Margaret Komen: An inspiration to the young African generation

Why an inspiration to the young African youth thinking of success?

Learning about the journey of Margaret Komen, one is greatly inspired not to give up on a dream simply because one has no start-up capital or a business experience.

Like every crazy entrepreneur, Margaret Komen started with passion and no capital to capitalizing on a gap in the chilli market in 2002 — about two decades ago.

And at the age of 25, Margaret Komen landed her first export client for African bird’s eye chilli powder from Kenya. 

Guess what? The Kenyan business goddess did not have a registered company for the planned export as of that very period. Talkless of having an idea about where and how to secure the chillies required to produce the powder. There wasn’t any processing facility as well.

This is one true story beyond an article of an African masterminding Africa through a burning candle of dreams and sleepless nights.

Those nights rose bright over time, as her company became a major player with clients in Europe and Asia: Spain, Italy, the UK, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and South Korea. 


Margaret Komen is the MD of Mace Foods Ltd which deals with the production and marketing of spices and ethnic foods. The company produces five varieties of dried hot chilies for domestic and international retail, and the pharmaceutical and food industries.

Margaret Komen is selling the black culture to the world, serving high quality indigenous foods such as the African leafy vegetables, a nutritious option for many consumers who may not be able to access these foods regularly. The company was certified Fair Trade Company by World Fair Trade Organization.

She continues to think innovatively and was also honored with the 10,000 Women in Business Goldman Sachs Award.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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