Meet Edose Ohen, Founder of the First Black-Owned 24-hour Doughnut Café in Houston
Africa has proven overtime to be one of the continents of the world with fastest-growing economies. Every day, Africa continues to give birth to new and vibrant entrepreneurs that are set to transform Africa’s economy.
Currently, there is a huge rising in the number of young Africans who are building fast-growing companies in various sectors and are doing a great job in wealth creation.
However, of an indelible significance is Edose Ohen, the Nigerian founder of Alfa O & O Networks and Glazed the Doughnut Café, who earned his MBA from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston in 2013.
Edose had an unconventional childhood, by elementary school, he was given a programming book by his father to study and this sparked his interest in IT and robotics. But entrepreneurship was deeply ingrained in his blood, he was selling sweets to his classmates to make extra money and by the time he got to college, he started a marketing company to promote events at the school, which progressed to organizing high-end events for his fraternity.
Alfa Dando Networks is a fixed wireless internet provider focused on connecting homes in Benin City, Edo state Nigeria to the internet in order to reduce the digital divide. Eventually, Edose Ohen quit his job as an IT manager to open a doughnut shop.
The idea of the gourmet doughnut café started after Edose saw a news segment featuring a well-known Seattle café that helped in starting the gourmet doughnut trend. He continued his research by visiting America’s top gourmet doughnut locations before returning to Houston.
“I realized there’s a distinct trend for gourmet Doughnut shops. We do not have that in Houston and I wanted to be the first person to do it” he said.
The investment eventually made it to a successful end and it became Houston’s first 24-hour gourmet doughnut café, making Edose the founder of the first black-owned 24-hour doughnut café in Houston and it is set to rake in more millions.