From Metal Scraps to Breath-Taking Masterpieces- Dotun Popoola

Bellafricana celebrates the talented African Creative, whose works involves the transformation, from Metal Scraps to Breath-Taking Masterpieces.  Dotun Popoola is a synergetic metal sculptor who has carved a niche for himself with his monumental metal sculptures.

Metal scraps to an Art work [Lion] by Dotun Popoola

Esin Oba by Dotun Popoola
Esin Oba by Dotun Popoola

His works of Art infuses both the European and African culture all by transforming metal scraps into environmental art.

From Metal scrap to motorcycle artwok - Dotun Popoola

Double Bass by Dotun Popoola
Double Bass by Dotun Popoola

From Metal scraps to a Masterpiece

Born in 1981, Lagos, Dotun Popoola is a contemporary Nigerian artist (sculptor) who specializes in synergetic metal sculpting. He creates pieces of art works from discarded scrap metals. His works are focused on transforming trash to treasures, rubbish to rubies and waste to wealth by repurposing wastes that threaten the ecosystem. Some of his works were exhibited in ART X Lagos. He had a solo exhibition called “Irin Ajo” (Journey) in Signature Beyond Art Gallery, Lagos, where he presented around 24 metal works of his.

From Metal scraps to a Masterpiece

From Metal scraps to Hen Artwork -Dotun Popoola

From Metal scraps to Fish Artwork -Dotun Popoola

Metal Scraps to squirrel Artwork- Dotun Popoola

Recycling at its best and truly a work of Art!


Pictures and information culled from: Works – Dotun Popoola

Dotun Popoola – Wikipedia

Caxton Alile Living- Your One Stop For Lamps and Shades

Are you a Lamp Shade lover? Then let me introduce you to Caxton Alile Living- Your one-stop shop for lamps and shades. 

Now, I am about to show you the wide array of lamp shades, sconces, and fixtures that Caxton Alile has. However, just before you get excited to make a purchase? How do you know what lamp to choose? What lamp would best fit in your living space, bedroom, study space, and so on?

Not to worry, I am here to help you with that. Stick with me to find out what to use, and where.

Here are some questions you might need to ask yourself before getting that lamp:

What if your room is dark?

Well, if your room is not naturally bright, then a floor lamp is just what your space needs. Another great addition would be a table lamp, to direct light to specific areas of the room. Let me show you what they look like.

Caxton red floor lamp


What about tall, dark ceilings?

Pendant lights can work wonders. It can bring the needed brightness to a dark ceiling. It also fits into hollowed ceiling.



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Caxton Alile dropping lights

Light for walls too?

If you’re looking to brighten your room, be sure to add a few wall sconces.  They help direct in extra light at face level. They also double as chic, minimalist decor. So, double advantage right? Yes, they look every bit as good off as they are on. Check out some of our favorite Wall Sconces from Caxton Alile Living:



Caxton Alile Lamp red asooke bellafricana


Like what you see? You can order these lamps and more from Caxton Alile Living. They have a huge array of Lampshades and stands that are affordable, made in Nigeria, and with unique African textiles. Check out some more beautiful lamps from them:



Caxton Lollipop stand Caxton Lollipop Stand

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Wondering how to order? Visit their website here

You can also place an order directly here.

Caxton Alile Living is Social too. Why not follow them on :

Instagram: @CaxtonAlileLiving

Facebook:@Caxton Alile




5 Home Fragrance Brands You Can Trust

Dach candles

Are you a lover of home fragrances? I bet you love your home smelling so good.

Looking for Home Fragrances in Nigeria you can trust? Look no further, here are 5 fantastic brands below;


  1. Tiwi Home Fragrances

TIWI Home Fragrances are made with 100% natural resources, which make our products environmental friendly. Their candles are made with natural soy wax and Fragrance Oils infused with Essential Oils. All their candles burn slowly, clean burn with no carbon accumulation and long lasting scents. Their fragrances are carefully curated not just to give your spaces a scent ambiance but also to help you create memories that last for a lifetime. TIWI Home Fragrances give your space an aroma uplift that stands out.


TIWI Air diffusers

To Reach Tiwi Home Fragrances:
Call: 0704 444 6467
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @tiwihomefragrance


2. Anesi Lifestyle
Anesi Lifestyle is another affordable luxury brand that produces home decor, gift sets & souvenir products designed to give you a lifetime of comfort! These products are the best quality you can find, and smell so good.
Anesi lifestyle candle
To Reach Anesi Lifestyle:
Call: 0908 599 1852
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @anesi_lifestyle
3.  Dach Ng

Dach Home and Body  is a luxury brand of scented candles and reed diffusers created to add an invigorating fragrance. These home fragrances add a warm glow to your home and transform your space into a haven.

