Every so often after an exhibition, you hear vendors say “I didn’t sell at that exhibition, I wont go back next year” And they state this fact as though the organizers of the exhibition were supposed to lead attendees to each vendor one after the other. In the same vein you hear other vendors talk about how they sold out all their products and you wonder how that is even possible.
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”.
The complete list of Bellafricana ACE Awards nominees have been released and it is with great pleasure to see that well deserving brands made it on…
Adding value and creating impact is a noble cause that should be awarded. This by no means undermines or belittles the efforts of the brands that weren’t nominated, far from it.
BoConcept opens a special exhibition featuring artworks by Peju Alatise and Yetunde Babaeko’s photography which is tagged as “Art Meets Design“. The exhibition is aimed at establishing a connection between Nigerian arts and contemporary Scandinavian furniture, which comes with functional designs.
The French bazaar was held on the 6th of December in Lagos. Most artisans came from different states in Nigeria to exhibit varieties of products; hand made jam, arts, crafts, sculptures, scented candles, unique gift items and many more. Bellafricana was amongst the artisans, as always, I saved you some interesting pictures..
Lost in Lagos Live is hosting it’s biggest lifestyle event yet! With a diverse range of vendors like Delavi Couture from fashion and home furnishings to gifts and coffee, there is something for everyone. At this year’s event they are celebrating SPAN at 10, with a costume party in the special ‘Kids Tent’ and a dance performance by the SPAN dancers.
Bellafricana was amongst a few artisans that were at the Chevron bazaar held in Lagos, Nigeria on the 13th of November, 2014. My team and I were there to represent Bellafricana including various other creatives present to exhibit from arts, crafts, sculpture, textile, gift items, paintings, beads, baskets and many more. Great talents in Africa I tell you.
I had to save some beautiful pictures to share with you. I absolutely love them all and I’m sure you will too.
Bellafricana celebrated Nigeria @54 by hosting an exhibition at Labule Restaurant on the 1st of October, 2014. Despite the heavy rain fall on the day, the exhibition was a success.
Various African products were displayed for sale; Adire table mat and coaster set, ankara apron and gloves set, kente bags, kente slippers, African men and women wears, ankara cushions and many more. Here are some pictures from the exhibition;