Meet the creatives showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana

I hear you can’t wait to meet all the creatives showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana 2024. At this point, TALES: The African Lifestyle Experience can be categorised as common knowledge because why don’t you know that July 4th all the the way to July 10th the TALES Summer pop-up event would be live and in action in the beautiful city of London?

If you don’t know, that means you haven’t RSVP’d yet, oh dear…

💌 YOU are cordially invited to come, shop, look around, take pictures, make videos, form new connections and have an amazing time surrounded by CREATIVITY.  💌

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Event details: 

Date: July 4th – July 10th 2024

Time: 10am – 9pm Daily

Venue: Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1T1DR (near Oxford Street, off Tottenham Court Road).

RSVP for free, yes free using this link  

Make sure to mark your calendar so you don’t forget …. Thank me later 😉

 

Have a quick glance at our last blog post on TALES: The African Lifestyle Experience so the information I am about to pass on to you doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Again, the intention behind letting you know all this is so you can plan, have a quick browse session through the options, price ranges and all that good stuff. 

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I am super excited to formally introduce to you to all the amazingly talented individuals that will be at TALES: The African Lifestyle Experience our upcoming pop-up event, so get comfortable but also ready to be wow-ed. Links to social media accounts are attached to each brands name along with the dates they will be at TALES so you can mark them on your calendar. From artisanal jewellery to handmade crafts and bespoke fashion designs, our vendors are ready to impress. 

Additionally, I have taken the liberty to group them into segments for easy navigation. 

Keep your eyes glued on @bellafricanauk  / @bell_africana so you don’t miss a single thing. And on that note, let us begin shall we?

In no particular order, let’s meet the creatives showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana 2024. We would be starting with: 

  • A Diverse & Handpicked Range of Beautiful Clothing From:

 

       1. Prestige Style : Thursday July 4th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

Prestige Style clothings will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana 2024 in London

      2. Jolaade Design : Saturday July 6th & Sunday 7th 

Jolaade Designs will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London 2024

       3. Melia by Jade : July Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th 

Melia by Jade is one of the creatives showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana 2024 in London

4. GIA 1 Fashion : Saturday July 6th & Sunday 7th

5. MAP Ihekubi : Friday July 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

6. Needle Point : Friday July 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

Needle Point is showcasing AT Tales by Bellafricana in London

7. Efata by Juba : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th & Saturday 6th

8. MOT the Label : Friday July 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

9. Andrew Tabitha : Saturday July 6th & Sunday 7th

10. Teniade Macaulay : Thursday July 4th & Friday 5th

11. Little Weavers : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th & Sunday 7th Little weavers Nigeria will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London July 4-10

12. Bedazzled n More : Friday July 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

Be dazzled and more will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London

13. Urban Ese : Thursday July 4th & Friday 5th

14. Massassi B : Thursday July 4th & Friday 5th

15. Akpos Okudu : Thursday July 4th & Friday 5th

Akpos Okudu will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana

16. Ako Africa : Monday July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

Ako Africa will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London

17. Janae Style : Monday July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

18. Moofa Studios : Monday July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

Moofa is showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London

19. Cladini Women and Mini : Sunday July 7th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

20. Jon William : Monday July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

21. Designs by Prelim : Monday July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

Designs by Prelim UK will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London July 4-10

22. Bethan Clothing : Friday July 5th & Saturday 6th

 

23. IJAN TOLA: Thursday July 4th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

IJAN TOLA will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in July London

  • Reliable Wellness & Self Care Products to Discover By:
  1.  Modara Naturals : Wednesday July 4th, Thursday 5th, Friday 6th & Saturday 7th

 

  • Stunning Accessories from:
  1. Isura : Saturday July 7th, Sunday 8th, Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th
  2. Sock of A Kind : Wednesday July 4th, Thursday 5th & Friday 6th
  3. Accessories by Oreofe : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th
  4. Zanetta Fashions : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th & Sunday 7th
  5. Havva Hamoud : Monday July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday10thHavva Hamoud will be showcasing in London at TALES by Bellafricana
  6. Upper Klass Boutique : Saturday July 6th & Wednesday 10th
  7. Ailakoko : Friday July 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th Ailakoko will be showcasing in London at TALES by Bellafricana
  8. Accessory Ville: Monday, July 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th

 

  • Beautiful and Affordable Wigs to Add to Your Cart: 
  1. SDL Braided Wigs : Friday July 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

 

  • Lifestyle Products to Add to Your Space By :
  1. Oknolla : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th Oknolla Vase will be showcasing in July at TALES by Bellafricana
  2. Young Marys : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th Young Marys will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana in London

 

  • Explore The Unbelievable Art From The Talented: 
  1. Isaac Emokpae : Thursday July 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th.

