ABOUT AWASSI PRODUCTS INC.
Edmund Segbeaya first arrived in Nelson in September 2001. He had fled from his native Togo to Germany in 1991 after taking part in anti-government protests. His luck didn't change—they were threatened with deportation and spent three years hiding in a Catholic church. Fortunately, a Canadian expat learned of his plight and convinced seven local churches to sponsor the family for immigration.
Edmund’s good fortune continued when the manager of his local food co-op spotted him buying cartons of habanero peppers and just had to ask him why. Intrigued by Edmund’s description of his traditional Togolese hot sauce, the manager asked for a sample. It didn’t take long before Ebesse Zozo—which means “hot pepper” in Togolese—made its way far beyond the co-op.