beyoncé donated £8,000 (about $10,000) to a Nigerian restaurant in London as part of a million-dollar pledge to support businesses run by African diaspora entrepreneurs around the world. Chuku’s, billed as the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant, was selected as one of ten small London businesses to receive seed funding from BeyGOOD, the singer’s charity.
Despite many five-star reviews since opening its doors in early 2020, Chuku’s has endured many trials since the lockdown and the inflationary crisis, just to name a few. Emeka and Ifeinwa Frederic, the owners of the restaurant, welcomed BeyGOOD’s help as a lifeline: “I still can’t believe Beyoncé supported our restaurant, it seems a bit surreal,” Ifeinwa said. “We already felt his influence when he was in town and the audience chose Chuku’s for their pre-concert lunch, but this is a completely different level of donation.”
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Chuku’s was among 500 London-based companies applying for a grant from the BeyGOOD Black Parade Route Impact Fund: block one,” Ifeinwa explained.
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The grant was made possible by a $1 million fund created by Beyoncé as part of her Renaissance World Tour, specifically aimed at supporting small businesses affected by economic disparities in the areas where she performs. BeyGOOD began operations in 2013 as a charitable foundation that responds to natural disasters by supporting programs in education, housing, personal and professional development, mental health, and more.
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