Meet the Founder of Yili Footwear | Exclusive Interview

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…

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Christmas in Nigeria = No Dulling!

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Christmas Day in Nigeria is a public holiday that is marked by the emptying of towns and cities with excitement in the air. People travel to their respective state or origin to celebrate with their loved ones, it is often a time for family re-union, a time to re-strategize and focus, it is a time to seek the face of God and make new year resolutions and to also bless those less fortunate and general acts of random kindness. 

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An Alternative Thrift Shopping Experience for Lagosians

The Thrift Shopping Experience for Lagosians is set to host you. Shop previously-loved and brand new stylish pieces at unbelievably affordable prices. Imagine a thrift store that doubles as an exhibition; No cluttered racks, no piles to dig through… just a selection of stylish items coupled with good music, a well-designed space, and an ambience that makes you want to indulge. 

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A Celebration of Post-Colonial Architecture: The Amaros

The Amaros by Ethnik celebrates the beauty of post-colonial architecture with the exhibition of Photography and New Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi collection of fashion accessories.

This exhibition inspired by the Nigerian graphic designer and photographer is scheduled to hold on Sunday, 15th October 2017 at 2PM, Red Door Art Gallery, 51 Bishop Oluwole St. Victoria Island Lagos. 

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Bellafricana Creative Festival

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.

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Top 22 Styles To Sew With Adire Cloth in Nigeria 2017

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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.

If you are looking for top styles to sew with Adire cloth in Nigeria, then you might want to read this article to the very end, because I guarantee that I am not about to bore you.

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Football & Chill Births in Lagos

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Organizers of Football & Chill have announced the maiden edition of the much anticipated social networking event which will slated to kick of in Lagos with subsequent editions across major cities in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.

Football & Chill is a social development and social networking initiative aimed at advancing the Football culture in Nigeria and to foster togetherness by celebrating Football as a unifying factor in a fun filled, secured and an entertaining atmosphere. 

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Beautiful Heritage Exhibition

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You are invited to the Beautiful Heritage exhibition. An exhibition of Style, Elegance and fun pieces of clothing items (for Men & Women), Jewelry and home decor.

This exhibition is a collaboration between three indigenous businesses run by women entrepreneurs. Proverbs Creations by Bukola Adenuga, African Idy by Idy Toye-Arulogun and Eira by Ronke Akpata. 

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The History Of Aso-Oke Textile

Aso-oke is the traditional wear of the Yoruba’s (the tribe of the southwest people in Nigeria, Africa). The Yoruba’s are the second largest tribe in Nigeria after the Northerners. Aso-Oke is a cloth that is worn on special occasions by the Yoruba’s usually for chieftaincy, festivals, engagement, naming ceremony and other important events. 

It is said that “the beauty of Aso-Oke comes out more when it is taken as Aso-Ebi (group of people e.g. friends, families e.t.c)”, however Bellafricana is prepared to show the beauty of Aso-Oke in interior decorations, fashion, shoes, bags and many more.

Cloth weaving (Aso-Oke) started centuries ago amongst the Yoruba’s but predominantly amongst the Iseyin’s (Oyo-State), Ede (Osun State) and Okene (Kogi State) and some areas in Ghana. The fibres used for weaving are either locally sourced or brought from neighbouring states (northern parts of the country).

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Lessons In Branding 2 – DODO Design Agency Partners With Bellafricana

DODO Design Agency partners with Bellafricana, a brand with a strong message, to create an equally powerful image. Last week, we shared a lesson in the branding process. The first step that was mentioned was for you to ensure you do your research. We are now so close to revealing the new Bellafricana brand, but before then here is the second step to take into consideration.  

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You Are Invited To The Bridge Leadership Foundation Annual Career Day Conference And Exhibition

The 7th edition of The Bridge Leadership Foundation Annual Career Day, the largest event focusing on the development of young people will take place on the 15th of July by 8am at the Calabar International Convention Centre, Calabar, Cross River State.

More than 2,800 participants from different states in Nigeria will gather for the Career Day. Youths, employed and unemployed, business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, government officials, as well as policy makers will meet at the one-day event which is aimed at inspiring action and promoting the existing innovation and creativity in products ‘Made In Nigeria’. 

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