The Early Days of Bellafricana

Hello Bella readers, it’s been such an interesting journey and I can’t wait to share the first few months. My name is Bukky Bello, the CEO of Bellafricana and I will like to share how Bellafricana started and the journey so far. I love all my Digest readers, so if you are reading this, you are part of the success so far. Happy Reading and have a Beautiful Week! 

How Bellafricana Started…

Bukky Bello, Akure Camp, NYSC Nigeria Bellafricana

Bukky Bello at Ikare Akoko Camp, Akure 2012 during her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC, a compulsory service for Nigerian graduates).

I don’t know about you, but in short summary, NYSC for me was 1 year out to think of the next step in life. I had an interesting experience during NYSC, lets call it bitter sweet! However, sweet is the most memory that came out of my NYSC as that was the genesis for bellafricana. You might have to contact me to hear the full story…

After NYSC, I was left with 2 choices, to join the job market or to turn my passion to business.

The Journey So Far…

  • Successful launch of Bellafricana’s first exhibition in February 12, 2014 at Orela Restaurant and bar Ikoyi, Lagos.

registration table

bellafricana exhibition

bellafricana's main picture

guests at bellafricanas exhibition


twinny & uju bellafricana

bells bellafricana

bellafricana's exhibition

tobz and I bellafricana

  • Attended over 12 exhibitions…

bellafricana at chevron bazaar

bellafricana CEO with Tytys CEO to the left

bellafricana at labule

bellafricana at french bazaar

  • Branded over 5000 notebooks for weddings, souvenirs and corporate organisations.

awesome treasures ankara notebooks by Bellafricana

Natives adire notebooks made by Bellafricana

ankara notebooks by Bellafricana

clairgold oil and gas adire notebooks by Bellafricana

bellafricana ecommerce site screenshot

  • To a marketplace e-Commerce site.

bellafricana marketplace screenshot

  • Successfully helping 11 vendors at the moment sell more using our platform.
  • Job creation with 2 staff and 5 local partners
From left to right, Blessing Onokpite, Bukky Bello & Ijeoma Okonkwo. Bellafricana

From left to right, Blessing Onokpite, Bukky Bello & Ijeoma Okonkwo.

Lady to my left, Blessing Onokpite is a graduate of Medical Physiology from the University of Benin. She is passionate about aesthetics and has made her mark on Bellafricana for almost a year. She is our sales and marketing Manager and I am blessed to have her as a staff.

Lady to my right, Ijeoma Okonwo is a HND holder. She has a passion for fashion designing. She is our tailor and sales personnel. She plans to start an open university to further her education in accounting. Bellafricana is supporting her dream. I am glad to have her as a staff.

Who we are:

Bellafricana (means “Beautiful Africa”) is a marketplace where people around Nigeria (Africa) go to buy and sell unique Afrocentric and handmade goods to the world. We are huge lovers of promoting local content, creatives and artisans, hence the reason we have created a platform to connect buyers and sellers of Afrocentric products and services.  We do this to create more jobs as well as promote open competition for these local artisans and creatives using technology.


Here are 2 quotes;

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Unknown

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  • Sayo C

    Congratulations to Buki and the entire Bellafricana team. Your progress is such an inspiration to entrepreneurs across the continent! Much greater things ahead.