‘It takes extraordinary people to do extraordinary things’ writes Joanna Jones. ‘These UK-based entrepreneurs are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.’
Amongst the winners (listed in alphabetical order) is Chika Russell, founder of CHIKA’S Foods.
“After moving to the UK from Nigeria at the age of five – and the youngest of seven siblings – Russell was inspired by her mother, and at the age of 14, she got her first job ironing shirts. Throughout her education she worked hard at age of 22 she bought her first investment property, showing an early entrepreneurial flair.
While on maternity leave, Chika returned to her roots and sought a more autonomous career by starting her own African food company. Chika famously turned down all the dragons on Dragons’ Den.”
It’s been an exciting start to the year for Chika and the brand, with a range of new products for CHIKA’S Foods to a visit to Number 10 Downing Street to meet Theresa May.
Read the full article on Business Leader here.
Follow Chika’s journey on Instagram @chika.russell