Chuku's founders reach crowdfunding target

By James McAllister

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Photo credit: Angus Bremmer
Photo credit: Angus Bremmer

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The sibling founders behind Nigerian pop-up restaurant Chuku’s have raised more than £30,000 through a crowdfunding campaign and are now on track to open their first permanent restaurant.

Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick launched the campaign on 2 May with the target of raising “£30k in 30 days”, which they managed to do with more than a day to spare.

In total they raised £36,150.

Promoted as ‘the world's first Nigerian tapas restaurant’, Chuku’s was founded in 2016 and has since appeared in locations across London including Spitalfields’ Canvas café and Nest in Hackney.

Serving authentic cuisine against a backdrop of Nigerian afrobeats and contemporary art, the founders have labelled Chuku’s dining experience as ‘chop, chat, chill’.

After reaching their target, Ifeyinwa and Emeka posted a picture of themselves on their crowdfund page with a caption that read “look how happy you made us”.

“Chop-chat-chillers, we did it! All of us together, did this,” they added, saying that the news still hadn’t sunk in.

Ifeyinwa and Emeka received 583 donations, and have pledged to reward those who supported them with gifts ranging from an invitation to attend the restaurant’s opening evening to having a Nigerian-inspired cocktail named after them.

While there is still no confirmation as to where Chuku’s first bricks and mortar site will be located, Ifeyinwa and Emeka have previously said they hope to open in Tottenham.

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