African Dress Up Game – will you play with me?

I loved paper dolls when I was a child and I know most girls did. When I found this online, I thought it was the beginning of an idea I was working on so, I decided to add it to my blog for others to play with dolls – except – digitally. Enjoy! Click below:Continue reading “African Dress Up Game – will you play with me?”

How to Land New Clients: the Basics to the Complex

by Atim Annette Oton The secrets to landing new clients is not really a secret; it is really what you should be doing to stand out from other businesses. Clients are everywhere but most times, they do not know what you do or you are barking up the wrong tree or in the wrong placeContinue reading “How to Land New Clients: the Basics to the Complex”

Technology as a Business Paradigm Shift

by Atim Annette Oton As Calabar Imports became 10 years old, I sat back and imagined what it would be 5 years later and made a strategic decision to embrace technology in more ways that I could imagined. To do this, I look at what areas we were using technology and what areas we couldContinue reading “Technology as a Business Paradigm Shift”

The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.

by Atim Annette Oton First published in Calabar Magazine. Every other day, I have the same discussion with someone: an African, a Caribbean or an African-American person. It goes like this: When will we get it together? They complain about how little progress has been made and how we as black people are not ready andContinue reading “The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.”

Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities

by Atim Annette Oton This article was written for Calabar Magazine, see here. Some people experience a disaster and it ends their businesses; I see it as an opportunity. So, in June of this year, when a fire destroyed our store, Calabar Imports on Washington Avenue. My business partner and I took time off –Continue reading “Re-building a Brand: Moving Beyond Disasters and seeing Opportunities”

Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series

Some days, posting what I think is hard but I know it is important. Three Lessons today to read: Time, Lists and Numbers Time waits for no man/woman. That sure is the statement of the century. I have been at Calabar imports for 10-1/2 years, December will make it 11, and one thing I haveContinue reading “Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series”

African Food: Afang Soup, an Ibibio Dish from Nigeria

by Atim Annette Oton I was born in Calabar, the capital of the once called, South Eastern State, the child and only daughter of an Ibibio man from Eket which is now in Akwa Ibom State in Southeastern Nigeria. I grew up knowing my village and my culture, my father, who helped create the state knew the importance of familyContinue reading “African Food: Afang Soup, an Ibibio Dish from Nigeria”


As an African whose father first came to the US in the 1950’s to go to school and returned in 1962 with my American mother whose Caribbean heritage is from Trinidad and Jamaica, I spent most of my summers in the US as a child and came to live like my father in the 1980’sContinue reading “BRONX: AFRICA”

Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts

Last month, I returned to my role as a curator – exploring Africans in the Bronx. This blog will explore my process from inception to the role of programming and community engagement. I will join LeRonn Brooks as we explore Africa in the Bronx. Here is my first draft of my curatorial concept: BRONX /Continue reading “Bronx Africa at the Bronx Council on the Arts”

Global Lives and Old Brooklyn Neighborhoods

by Atim Annette Oton My friend Imari DuSuazay calls herself a Brooklyn Girl. I know how that feels, except I am more a Global African Woman living in Brooklyn. Last week, in talking to a reporter, I spoke of how I listen to or read the news, it sounded simple enough. I said that IContinue reading “Global Lives and Old Brooklyn Neighborhoods”