Isaac Emokpae artworks will be showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana

 

Last year we had an amazing turn out with 21,000+ attendees. This year, we want to break that record and go even higher but we can’t do this without your help. So prepare for an immersive experience into the world of African creativity this July 4th-10th 2024, and RSVP today to secure your spot at TALES: The African Lifestyle Experience. 

Yes, first come first serve, you don’t want to miss out on this.

TALES The African Lifestyle Experience by Bellafricana

TALES The African Lifestyle Experience by Bellafricana

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If, for some weird reason, you’ve missed hearing about Bellafricana before now, allow us to introduce ourselves:

Bellafricana is more than just a platform; it’s a thriving community of African creatives dedicated to supporting and empowering entrepreneurs in the arts & crafts, fashion, beauty, and home & living industries. Led by our visionary CEO, Bukky Asehinde, we’ve been championing African creativity for over a decade, providing the right business support and structure for our members to thrive in a global market. Essentially, we want to see African creative entrepreneurs win internationally.

At Bellafricana, our mission is clear: to be the premier destination for buyers worldwide seeking quality African-made/inspired products. We uphold the highest standards of business ethics and integrity in every interaction with our members, customers, partners, and employees. Through our dedication to excellence, we not only drive economic progress in Africa but also inspire others to contribute to the continent’s development and social advancement.

We understand the importance of business management in creative enterprises, which is why we provide valuable resources and insights on how to avoid burnout as a creative entrepreneur. Most importantly, we chronicle African creative culture through the distinctive perspective of Africans for a global target audience. 

Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world, starting with Africa. 

Summary: Bellafricana is more than just a platform; it’s a vibrant community where African creativity flourishes. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a buyer, or simply passionate about African culture, there’s a place for you here. Join us on this exciting journey as we continue to empower African creatives and showcase the beauty of our continent to the world.

 

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Thanks for reading. Now that you know all the creatives showcasing at TALES by Bellafricana 2024, I can’t wait for you to come and shop from them. See you at TALES.

8 Black Owned Handbag Brands You Would Love

In the world of fashion, handbag brands have long held a special place as both functional accessories and statement pieces that can elevate any outfit. You can never look out of place with our avant-garde creations. The handbag industry has witnessed a lot of creativity and innovation globally, much of which can be attributed to Black-owned brands.

In this blog, l will take you on a journey through the world of fashion as I showcase 8 remarkable Black-owned handbag brands that have been making waves with their unique styles, quality craftsmanship, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  1. Femi Handbags

This bag is made by a brand called Femihandbag. It is more than just a handbag brand; it’s an art. With every purchase, you’re not just acquiring a handbag; you’re supporting a brand that stands for something bigger. These handbags are conversation starters, reflecting your individuality and zest for life. It encourages you to embrace color and creativity, inspiring confidence and self-expression with every carry. Whether you’re heading to a formal event, a casual gathering, or a day of exploration, these bags effortlessly adapt to your needs.

2. Ailakoko

This is a beauty accentuated by creativity, These types of handbags are not for the faint of heart. They’re for the bold, the confident, and those who embrace their individuality. With daring designs, vibrant colors, and striking embellishments, each bag tells a story of self-expression and creativity. This handbag is a testament to the brand’s dedication to quality. Meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, these bags are not just accessories; they’re works of art

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3. O’Eclat

These bags are called Ella midi bags, it also come in big sizes, the Ella maxi bags. Whether you opt for the charming elegance of the “Ella Midi” or the chic spaciousness of the “Ella Maxi,” O’eclat’s handbags are designed to elevate your style and cater to your needs. With its commitment to versatility and craftsmanship, O’eclat offers a range of options that embody the essence of sophistication. Choose O’eclat, and you choose elegance, versatility, and an accessory that seamlessly integrates into your life, making every day a little more glamorous.