Their skincare products such as body oils and masks, also help moisturize the body and keep it glowing all season.

Dach candles
To Reach Dach.Ng:
Call: 08145336454
Email: [email protected]
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4. Modara Naturals

Modara Naturals makes scented candles that you can light, to create impeccable memories with the special people in our lives.

Get their luxury soy candle to set the mood for a relaxing and calming atmosphere in your home.


To Reach Modara Naturals:
Call: +2348100256457
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @Modara Naturals
5, Young Marys
Young Marys has one mission, to help you escape the chaos of modern life by filling your home with one-of-a-kind scent combinations that transport you across the world.
With their unique range of handmade home fragrances, inspired by the sights and sounds of Africa,
They’re here to help you journey through your senses, sharing stories and encouraging conversations from places you may not have expected.
Scented candles by Young Marys
To Reach Young Marys:
Call: +2348100256457

What To Keep In Mind When Running Discount Sales

It’s that time of the year again, when offering Discounts becomes the song on every business owners lips. And that’s not such a bad thing. On the good side, Discount sales are a great way to make more sales, while bringing in new customers.

On the flip side, a Discount sale can hurt your business really badly as it can lower your perceived value, as well as leave huge holes in your company’s pocket.

So, what do you do to ensure that discount sales work for you?

1. Strategize

Just before you run off slashing 30% off your product price, think.

What is the strategy for this discount tactic?
Is it to bring in more sales?
Or to get rid of old stock? To acquire new customers?
Or to retain present customers?

Having a thought out strategy will make it easier to run a discount without harming your business.

2. Do the Math

Have you worked out the financial projections for this discount sale?

What is your expected revenue?

What percentage are you spending on Marketing/ Advertising?

What is the financial risk?

What is the back up plan?

The importance of crunching the numbers just before you start a discount sale cannot be overemphasized (not to sound cliche, lol)

3. Plan

Now, you’ve figured out the strategy, and the numbers are looking good. But you can’t run a successful discount without an actual marketing Plan.

And by “plan”, if you’re relying solely on posting on Instagram, you might need to have a rethink. That’s not to say “that” doesn’t work, but imagine using other channels: Email Marketing, Influencer marketing, paid advertising, Cold mailing/ Calling etcetera.

Planning really does make all the difference, don’t you think?

REMEMBER: A discount doesn’t always have to be % off. There are several discount campaigns you can run this December.  Would you like to see these kinds of campaigns? Then register for the “Bounce Back December Virtual Bootcamp” and get your fully loaded business kit immediately!

Register for “Bounce Back December” and have access to:

-A two-day bootcamp on how to run a successful December sales campaign, as well as staying profitable (Bootcamp dates: November 27 & 28).

-A 30-day social media calendar (optimized for sales).

-Guides and templates for optimizing ALL your social media channels.

-A guide to strategic leverage on collaborations.

-A directory of over 100+ businesses you can collaborate with.


How To Deal With Impostor Syndrome


Ever Battled with Impostor syndrome?

Well, it’s something that every entrepreneur faces at some point in their business. And no, not just entrepreneurs are affected, but generally anyone who is a high achiever, or someone who is invested in growing. People who want to move a level up from where they are. Sound familiar?

They feel that they don’t measure up to their acclaimed achievement.

Which of these sound familiar to you?

“I’m not worthy of these achievements”,
“Heck, I don’t think I’ve done enough in my business”,
“I’m a failure”,
“I’m not good enough”
“Very soon, I’ll be found out as the fraud that I am” and lots more

See, “Impostor syndrome” can be a problem if not addressed, and can do harm to your business.

So, what can you do?

Understand that it is a sign of Growth

Yes, Impostor syndrome happens to people who aren’t complacent in their business. It shows that you’re someone who will keep doing more and more So, embrace this as a sign of growth.


Write down your accomplishments


Have a journal where you write down all that you’ve been able to achieve in business, no matter how minute. This will help give the reassurance that you’re worth your salt, and that you’re in charge. It’s a way to say to Impostor Syndrome “You say, you’ve I’m not good enough, but look at all that I’ve been able to do”.


Talk to someone about it

Instead of bottling things up, and letting the thought fester, it’s recommended to talk about it.

You’ll be surprised how much you’re not alone in this, and how many people can relate to this internal struggle we all face.


Draw strength from your source of Positivity

What are those things that make you happy? That remind you how awesome you are? Affirmation quotes? Words of encouragement from loved ones, uplifting music? You can have a folder for these, and have them handy whenever that “feeling” creeps in.

Like earlier stated, this feeling of being “inferior” or “not measuring up” is something we all face from time-to-time. What’s important is to ensure that these feelings don’t stifle your growth. So when next the “Impostor Syndrome” creeps in, I want you to slay that dragon with these tips listed above. You’re amazing. Don’t you ever forget that.


