Kola nut is native to West Africa though it has found its way to so many other countries. In many West African cultures, it is chewed and it is believed to restore vitality and ease hunger pangs. Kola nuts are an important part of the traditional spiritual practice of many cultures and religion in West Africa, particularly Nigeria.
Having a thirty-five-year history behind it, and with exhibitors from about twenty-one African countries, South African “Africa’s Travel Indaba”, is undoubtedly Africa’s biggest annual tourism marketing event as well as one of the top three events of its kind on the global calendar. Therefore, I am always looking forward to having a great time at this Africa’s own international expo and I must say that in the past four years that I have had the privilege of attending Indaba, it’s been truly fantastic as well as memorable.
The Eyo festival also known as the Adamu Orisa is a Yoruba festival celebrated in Lagos Island, Nigeria. With no fixed date on the calendar, the Eyo festival was known to only take place when a King or important Chief passed away. The Eyo Masquerades come out in their throngs to escort the soul of the departed and/or to usher in the new leader.
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.
Whoever said “women are their own worst enemies” wasn’t lying or understating either. Among women there is jealousy, envy, bitterness, competition, rivalry etc….Women empowering women is such a rarity.
We criticize one another’s style of dressing, background, lifestyle etc. We get in each other’s way negatively, seeking ways to bring down the next girl when we would do so much better minding our business and SUPPORTING one another.
Christmas season is here again, what Christmas Gifts are you getting for your loved ones? You don’t know yet? Alright then, Bellafricana is here to the rescue *wink*
Christmas comes to bless the earth. It is a time for everybody to be happy and merry. But what makes this season more special to us all, are the type of gifts we give and get.
So we have drawn up a list of really creative Christmas gifts ideas for you to wow your loved ones. And hey, you can even decide to surprise your enemies with a yummy package for the festive season, spread the love to all men! Christ is born!!…
My first encounter with Chief (Mrs.) Nike Okundaye Davies was when I visited her Art Gallery at Ikate Elegushi roundabout Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, Nigeria. She is a very lovely and amiable person and I am glad to do this write up on her.
Several years ago I saw a road sign saying “Nike Art”, on my way to my neighbour’s wedding. I think that was my first time of being awake while passing through Lekki-Epe expressway.
My name is Nike and I love art and every form it is presented in. So you can imagine how fast my attention was piqued when I saw this sign. That sign remained in my memory for a long time….
Are you familiar with that feeling of pure delight that comes when you see so many creativity such as Arts, Exhibition, Fashion etc. going on in one location? It’s spectacular!
This was the amazing feeling I got to experience at the GTBank Fashion Weekend. If you missed the event, here is a little recap to share the lovely experience with you….
Hello beautiful people, last weekend we partook in the 2nd and final Chevron Bazaar for the year 2016. The Chevron bazaar holds twice every year showcasing Afrocentric products from around Africa.
In this December edition, we represented several of our Bellafricana Verified business owners by displaying their products. There were so many beautiful and creative artisans present at the bazaar that had quite a lot of interesting works to display.
Come along! Let’s hold your hands and take you on a tour round the bazaar. Share the experience through our eyes (pictures)….
Adire textile, pronounced as Ah-DEE-reh is an age old indigo die textile indigenous to the Yoruba tribe of the Southwestern Nigeria. This textile is rich in beauty and culture as much as it has a rich history.
In this post, you will learn about the history of the Àdìre textile and follow its’ progression through time. How did the textile come about, where was it first made, who wore it first, how did it travel to other tribes and countries, where it is on the global sphere?
Yes, we had all these questions and more and knew many people out there too must have pondered on this also. To answer some of these questions, we at Bellafricana have done an extensive research on the subject to share the knowledge with the world. Let’s read on…
360Creative Hub has something really special for fashion entrepreneurs and enthusiasts based in Lagos. Fashion is arguably the next big deal in Nigeria and as such, has seen many entrepreneurs emerge than most special crafts in Nigeria. Their needs range from machinery to office space where they can work and create, to runways where they can flaunt their creativity.
Real Estate in Lagos can be a business killer hence the need to create a workspace for these bubbly entrepreneurs to express themselves, free from financial inhibition. Space where they can find specific materials for production and a chance at mentoring and professional advice. A space like 360Creative Hub…
Yemi Alade, the popular Nigerian songstress known for her signature-look bold African hairstyle, has claimed her title as the King of Queens once again. Recently, she featured in Shell‘s #makethefuture campaign and she really made us proud as she is the only African featured in the music video.
Yemi, born as Yemi Eberechi Alade, started her climb to stardom when she won the 2009 Peak Talent Show. Ever since, she has been soaring high beautifully and breaking ground after grounds…