Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Site links newcomers with items from home

- JASON WARICK

An internatio­nal student at the University of Saskatchew­an has created an online shop for newcomers to buy food, clothing and other goods from their home countries.

After Nigerian immigrant and economics major Gibson Odoka got involved in student politics at the U of S, other African students began to approach him with their issues. One of the main concerns was that they didn’t know where to go for certain goods from back home. Soon Chinese, then Indian and other students were saying the same thing.

“They were wanting things from their home country, but they had no idea where to shop. I thought, ‘I can help them with that,’” Odoka said.

Using his background in economics and computer science, he created el-cuzupamark­eting.com to connect students. He’s had it up and running since the summer. It’s been popular with students, but he said other Saskatoon newcomers quickly heard about it as well. Orders are now being placed by native Saskatonia­ns and people from cities across North America looking for interestin­g products.

Odoka said the Indian jewelry is the most popular item, but products from dozens of countries are also available.

“Spot your flag. Spot your item,” reads the cover page. Ginger, curry paste and aluminum chop sticks are offered beside less known items, such as fufu flour.

 ?? LIAM RICHARDS/ SASKATOON STARPHOENI­X ?? Gibson Odoka, a University of Saskatchew­an student from Nigeria, has started a website that links Saskatoon newcomers and students with food and other items from their home countries.
LIAM RICHARDS/ SASKATOON STARPHOENI­X Gibson Odoka, a University of Saskatchew­an student from Nigeria, has started a website that links Saskatoon newcomers and students with food and other items from their home countries.

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