What Is The #ENDSARS Protest? And How Can You Support The Movement?


“SARS is one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department which was established to detain, investigate and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crimes.”- Wikipedia

It started out as a faceless, 15-member team that traveled in two unmarked buses, its officers often wearing neither uniforms nor name tags. At first, this anonymity helped them successfully thwart crime. However, as the force began to grow, their unidentifiable nature served as an enabler to reckless behavior.



The SARS unit has been accused of targeting young people who appear well-dressed, shaking them down for money, and torturing and abusing and even killing those who resist. Amnesty International says it documented more than 82 cases of abuse and extrajudicial killings by SARS officers from January 2017 to this May.

And these are only cases that have made it to the records. There are several alleged unrecorded cases of severe police brutality on Nigerian Youths.  At first, this anonymity helped them successfully thwart crime. However, as the force began to grow, their unidentifiable nature served as an enabler to reckless behavior. The SARS unit has been accused of targeting young people who appear well-dressed, shaking them down for money, and torturing and abusing and even killing those who resist.

There are claims that some youths have been thrown in jail by SARS officials for refusing to concede to their illegal demands. A report states that 1 out of every 5 youths between ages 18-35 has been harassed, extorted by the rogue SARS unit.



On October 10, 2020, Nigerian Youths decided to take the online protest to the streets. They had had enough of the faux promises to disband SARS and wanted their voices to be heard. The protest kicked off in Lagos and has now spread to several parts of the country.



In 2017, the Federal Government attempted to disband SARS, but to no avail.

In 2018, the same move was made, but with little or no success.

In 2019, IGP Mohammed Adamu ordered the immediate “decentralization” of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Did this move work? You guessed right, it didn’t.



Here’s is the 5-point demand by Nigerians without which the protest won’t end.




  1. Get Informed Educate yourself and stay updated on news about the protest (Check out theslackactivists for more information)
  2. DONATE-The Feminist Coalition has all the information you need should you want to donate monetarily. You can also donate your skill-artwork, medical expertise, music etcetera
  3. PROTEST-Lend your voice to the cause either online or physically. You can also do both. If you’re protesting online, ensure to share only verified information. Don’t forget to use the #ENDSARS hashtag.

Please stay safe and cautious at these times while we fight against this gross injustice.





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Tony Elumelu, Other Powerful Africans Named in “Times 100” List Of Most Influential People

According to the TIMES 100, one of Africa’s foremost Investors, and Philantrophists, Tony Elumelu, has been named as one of the “Most Influential People In The World” for the year 2020.

Other Africans who made it to the list are, Tomi Adeyemi (Writer of Children of Blood and Bone),and Tunji Funso (Chair of Rotary International’s polio-­eradication program in Nigeria.)

 Who is Tony Elumelu?



Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu is an African economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. (Wikipedia)

Here is how the “The Tony Elumelu Foundation” describes him:

“Tony Elumelu is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family owned investment company, committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy, technology and healthcare. He is also the Chairman of pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), which operates in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States. He also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp,  whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading generators of electricity in Nigeria and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.


Mr Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries. Since inception, the Foundation has funded just under 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.  Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.


Heirs Holdings, which serves as a corporate role model for African businesses, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation will both celebrate 10 years of impact in November. Their mission continues to be inspired by Mr Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.”

A little about Tomi Adeyemi


Tomi Adeyemi is the #1 New York Times-bestselling Nigerian-American author of Children of Blood and Bone. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship to study West African mythology, religion, and culture in Salvador, Brazil.

When she’s not working on her novels or watching BTS music videos, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing on her website. She lives in San Diego, California.” (Source: Good Reads)

She made it to the Times 100 List (as recommended by John Boyega) because her Novel “Children of Blood and Bones” has been described an inspiration for younger people. It has won the 2018

Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut, as well as the 2019 Audie Audiobook of the Year

Meet Tunji Funso


Dr. Funsho, a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, is the first Rotary member to receive the honour of “TIMES 100” for the organisation’s work to eradicate polio, having played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020.

The leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, who doubles as a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on Polio, has worked tirelessly on various fronts to champion the eradication of polio in Nigeria and Africa in general.

As the leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, Funsho has worked alongside Rotary members throughout the country to raise awareness about the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary’s fight to end polio in Africa. (This Day Live)

I’m honoured to be recognised by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralysed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year,” said Dr. Funsho. “Eradicating the wild poliovirus in Africa was a team effort that required cooperation and dedication of governments, partners, Rotary members, hundreds of thousands of health workers, and countless parents who chose to have their children vaccinated against polio,” he added.

We are so proud of Africans who through their good works keep the spotlight shining on Africa. Their achievements are definitely worth celebrating.

