Saturday, 12 May 2018

Two British brothers who grew up in Nigeria are making & selling “Ikoyi Chapman” in the UK

Two British brothers have fulfilled a lifelong dream by bringing a drink they used to enjoy as children in Nigeria to the UK market.

Mike and Garry Robinson grew up with their parents in Nigeria, where they used to drink a traditional drink hand-mixed by locals.




They have now got a company to sign up for the production of the drinks and decided to call it “Ikoyi Chapman.”

The brothers moved back to the UK to school, but would often return to Nigeria during the school holidays and would have the drink again while they were there.

Mike  told The Courier: “After leaving school, Garry and I both became professional squash players but it has always been our dream to commercially produce this drink.”

After their squash careers came to a close around five years ago, they decided to try and make their dream a reality.



Mike said: “We’ve always had a dream of bringing it to market.

“We went to various drinks companies, but many only want an energy drink or a fruit drink. We were taking them a drink that had a unique taste.”

Eventually, drinks company Dohler got on board, and after a bit of experimentation with the flavour and finding a bottling company, the drink was ready to produce.

In April, the first bottles finally came off the production line.

Mike said: “It was a long, drawn-out process, so it was emotional to see our drink go round the bottling line.

“We were just absolutely elated - we can’t believe it.”

Ikoyi Chapman is already being sold in bars in some parts of the UK, and the brothers hope people will soon start seeing it in supermarkets.




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