Nana Klay: “There is nothing that makes me more proud than being African”

Nana Klay: "There is nothing that makes me more proud than being African"

Nana Klay, a Nigerian lawyer and a wellness expert focusing on weight loss, is an international recognized social entrepreneur passionately solving the problem of malnutrition on the continent with rich and affordable food product called Klayfoods Tombrown.

As a wellness expert and a mental health advocate, she has helped over 4000 people achieve wellness goals through Klays Fitness and Wellness founded in 2017. The fitness and wellness brand was nominated for the Future Awards Africa in the Health and Wellness category.

Nana Klay didn’t just become a wellness expert and a mental health advocate to add some ranks to her shoulders. She literally struggled with weight loss herself, and then the dream to fight malnutrition and to advance mental health in Africa was born.

Growing up she lived with her father in Ghana and witnessed how Tom Brown was used to eradicate malnutrition in Ghana.

Tom Brown, a thick powder made from a combination of yellow corn, millet, guinea corn (cereals), groundnut (peanuts) and soybeans (legumes)

Tom Brown, prepared with hot water for breakfast

The name “Tom Brown”, obviously sounds like its referring to someone right? That will be an article for another day.

How Klayfoods Tombrown Was Launched

In 2020, a year that came with the surge of the pandemic, Nana Klay relentlessly worked with an Associate Professor in Food Science to achieve her dreams.

Together they invested immensely in the study of the Tom Brown recipe and with the results from years of research from food specialists and dieticians, they finally perfected the recipe and came up with Klayfoods Tombrown, which is now an award-winning social enterprise.

Klayfoods plans to provide its rich and affordable food for about 5 million children in both low and middle countries including Nigeria to reduce the level of malnutrition by 2025.

Having being nominated for Vogue Africa by Naomi Campbell as well as partnering with top brands such as 3 Crowns, the social entrepreneur with a Nigerian-ghanian origin continues to reach out to the less-privileged beginning with one nation at a time.

Exclusive Interview With Nana Klay

How do you feel about your journey so far being that girl who worked hard to stay fit?

I wouldn’t say I stayed fit, rather stayed consistent. There were times I wasn’t motivated. But I also do get the feeling of fulfillment with the understanding that you can achieve anything once you put your mind to it.

The truth is, I had always struggled to lose weight for about 3 to 4 years consistently. When I finally got it right, I was shocked. I was not expecting that amazing results.

I was laughed at — a lot — while struggling so I doubted myself a lot until I saw the possibility of being healthy becoming my reality. The feeling comes with genuine happiness and fulfillment. It gives your soul that pump that you can do anything.

Have you had any support from the government or VCs?

No, we haven’t. We are hoping to get support from the government in the nearest future, to help solve the problem of Malnutrition in Nigeria.

What makes you proud as an African and what do you think of its future?

There is nothing that makes me more proud than being African.

What makes me most proud is how we are born with resilience, talent, gift and optimism.

I’m really hopeful for the future of Africa. Africa is the future; it’s young people have big plans for making it the greatest continent on Earth.

Thank you for speaking with us, Nana Klay.

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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