Chizoba Okpala Atsu: Pioneering Excellence in Event Management and Empowering Women in Business

In the bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria, where creativity and entrepreneurship thrive, one woman has carved her own path in the event support industry. Meet Chizoba Okpala Atsu, the visionary founder of Elles Icebox, a company that has become synonymous with exquisite cocktails and impeccable service. Chizoba’s journey began with a simple observation. Attending an event with lackluster waiter service, she realized there was a gap in the market. The cocktail and drinks business lacked professionalism and finesse. Driven by a desire to elevate the industry, Chizoba embarked on a mission to create something extraordinary.

Armed with determination and a thirst for knowledge, Chizoba immersed herself in the art of mixology. She underwent rigorous training, honing her skills to perfection. In 2008, she founded Elles Icebox, determined to set new standards for event support services. In January 2009, Chizoba’s dream took flight as she catered at her inaugural event. The success was undeniable. Elles Icebox had arrived, and Chizoba’s unwavering commitment to excellence propelled her forward.

Elles Icebox quickly gained recognition as the go-to source for cocktails and drinks in Nigeria. Chizoba’s meticulous attention to detail and dedication to quality set her apart. She expanded her business, establishing over 10 mobile bars and employing around 30 talented individuals. Chizoba’s reputation attracted prestigious clients, including Oando Plc, Sahara Energy, First Bank Mortgages, and Cross Rivers State Government. She collaborated with luminaries like Femi Otedola and Pastor Ituah Ighodalo. Elles Icebox became the trusted choice for events across the nation.

Chizoba’s entrepreneurial spirit extended beyond Elles Icebox. She formed strategic partnerships with innovative brands, creating pop-up bars in collaboration with ShoMya, Sweetkiwi, and L’espace. Her weekly column on Bella Naija further solidified her influence. Chizoba’s passion for mixology culminated in the publication of Nigeria’s first cocktail recipe book, “The Elles Icebox Cocktail Guide.” In its pages, she shares signature mixes and timeless classics loved worldwide.

Chizoba Okpala Atsu’s journey from a eureka moment to a thriving business exemplifies resilience, creativity, and unwavering determination. Elles Icebox stands as a testament to her vision, and Chizoba continues to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs across Nigeria. Whether it’s shaking up a perfect martini or shaking up the industry, Chizoba’s continues a journey of innovation and excellence. Elles Icebox isn’t just about drinks; it’s about crafting unforgettable experiences — one cocktail at a time.