The Swahili Village, a multimillion Kenyan-owned restaurant chain, has become a beacon of East African culture, attracting patrons from diverse backgrounds in the United States.
In the bustling streets of New Jersey, amidst the towering skyscrapers and bustling city life, there exists a culinary gem that embodies the spirit of Kenya.
The iconic venture caught the attention of President William Ruto, during his US tour. “Visited Swahili Village in New Jersey, United States, an enterprise run by a Kenyan businessman Kevin Onyona,” stated Ruto.
Behind the Swahili Village is its CEO Kevin Onyona, a cancer survivor whose indomitable spirit has been the driving force behind this remarkable enteprise.
Diagnosed with nasal pharynx cancer, Kevin’s journey to success was laced with challenges, yet he persevered.
Today, his business empire is estimated to be worth a staggering $3.5 million, a testament to his resilience.
Swahili Village’s Allegations and Legal Battles
However, Kevin Onyona’s success story is not without its shadows.
He currently faces prosecution over allegations of wage theft, a grave accusation that has tarnished the restaurant’s reputation.
According to the Attorney General of Washington D.C., Onyona and the business executives are accused of systematically violating the city’s tipped minimum wage law and mistreating their employees.
They are alleged to have claimed tips meant for their hardworking staff, leaving them with meager wages, and paying rates below the legal minimum wage.
A Culinary Journey Through Kenya
Swahili Village offers a delectable array of Kenyan dishes that tantalize the taste buds of all who visit.
From the succulent Nyama Choma to the savory Samosa, the aromatic Pilau, the soft and fluffy Chapati, the hearty Dengu, the comforting Madondo, the flavorful Coconut Fish, to the mouthwatering Sukuma Chicken, every dish tells a story of Kenya’s rich culinary heritage.
A Haven for African Art and Culture
What sets Swahili Village apart is its dedication to showcasing the diverse arts and cultures of Africa.
While it predominantly represents East African culture, the restaurant is a melting pot for African art enthusiasts. It’s no wonder that West African patrons are equally enamored by its charm.
A Gathering Place for All
Swahili Village’s doors are open to patrons from all walks of life. Diplomats from different parts of the world often grace its tables, creating an international ambiance that mirrors the restaurant’s mission – to celebrate African culture and cuisine.
President Ruto’s Praise
During his visit, President William Ruto lauded CEO Kevin Onyona for his unwavering commitment to flying the Kenyan flag high.
He celebrated the achievements of Swahili Village, acknowledging the restaurant’s journey from humble beginnings to international acclaim.
In the heart of New Jersey, a piece of Kenya thrives, inviting all to savor its rich heritage and delicious offerings.