Creative Christmas Gifts Ideas

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!!…

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The Bold of Art: Chief Nike Okundaye Davies

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….

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Art, Exhibition and Fashion: Highlights of GTBank Fashion Weekend

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….

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Highlights from Chevron Bazaar 2016 December Edition

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)….

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The History Of Adire Textile

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…

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360Creativehub: First Fashion Co-Working Space In Lagos

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…

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Yemi Alade features in Shell’s #makethefuture Campaign

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…

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Wilson’s Juice: Nigeria’s First Fresh Lemonade

So many people go for the American dream, but the founders of Wilson’s Juice are of a different opinion. They believe that the Nigerian dream is alive, strong and valid. In their words to CNN, ‘In Nigeria, you can have a Naira and a dream’.

The Wilson’s Juice Company was created in 2010 with a starting capital of just ₦2000 ($10) by 2 brothers, Seyi and Seun Abolaji. This company has since turned to a very lucrative business for the brothers…

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The Rise Of A New Era In The Nigerian Textile Industry

I would like to thank one of my oldest friends Bukky for giving me this platform to write on my opinions. I remember when we first discussed it, it was just after I had returned from a ‘romantic’ travel, she wanted me to write an article on my Zanzibar experience which I did and after putting that in I suppose she really liked it and we talked about writing twice monthly for her site or so, now I knew deep down I had a lot on my plate and as such couldn’t be so committed to writing that often or according to a schedule.

I did tell her straight up I couldn’t write that often, still I considered it and actually tried, I discovered two things;

1) That I couldn’t just will myself to write, even when I tried to go off and be by myself to be in that mental space then I had a talk with her, even though I wasn’t detailed she assured me I was under no pressure, I could write as I felt and totally do me.

2) I didn’t realize when she said I could write about anything I could actually write about anything, I was having trouble coming to terms with the idea that as this was a site promoting Africa/made in Africa all my writing had to be in line with that.

So rein in tight and get ready to read about a broad spectrum of my interesting take and thoughts on happenings with Africa as a centre stage and beyond. 

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Supermart.ng officially launches “Proudly Nigerian” drive

Supermart.ng, Nigeria’s largest online supermarket and grocery delivery service has officially launched a “Proudly Nigerian” drive. With the goal of encouraging the purchase of local products, Supermart.ng has labeled all locally produced products with a “Proudly Nigerian” stamp, making it easier for customers to identify and decide if to spend their naira on local products. By patronizing local products, shoppers effectively support local farmers and companies, while also strengthening the purchasing power of the naira. 

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Top 10 Chemicals to Avoid on Natural Hair and Skin by Rachel Asakome

If you have plans to take good care of your natural hair and skin, here are some top 10 chemicals to avoid. I get so many emails from people asking me what chemicals are safe for their hair etc, well below is a list of a few chemicals that are a definite NEVER for black hair! Remember, whatever you use on your hair is absorbed into your body through your scalp. This is why I advocate the use of 100% natural or Organic products, it’s easier than trying to dodge chemicals. That being said, I still advice that you read the ingredients of every product before you purchase it, just because something says it’s natural or organic on the face doesn’t mean it’s safe! 

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Innoson, the Made in Nigeria Car Manufacturers

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company (IVM), a made in Nigeria car which was commisioned by the past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at Nnewi. IVM is part of the Innoson Group of Companies founded by the visionary Chairman, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). The company carries out optimization design and assembly according to west african road condition so as produce suitable products at affordable prices. 

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