4. Hooked by Lade

You can call her the crochet bag architect. Using eco-friendly yarns, she makes beautiful handmade crochet bags. What sets “Hooked by Alade” apart is the uniqueness of each bag. No two pieces are exactly alike, ensuring that you carry a piece of wearable art that reflects your individuality. This brand skillfully transforms yarn into intricate patterns and textures, resulting in bags that are both functional and exquisite. Each handmade crochet bag is a labor of love, showcasing the time-honored art of crochet in a modern and fashion-forward way. Whether it’s the delicate stitches or the vibrant color palettes, these bags are a testament to the mastery of craft.

5. Kua Designs

Introducing the exquisite “Kua designs” handbags. Another incredible Black-owned handbag brand that has mastered the art of creating timeless elegance with a modern twist. The brand understands that handbags should adapt to your lifestyle, and these bags do just that. From the selection of premium materials to the precise stitching, these bags are a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence.

6. Marte Egele

Explore the colorful side of fashion with this sophisticated handmade bag. What sets Marteegele apart is its fearless approach to color. These handbags are not afraid to make a statement. With a palette that ranges from bold and vibrant to subtle and elegant, Marteegele’s bags offer a rainbow of choices to suit every mood and occasion. Whether you’re drawn to deep, rich hues or prefer the playfulness of pastels, you’ll find a bag that resonates with your personal style.

Explore the colorful side of fashion with this sophisticated handmade bag. What sets Marteegele apart is its fearless approach to color.. 8 Black Owned Handbag Brands You Would Love.

7. AAboux

Every AAboux bag is a labor of love, meticulously crafted by skilled artisans who take pride in their work. The brand’s dedication to handmade excellence is evident in the attention to detail and the passion that goes into each creation. These bags are more than fashion; they are a canvas for your personality, a testament to handmade artistry, and an exploration of the colorful side of sophistication. With AAboux you’ll not only carry a handbag but a piece of art that exudes personality, style, and a captivating burst of color.

Every AAboux bag is a labor of love, meticulously crafted by skilled artisans who take pride in their work. 8 Black Owned Handbag Brands You Would Love..

8. Ethnik Afrika

This brand prides itself in telling African stories, culture and traditions using fashion. Each handbag is a fusion of ancient craftsmanship and contemporary design, resulting in a fashion that pays homage to the past while remaining relevant in the present. With each purchase you make, you become a part of this narrative, a custodian of Africa’s stories. Join the movement, wear your story, and let Ethnik Afrika be your fashion guide to the heart of Africa’s culture and traditions.

8 Black Owned Handbag Brands You Would Love. This Ethnik Africa brand prides itself in telling African stories, culture and traditions using fashion.Conclusion

From “Femihandbags” with its fearless designs and impeccable craftsmanship to “O’eclat” with its blend of elegance and versatility, we’ve explored handbag brands that cater to a wide range of tastes and occasions. “Hooked by Alade” brought sustainability and artistry together through eco-friendly crochet bags, while “Marteegele” introduced us to the world of colorful sophistication in handmade creations. Finally, “Ethnik Afrika” seamlessly wove African stories, culture, and tradition into the fabric of fashion.

As you carry their creations, you carry a piece of their stories, their culture, and their commitment to excellence. Fashion, after all, is not just about what you wear; it’s about the stories you tell with every step you take.

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose African Fashion

In the dynamic world of fashion, diversity, and uniqueness are the keys to making a statement. Africa, with its rich combination of cultures and traditions, has always been a source of inspiration for fashion enthusiasts worldwide. Bellafricana Marketplace is a platform that celebrates and showcases the vibrant, authentic, and creatively diverse world of African fashion. In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through the heart of African fashion and introduce you to the incredible offerings of Bellafricana Marketplace.

The Essence of African Fashion

African fashion is not just clothing; it’s a story, a reflection of heritage, and a celebration of identity. It combines tradition with modernity, resulting in a unique blend of colors, patterns, and designs that captivate the world. Bellafricana Marketplace is at the forefront of this fashion revolution, promoting African fashion that speaks to the soul.

Heritage and Tradition

African fashion is deeply rooted in the diverse cultures and traditions of the continent. From the intricate beadwork of the Maasai people to the vibrant kente cloth of West Africa, each piece tells a story. Bellafricana Marketplace honors these traditions by offering a curated selection of fashion items that embrace Africa’s rich heritage.

Unique Craftsmanship

One of the hallmarks of African fashion is its unique craftsmanship. Creatives across the continent pour their heart and soul into every piece they create. Bellafricana Marketplace connects you with these skilled craftsmen, allowing you to appreciate the craftsmanship behind each item, whether it’s a handwoven accessory, handbag, or beautifully tailored Ankara dress.

