Recent Posts by Bukky Asehinde

Founder’s Speech at Bellafricana ACE Awards 2017

Bellafricana held the very first African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards), an initiative to celebrate creative and innovative works of Nigerians (Africans) with a goal to encourage more talents to look inwards and create more globally acceptable brands. If you missed the Founder’s speech (Bukky Asehinde) on the day, here is the full speech.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guest of Honour, Friends, Family, Nominees, Verified Businesses, Ladies and Gentlemen. Good evening. This awards ceremony over which I am honoured to preside launches the process of celebrating creative quality businesses in Nigeria (Africa)… 

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Bellafricana.com Says ACE 2017 Focuses on ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ Patronage

In continuation of the role it plays in promoting Made-in-Nigeria quality products in the Nigerian economy by helping as many quality creative small businesses be at the forefront of the market, Bellafricana.com has also launched African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) to encourage those engaged in creating richer platforms.

The Founder, Bukky Asehinde, wonders, “Why should we wait on financial backing from the government and big institutions to help this industry? When we can create a platform to connect these Afrocentric businesses, they are maximising raw materials in Nigeria (Africa), providing employment for local talents within the country and creating wealth for the Nation”. 

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Bukky Asehinde from Nigeria Created a Platform to bridge the Global Buyer-Seller Gap for Creatives.

Bukky Asehinde from Nigeria aims to help creative Afrocentric businesses in Africa connect to their local and global consumers. 

With the current Rise of Made-in-Nigeria (Africa) products, which is making more Nigerians look inwards to recover from the Recession.

Bellafricana.com is playing a key role in the Nigerian economy by helping as many quality creative small businesses be at the forefront of the market and creating richer platforms to enable them grow.

“We are not in the business of waiting for the government to fix every hole in the economy. We believe in creating and innovating ideas to make our economy a better place”.

As part of her mission to bridge the gap between creative producers of Made-in-Nigeria Non-oil products/crafts and their consumers, Bellafricana, a company owned by Bukky that promotes the beauty of Africa launched an online platform in April, 2016 showcasing unique businesses of products and services made in Nigeria (Africa).

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Buy a Table at the Awards Dinner to Support Bellafricana ACE Awards 2017

I was having a discussion with someone who wanted to know more about the upcoming Bellafricana ACE Awards over the weekend. She asked a question, so why MSMEs, and why not just focus on Medium to Large Enterprises. My response, why not MSMEs? Did you know that MSMEs are major economic growth drivers? 

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Did You Miss The Garri Made In India?

Each passing day reminds me of what Bellafricana stands for, bringing quality Made-in-Nigeria (Africa) businesses to the forefront of the market and bridging the buyer-seller gap.

Sometimes few weeks ago, in February, this garri in the image above went viral across various social media channels in Nigeria. Truth is, I’m not even sure whether it’s made in India or Made in Asia. Nevertheless, it felt like an emotional roller coaster ride.

Here I was, feeling like a detective whilst I watched Nigerians lament out loud. I stood in the shadows burying my head in shame as this product had me thinking of just one sentence ‘Bukky, you have a lot of work to do’. 

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Bellafricana African Creative Exhibition and Awards

The management of Bellafricana is officially announcing their first edition of Bellafricana African Creative Exhibition and Awards coming up on the 17th of April, 2017. This Annual Creative Exhibition and Award (termed Bellafricana ACE Awards) is fully endorsed by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and the Nigeria Britain Association.

The theme is “Celebrating Creativity and Innovation”, as it is time to encourage and reward the hardworking creative business owners for impacting lives and the economy. 

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Over Perfectionism Can Kill Your Idea

This post goes out to my fellow perfectionists. So for a while now, after procrastination, the second thing on my negative list to consciously get rid of this year is ‘Over Perfectionism’. I thought it was a good/okay thing, but I now realise there is a very bad side of this trait I have acquired.

The thought of this led to this quote over the weekend, and I’m sure you can relate to it, “Over Perfectionism Can Certainly Kill/Drown Your Beautiful idea”. It’s time to get it behind you, and cast the negative spirit out fast. 

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Connect Nigeria E-Business fair 2017

Connect Nigeria has announced the 2017 edition of its annual E-Business fair, Africa’s largest business fair that connects micro, small and medium enterprises on the biggest scale the continent has ever seen. The fair will be taking place on Saturday the 18th of February, 2017 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos….

 

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Bellafricana Highlight For 2016 | Happy New Year 2017

Oh what a year it has been. I don’t know about you, but I am so fond of reflecting on the just concluded year. Thinking of the good and the bad, thanking God for both, and planning in advance for the year to come. My first thanks goes to God for His grace, my husband, my family, my mentors, friends, all verified business owners and you. Thank you for sticking close with Bellafricana this year. This post is basically to give you a summary of how the year was for us at Bellafricana, despite the uncertainties in the Nigerian economy. It was one of the best years thus far for the brand. Let’s get right into it, shall we. 

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ASSETS and African Hub International: Thinking About Export?

 Thinking About Export? Remember – Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread! African Sustainable SME Export Trade Solutions (ASSETS) is partnering with African Hub International to bring to all SMEs a constructive workshop themed Preparing Nigerian SMEs For Opportunities And Challenges In The Non-oil Export Sector. 

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