Over the weekend I learnt to make Bobotie, a native South African dish and I can’t exactly tell you if I got it spot on, but I know it tasted really gooooood!
It is no longer news that Bellafricana is always rooting for all things and anything African. This is one reason why we were super excited when the Forbes Africa released it’s 2018 list of 30 billionaires under 30. View the complete list below.
currently listening to; Kelly Key’s No Controle
I like to call Africa “the home of soul food” (Music) and everything nice.
Music really is food to the soul and Africa is home to various diverse genres of music and dance. One African musical genre I love is Kizomba which originated from Angola in 1984 and has since been infused in modern music all over the world.
Here is the full list of the top 3 nominees for ACE Awards 2018
1) BEST CREATIVE KIDPRENEUR
DANIELLA ART STUDIO
Daniella Soje is a 10 years old, as a little Girl she would write stories and illustrate them in drawing and then she would tell her Mum to print them so that she can sell them and that was at the age of 5 or 6.
she recently started focusing more On her art, she was taught how make toothpick collage in school and she did a toothpick Range Deer at school and when she got home she asked her mother to frame her artwork . she was inspired by her younger sister to start her own match stick design. Her brand name is “DANIELLA ART STUDIO”. she likes to create and design images that adults and kids would love. using toothpick match sticks and beads.
Creative MSMEs have invaded Nigeria (Africa) and we certainly are not complaining.
In 2016, it became apparent that Nigeria was an import driven nation and that was how the “buy Naija to grow the Naira” came to be.
However, various sects of the economy are realising that for Nigeria to diversify and become an export driven nation, the beam light falls on MSMEs.
A fresh year is on the calendar and it is almost time for the second edition of the annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (termed ACE Awards) hosted by Bellafricana. It brings to Lagos the best creative minds in the fields of Art and Craft, Fashion, Manufacturing, Beauty, Food Produce and so much more.
Ginika Okafor, founded Yili Footwear, a proudly Quality Made in Nigeria brand in 2015. She is on a mission to create locally made trendy, fun and colourful footwear that is not only of top notch quality but also affordable. Inspired by colours, textures and nature. She creates comfortable, quirky footwear to make your feet stand in a crowd. Let’s meet her…
The Bellafricana Creative Festival is set to hold on the 28th of December, because what better way to end the year than to throw a huge Made in Nigeria festival featuring some awesome Afrocentric producers?
This would be the first Creative Festival hosted by Bellafricana and to be honest, we were just going to hold on till the next annual African Creative Exhibition (ACE) Awards in 2018, but due to popular demand we decided to have the December festival and guess what? We are super excited about it.
Finding Natural face masks that actually work is like looking for a pin in a hay stack. Personally, I have tried and tested so many clay face masks for an even skin tone, acne, wrinkles and anti aging (even though I’m young forever) my face almost ran away from me
Natural face masks come highly recommended if you are looking for instant brighter skin. Face masks reduce pore size, restore skin moisture, clears and brightens complexion, gets rid of blackheads, acne, wrinkles etc
The New Bellafricana logo is out and I am excited to share the brand new look. A little while back, we announced that Bellafricana partnered with DODO Design Agency to unveil a brand new logo with a completely different look. Why you may ask? Simply because we wanted Bellafricana to portray a stronger global outlook connecting Africa’s best creations.
The various styles to sew with Adire cloth are becoming more innovative and trendsetting everyday. There is an unmissable hype on the Adire fabric and it has gone beyond using plain old Adire textiles to sew the stereotypical iro and buba, agbada and bubus etc. Now, more fashionable ready to wear Adire pieces are popping up everywhere for stylish millennials.
In 2017 alone, there has been an amazing trend of styles sewn with different variations of the Adire fabric.
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.
Beautifully Nappy begun as a natural hair blog in 2011, it was created as a platform to showcase beautiful natural hair and educate people on the benefits of using natural products to care for their hair. It evolved into a healthy living blog quickly, with requests on natural remedies to various problems such as acne, hair loss, stretchmarks, sun burn, eczema experienced by the everyday Nigerian.
Joyce Onyemuwa a radio presenter and the host of the radio show SME Africa invites you to an entrepreneurial show. This event highlights the challenges and successes of young entrepreneurs. It’s been airing on Cool Fm for about a year now, began broadcast in 2016 and have interviewed some of the brightest minds and daring individuals who have ventured into entrepreneurship within the last 5years. These entrepreneurs have ventured into different sectors and though challenges present themselves, these individuals have shown great resilience and continued perseverance to succeed.
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.
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)…