Award-winning American singer, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, popularly known as Beyonce, has donated £8,000 to a Nigerian restaurant in North London that was on the verge of closure due to the escalating cost of living.
The restaurant named Chuku’s, which claims to be the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant, is operated by two siblings, Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick.
A-list celebrities, footballers and everyday patrons have patronised Chuku’s, enticed by its unique Nigerian tapas and innovative take on traditional dishes.
The global icon, who recently sold out five consecutive shows at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium, extended her philanthropic efforts to support local businesses in London.
Beyoncé’s BeyGood Foundation established the Black Parade Small Business Impact Luncheon, which aimed to celebrate individuals, communities, and small businesses affected by economic disparities worldwide.
The charitable foundation committed a total of $1 million to support these struggling businesses like the Chukwu’s in cities around the world.
The Luncheon, held at the prestigious Four Seasons in Tower Hill, welcomed over 100 entrepreneurs, offering them an opportunity to win prizes totaling $100,000.
Among the 400 applications received, Emeka and his sister Ifeyinwa made the list of the distinguished 2% of winners.
Chuku co-founder, Ifeyinwa stated: “I still can’t quite believe that Beyoncé has backed our restaurant, it feels a bit surreal”.