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Wetherby Real Estate: Zambian-Born Chanakira Launches A London Residential Investment Company for African Investors

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Wetherby Real Estate, which has been created to source and acquire luxury Serviced Accommodation in Prime Central London on behalf of worldwide investors, has announced its launch. It will be specializing in investment opportunities for top net worth individuals from the African continent. Though we understand, the services of Wetherby is accessible to investors across the world.

The platform has been launched by Barbara Chanakira, founder and CEO of the Mayfair based Eaton Property Consultants, another acquisition service but one which purchases a range of residential assets for HNWIs. She has almost 15 years’ experience in the luxury residential sector, overseeing huge property portfolios for HNWIs (High Net Worth Individuals) from across the globe which include those of Gulf State Royal Families and high-profile celebrities.

Wetherby is going to be operating exclusively among Europe’s fastest growing residential classes, Serviced Accommodation. It will only acquire property in Prime Central London and tap into huge demand from a worldwide investment audience, which has grown significantly over the previous couple of years as the U.K’s Serviced Accommodation market continues to flourish. Wetherby considers PCL to be one of the world’s safest and most lucrative investment destinations.

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The company is registered in Gibraltar but are going to be operating out of its London headquarters. Investments are made through the company’s affiliated wealth managers and an FCA regulated Custodian. Wetherby will then complete the important estate acquisitions through its UK-incorporated Special Purpose Vehicle. It has already identified variety of attractive prospects in London’s prime postcodes and it plans to expand into other real property sectors in the future.

Chanakira will be joined by Simon Hall and Augustina Ogbebor, who bring a combined total of over 35 years of experience in investment and advisory services and will be occupying the roles of Non-Executive Director and Head of Investor Relations, respectively.

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Simon Hall

Hall has over 20 years’ experience advising HNWIs and global corporations on growth and investments, working closely with international developments banks and clients within emerging markets.

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Augustina Ogbebor

Ogbebor’s 16 years in investment banking has seen her work with the likes of JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie and Lotus Capital Ltd; one of Nigeria’s most prestigious fund managers and where she was head of business development.

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Barbara Chanakira, the founder of Wetherby Real Estate Ltd, commenting on the launch said,

“London’s Serviced Accommodation market has an extremely bright future ahead, which has been compounded by changes taking place in the economy and society more broadly. The ongoing influence of Covid-19 has meant that lower operating costs, better social distancing and self catering benefits have enhanced its appeal, whilst the evolution of an increasingly transient workforce puts the sector in poll position to build upon its rapid growth of the last few years


Continuing that, London has an immovable socio-cultural and economic appeal, and their complex understanding and knowledge of its luxury property market and their carefully designed investment structure makes for an extremely attractive proposition.

She concludes by saying, they have already identified variety of attractive opportunities and appear to look forward to offering them to their network of investors from Africa and beyond.

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A Wetherby Real Estate property, African Investors can invest in.

According to her company, she is Zambian born who has had more than 14 years industry experience within real estate space. She so far, is managing multi-million pound portfolios of properties on behalf of her clients across prime London areas, including Mayfair.

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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding

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Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.

Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.

The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.

Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.

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The 2021 cohort includes:

  • Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
  • Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
  • Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
  • Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
  • Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
  • Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
  • The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
  • Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
  • Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana 
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Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,

“After 15 years in philanthropy, I believe now more than ever that it is women who will solve women’s health challenges and it is Africans who will solve Africa’s development challenges.”

She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.

Visit the intrepidentrepreneurs.org to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.

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