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. 

GIST Women’s Village Nigeria

We were taught how to network, build successful entrepreneurship ecosystems, and leverage resources to benefit women entrepreneurs. Each of us were challenged to increase awareness and improve access for women entrepreneurs by teaching what we have learned to 60 people within 6 months of completing the workshop, and to expand our reach.

Here are some pictures from the workshop;

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

The Facilitator and some entrepreneurs

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

Nigerian Gifts made by Catyna Designs and MitiMeth given to the facilitators from the participants of the workshop

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

Presenting the Nigerian gifts to the organisers

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

Bukky Asehinde, founder of Bellafricana

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

Bukky Asehinde, founder of Bellafricana with the US Consulate General in Nigeria

GIST Women's Workshop Nigeria, US Consulate, US Department of State, Bellafricana

Bukky Asehinde, founder of Bellafricana and the Public Affairs officer from the US Consulate

The GIST Women’s Village Workshop was very impactful and has helped me understand how I can empower more entrepreneurs in the creative Industry in Nigeria  through networking and skills building.

It was a beautiful experience meeting other young and driven entrepreneurs who are innovating and creating ideas to impact the Nigerian economy.

Many thanks once again to Shaaretha and the organisers, also the US Department of State for a great initiative to help empower entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

I will be sharing all I have learnt with more entrepreneurs in Nigeria to help them in their entrepreneurship journey.

Go to gistnetwork.org to sign up and become part of GIST Network.