Speaking to the Standard someimes back, Obadoh opted not to further his studies but rather look for a job to sustain him.

” After finishing high school, I decided to look for a job instead of pursuing further education.  I believe this is what shaped me into who I am today. I have no regrets and don’t take anything for granted.” he narrated.

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He later worked for Safari Park Hotel and later to the Sarova group of hotels as a pastry chef before starting his own business in Westland.

” I started a cake shop in Westlands with a group of investors, targeting the middle class. After some time, I opted out and sold my shares for Sh800,000. This was the capital I used to start my business, Nanjala Ltd, which is the brand behind Café Deli. “He added.

The established chef recalls how banks denied him Ksh 12 million to start the business but he had to look for other option to get the money.

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” the banks could not advance me the amount. This is when I bumped into financiers who agreed to raise the capital to purchase the restaurant under Private Equity fund (PE). ” say Obadoh.

Cafe Deli has three branches in Nairobi CBD: Kenyatta Avenue,Moi Avenue and around Kencom.


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