Chinenye Umeike is the CEO of Kilienma, a company that manufactures makeup using mainly natural ingredients. Chinenye quit paid employment in 2015 to pursue a business in an industry she loved.
Creative MSMEs have invaded Nigeria (Africa) and we certainly are not complaining.
In 2016, it became apparent that Nigeria was an import driven nation and that was how the “buy Naija to grow the Naira” came to be.
However, various sects of the economy are realising that for Nigeria to diversify and become an export driven nation, the beam light falls on MSMEs.
A fresh year is on the calendar and it is almost time for the second edition of the annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (termed ACE Awards) hosted by Bellafricana. It brings to Lagos the best creative minds in the fields of Art and Craft, Fashion, Manufacturing, Beauty, Food Produce and so much more.
If you haven’t heard of Sacfruits, a Healthy snacks and fruit processing company in Nigeria, then you are really missing out. Sacfruits produces dried fruits, it’s that simple. Just as the name implies, fruits that have been dried. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love eating fruits, I am never able to save some from spoiling. Instead of watching her fruits get spoilt in the kitchen, the founder of SacFruits, Mrs Afie Braimoh-Giwa was inspired to birth SACFruits.
Sahara Sunrise founder and CEO Eme Ugwuegbu, a.k.a, The Shea Butter Lady, is such a likeable person. Not only is she an advocate of Natural healthy hair and body care, but she is also dedicated towards ensuring you have the best care. You certainly have a lot to learn from her, hence why Bellafricana is always bringing to you Exclusive Interviews of founders in the Creative Industry in Nigeria (Africa). Let’s meet her…
When you see that you are glowing, you know it has something to do with the kind of products that either goes into your skin or mouth. You need to ensure you show your body some love, and stay away from harsh chemicals. This is why I have made it easier for you to identify 8 Natural beauty brands you can trust in Nigeria. Natural Beauty is a lifestyle that is sustainable.
The ethos at Inner Beautee is “feel good, look good” and I totally agree with that statement, as they take pride in taking care of all clients inside-out. Inner Beautee works hard to provide African inspired Natural, Organic, Fair-traded and Traceable quality bath, hair and skin care products.
All ingredients are free from parabens, vegan and baby friendly, not tested on animals and packaged in 100% recyclable materials.
Aweni Organics is one of the top natural beauty manufacturing companies in Nigeria. All their products aim to create 100% Natural Hand-crafted Shea Butter-based products of a High Quality. They thoughtfully package and present each product to ensure an exceptional African body care experience.
All luxurious Soaps, Whipped Body Butters, Soothing Balms and Moisturising Oil Blends are made from carefully and ethically sourced and selected Food Grade Organic Shea Butter, Nourishing Oils and Botanical Extracts; 95% of which are indigenous, primarily to Nigeria, and then the African Continent.
Beautifully Nappy begun as a natural hair blog in 2011, it was created as a platform to showcase beautiful natural hair and educate people on the benefits of using natural products to care for their hair. It evolved into a healthy living blog quickly, with requests on natural remedies to various problems such as acne, hair loss, stretchmarks, sun burn, eczema experienced by the everyday Nigerian.
The Bellafricana ACE Awards 2017 day was marked and Nigeria remains breath-taking following the first and spectacular launch of Bellafricana ACE Awards 2017 which took place on the 17th of April, 2017 at D-Venue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Lagos, Nigeria.
You can almost still feel the excitement in the air resonating from the crowds on the day to witness this laudable event, the first of its kind in Nigeria and the whole of Africa.
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.
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.
I am a new convert to the “Shea butter as diaper cream department” and this is not because I downplay the effects of shea butter on the skin. I’m just one of those that will think of Mr Biggs before remembering Chicken Republic.
Child hair care is not as easy as it seems but also isn’t as difficult as it looks. In this post, I am going to help you begin your journey in figuring out exactly what your child’s hair needs. If you do not already know me, my name is Luchi the founder of the Muna & Luchi Hair Care Brand, I help young mothers, like me, take charge of caring for their children’s hair. …