Wambui was born of a humble family in Nairobi in the year 1970. Her family kept livestock which pushed her father to start a butchery in the city. Her mother, on the other hand, was a flight attendant.
Wambui spent the better part of her childhood reading books and fantasizing about travelling around the world. At the age of 15, however, her dream would become a reality. As a result of her mother’s hard work, Wambui was accorded the opportunity to visit the state of California in the US. There, she would enjoy the delightful experience of visiting the world-renowned Disneyland theme park and the Universal Studios in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
Her friends, who played a significant role in her success, linked her to her first job. At 23, she decided to take up an offer to sell African art in a store owned by a woman she had met through her friends. She bought several suitcases of African art and moved in with the woman while she began making other connections throughout the city.
The road to success is not one of ease, as Wambui would soon discover. The lady who had once welcomed her into her home would turn her back on Wambui and kick her out.
A friend in need is a friend indeed, her friends took her in and while still struggling to find a new niche in life, she won a green card that allowed her to start her business and even pursue other opportunities.
Wambui later moved into her own place in Portland, Oregon and enrolled at the University of Phoenix in Tigard. She successfully completed her bachelor’s degree in management and started Spice of Africa.
Slowly but surely, she began by teaching cooking classes, growing her business. The business expanded to selling at farmer’s markets, catering, and then opening her own restaurant at the Morrison Market.
“I was at one point homeless because I didn’t have a place of my own to call home when I got kicked out of that woman’s house.
Her teaching profession comes into play when she trains other chefs, giving them insights about spices that originate from Africa.
On her success journey, Wambui appreciates the people who have motivated her along the way, helping her become a leader in the food industry market in the US.
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