IYANU is a native Nigerian word for “amazing” and CHIKA’S mission is to share IYANU goodness by bringing natural ingredients and taste sensations from Africa to both food lovers and the health conscious alike.
We take consumers on a taste adventure that’s full of flavour, joy and IYANU goodness.
We also give back to the African communities that inspire us, empowering the girls of today to be the confident women of tomorrow.
CHIKA’S range embodies the energy and vibrancy of Africa, every product in CHIKA’S range has a story inspired by our heritage. However, our African roots go deeper, we source unique ingredients from across the continent. To illustrate, this is the story behind one of our products:
In Nigeria we have a variety of peanuts called ‘Epa’ nuts, they are smaller, more intense variety of peanut. The secret to making CHIKA’S peanuts so intense, rice and creamy is their freshness and purity, CHIKA’S peanuts arrive to market in as little as four weeks with nothing added and only 1% salt.
CHIKA’S works directly with communities who grow Epa, the three-step process that turns them into CHIKA’S hand-toasted peanuts has been tweaked and refined over generations. Firstly, Epa nuts are harvested fresh, shelled and then a lightly salted water solution is sprinkled over them. Secondly, they’re dried in the sun, so the salt marinades the nut. Finally, they are toasted over an open flame in the pan. They are prepared entirely by hand.
Born in the UK as the youngest of seven children, from an early age Chika was inspired by her African family who loved to cook and create recipes using unique African ingredients.
“Africa is at the heart of my family, with every holiday spent in Nigeria immersed in the culture and food. The young me fell in love with the sights, smells and sounds…”