Recent Posts by Bukky Asehinde

Export Procedure For Made in Nigeria Products

Export is one of the major ways I believe the Nigerian market can maximise it’s potential. Most people I’ve met, get to know my stand on import and export before too long.

It is not an hidden fact that I am always on the campaign for exportation of quality made in Nigeria products. This is one of the drive behind Bellafricana. We aim to bridge the gap between the producers and the local & global market.

In this post, one of our Bellafricana Verified business owner shares her first hand experience with the export process. Her name is Achenyo Idachaba, she is the Founder and CEO of MitiMeth, a made in Nigeria initiative that solves environmental problems while creating employment opportunity for the people.

It is always important to learn from each other and pass the lesson learnt on. This is why we would like you to follow Achenyo’s write up closely, you might learn something priceless here too. She writes…

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A Stage Play For Global Entrepreneurship Week: Passion & Prudence

To mark the global entrepreneurship week for 2016, we will be joining the world in celebrating entrepreneurship at a new stage play which will be performed on the 17th of November, 2016, described as one with intrigues, suspense, humour and countless life’s lessons. 

Powered by Mofolusade Sonaike, a renowned entrepreneur, and entrepreneurship advocate, the stage play is set to mark the annual global entrepreneurship week set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs all over the world.

Ige Kachi, Uncle Ben and others for Passion and Prudence stage play….

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Highlights From The SME Non-Oil Export Workshop by ASSETS & African Hub

A while ago we shared with you the details about an upcoming SME Non-Oil Export Workshop, Themed Dollars and Sense. Dollars and Sense! Repositioning Nigerian SMEs As Catalysts to Achieve Rapid, Sustainable Growth in the Non-oil Export Sector.

The workshop was organised by African Sustainable SME Export Trade Solutions (ASSETS) in partnership with African Hub International. This event was coordinated by Ms Shade Bembatoum-Young, the CEO of African Sustainable SME Export Trade Solutions (ASSETS).

If you missed the opportunity to participate in this enlightening workshop, you can read the highlights as written by Siaka Momoh on Real Sector Now, below…

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The History Of Aso-Oke Textile

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Aso-oke is the traditional wear of the Yoruba’s (the tribe of the southwest people in Nigeria, Africa). The Yoruba’s are the second largest tribe in Nigeria after the Northerners. Aso-Oke is a cloth that is worn on special occasions by the Yoruba’s usually for chieftaincy, festivals, engagement, naming ceremony and other important events. 

It is said that “the beauty of Aso-Oke comes out more when it is taken as Aso-Ebi (group of people e.g. friends, families e.t.c)”, however Bellafricana is prepared to show the beauty of Aso-Oke in interior decorations, fashion, shoes, bags and many more.

Cloth weaving (Aso-Oke) started centuries ago amongst the Yoruba’s but predominantly amongst the Iseyin’s (Oyo-State), Ede (Osun State) and Okene (Kogi State) and some areas in Ghana. The fibres used for weaving are either locally sourced or brought from neighbouring states (northern parts of the country).

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Adire Cloth in Nigeria : A Book Review on Adire Textile

Adire cloth (pronounced Ah-DEER-eh), is one of the many African textiles I really love. It is quite versatile and I love the way the patterns can be so simple and yet unique.  It is an age old textile of African origin which has been brought up in several discussions for many years.

With the changing times and discovery of newer findings, a revised edition of old Adire cloth publications is a welcome introduction to our knowledge accumulation. Adire is a Yoruba word for indigo-dyed style of fabrics, it is so unique that it can be considered a form of cloth art….

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GTBank Fashion Weekend: Shop, Learn, Be Awed!

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If you’re a lover of fashion you will be excited to learn about the grand fashion weekend event GTBank is organizing. GTBank is also known as Gaurantee Trust Bank or simply as GTB, is a commercial bank in Nigeria.

They have planned a Fashion Weekend that promises to be highly exciting. This event boasts to bring under one roof, the most promising, talented and recognised fashion designers, brands and retail enterprises from across Nigeria and abroad…

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Introducing Your One Stop Shop for Wedding Gifts and Souvenirs

Are you looking for where to get lovely custom made wedding gifts, Aso Ebi gifts, wedding favours, African gifts in Nigeria, African souvenirs, unique Afrocentric souvenirs, wedding souvenirs and unique corporate gift items in Nigeria? Look no further. We bring to you a company called Bellafricana.

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Pictures from the Launch of Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi

The rise of creative and innovative brands in Nigeria (Africa) is so exciting. Here’s another amazing brand Ethnik Tunde Owolabi that was launched on the 29th of May, 2016 at Araba’s Cafe, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The founder of Bellafricana, Bukky Asehinde was there to support Tunde and other socialites in Lagos, bloggers, fashion enthusiasts, stylists, fashion editors and much more.

Ethnik presents a fresh line for the fashion forward individual who is interested in creative ways of blending cultural fabrics specifically Aso-oke with contemporary designs. This line of fashion, was founded by Tunde who is also the creative director of Ethnik. He is a man of many talents; he’s an artist, photographer and designer. In line with all of these, Tunde also found his own studio and named it the Tunde Owolabi Studios. 

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ASSETS and Bellafricana SME Export Workshop

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African Sustainable SME Export Trade Solutions (ASSETS) and Bellafricana present Repositioning Nigerian SMEs As A Catalyst To Achieve Rapid, Sustainable Growth In The Non-Oil Export Sector.

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?
• Can SMEs become major players in the non-oil export value chain?
• Should my company get involved in export?
• How do I know if my product is export ready?
• If I don’t have a product yet what can I do?
• If I am a marketer can I get involved in export?
• Should I switch from import to export?

If you want answers to any of these questions, then you don’t want to miss a golden opportunity at the SME Export Workshop to get practical, down to earth answers to these and many other questions. You will also get the latest information about new incentives and critical issues affecting the non-oil export sector in Nigeria. 

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Bellafricana Founder And Other Entrepreneurs At The GIST Women’s Village Nigeria

The founder of Bellafricana, Bukky Asehinde, was amongst the entrepreneurs in technology that was selected to attend the GIST Women’s Village Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria on the 18th of May, 2016. A workshop by the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, which was organised for 25 science and technology entrepreneurs to promote women’s access to entrepreneurship resources.

The workshop in Lagos, was implemented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which was part of a series of workshops – GIST Women’s Village Workshops – holding throughout Africa in 2016. 

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Bellafricana At The Launch Of Dress Me Outlet

Bellafricana CEO, Bukky Asehinde was at the Dress Me Outlet launching, a Cocktails and Dresses Fashion Event which took place on the 22nd of May at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria. There were various personalities, exquisite fashion moguls and top media houses. Some Bellafricana verified brands, Itoro Okon and The Potters Signature were present with other creative and innovative designers, Bimbeads, Kinabuti, Trish O Couture, TWC Accessories, Kiki Kamanu, Elegante by Tiannah Styling, Amarelis by Lara and others. Saved you some pictures. 

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Picture Speaks At The Africa Marketplace Pop Up Market

The Africa Marketplace second edition, held May 15, 2016 at Twenty 5, Banana Island Way, Lagos, Nigeria. Various entrepreneurs and small business owners were present at the pop up market to showcase and sell their products and services. The pop up was open from 12-7pm with 80 vendors from different sectors; beauty, food, fashion, art and craft  and over 800 visitors. Despite the wet day, it was an impressive turn out. Here are some pictures from the event. 

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