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This London Born Nigerian Chef Wants to Feed John Boyega but for Now She’s Happy to Feed The World

This London Born Nigerian Chef Wants to Feed John Boyega but for Now She’s Happy to Feed The World

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Since the launch of her business, Tokunbo's Kitchen, 2 years ago Tokunbo Koiki has fed over 5000 peoplehaving successfully operated at 6 street food festivals, hosted 9 pop-up and supper clubs events and completed 3 in-house chef residencies. In 2017 the business hosted an on-going residency at a Boutique hotel in North London with 80 - 100 covers per service, serving Nigerian Food to a demographic that had never tasted many of the dishes that were on the menu. Ultimately she would love to feed the likes of John Boyega and Anthony Joshua, proud British-Nigerians who are making waves internationally but for now she’s happy to feed the world.

On Saturday 16th September Tokunbo and her team will be celebrating this Two year milestone with an anniversary gala.  The event will be a celebration of Tokunbo’s Nigerian heritage as well as paying homage to her duel identity as a black British businesswoman.  Tokunbo’s Kitchen prides itself on being a food experience for people from all cultures to experience and enjoy authentic Nigerian food. Tokunbo serves wholesome Nigerian food, often presented in the same way that it would be eaten on the streets of Lagos. The anniversary gala menu will feature authentic Nigerian dishes, including Tokunbo’s signature dish Beef Ayamase and Spicy Coconut Prawns and a welcome drink of Nigerian palm wine or chapman. 

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The high standard which Tokunbo has set for her business and the success that she has consistently achieved has resulted in an invitation to participate at the New York African Restaurant week. This three-week long culinary event is a celebration of African cuisine. Chef Tokunbo will be joining well-established restaurants and chefs from across the world to host her first international Pop-Up, fulfilling her mission of promoting African food as part of a global culinary movement.

“Tokunbo's Kitchen is a space and opportunity for people to experience and enjoy the type of delicious home cooked Nigerian food I grew up eating. My overall goal is to have Nigerian cuisine as a favourite choice on the London food landscape and to feed John Boyega, he’s such a great role model. I started Tokunbo's Kitchen here in London as this is a city that has shaped me into the proud British-Nigerian woman I am.” Tokunbo Koiki, Founder of Tokunbo’s Kitchen.

“African food is the bomb! So it was with much merriment and excitement, that I attended Tokunbo’s Kitchen ‘Oya Come Chop’ (a Nigerian Supperclub).   If you want the opportunity to enjoy authentic Nigerian food, or simply want to experience new tastes and flavours, be sure to check out. Tokunbo’s Kitchen” – Yo Lisa, Food & Lifestyle journalist and vlogger at Yo Yum Tum.

With dedication, motivation and the sheer desire to introduce Nigerian food to a more global market Tokunbo Koiki  wants Nigerian food to become the next big food trend. A trend that lasts in the UK and across The Western Hemisphere.

For More Information Interview Requests and Recipes

Ronke Lawal

Tickets to Tokunbo’s Kitchen Anniversary Gala:





#FoodIsReady #OyaComeChop

Notes To Editor

NY African Restaurant Week takes place in October 2017

Tokunbo’s Kitchen 2017 Journey:

Green Rooms Hotel Residency 4th July - 6th August
Saturday 12th August - Erith Lighthouse Summer series pop up
Unwined Residency 18th May - 25th June
Conversations in Tokunbo's Kitchen supper club series
Blue House Yard Street Food Market started Wednesday 28th (ongoing weekly market Weds-Fri)
3 day pop up at Craving Coffee in Tottenham #TottenhamSocial  
4 weeks residency at Northcote Pub Leyton in April
Africa at Spitafields Bank Holiday May 28th
African Food and Drink Takeover at Africa Utopia Southbank 13th - 16th May
Walthamstow Garden Party 15th and 16th July
Several collaborations with other foodies and brands

More about Tokunbo

In 2012, Tokunbo was selected to be part of the prestigious Atlas Service Corps, a leadership development fellowship program in the U.S. She lived and worked in Washington D.C. supporting vulnerable and homeless adults through provision of daily meals, case management and advocacy work. When she is not in the kitchen she loves to dance. She is a mother of one and enjoys travelling and celebrating the beauty and diversity of the continent of Africa. Tokunbo completed her university education in London and used her degrees to pursue her passions as a committed advocate for children and women’s rights with cross-cultural experience of working internationally across three continents. It was this passion for cross-cultural experiences and bringing people together that planted the seed of a dream in Tokunbo’s heart.

Company Profile

At Tokunbo’s Kitchen, the motto is for guests to feel like royalty. The aim is to ensure that everyone dines like one. Expect taste buds to be delighted by colourful dishes bursting with lavish flavours of herbs and spices. Tokunbo’s Kitchen guarantees that you will leave with a newfound appreciation for Nigerian cuisine and culture. Tokunbo’s Kitchen provides private chef and supper club experiences for food lovers seeking to experience new tastes and flavours in an exclusive setting.

Women’s Business Coach Receives MBE at Queen's Birthday Honours

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Yvette Ankrah, business coach and consultant was awarded with an MBE for her work supporting women in business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017.

Yvette has been campaigning for more support for women in business and co-wrote the Manifesto for Women in Business in 2015. She has supported hundreds women in business over the last four years as a former host of a network and through her Harlow-based practice.

She said:

"I have been humbled and honoured to receive an award as part of the Queen’s birthday honours. As a coach to women in business, I am passionate about what I do but also campaign nationally and locally for women to get support in business. I do believe that even one person can make a difference."

