CHIKA RUSSELL'S NIGERIAN-INSPIRED HEALTHY SNACKS COMPANY IS NOW WORTH OVER 1 MILLION POUNDS
*checks on account balance and sobs*
After turning down a $30,000 investment deal from Dragon's den panelist, Peter Jones; the 31-year-old Nigerian mother of two (Chialuka-5 and Zanni-4) went on to build an empire worth over a million pounds that rests on her experience growing up in Anambra State, Nigeria. Her business empire produces a healthier alternative to hand cooked plantain, hand cooked chilli, blackpepper cashews, smoked almonds, hand toasted peanuts with skin, hand toasted peanuts without skin, chickpea crisps- chilli and chickpea crisps- spiced.
Chika told FEMAIL: 'These are the foods of my childhood in Nigeria and I wanted people in the UK to experience the same great flavours that I got to enjoy growing up.' She started by rustling up snacks in her kitchen and testing them on friends and family. She then went about refining the flavours based on feedback. The products were already stocked in 150 outlets in the UK in just a year. 'I know what I'm doing. I'm already doing it - but I can do it better. And with your partnership, Chika's can become an even more successfull business and brand.'