was born in Clapham in '82 to an unconditionally loving, religiously faithful,
Igbo Queen and mother. Alongside a providing, unbending, whip cracking,
accountant, but overall loving Ijaw Dad -it's no surprise Chris became a
creative visionary and faultlessly focused from an early age.
He flexed the dexterity of his skillset first by honing his craft as a barber for family, neighbours and classmates from age 14. He submerged himself in art and design by drawing comic books and sketching until dawn, dabbled in the fashion world, then performed as an actor in performances at Italia Conti, The Young Vic and Wimbledon theatre. He locked down a graphic design degree, a lengthy list of accolades and was voted the inaugural president of his uni's new African Caribbean society, as well as created and ran some of the towns most off the chain social events.
Off the back of carving out a dynamic portfolio of creative work, Chris put in a 14-year career in Barclay's bank, building an extensive network, and an arsenal of experience. Until he eventually resigned as a result of perceived racial discrimination in the industry and poor leadership.
Blessed with 3 beautiful children, his partner, siblings and his mother and father but facing trauma and depression, Chris was supported by his strong network. Thankfully his family, mentors and fitness coaches guided him out of what he cities as the darkest phase of his life.
Throwing himself wholeheartedly into everything that he does, Chris bounced back stronger and more ambitious than ever. Having always been entrepreneurial and no stranger to a side hustle his talents were soon back in high demand. From freelance logo and graphic design commissions, private corporate photography contracts, to family media productions company 'Kitokoncepts', his own self-defence and fitness brand 'Martial Arts Locker Room' and beyond.
In 2020, when lockdown hit the transformed his most recent business venture 'Holistic Well Hub' into a COVID response unit that delivered free food and supplies hampers to anyone vulnerable in the Croydon community.
On a constant journey of self-discovery, Chris continually pushes his mind, body and soul beyond its personal best. Whether that's football, Hiit training, kickboxing, MMA of his current favourite Brazilian JiuJitsu. He's not only racked up trophies but a unique fighting style, and like many elements of his personality… an "alien endurance".
"My career helped me achieve many successes and L's and exposed me to material worlds that most could only dream of. From flash sports cars to properties, shopping sprees, unfulfilling indulgences and wild parties. But it ultimately became my downfall. Not only did I later discover that none of that world was my authentic identity. But it exposed me to racial injustice. Because of this, the pillar of this platform in United to Change and Inspire that I'm most passionate about is mental health and equality in employment. By understanding my own purpose I hope to empower and helping others on their healing journeys of self-discovery and evolution."
Chris concludes "As a nation, we have suffered and endured for centuries as a result of cowardly, incompetent, selfish, insecure and self-entitled privilege. What I want to change and improve through United to Change and Inspire is the current narrative and injustice my ancestors have faced. I hope to instead spark consciousness that equality, education and self-love are where we need to start to build a better society, community and race. "