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Monica Musonda - CEO & Founder of Java Foods

Updated: Jan 16


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Monica noticed that in her country, Zambia, wheat was only used to make bread and biscuits. Her country spends billions of shillings importing food, she then thought about it, and that is how she came up with the idea of starting Java Foods.

Musonda is the CEO of Java Foods, a food processing company based in Zambia. She has not always been an entrepreneur, though. She first worked for Aliko Dangote in Dangote Industries. She has also worked as a corporate lawyer for 15 years. She quit her job and decided to make a difference in her country by making noodles. Before quitting, Monica had never imagined herself not being a lawyer. Her dream was to make partner in a Pan-African law firm.


The noodles she makes are very cheap; therefore, students can afford it, plus it is effortless to make. The noodles are also very nutritious. eeZee Instant noodles are the most popular and the fastest-selling brand in the country. It is also slowly gaining popularity across Africa.


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Musonda decided to follow in the footsteps of Ando to improve the economy of Africa. Ando was the person who came up with the idea of making noodles when he saw a winding queue of people waiting to buy noodles in a black market in Osaka, Japan. He got the idea after World War II, when Japan had a severe case of food shortage. He then came up with the product hoping to end hunger in the world. Noodles are non-perishable, safe cheap and very tasty. The snack was voted as one of Japan's best exports.

Monica sits on the Board of Dangote industries and Central Bank of Zambia. She is the youngest person to ever sit in the board in the Bank's history. She is also the Chairperson of Kwacha Pension Trust Fund. In 2013 she was named the Young Global Leader and Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. In 2013 and 2014, she was appointed as the leading Young Power Women in Business. In 2004 she was part of the people who founded the Edward Nathan's Africa Practice. While still working for Dangote, she led a project that founded a cement project in Zambia.


Nigerians highly inspire Monica. She believes that they are very entrepreneurial and are never afraid to take risks. Dangote, her former boss, encouraged her to follow her dreams, and that is how she went back to Zambia to start a food processing firm.


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Monica noticed that in her country, Zambia, wheat was only used to make bread and biscuits. Her country spends billions of shillings importing food, she then thought about it, and that is how she came up with the idea of starting Java Foods.

Musonda is the CEO of Java Foods, a food processing company based in Zambia. She has not always been an entrepreneur, though. She first worked for Aliko Dangote in Dangote Industries. She has also worked as a corporate lawyer for 15 years. She quit her job and decided to make a difference in her country by making noodles. Before quitting, Monica had never imagined herself not being a lawyer. Her dream was to make partner in a Pan-African law firm.


The noodles she makes are very cheap; therefore, students can afford it, plus it is effortless to make. The noodles are also very nutritious. eeZee Instant noodles are the most popular and the fastest-selling brand in the country. It is also slowly gaining popularity across Africa.


Photo by Graham Carlow

Musonda decided to follow in the footsteps of Ando to improve the economy of Africa. Ando was the person who came up with the idea of making noodles when he saw a winding queue of people waiting to buy noodles in a black market in Osaka, Japan. He got the idea after World War II, when Japan had a severe case of food shortage. He then came up with the product hoping to end hunger in the world. Noodles are non-perishable, safe cheap and very tasty. The snack was voted as one of Japan's best exports.

Monica sits on the Board of Dangote industries and Central Bank of Zambia. She is the youngest person to ever sit in the board in the Bank's history. She is also the Chairperson of Kwacha Pension Trust Fund. In 2013 she was named the Young Global Leader and Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. In 2013 and 2014, she was appointed as the leading Young Power Women in Business. In 2004 she was part of the people who founded the Edward Nathan's Africa Practice. While still working for Dangote, she led a project that founded a cement project in Zambia.


Nigerians highly inspire Monica. She believes that they are very entrepreneurial and are never afraid to take risks. Dangote, her former boss, encouraged her to follow her dreams, and that is how she went back to Zambia to start a food processing firm.

Photo by Enoch Kavindele Jr

Monica learnt a lot from Dangote, especially when it came to marketing and pricing products. She is now looking to penetrate the East African market and sell her eeZee Instant noodles, in addition to trying to get into the South African market. She is also planning to introduce porridge that is made using local grains such as soya or sorghum, since most porridge in Zambia are made from wheat, and there are people who are gluten intolerant. The porridge she makes will be quite affordable to many people.

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