Yvette has worked in marketing and business development for over 20 years. She trained as a journalist before moving into public relations and then worked in marketing and business development across the arts, voluntary sector and education sectors.  She trained in coaching and mentoring whilst in employment. She found that she was using coaching and mentoring skills with colleagues and also with marketing consultancy clients and decided to focus more on that area.

She switched from working with organisations to women in business because of the women she was meeting at mother and baby groups.  Yvette met women with business ideas or who actually had a business but needed support so decided to use her skills to support them.

Yvette recently become an accredited Bird Table coach – an organisation dedicated to developing more women in business – and is launching group sessions for locally based female SME owners starting in September.

For Interview Requests:


Ronke Lawal


Notes to editor:

Official investiture images will be made available from the 18th October 2017, the formal investiture ceremony is on the 17th October 2017.

Yvette Ankrah Biography

Yvette Ankrah is The Kitchen Table, CEO and director of Ankrah Associates. Yvette uses a four pillar method to support her clients to get results - clarity, focus, strategy and accountability. Yvette created her business to empower women to create profitable, sustainable businesses which make a difference to their lives and society.

She teaches tools and techniques to help people manage overwhelm, deal with procrastination and perfectionism, create their vision, set goals and to create business and marketing strategies. 

Yvette has worked in marketing for over 20 years and supported businesses of all shapes and sizes, but she loves working with women in business who want to make a difference and are passionate about what they do.

She is currently completing her PhD in Sociology, is a Non-Executive Director in the NHS and for a Social Enterprise and is a special advisor for AFFORD. She is also a mum to very fun and boisterous little boy.

Association Established To Give Black and Minority Ethnic People Access to Opportunities in STEM Celebrates 10th Anniversary in London



Association Established To Give Black and Minority Ethnic People Access to Opportunities in STEM Celebrates 10th Anniversary in London

The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) celebrates its 10th year Anniversary with a gala event in London to recognise the impact AFBE-UK has made on the engineering landscape in the last ten years.

AFBE-UK promotes higher achievements in education and engineering careers among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds across the United Kingdom. The organisation promotes diversity through programmes and activities which are led by exceptional professionals in the Engineering industry, and are designed to bring about meaningful change, sustainable growth and a lasting positive impact to the UK. Since its launch in 2007 AFBE-UK' outreach programmes have reached over 6000 BME individuals across the UK. The Association not only offers networking, mentoring, educational resources and opportunities but it also provides access to jobs across the country.

The UK has a long standing history of engineering achievement and yet BME communities are underrepresented across the sector.  The proportion of UK citizens from ethnic minority communities is projected to reach between 20%-30% by 2050 but only 6% of UK engineers are from BME backgrounds, although an average of 25% of engineering university graduates are from BME backgrounds. What makes this issue even more concerning is that the UK engineering sector is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled professionals. It is this level of success and the tangible outcomes achieved which makes the Gala event which will take place in November 2017 so important. The AFBE-UK gala is a premier networking event for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, high achieving students of ethnic minority backgrounds, individuals and organisations promoting STEM careers.

“The cradle to the grave approach employed by AFBE-UK has seen many young people from secondary schools to graduates from diverse backgrounds, study and secure employment in engineering as a direct result of engaging with AFBE-UK. We want to celebrate these achievements while looking to a future where AFBE-UK continues to bridge the skills gap in the Engineering industry by broadening the talent pool.” Nike Folayan, Chair of AFBE-UK


The event will begin with a networking reception where guests will be welcomed to a drinks reception with a variety of multicultural entertainment. The keynote address will be undertaken by Tom Illube ranked No1 in the 2017 Power list of the UK’s most influential Black Britons. Another highlight of the evening will be the public recognition of the winners of the 10th Anniversary AFBE-UK Awards recognising individuals and organisations who are making a significant contribution to the engineering industry.  The Awards include; Innovation award, The Company recognition award, The Outstanding mentor award and the Appreciation award.

This event will be a marker for the continued efforts and strides that are being made by the AFBE to make an impact for diversity and inclusion. 

More information:

Ronke Lawal








Notes To Editor

The event will be held at The IET Savoy Place on the 2nd November 2017 from 6:30pm.

Gala Tickets:


·         Innovation award - covers young professionals and young students presented by London South Bank University (LSBU)

·         Company recognition award – Award for company with notable support for BME Engineers presented by the Royal Academy of Engineering

·         Outstanding mentor award – covers outreach to schools by individuals

·         Appreciation award - Recognising someone within The AFBE's advisory board that has been supportive.



  1. Royal Academy of Engineering
  2. London South Bank University
  3. Arup
  4. WSP
  5. Ilesa Trust
  6. Association for Consultancy and Engineering
  7. Intalock Oil and Gas Ltd

Historically known as the Association for Black Engineers, AFBE-UK was founded at a time when there were community and social concerns around the need for visible role models for young people of ethnic minority origin. Since 2011 AFBE-UK has adopted and been known as the Association for BME Engineers UK and represents all UK ethnic minority engineers.

Nike chairs AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation which aims at challenging and inspiring people of BME origin to enter the field of Engineering and make enhanced contributions to their respective fields, and to local communities using Engineering as a platform. She is also a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), on the Advisory panel of CareersReady at Lambeth College, on the diversity panel of the Science Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London Diversity Steering group, on the Strategic Planning Committee of University of the West of England and very recently joined engineering industrial panel at the University of Kent. Nike is also a champion for increasing gender diversity in industry.

Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering. Nike is currently Associate Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within the Railways Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Nike has also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald and Harada Limited. Nike’s interest lies in the evolution of Radio and IP Networks and its application within the transport industry.