Eclectic 21 Releases 2D Animation of Poetry Masterpiece, “Motherland”

Eclectic Motherland Poetry

Ahead of Nigeria’s Independence day celebration (October 1st), Eclectic 21 Productions has released a 2D Animation of Poetry masterpiece titled “Motherland”


Unveiled on the 20th of September, Motherland is a three minute long performance showcasing the vast cultural heritage/ icons, and mineral resources that abound in our great Nation- Nigeria. Put together by Thespian (Oluchi Odii), an Illustrator (Kenny Da Vinci),  and a renowned Poet (Ayo Ogundipe), it combines the talents of theatre, animation and Poetry. A stunning masterpiece if you ask me.

Here’s what Eclectic 21 says about “Motherland”:


“The Motherland animation tells a story – capturing the experience of a corper (Ayo Ogundipe) during his NYSC service year who had a moment of epiphany while questioning the subject of National identity, pride and patriotism and what all these meant to him.


During this soul-searching mission while doing research on the political and cultural history of Nigeria, he came to the realisation of how blessed the land he called home is – His Motherland – famed with cult heroes of legendary status like Sango, Queen Idia, Fela – royalties in their own rights. Also, the human capital potential of its citizenry, the songs of patriotism that ring true of notable Nigerian women who have served the nation with distinction in civil service and private practice – not to mention the abundance of mineral resources and that have been largely under-utilised.


The use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) gives room for imagination and talent to recreate this experience – that moment of epiphany – in a colourful storytelling imagery. One that teleports the viewer into this virtual world of animation, with compelling graphics and musical score.


Motherland is an ode to a nation – A befitting tribute to the story of Nigeria’s greatness. A charge to the sleeping giant of Africa to awake and live up to its true potential as we commemorate the 60th Independence anniversary of our great nation – Nigeria”

Check out a video of the Performance below:

6 Business Lessons Business Owners Learn From Crocs

Business lessons from Crocs


The shoe above must look very familiar.

It is called the “Clogs” by Crocs. The design is modeled after a crocodile. The company was started in 2002 and the shoes were initially made for boating use.

The company has had a roller coaster movement in the past decade and there is so much we can learn from them.


Stick around, and let’s explore them!

In 2008, investors wrote the company off as a passing fad. Crocs lost over 185 million dollars within this time.

However, after a decade, they were able to bounce back and sell over 700 million shoes. What lessson can we learn from this?

Lesson 1:

Always stay true to your dream. Never give up, crisis are temporary.



Crocs were able to infuse their shoes into fashion shows/runways.

This drove huge acceptance for the product, which was formerly one of the most hated shoes.

Lesson 2:

Look for new channels to create acceptance for your products


bieber_crocs_05Crocs created limited editions in partnership with celebrities/top brands like Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber,etc.

They also invested heavily in influencer marketing.

Lesson 3:


Partnerships always create more exposure and sales opportunities. No matter how good your product is, if you don’t make noise about it, no one will.

Crocs contextualized their product as consumer preferences varied. They manufactured clogs with different colours, designs and shapes.

Lesson 4:

It is always good to listen to the true wants of customers and re-adjust your products as their needs evolve.



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Food Lovers, Have You Heard of Bon Delice Confectionery?

Bon Delice Confectionery Banana Bread Chocolate Cake

If you haven’t heard of Bon Delice Confectionery, then you are really missing out.

Let me introduce you to Bon Delice Confectionery

Mrs Oshuware Leon, founder of Bon Delice Confectionery explains:”We are a holistic lifestyle brand that offers Healthy Snack Solutions to those with dietary requirements and intentional eaters. Our baked goods are made with healthy alternative ingredients that are nutrient dense, health and weight friendly, so you can indulge without fear and guilt”

What I particularly love about the brand is their versatility. From rich fluffy cakes to cookies to homemade jams, to snacks, . The best part? These meal options come with variations for vegans, or picky eaters.

Did you know? You can order for customised meal platters! Amazing right?

Would you like to see some pictures? Scroll down:

Healthy Snack Banana Chocolate Chip Bread by Bon Delice









To order your favorite meal, or see the menu,  You can call +234-802-700-2455



What really is this Bellafricana about? Bellafricana is the leading platform that empowers, supports and provides creative Indigenous Businesses with a platform to showcase their business and connect to their global consumers looking to patronise and trade with them.

Need quality creative products, think bellafricana!

What is your Mission: To Make Finding Quality Indigenous Businesses Easier.

But Why: We noticed a vast increase in the number of unique quality creative products made in Nigeria (Africa) but noticed a huge gap between local creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs and consumers.

Hence, we created this platform to bridge that gap. What better way than through online, which gives it a global opportunity.

Click here to Learn more about how to grow Your Unique Indigenous Business with Bellafricana

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