Bellafricana held the very first African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards), an initiative to celebrate creative and innovative works of Nigerians (Africans) with a goal to encourage more talents to look inwards and create more globally acceptable brands. If you missed the Founder’s speech (Bukky Asehinde) on the day, here is the full speech.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guest of Honour, Friends, Family, Nominees, Verified Businesses, Ladies and Gentlemen. Good evening. This awards ceremony over which I am honoured to preside launches the process of celebrating creative quality businesses in Nigeria (Africa)…
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.
Before I highlight a number of ways women can make money from home, I will tell you this for free, being a career woman is not a walk in the park which is why when a husband and a baby or two join the mix, women most often times resign from their day jobs to take on the role of being full time housewives….
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.
I’m a brand loyalist especially when it comes to my kids. I mean why would I want to change a product that I have used religiously for the past 7 years and has caused me no grief or complaint?
I bet you like the sound of that? It is another week and today, the course is going deeper! I’m going to share the 5 Biggest mistakes some of us make in caring for our child’s hair and how to avoid them. I know you’ll be excited to know about these so let’s dive in! …
My eaves dropped at dinner last night and I heard someone ask “Why buy Nigerian?” with the main bone of contention being the quality of made in Nigeria products.
If you ask me, (even if you don’t I’d still tell you anyway) the concern of quality particularly is a little bit played out. Nigerians are not only becoming more innovative; most are also paying supreme attention to detail and quality.
Most natural hair girls aka naturalistas, especially the sistas (hehe…) with stubborn and brittle 4C type hair, know that the simple act of running a comb through it is a proper STRUGGLE!
I hear the permed ladies whisper “so why do you put yourselves through the stress of 2 strand twists, bantu knots, silk scarves, breaking combs etc. Why don’t you just save yourselves undue pressure and relax those curls huh?”
The hibiscus drink has awesome and unbelievable benefits. Hibiscus plants grow in warm and tropical areas and are renowned for their trumpet like flowers. When dried, certain parts of the plant can be used to make beverages that can either be drank warm or cold.
Did you know history has it that the African Black Soap originated from the Yorùbá tribe of Nigeria? The Yoruba people call black soap ‘ose dúdú’. Ose means soap while dúdú means black… Hence how the black soap got its name.
The African black soap has also been traced back to Yorùbá communities in Benin and some communities in Togo. This soap can be used to treat so many different types of skin conditions. Let’s learn more…
Classy and all African is the perfect word for Dressmeoulet.com 2016 Lookbook! The online store unveils their new campaign photos featuring CNN presenter Keturah King in their 2016 Lookbook, claiming their spot as Africa’s number 1 fashion online retailer. Let’s find read more…
I am really excited to introduce you to this gorgeous and amazing vibrant lady Rukayat Ositade, the founder of MyImani. MyImani is an ethno-tribal interior design brand that provides you with unique services in sourcing for rare ethnic artifacts suitable for interior decorations.
During our chat, Rukayat said Imani is a Swahili version of Iman, which means faith. In this interview with her, she shared a lot of interesting and some surprising details about herself.
I’m sure you’re curious to find out too. Come on, let’s meet her…
The founder of The Market Place cordially welcomes you to the 3rd edition of The Pop Up Market. They organize pop up market that brings together brand owners with exotic collections from the Local & Expat Community for a contemporary shopping experience.
The Pop-Up Market, what started out as a small initiative has grown to a business with over 80 Astonishing vendors on our books. Markets are the “in thing” and the organizers of the event have found that there was a demand for markets so they strive to maintain a high standard of quality.
The Market Place organizers are a passionate company, with a mandate to promote upcoming exceptional Entrepreneurs by creating a platform for exposure to Africans and within the African Market and worldwide. As part of their CSR efforts, they are giving back 5% of the proceeds from this event to a Charity cause “Fight for our Soldiers” by Kiki Osinbajo; dedicated to providing for families of slain soldiers due to the Boko-Haram Insurgence.
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.
The journey to becoming a Jeweler in Nigeria continued. Going to Central Saints Martins College of Arts still remains top Ten one of the best things that has ever happened to me because my real journey into goldsmithing started from there. I got introduced to different techniques that I was clueless about and this was a different ball game entirely.
Hi, my name is Bukky Asehinde (née Bello). I am a huge lover of Africa and a passionate entrepreneur. My team and I would provide you with information about the beauty of Africa and her people through this interesting fact finding blog. Get access to Afrocentric Brands at www.bellafricana.com