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Ali of Kiza, the Juggler

Ali Oumarou,  Kiza Lounge managing director. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG
Ali Oumarou, Kiza Lounge managing director. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG 

Years back, a Nigerian businessman in Dubai would frequently host his visiting countrymen in his house. Then the meetings became popular and too big for his house.

So he started Kiza restaurant in Al Nasr, Dubai International Financial Centre, catering for food, music, art, fashion and entertainment. Two years later, Ali Oumarou from Niger, came in as a partner just after retiring from professional football but under one condition; that they open a branch in Africa.

Kiza Tomorrow Africa, a popular bar and lounge, opened in Nairobi in 2014. Then followed Kiza Restaurant, featuring menus from all over Africa. Kiza means people community. The owners are in the process of opening a branch in Abuja, Nigeria, after setting up another one in Toronto, Canada, about three weeks ago. They also have plans to start a record label and also get into the hotel business.

Ali Oumarou met JACKSON BIKO at the restaurant for a tete-a-tete.