Ehime was visiting Nigeria from her station in Texas and needed to get frozen yoghurt. Unfortunately, there were no stores selling the product in the country.
That gave her a lightbulb moment: she decided to quit her job as a Bankruptcy Specialist at Citi Group, to start a frozen yoghurt company in Nigeria. That’s how Sweetkiwi was born.
She started off hosting a free tasting event and the reception was more than she expected. People were interested, and from then on, even before she began her plan to get a store and sell her products, she was receiving contracts to cater to events.
Her business began, and soon she opened her flagship store in Lekki, Lagos and then another, and then in 2018, launched its product offering in the US.
Her business started in 2011 and in 2014, the brand got its space to create the unique experience it intends to give customers.
Ehime is a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women scholar and holds a degree in Business Information Technology and International Studies from London Metropolitan University.
She also completed the Entrepreneur Management programme at the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan African University, Lagos and has certifications in restaurant management and dessert manufacturing.
Ehime is building two more brands – Beet Root and Činggis Mongolian Grill – to join SweetKiwi as part of her Your Way Foods.
Your Way Foods is “an International group of healthy food brands made with the best natural ingredients. We operate leading brands in the rapidly growing healthy-foods space, offering consumers great experiences with unique, innovative and fresh product offerings,” it says on its website.
Ehime is looking to kickstart her franchise program to grow the brand into other parts of Nigeria and the rest of Africa and we’re rooting for her!