Thursday, May 12th 2022, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria conferred the National Productivity Order of Merit Award. NPOM to the Chairman/CEO of Tummy Tummy Foods Ltd, Chief Chika Emeninike. The honor was given him as a result of his hard work, high productivity and excellence.
The National Productivity Order of Merit Award. NPOM is an award of honour and dignity instituted by the Government to reward, recognize hard work and excellence.
Anaedoonline has earlier reported that Chief Chika Emenike is an illustrious businessman, who started a noodle company, Tummy Tummy in 2009, in a bid to diversify his resources and contribute to the economic growth in Nnewi, Anambra, and Nigeria at large.
In an exclusive Interview with Anaedoonline.com, Chief Chika spoke about his humble beginnings from the streets of Nkwo Nnewi, in Anambra State. The Business mogul said he started his business with selling motorcycle spare parts, with the sum of Three Thousand Naira (N3000) which was what his uncle settled him with after he served him in Nnewi.
He narrated his struggles, starting with no shop of his own in the busy market of Nkwo Nnewi, to owning a half shop and later a full shop in the market.
According to Chief Emenike, the key to every successful business is consistency and commitment. He said he spent most of his early days at the shop during the day, even when there were public holidays, he is always at his business place then trying to grow the KOTEC brand. He explained that the name KOTEC was borne out of the need to separate his own business brand from the numerous-relative products in the market.
KOTEC is known for selling high-premium motorcycle spare parts of different brands and their products are ranked among the top five brands to beat in Nnewi. The KOTEC brand also focuses on bricks which are called KOTEC Bricks. The bricks popularly called “brick tiles”, are used to improve the aesthetics as an alternative to painting.
Talking about his switch to the Food and Beverage Industry, the industrialist said he was inspired to start noodle production when someone sold the idea to him. Tummy Tummy is the one of the highest grossing noodle in the South-East region and has spread its tentacles to others States in Nigeria like Lagos, Abuja, Rivers, Edo, Ondo etc. He said the Tummy Tummy brand has about Two variants; the Chicken and Sea-food variant.
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