Sustainability

Sustainability is an integral part of Bellafricana’s ethos. Many of the products featured on the marketplace are crafted using eco-friendly and locally sourced materials. By supporting African fashion, you not only embrace unique styles but also contribute to sustainable fashion practices that prioritize the environment and local communities.

Exploring Bellafricana Marketplace

Bellafricana Marketplace is a treasure trove of African fashion and lifestyle products. Here’s a glimpse of what you can discover:

Fashion: From contemporary clothing to traditional attire, Bellafricana offers a wide range of fashion items that cater to every style preference. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece for a special occasion or everyday wear, there’s something for everyone.

 

Accessories: Elevate your look with stunning African accessories such as beaded jewelry, leather bags, and headwraps. These accessories add a touch of African elegance to any outfit.

Home Decor: African fashion extends beyond clothing. Discover exquisite home decor items like handwoven baskets, Ankara-print cushions, and intricate pottery that bring African culture into your living space.

Beauty and Wellness: Explore natural skincare and beauty products made with indigenous African ingredients. These products not only enhance your beauty but also support local artisans and communities.

Conclusion

Bellafricana Marketplace is more than just a platform; it’s a celebration of African culture and creativity. It’s an invitation to embrace the essence of African fashion, where tradition meets modernity, and craftsmanship reigns supreme.

By choosing African fashion, you not only adorn yourself with unique and beautiful items but also become part of a global movement that values authenticity, sustainability, and cultural diversity. So, why not embark on a journey through Bellafricana’s virtual aisles and discover the magic of African fashion for yourself? Your wardrobe and your soul will thank you for it.

Unleashing African Creativity: The Best Finds on Bellafricana Marketplace

Jurinest necklace on bellafricana marketplace

Africa is a continent brimming with diverse cultures, rich traditions, and a vibrant artistic heritage. From intricate handwoven textiles to beautifully carved wooden sculptures, African creativity knows no bounds. In this blog post, we invite you to embark on a journey of discovery as we explore the best finds on Bellafricana Marketplace, a treasure trove of African craftsmanship.

    1. Handcrafted Jewelry:

Adorn Yourself with African Elegance Discover the allure of African-inspired jewelry, meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans. From beaded necklaces to statement earrings, each piece tells a unique story and adds a touch of cultural sophistication to any ensemble. Accessories are like vitamins to fashion – you can’t have too many, there is always room for enough. Each with different fiitings, patterns, colours and stones, Jurinest has put in too much into bring light and beauty to accessory, you don’t need a knight in shining armor when you have your statement accessory.

Jurinest necklace on bellafricana marketplace

 

     2. Home Decor Delights:

Transform Your Space with African Flair Bring the spirit of Africa into your home with stunning home decor items. From vibrant Ankara-printed cushions to intricately designed African string arts using nails and strings, these pieces not only beautify your living space but also serve as a testament to the continent’s rich heritage. Products used for this wonderful piece are lcally made, this showcases the uniqueness of African culture and the beauty it beholds. This art is particularly made by Artini.

 

Wall String Art
      3. Fashion Items:

African-Inspired Apparel for Every Style Experience the fusion of tradition and contemporary fashion with African-inspired apparel. Bellafricana Marketplace offers a diverse range of clothing items, from colorful dashikis to elegant Ankara dresses, allowing you to express your individuality through vibrant African prints. This Afrilush Adire bubu gown is a captivating blend of Nigerian cultural heritage and modern fashion sensibilities. Rooted in the age-old art of Adire textile dyeing, this unique gown showcases the beauty of traditional Nigerian craftsmanship while embracing contemporary design elements. Perfect for hangouts, events and any formal occasion.

Adire Bubu Gown

      4. Natural Beauty:

Harnessing the Power of African Skincare Explore the world of African beauty rituals with natural skincare products. From shea butter-infused body lotions to exfoliating soap, cream and serums. These products are crafted with love and harness the nourishing properties of indigenous African ingredients to rejuvenate and pamper your skin. All skincare products in the bellafricana marketplace has been tested and trusted and the results are amazing.

Dara Body Butter

    5. Afrocentric Art:

Elevate Your Walls with African Masterpieces Discover the work of talented African artists and adorn your walls with breathtaking paintings and art prints. From contemporary abstract pieces to traditional African art forms, each creation is a visual celebration of Africa’s rich artistic heritage.

