In a compelling interview with BusinessDay, Kiki Chiori, a multifaceted businesswoman, renowned public speaker, and fervent advocate for female youth empowerment, unveiled the remarkable highlights of her career.
As the Founder and CEO of Kiki Lucas Jewellery, a luxury brand spanning both Nigeria and the United States, Chiori shared her inspiring journey, shedding light on her recent milestone: the design of the new Miss Universe Nigeria crown.
This exclusive conversation delves into her thriving jewellery enterprise, the pivotal contract secured from Silverbird Group to craft the iconic crown, her profound affiliation with Women In Mining In Nigeria (WIMIN), and her visionary insights into the future of mining in Nigeria.
Can you tell us about your journey from launching Kiki Lucas Jewelry to designing the Miss Universe Nigeria crown?
My professional journey, from the inception of Kiki Lucas Jewelry to the opportunity to design the Miss Universe Nigeria crown, has been an extraordinary adventure. Designing the Miss Universe Nigeria crown represents a pivotal achievement in my career, and I am deeply honoured to have been a part of this esteemed project. The crown itself serves as a symbol of the beauty, elegance, and unwavering strength of Nigerian women. Throughout the design process, I dedicated myself entirely to this project, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes of Nigeria.
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During the crowning moment of Ugochi, the current Miss Universe, how did it make you feel seeing your work on centre stage? How did the partnership with Silverbird Group come about?
The moment I saw my designed crown adorning Ugochi was a truly awe-inspiring experience, especially when considering the demanding timeframe within which we had to create it. The opportunity to collaborate with Silverbird Group materialized due to the alignment of fortuitous