Metrowoman entrepreneur of the week
Azuka Nduaguibe the CEO of Clara’s Corner, is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University where she specialised in painting. After youth service in 2006, she started a luxury gift notebook business called Beautifully African which was sold in then Nu’metro stores nationwide and also used as wedding souvenirs.
She started working in advertising in 2008 while running the business simultaneously which got her a scholarship from Goldman Sachs to attend an entrepreneurship course in Pan African University.
In 2013 her passion for food and bright colours drove her to start a food and lifestyle blog called Clara’s Corner where she shared her twists on popular dishes and also created original recipes of her own. In 2014 she started taking short food courses such as cocktail making, pastries and cake making including food photography which landed her a contract to create an 80 recipes book for Mr Chef Nigeria in November 2015 while still working in advertising.
Finally in April 2016 Clara’s Corner launched its first product – Joly Yogurt, a healthy yogurt brand uniquely made from skimmed milk, thick, creamy with real fruits incorporated into it, comparable to foreign yogurts like yoplait.
It is a low sugar, low fat brand suitable for the lactose intolerant. Joly Yogurt has unique flavours like Green Tea, a unique blend of ugu and mint leaves, delicious and titillating to the taste buds.
In June 2016 she launched Cranola, a best selling sugar free granola mix, which is especially a favourite among millennial shoppers. Meet Azuka, a multi-talented artist with a unique sense of taste, a trait she inherited from her late mother Mrs Ngozi Chukwuma who was a one-time Maggi Cooking Competition winner in 1989.