The first business center to be owned by a Bangladeshi in Ganta has opened in the city center, adding flavor to the restaurant and bar business in the commercially bustling city.
The business center “Mama Wyn Bar and Restaurant” is open 24 hours and specializes in the preparation of the Asian dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as countries within the Indo – China basin.
Ms. Sudu, the proprietor, told the Daily Observer that she was very happy to be the first Bangladeshi to open a business center in the commercial city of Ganta because, for five years of staying in Liberia, there she hasn’t encountered any difficulty with the people/citizens as well as the business community.
“Not only Asian food, we prepare and sell in this restaurant, we also sell African dishes including GB, meat pepper soup, palm butter and all sorts of the African dishes you can think about,” she boasted.
“Even though the business is not booming yet, due to its newness, we are satisfied and we know that one day it will boom,” she said.
The Mama Wyn Bar and Restaurant is located around the Gbatu Quarter close to the main street. Several young Liberian girls and boys are employed as workers in the restaurant.
Nimba has been the home to the Bangladeshi Peace Keeping contingent with the United Nations Mission in Liberia/UNMIL since 2004. Because of the Bangladeshi being friendly in their mission, they were involved in sharing food and inviting stakeholders to so banquets.
Because of their hospitality, children nicknamed them, “Bangladesh chop, chop”.
In spite of the UNMIL drawdown, the Bangladeshi contingent will be forever remembered in the Nimba for their impact on the county, which include the birth of Internet services in that part of the country.
Many Bangladeshis from UNMIL have expressed willingness to come back and do business in Liberia. And while none have returned, the opening of this food center seems to have brought back some good memories from when the peacekeepers were around.