Beyoncé, the American superstar, gave £8,000 to a struggling Nigerian eatery in North London that was on the verge of closing due to escalating energy costs.
Chuku’s, a Nigerian tapas restaurant in Tottenham operated by brother and sister team Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederik, was one of ten recipients this month to receive a grant from the 41-year-old music legend.
The Halo hitmaker’s nonprofit BeyGOOD had vowed to provide a portion of $1 million (£806,000) to ten businesses in cities around the world as part of her Renaissance World Tour.
Chuku’s encountered difficulties after opening during the epidemic, including dealing with the increased cost of energy costs.
Fortunately for the siblings, Beyonce’s charity has awarded them a grant during the Black Parade Small Business Impact Luncheon, which was developed by BeyGOOD to “celebrate people, communities, and small businesses impacted by economic inequities worldwide.”
‘This award couldn’t be more welcome,’ said Chuku co-founder Emeka. Lockdowns and the cost of living crises have wreaked havoc on Chuku’s and other restaurants that lack a cash reserve.
‘Every day, we battle to stay open so we can celebrate our fourth birthday,’ he said.
”This money will help ease that fight and allow us to continue celebrating Nigerian culture on Tottenham’s High Road for the time being.’