Meet our Founder & CEO
Known to the Kendake family as ‘the farm’acist’ (she is
both a farmer and a qualified pharmacist), Chibugo Okafor founded Kendake Honey
in 2019. Less than two years later, her honey was awarded a GOLD award for taste and quality at the London International Honey Quality awards. So how did a pharmacy graduate end up running a honey company?
It started with a trip from the UK to Nigeria, where I stumbled across a
native honey farm. As a pharmacist, I always understood the health benefits of natural honey, and knew that for centuries human beings have used products made by bees in a wide variety of different ways - for nutrition, skincare and medical purposes.
I started using the honey myself, and gave it to friends and family, who always asked me for more. This gave me the beginnings of a business idea to process and package the honey sustainably
and ethically for sale to consumers. I wanted others to benefit from the unique properties of pure, unadulterated honey, knowing that so much honey we buy has additives, so I decided to set up my own production company.
Since arriving in Nigeria, I had been shocked by the economic marginalisation of women and the difficulty they had in accessing sustainable incomes. I knew I wanted to incorporate some form of social impact into production, making sure to invest in the
Nigerian community. That’s why Kendake Honey is a social enterprise too – aimed at providing opportunities for local
women and youth.
The best part of my job is seeing real change in the lives of women working for Kendake Honey. Hearing their stories and seeing what they do with the little that our company offers them is truly
inspiring. They express such a strong desire for a better life, and they go for it.”