New Social Network Connect Africans, Caribbeans

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Caramellounge ( is a newly formed social networking Web site developed by two Nigerian twenty-something year olds, Folabi Ogunkoya and Lawrence Bassey-Oden.

They are the latest in the list of young Web entrepreneurs starting Internet ventures. With a little web design knowledge and experience the concept of was born. is a social network for Africans, Caribbeans, African-Americans and anyone interested in Afro-Caribbean culture, with a growing member base from Nigeria, Ghana and Jamaica.

Ogunkoya and Bassey-Oden created while completing their final year exams at Imperial College London. They hope their Web site brings a new era of Young Afro-Caribbean entrepreneurs to where big companies and already successful business people are.

“Unlike other sites, which are mainly African-American, this one caters to everyone from every country and really aims to put the people of Africa & the Caribbeans on the map of the world,” said Ogunkoya. plans to be the next big Web property following the successful sale of Internet giant The site continues to generate membership and its community is fast growing.

The site’s user-friendly layout now hosts a forum area and group sections in addition to the events area where promoters can promote their events free plus a music artist management that is still in beta testing phase. Many new features allow members to be in touch more easily with a member they wish to meet or chat with instantly.

The site also features a unique degree of separation system, where users can select to only be seen by their friends or friends of friends and really give that since of privacy if needed.

Caramel Lounge is good news for advertisers who are always looking for a more targeted audience to market products to.


Ogunkoya and Bassey-Oden started out of necessity to fill a void in the social networking market. Although many sites landed in the market by the day, none came with the intention of catering to the African and Caribbean people. Sites that did were simply dating scripts and did not venture into the developing new tools to aid online communication.

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