Ronke Scott Gallery Artworks MINIATURES sold on Bellafricana Marketplace

       Conclusion:

Bellafricana Marketplace is a gateway to African creativity, offering a curated collection of exquisite products that embody the essence of the continent. By supporting local African creatives and entrepreneurs, you not only bring a touch of Africa into your life but also contribute to the preservation and celebration of African heritage. Unleash your creativity, embrace African craftsmanship, and let Bellafricana marketplace be your guide to the best finds that the continent has to offer.

Bellafricana Brings African Creativity to Oxford Street, London with a Spectacular Summer Pop-Up Event

bellafricana summer pop up UK

Bellafricana, the renowned tech-enabled community organization that celebrates and enables creative entrepreneurs, is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Summer Pop-Up Event in Oxford Street, London.

After seven successful years of fostering connections and promoting African craftsmanship in Nigeria, Bellafricana is now ready to captivate the hearts of Londoners with an extraordinary showcase of African talent and their creativity to promote non-oil export in Africa.

The Summer Pop-Up London Event will take place over seven exciting days, from Monday, the 31st of July to Sunday, the 6th of August, at a prime location in London, Oxford Street, Central London (Europe’s busiest shopping street). This exclusive event will bring together a curated selection of the finest African brands, offering a captivating array of handcrafted products across various categories, including fashion, accessories, home decor, beauty, and more.

With a proven track record of hosting six major pop-up events in Nigeria, Bellafricana has gained a reputation for curating exceptional collections that embody the spirit of Africa. This Summer Pop-Up Event in London promises to be a celebration of African culture, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrancy of African creativity. From intricately woven textiles to bold and contemporary designs, each product tells a story and reflects the rich heritage and diversity of the African continent. Engage with passionate creators, hear the inspiration behind their works, and discover the remarkable talents that Bellafricana’s community represents.

“Our vision at Bellafricana is to showcase the beauty and innovation that Africa possesses,” says Bukky Asehinde, Founder and CEO of Bellafricana, a Nigerian zero oil export Ambassador. “We are thrilled to bring our Summer Pop-Up Event to London, a city renowned for its love of creativity and diverse cultural experiences. Our aim is to bridge the gap between African creatives and the global market, while offering Londoners a unique and authentic shopping experience.” Bellafricana is endorsed by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the Federal Government of Nigeria Apex Institution for the promotion, development and diversification of export.

By attending the Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up London Event, patrons not only support and empower African creative entrepreneurs but also gain access to exclusive, handcrafted products that are often hard to find elsewhere. Each purchase made at the event contributes to the growth and sustainability of the creative community, making a tangible impact on the lives of talented individuals and their communities.

Bellafricana’s Summer Pop-Up London Event is a must-attend for fashion enthusiasts, interior design aficionados, art lovers, and anyone seeking distinctive and ethically made products with a story to tell. Join us as we redefine the narrative around African craftsmanship, promote cultural exchange, and celebrate the ingenuity of creative entrepreneurs.

Click here to STOP “N” SHOP a piece of Africa at Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up London on Oxford Street.

Event Details:

● Event Name: Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up London

● Dates: July 31 to August 6

● Venue: 58 Oxford St, London W1D 1BH For more information about Bellafricana and the Summer Pop-Up Event,

Please visit [www.bellafricana.com], register as a vendor at [www.bellafriana.com/pop-up-London], get your free tickets to attend the event here, for partnerships or sponsorship email [[email protected]], stay updated on the latest news and updates by following Bellafricana on social media [@bell_africana, @bellafricanauk].

About Bellafricana:

Bellafricana is a tech-enabled community organization that promotes and enables creative entrepreneurs in Africa. Founded in 2016, Bellafricana serves as a platform to showcase the beauty and innovation of African craftsmanship, connecting creative African-owned businesses with a global audience. Through pop-up events, online platforms, and community engagement, Bellafricana celebrates the diversity, heritage, and entrepreneurial spirit of Africa.

Media Contact: Name: Bukky Asehinde, Position: Founder/CEO, Email Address: [email protected], Phone Number: +44 (0) 800 001 6502

Bellafricana Marketplace Pop-up store is coming soon

Bellafrican co-retail store

I am so excited to let you know that the Bellafricana Marketplace pop-up store is coming soon and will be located at the hearts of Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria. Bellafricana marketplace pop-up store is here to help brands reach a wider audience of customers. This pop-up store will run a flexible payment plan for pop-up shelf bookings (daily, weekly and weekend basis).

