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Chika Russell

Entrepreneur, Chika Russell, renowned for received unanimous support from the Dragon’s Den. She is the founder of the award winning snack food company, Chika’s.  She works in association with World Vision to promote an educational plan currently throughout Africa – with an aim to increase this to a global programme.

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Motivational speaker, Chika Russell, is an international entrepreneur, mentor and presenter.


After 10 years working in finance and banking and qualifying as a management accountant, she went on to launch Chika’s.  The Chika’s range of African-inspired, boldly-flavoured snacks proved mainstream consumer demand for African foods.  Her products immediately struck a chord with retailers like Wholefoods, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett’s and Ocado and established Chika’s as the leader in this space.

Dragon’s Den

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 a short period Chika Russell has grown her business with over 1,000 retail stockists in the UK and internationally with airlines and hotels.

Good Ethos & Good Causes

In July 2016, she launched a revolutionary snack subscription box in partnership with the charity SOS Children. The bold aim was to support thousands of African children through education.

Chika is passionate about educating women and is a partner to World Vision in their Empowering Girls program. She is a founding member of the Conduit Club, which works to develop and promote positive social impact. Chika has also represented female-led SMEs at 10 Downing Street’s Women in Business events.


In 2019 Chika was selected as one of the Top 30 Inspiring UK Entrepreneurs by Business Leader. She has also been recognised as a ‘Consumer Business Rising Star’ by the Black British Business Awards.

Motivational speaker

Chika Russell is a popular and frequent business and educational speaker. She was recognised by She Leads Africa for her contribution as a female African entrepreneur.

Her presentation themes include:

  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Women in Business
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Unconscious bias
  • Start ups
  • Branding
  • Leadership

Recent feedback on her speeches and interviews includes:

Thank you for delivering such an inspiring and powerful lecture last week.  Without the atmosphere of a live venue and without the opportunity to build a rapport with a physical audience, there is even greater emphasis on each and every word you are saying.  Your talk was so engaging and absorbing, so relevant and resonant, and so insightful and this meant that all our audience could really relate to you and your messages.” Mr JW Pressley, Head of Marketing, RGS Guildford, online event 2021

“Incredible speech by Chika Russell … A very good example of a focused & success-driven entrepreneur @AfricaYouthGala.” Joshua Babatunde, co-founder Creditz Music.

“Brilliant inspiring session.” The Grocery Girls.

Thank you to the amazing speaker Chika Russell.” Corporate Afrika.

“Chika was fantastic! Thank you so much for making the recommendation and for helping to arrange it. A really great start to our new school year and wonderful to be able to have her in school with us.”  Pippa Gilbert, Deputy Head, Putney High School.

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