African food shop opens in Wellingborough

Afroland Foods has opened in Wellingborough's High Street
Afroland Foods has opened in Wellingborough's High Street

A taste of Africa could be coming to your table with the opening of a new town centre shop.

Afroland Foods recently started trading from a shop in Wellingborough High Street opposite Warwicks, offering a range of foods and spices to whet your appetite.

Customers are invited to pop in and find out more about the dishes from Africa which they can create and enjoy.

Sonja Etube is behind the venture and said: “I am trying to spread the word around Wellingborough as a lot of the African communities do not yet know we are open.

“I moved to Wellingborough from London many years ago with my husband, who is originally from Cameroon.

“We soon realised that there aren’t many options within Wellingborough if you want to buy meats to cook African foods.

“African goods are hard to come by and difficult to find so we decided to open our own shop specialising in meat, fish and poultry and those rare things that Africans cook with such as Bitterleaf, Eru, Saltfish, Talapia and Croaker fish, boneless beef and goat meat – the list goes on.

“We also offer dry foods such as spices and pounded yam and rice. We have it all and we are very happy with how it is going.”

She added: “We are trying to offer the African community the things they need. We also cater for Caribbean and English dishes too.”

The new shop has opened as another store prepares to close.

The Northants Telegraph reported last month that Mobile Radio Services, also in the High Street, will close on August 30 after more than 60 years in the town.

Reasons for closing include continuing uncertainties in the economy and competition from internet traders, department stores and supermarkets.

Its closure was raised when Wellingborough Council’s planning committee met last week as they considered a change of use application from retail to professional services for a vacant unit in Silver Street, which was later approved.

Cllr Malcolm Waters said: “This week I discovered that the Mobile Radio shop is due to close down. This concerns me but at least with property on the corner of the street we can back another business.”