Chika Russell is a qualified Accountant who spent 7 years in investment banking before founding Chika’s in mid 2014.
The Chika’s range of African-inspired, boldly-flavoured snacks proved mainstream consumer demand for African foods that immediately struck a chord with retailers like Wholefoods, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett’s and Ocado and established Chika’s as the leader in this space. In 2015, Chika Russell took part in BBC’s Dragons Den and gave what Deborah Meaden described as one of the best pitches ever. The battle between the 5 Dragons for a stake in the business was the most watched episode of the whole series.
In just 2 years, Chika Russell has grown her business to over £1m in turnover with over 1,000 retail stockists in the UK and internationally with airlines and hotels. In July 2016, she launched a revolutionary snack subscription box in partnership with the charity SOS Children with the bold aim of supporting thousands of African children through education.
Chika Russell is a frequent business speaker and she was recognised by She Leads Africa for her contribution as an female African entrepreneur.