Hello Bella readers, today is a beautiful day for us as Bellafricana is officially 18 months old. We didn’t get a chance to celebrate 1 year, not sure why but this is cheers to many years ahead. 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. Look out for discounts and freebies this week. It’s all on Bellafricana..Happy Reading and have a Beautiful Week!
How Bellafricana Started…
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.
- Attended over 12 exhibitions…
- Branded over 5000 notebooks for weddings, souvenirs and corporate organisations.
- Been featured in Vanguard, Inside Watch Africa, Wedding Feferity & Education UK.
- Over 8000 subscribers…
- A mini-showroom in Ogudu, Lagos.
- Upgrade of website from a single vendor e-Commerce site
- To a marketplace e-Commerce site.
- Successfully helping 11 vendors at the moment sell more using our platform.
- Job creation with 2 staff and 5 local partners
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
Happy Reading! Kindly share this with friends and family…