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Chioma Ikokwu
Born (1989-06-25) June 25, 1989 (age 32)
Lagos, Nigeria
EducationUniversity of Birmingham
Known forCo-founding Good Hair.

Chioma Ikokwu ( born June 25, 1989) also known as Chioma Good Hair is a Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur and executive coach. She is the co-founder and CEO of Good Hair Ltd and Brass and Copper Restaurant & Lounge,[1][2] alongside Kika Osunde.[3] She is the founder of The Good Way Foundation, an organisation that has sickle-cell awareness as one of its major focus areas.

Early life and education

Ikokwu was born on June 25, 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. She attended the University of Birmingham and graduated in 2010 with a LL.B degree.[4] She got her an LL.M degree in International Environmental Law and International Commercial Arbitration at the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) where she finished with a distinction. She attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2013.[5]

Career

After her Master of Laws degree, she briefly worked at a law and arbitration firm in Lebanon, before moving back to Nigeria to attend Law School. She met her business partner Kika Osunde[6] at the University of Birmingham[7] where she served as the Social Secretary for the University of Birmingham ACS (Afro Caribbean Society). She co-founded the hair and beauty brand Good Hair Ltd which was started in England in 2009,[1] before moving to Nigeria in 2014.[8] Ikokwu and Osunde built a beauty hub known as “The Good Hair Space”,[9] an art mall that houses a hair salon, nail bar, VIP Lounge, Makeup studio, Lash Spa, Champagne Bar, and Men's grooming center. She is part owner of Brass and Copper, a restaurant and bar in the Good Hair Space in the Lekki, Lagos.

She is the founder of the Chioma Ikokwu Start-up Fund Initiative which focuses on providing capital for small businesses with innovative ideas. She runs an executive coaching program where she mentors entrepreneurs on business creation, branding and marketing.[10][11]

Philanthropy

Ikokwu founded The Good Way Foundation in 2018 with a focus on the eradication of poverty and improving healthcare, education and living conditions for the less privileged in Africa. The foundation does research on sickle cell disease, and fights for the destigmatization of people affected by the disease. She was also a part of the United Nations Headquarters round table conference which was centered on the awareness and management of Sickle Cell Disease, and was presented with a humanitarian award by the African Sickle Cell Foundation in New York.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b Guardian Woman (9 May 2020). "'Women have it a lot harder raising capital due to stereotypes, expectations'". Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  2. ^ Anonymous (7 February 2018). "Casa Lydia and Cocoon Birth Brass & Copper by the Good Hair Dolls". Foodie In Lagos. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. ^ Agbo, Njideka (31 May 2020). "Kika Osunde: Luxury, Finesse And Brand Reputation". Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  4. ^ Agbonkhese, Josephine (10 May 2020). "Chioma Ikokwu: My family helped to start my company at age 18". Vanguard. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Chioma GoodHair, Now Chioma Landlady". This Day Live. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  6. ^ Dokubo, Titi (5 April 2018). "Savage! CHIOMA And KIKA 'Good Hair' Are Hijacking The Lagos Fashion Scene". Style Rave. Archived from the original on 2020-08-15. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. ^ "How To Launch Your Own Hair Business with Chioma Ikokwu". sheleadsafrica.org. Archived from the original on 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  8. ^ Okeke, Ifeoma (4 December 2017). "How Chioma and Kika grew Good Hair Limited into global brand". Business Day. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  9. ^ Rave, Style (11 September 2020). "Let's Talk Style: 31 Questions With Chioma GoodHair". Style Rave. Retrieved 11 September 2020.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Ogunlami, Adetoun (25 June 2020). "7 Things To Know About Chioma 'GoodHair' Ikokwu As She Turns A Year Older". Fab Woman. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  11. ^ Bella Naija (12 May 2018). "The Good Hair Merchants! Kika and Chioma cover TW Magazine's Latest Issue". Bella Naija. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  12. ^ Viano (28 March 2019). "Kika and Chioma " The Good Hair Girls" Making Waves With Their Sickle Cell Foundation". Styles with Elovia. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
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