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Couple make entrepreneur shortlist

AWARDS: Husband and wife business team Faustina and Emeka Anyanwu

A NIGERIAN couple were shortlisted in the creative entrepreneur category at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Emeka and Faustina Anyanwu, co-founders of Faunteewrites Ltd. and publishers of C. Hub magazine, both left their careers to switch to media and publishing, with the mission of changing the public’s
perception of Africa and Africans. Emeka was a successful chemical engineer, while Faustina was a nurse and midwife before they embarked on their entrepreneurial journey. In 2012, both decided to take the plunge and take up the responsibility to change the narrative on African story by highlighting the achievements of Africans.

Four years on, C. Hub magazine has become one of the most influential and authentic African magazines in the UK.

Emeka said:

“We’re humbled and encouraged by the support and recognition we’ve received, both within the community and our industry. We didn’t start what we do for us to be recognised or awarded. We saw a gap and a need in our community and wanted to close that gap, give our people a platform to achieve global branding and be able to compete in the world market through a balanced media representation. Our passion is to create opportunities, give our people positive images, inspire and challenge excellence.

“And today, four years on, we are gradually making that mark.”

Regarded as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the contributions and innovations of British entrepreneurs and those who embody a
spirit of disruption, innovation and enterprise. They took place last week in the Ballrooms of the Lancaster London Hotel.

Nick James, founder of the awards, said:

“This year, we have yet again enjoyed an increase in the amount of entries for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and every single category is fiercely contested. There is no doubt that entrepreneurialism is alive and well in the UK.”

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship for NatWest, said:

“Entrepreneurs are the wealth creators and the lifeblood of the UK economy. It’s incredibly important that we support them throughout their journey, with access to finance and networks, relevant mentors, general business advice and knowledge – all vital ingredients whether they are startups,
early stage or high-growth ventures.

“The standard of this year’s awards finalists shows just how much talent there is to support in the UK.”

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