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Zim journalist turned UK farmer acquires bigger supermarket in the UK

By Lance Guma

The amazing story of former Zimbabwean journalist turned UK farmer, David Mwanaka, continues to grow. On the 1st of December Mwanaka will open a new and bigger supermarket in Walsall, UK.

David Mwanaka
David Mwanaka

Measuring 12 000 square feet at, (19-20 Vicarage Place, Walsall, WS1 3NA) this will be the second shop run by Mwanaka following the success of their first shop in Enfield, London. 

Speaking to Nehanda Radio, Mwanaka said; “We thought it’s high time we had a number of products under one roof. We will have a farm shop, butchery, groceries department, hair salon, hair products department, Caribbean restaurant, recruitment agency and a clothes boutique.

“Though we have come to the end of our fresh maize season, we still have plenty of maize till our next fresh maize season around July. We freeze some of our maize fresh on the cob so we can continue selling throughout winter. We also have the usual products like sweet potatoes, fresh groundnuts, pumpkins and in addition we have fresh bambara nuts (nyimo/indlubu).” 

“This year we did manage to venture into growing a few more exotic crops like mapudzi/amakhomani and imfe/ipwa. Having started with only ten acres, we have increased our acreage to 150 acres over the years and that has made it possible for us to experiment growing new crops.”

“Our recruitment agency will focus on recruiting maths and science teachers from abroad. We will also have another department that will specialize in supplying nurses and care workers to the health industry in this country.

“Our restaurant will serve Afro Caribbean food with a twist. We are not going to be limited by the term ‘Afro Caribbean.’ Our food will have a touch of many cultures. “All we want is good food on the table. We hope it’s be beginning of a chain of restaurants under the name Jamrocker. 

“The hair dressing salon is being run by Mrs Hazel Sango who owns Tete Hazel Hair and Beauty Parlour. They have moved from their Norwich site to team up with us at the West Midlands store. Tete Hazel is well known for being a top stylist in the hairdressing industry.

The new supermarket set to be opened in Walsall in the UK
The new supermarket set to be opened in Walsall in the UK

“We have a whole shop floor set aside for a fashion Boutique. Pastor Cecilia Dewa who runs fashions boutiques in London, notably Finsbury Park is taking up the running of the boutique section. Her Cerrura Fashions is famous for selling among other things, exclusive quality occasion wear. Her boutique is also a one stop wedding shop. We might also be open to anyone who has a good business idea and is looking for a space to run from,” Mwanaka told Nehanda Radio.

Growing white maize in the cold climate of the UK is not an easy task but Mwanaka persevered and spent six years experimenting until he pulled it off. Homesick Zimbabwean exiles frequent his shop to buy rare white maize, pumpkin leaves, rape, choumoellier, tsunga and butternuts, among others. 

In 2006 David Mwanaka was one of the only two black farmers in the UK and the first arable black farmers in the country.

What started as Mwanaka growing white maize on a small plot of land in his landlord’s back garden near Tottenham football club in north London has seen his project grow to 150 acres and also supplied large chain supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and Harrods in London with some of his produce. 

He added a shop ‘Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods’ in Enfield to sell from. The icing on the cake is the new 12 000 square foot supermarket in Walsall. Nehanda Radio

  • Thats gud

  • How many hactors du yu have my dear

  • Hardwork pays

  • Why is he allowed to own land in Britain? The British are idiots, zimbos tool land from their kith and kin yet they allow this zimbo native to conduct farm there? Bloody idiots

  • kip it up Davey. if they had a heart like Bob yu will be having at least nothing

  • I hope he goes back and help Zimbabwe grow with his expertise.Very soon Zimbabweans will start packing bags and go so he will end up with no customers.

  • Sipho Khoza pliz go jump off the nearest bridge you find, alternatively u can take ratex 3 times a day, your chest pains will be better afta that!

    • Yoo brutal prescription there Delroy, i shld prescribe it to all haters kkkkkkk

    • Yoo brutal prescription there Delroy, i shld prescribe it to all haters kkkkkkk

    • Yoo brutal prescription there Delroy, i shld prescribe it to all haters kkkkkkk

  • Munda akamuwana sei kuUk mubvunzo wangu.

  • Such people are needed..

  • Saka vanhu vaiitira vamwe utsinye senge ku UK kusina ivhu sei

  • I like this good project,keep t up Dave

  • He played his card well, you better play yours ukagona kutaura ne good linkage nevanhu bhoo……vakaona kuti he is productive so why wait kupa munhu anopa benefit kuruzhinji

  • thus great yu nid to play yor cards rite

  • thus great yu nid to play yor cards rite

  • thus great yu nid to play yor cards rite

  • Ndichekerevo 2 hcters ndondakurima fodya

  • Ndichekerevo 2 hcters ndondakurima fodya

  • Ndichekerevo 2 hcters ndondakurima fodya

  • Wakapenga,watorera varungu land right in their back yard

  • MukarangawekuMberengwa

    hazvifananiwo hazvo aneganda anenyama avhura tuckshop avhura supermarket

  • Chinjai maitiro

    Good luck , asi handifunge kuti i bhizinesi rinoshamisira.

    1) Munhu anosenza full time pabasa rakanaka anotambira kukudarikai , £45K+

    2) Hakuna bhizinesi rakamboita zvakanaka with such a mixture , vanogona recruitment vanogonesesa , i know , ndineshamwari dzandakakura nadzo vanokwanisa chaizvo , mamirioni turnover. Vanogona ma farm shops vanogonesesawo , vana sapurazi , moyo yavo irimukurima.

    3) Then zvema teacher e masvomhu ne science hazvizi zvinhu zvichadiwa , the tech will shape the industry uye , mari yakawanda ichayenda mukudzidzisa maticha emunyika imomo vanhu vaneta ne immigration. Dzimwe nzimbo havadi maticha echitema , its a limited market outside London, kunze kana mayenda kunana kanadha kunotsvaga ikoko.

    • Maitiro chinjai

      Uye health and safety bambo – i think mutemo haukutenderei if you were to lodge a planning permissions app. Siyanayi nazvo zve one BLUE ROOF.

      Mu London yevanhu vatema hamuna ma standards….chero zvazvaita.

    • pinky

      Kana mumwe wenyu aitawo chinhu chakanaka ,rumbidzaiwo. Ma zimba tinonyanya kushorana,hatisimudzirane. Iko kungoitawo Purazi munyika ye mabhunu , Its a step ahead.