New Brooklyn café owned by brothers brings New Yorkers a taste of Africa

The brothers say it’s their goal to show people there’s more to Africa than what they may see on TV.

News 12 Staff

Jun 6, 2023, 12:14 AM

Updated 409 days ago

Share:

A new café in Bed-Stuy is bringing the flavors of Africa to Brooklyn, serving up dishes like jollof rice with a side of coffee.  
Brothers Ibrahim and Mohammed Diallo launched their business with less than $1,000 in 2015, first by selling their ginger cold brew before expanding and opening Ginjan Café in Harlem. They’ve now opened their newest location on Nostrand Avenue.  
"Ginjan is a food and beverage company with a mission of bringing African flavors to the world,” said Mohammed. “The mission was always to essentially communicate the best of Africa without having to talk much, and food is one of the best ways to do that." 
The owners say that they’ve faced their fair share of struggles, even running out of money after their first year of business. But thanks to a small business grant from Fedex in 2016, the brothers were able to stay afloat.  
The brothers say it’s their goal to show people there’s more to Africa than what they may see on TV. 
“Africa is more than just charity and war and famine. It's a lot of the negative but there's also a lot of the positive and that's what we want to bring to the table,” said Ibrahim.


More from News 12
1:54
Mayor Adams, state officials address global Microsoft outages

Mayor Adams, state officials address global Microsoft outages

1:38
Subways and buses across NYC still running amid worldwide outage

Subways and buses across NYC still running amid worldwide outage

2:13
Sunny, warm and humid conditions heading into the weekend for Brooklyn

Sunny, warm and humid conditions heading into the weekend for Brooklyn

NY State Assemblymember Kenny Burgos announces resignation

NY State Assemblymember Kenny Burgos announces resignation

1:35
Technology outage causes widespread flight disruptions at NYC airports

Technology outage causes widespread flight disruptions at NYC airports

2:11
New NY state law makes deed theft criminal

New NY state law makes deed theft criminal

0:25
NYPD: Man wanted for inappropriately touching 12-year-old girl in Bushwick

NYPD: Man wanted for inappropriately touching 12-year-old girl in Bushwick

5:00
Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

3:31
Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, banks, media outlets and companies around the world

Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, banks, media outlets and companies around the world

1:52
Googling for Gold: Research finds New York searches for gold - a lot

Googling for Gold: Research finds New York searches for gold - a lot

1:40
NYPD, NYC Parks work together to combat illegal vending on Coney Island Boardwalk

NYPD, NYC Parks work together to combat illegal vending on Coney Island Boardwalk

1:40
New Bed-Stuy center brings healing to those impacted by violent crime

New Bed-Stuy center brings healing to those impacted by violent crime

2:09
Councilmember Zhuang speaks out following accusations of biting a police officer

Councilmember Zhuang speaks out following accusations of biting a police officer

13:51
'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

1:22
National Weather Service says high rip current risk is in effect for NYC beaches

National Weather Service says high rip current risk is in effect for NYC beaches

2:00
Funeral service held for fallen NYPD recruit Edgar Ordonez

Funeral service held for fallen NYPD recruit Edgar Ordonez

0:29
Brooklyn DA: Man sentenced to 20 years for point-blank shots fired

Brooklyn DA: Man sentenced to 20 years for point-blank shots fired

1:33
NYPD data: Subway crime trending downwards citywide, but up in Brooklyn South

NYPD data: Subway crime trending downwards citywide, but up in Brooklyn South

1:49
Plans for new Tao Nightclub in Greenpoint met with community backlash

Plans for new Tao Nightclub in Greenpoint met with community backlash

0:37
Coney Island residents to vote on how new building developments will be funded, maintained

Coney Island residents to vote on how new building developments will be funded, maintained