Asides the pop-up store, there will be a co-retail shelf where hand selected products from amazing creators in Nigeria (and parts of Africa) get to rent a shelf and sell to a wider audience. Whether you’re looking for fashion, beauty, home decor, or unique gifts, Bellafricana marketplace pop-up store and co-retail store has it all.

Here are the interesting features of this store:

  1. It is a marketplace for African made products:

One of the things that sets Bellafricana marketplace pop-up store apart from others is its focus on showcasing the best of African creativity and innovation. The pop-up store will feature a curated selection of products that are not only beacutiful and unique, but also ethically and sustainably made. This means that when you shop at Bellafricana marketplace, you can feel good knowing that your purchase is supporting local creators, artisans and helping to promote fair trade.

Bellafrican co-retail store

     2. It will allow indigenous African brands gain increased visibility:

Bellafricana marketplace will also be a great resource for those looking to discover new and exciting African-inspired products. The marketplace will feature a diverse range of products from creators and vendors across the continent, giving shoppers access to a wide variety of styles, designs, and cultural influences. Whether you’re looking for traditional textiles, bags, handcrafted jewelry, or modern fashion and home decor, Bellafricana marketplace pop-up store has something for everyone.

    3. It will provide seamless shopping experience:

Another key feature of Bellafricana is its commitment to providing a seamless and enjoyable shopping experience for customers. The store will be user-friendly and easy to navigate, with a variety of fittings and fixtures to help shoppers find exactly what they’re looking for.

Bellafricana marketplace co-retail store

      4. Providing Visibility to Sellers:

In addition to providing a great shopping experience, Bellafricana marketplace is also dedicated to supporting and promoting the African creative community. The platform will feature a blog and social media channels where shoppers can learn more about the designers and artisans behind the products, as well as get inspired by the latest trends and styles in African-inspired fashion, beauty, and home decor. Also not only is it strategically located in the business hub of Lagos, VI, it is located in of the most popular beach in Lagos the Good Beach.

Bellafricana marketplace co-retail store

      Conclusion

Bellafricana Marketplace pop-up store is an exciting new store that is set to change the way you shop for African-inspired products. With a focus on showcasing the best of African creativity, promoting fair trade, and providing a seamless and enjoyable shopping experience, Bellafricana marketplace is sure to become the go-to destination for anyone looking for African inspired fashion, accessories, gifts, beauty, and home decors. So be sure to mark your calendars and keep an eye out for the launch of the bellafricana marketplace pop-up store soon.

 

 

5 Best Children’s Gift Items At Every Age

Ankara dress by little weavers on bellafricana Marketplacea

We all know, children love to be treasured and appreciated with wonderful items. But in choosing the right children’s gift items, you need to pay close attention to what will stir up excitement as well as what will be most valued and cherished by them.

If you are in a fix as to what to purchase for your loved ones, I got you covered!

Here are my top 5 favorite children’s gift items that will be so captivating and alluring to any child:

1. ANKARA GOWN

If you are wondering how this would excite a child, From my observation about children, they just love to look adorable and act like fashionistas at home. This Ankara gown is designed by Little weavers, a brand that is known to craft beautiful children’s wear ranging from different ages, sizes and shapes. There is always one child who loves to dress really cute, so go all out and make that child happy.

Ankara dress by little weavers on bellafricana Marketplace, Children's Gift item

 

2. BABY CROCHET DRESS

Apart from this cutie being adorned with crochet, it also has an extra tutu beneath, that gives any baby the little princess vibes.. This tutu dress fits perfectly on any baby. Therefore, gift that “little Miss” this beautiful woven dress to give them a dapper, Amiable and delightful look. This is a signature of Tender hugs, and this brand offers lots of baby wears to choose from.

Crochet dress by Tender hugs on bellafricana Marketplace, Children's Gift item

Also read: Top 6 Afrocentric Gift Ideas
3. STRAPPED BAG

This portable school bag is a Yes-Yes. Children are more captivated with beautiful colors, no wonder chidren’s creche and nursery is usually beautified using fun and flamboyant colors. Zone A creation has done noble in crafting this beautiful bag, suitable for school or hung to events. If you are in search of a gift for your children, niblings or younger ones, then this is your go-for.

