London—A female Nigerian entrepreneur based in the United Kingdom, Jasmine Cannon-Ikurusi has been honoured by the Mayor of London.
Her organization, Sapphire Community Group won the “London Community Award” for 2022 at an event held in the United Kingdom capital.
She thanked the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) for recognizing and supporting her brand.
“Today has shown me that dreams can become a reality! Today has shown me that there is hope for my generation! Today has shown me that a change is possible!
“Thank you for believing in me and Sapphire,” an elated Cannon-Ikurusi wrote on her Facebook page.
She equally appreciated BMW UK “for our new car that will help us support our young people with food donations and our soup kitchen.”
Cannon-Ikurusi is the second daughter of HRH Ralph Samuel Sambo, the Amadabo of Sambo Ama in Twon Brass, Bayelsa State.
She founded the Sapphire Community Group which is into information technology, catering, construction, media and mass training of youths both in the UK and Nigeria.
“Every month, we do an outreach event. We go to villages, we go to towns on special holidays, we speak to the people and they have been coming.
“It is such an overflow that we don’t have to do anymore outreach because our office is always full now. The word of mouth has spread,” says Cannon-Ikurusi during an interview with Guardian Newspaper earlier this year.
When asked how many people her organization has trained so far, she said that “our capacity, for now, is about 100 people in a day and we have been running for six months so that gives you the brevity about how many young people we have trained.
“We additionally do massive training event every month supporting between 500 and 100 women and young people.”