Bag Pack by ZoneA Creations on Bellafricana Marketplace, Children's Gift item

4. Children’s Hair kits

I don’t know if it just me, but babies with fully grown hair are the cutest. Yes, I said what I said. Even from a distance, once a babies hair is soft, shinny and beautiful they tend to get lot of admiration. If the skin is cherished and nourished, same rule should apply to the hair. A child’s hair is their crown, and crowns are valued, therefore, Amal Botanicals has an improvised hair kit, that helps to harness the growth of any baby’s hair.

 

Hair kits by Amal Botanical on bellafricana Marketplace, Children's Gift item

 

5. BABY BUNNIES

Baby bunnies are wonderful items to gift a new born, its really warm and soothing. its wont cause injuries to a child. its basically one of the soothing baby gift I have ever come across. Just as cartoons and animation are captivating to children, this crotchet dolls will most definitely be loved by babies. Tender hugs makes the best baby toys and wears that is friendly to the skins and has smooth surfaces.

 

Crochet Baby Bunnies and teddies by Tender Hugs on Bellafricana, Children's Gift item

Conclusion

With these 5 Best Children’s Gifts Items At Every Age, you are sure to get value from these items in Nigeria. You can as well choose from other different options and get tons of other exotic items for that wonderful child by clicking here. Follow us on Bellafricanashop on Instagram to get more items.

6 Best Online marketplaces for handmade Items

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Handmade items are the most valuable items on the market. However, unless you are knocking on the marketplaces for handmade items, selling your handmade goods in any market place can be difficult. This is why you should choose a marketplace that allows you to reach out to more people who are looking for your product.

Unless you find yourself in the most efficient and effective platforms, finding a possible customer community that wants to buy handmade goods can be difficult. Merchants that specialize in selling handcrafted items, on the other hand, don’t have to worry as much because there are specialist platforms for doing so.

If you wish to expand your merchant-reach ship’s to the widest possible audience, you might consider switching to apt marketplaces that help you get your potential reach.

Here is a list of 5 best online marketplace for handmade items within and outside Africa in no particular order:

 1. Etsy:

Etsy is one of the most well-known markets for handcrafted goods, allowing artisans and artists to launch a thriving business. This platform allows you to sell all of your handcrafted items online. Etsy allows you to sell vintage items, handcrafted crafts, and other craft-related products, and it has a vast client base.

With a free account on Etsy, you may effortlessly sell your items. You simply have to pay a modest amount of fees for listing (about $0.02) and a specific proportion of 5 for each transaction you make on this platform. Furthermore, the site allows you to sell products across all categories. On Etsy, the community is very active and efficient.

Etsy Nigeria – Shop for handmade, vintage, custom, and unique gifts for everyone

 2. Amazon:

Amazon provides an excellent opportunity for all merchants. This is why they bring their Handmade store, which is capable of selling in a huge market. One can effortlessly sell all of your handcrafted items on Amazon’s Handmade store. Furthermore, Amazon provides a wealth of information about what and how you can add to your account when it is approved. The platform, combined with the Artisan profile that comes with a custom URL, makes it easier for your products to find a better place in the market. This will make it easier for people to locate your store. For convenience, you can use Amazon’s Fulfillment service to ship your products.

 3. Bellafricana Marketplace:

This from my research so far, this is one of the  biggest E-Commerce platform, Bellafricana Marketplace is set to promote African made products while trading them to the world. With the unquestionably talents, skills, creativity and yearning for the African experience, Bellafricana Marketplace, is the buffer to ensure our partners and products are of global standard and experience. We pride ourselves as being the one stop destination for a lot of hand-made, niche based African brands with top quality and at best prices. Their services include top notch shopper experience, African-made products at affordable prices, seamless retail processes and outstanding customer support system, and they continue to serve locally based Africa businesses with the intention to ensure growth of these businesses and accommodate more. It’s not just a marketplace but a one-stop marketplace for the continent and growing businesses.

Home – Bellafricana Marketplace (bellafricanashop.com)

 4. Afrikrea:

The key value proposition for Afrikrea is that it serves as a partner to both micro-retailers and their clients. One of the key barriers that is impeding a greater proliferation of e-commerce in Africa is the issue around accepting payments and reliable shipment and delivery methods. Afrikrea has transformed the e-commerce space for the global African fashion and design sector by facilitating payments, commerce and providing the technology framework needed for its retailers.

Afrikrea – Shop and Sell African Fashion, Art and handicraft – Afrikrea

      Also read: Top 6 Afrocentric Gift Ideas
  5. Kamers Makers

An online store for artisans and their handcrafted goods, Kamers Makers’ model is a little different. To sell here, you have to create a store on Shopstar first. So essentially, they give you a secondary platform to display the products and sell them to their niche audience.

You can sell all kinds of products, including jewelry, calendars, scarves, and more.

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  6. Zando

Apparels are clearly the fore-runners among products in Africa. Zando, the South-Africa based online store is perfect for distributors of relatively larger brands. You have to start by emailing them to get approved as a supplier. This means that you should have sufficiently large volumes of stock.

Sell Products Online | Marketplace | South Africa | Zando

CONCLUSION

As a lover of African items, getting the right supplier of a particular item could be really tacky. I have helped research these wonderful sites that you can easily source for items made with African in mind. Click here to get tons and tons of African produce ranging from Fabrics, shoes, interior items, cosmetics and lot more.

Adire Styles Inspired By Asologe

Adire is a special brand of fabric that has become something of a Yoruba tribe-style marker over the centuries. Kampala materials otherwise known as Adire pieces in Yoruba are nice materials that will give you that classic look for any occasion. It is popularly known everywhere as tie and dye (Kampala and Adire) and commonly worn as a celebration cloth on special occasions and important events in the western part of Nigeria before it gradually became popular in other regions around Africa. Adire Fashion tops the list of native African materials because of its uniqueness, creativity, and aesthetics.

Asologe is an award-winning Afrocentric brand that produces well-put-together pieces with exquisite designs and patterns. Adire-inspired styles by Asologe are perfectly put-together and designed into different styles to fit different occasions.

Here are some of the beautiful styles inspired by Asologoe’s Adire;

 1. ADIRE FABRIC

Adire or Kampala has an infusion of tie and dye. it is produced mainly using  tied robe to cause that flow of patterns and designs and the tied sections are immersed inside the different colors of dyes as desired by Asologe, the maker of this fabric. Have you ever watched the making of Adire fabric using dye? well I have, and the process is less tedious and easy to do. Moreso, I applied Dyes after going through a thorough process and left it to dry on the material over time to achieve its wonderful effects. The result thereafter was awesome.

 

Adire fabric by Asologe on bellafricana marketplace
Adire fabric by Asologe on bellafricana marketplace
 2. ADIRE SHORT GOWNS

I prefer to wear my Adire short gowns as casual wears and simple evening outings. For people who love to go native on Fridays at work, this too will serve as a perfect and easy-to-wear dress. it’s quite chic and very simple too. Asologe showcases the latest adire attires and styles that fit excellently on any body size. This style is astonishing and makes you stand out in any gathering.

Adire gown by Asologe on bellafricana Marketplace
Adire gown by Asologe on bellafricana Marketplace

ALSO READ: Sensational Fashion Hacks For Ladies

  3. ADIRE TWO PIECES

As earlier mentioned, this piece of fabric is very versatile like every other African attire but it’s more stylish and porch. The beauty of Asologe adire is in its apt and excellent way of forming beautiful patterns and designs. These beautiful styled adire two pieces fit perfectly for any occasion, this great style of attire is elegant, colorful, and, chic.

2 Pieces Adire by Asologe on bellafricana Marketplace
2 Pieces Adire by Asologe on bellafricana Marketplace
 4. LONG GOWNS

Asologe adire long gowns are wonderfully made and elegantly worn. it can be sewn in different styles and made to suit. it can come in a stretchy material or loose one depending on one’s choice.

 

Straight Adire gown by Asolge on bellafricana Marketplace
Straight Adire gown by Asolge on bellafricana Marketplace

 

 5. BUBU GOWN ADIRE

Just in case you have heard that term ”rich aunty vibes”, well, our bubu adire fits perfectly with that title. For that flamboyant, classic, high standard, poise, and astatic vibes, Bubu adire gives you that look, and if you love the attention too and want heads turning when you work into any space. Asologe Bubu gown is very free, well detailed, and so flexible. Perfect for young and middle-aged women. Worn as the evening wears party wears or any other occasion. This attire is very versatile, and it helps radiate confidence, charisma, and affluence. Hence the name “rich aunty vibes”.

Adire Bubu gown by Asologe on Bellafricana Marketplace
Adire Bubu gown by Asologe on Bellafricana Marketplace

Also read:10 Craft Ideas With African Fabrics

 6. ADIRE SHIRTS

Adire fabrics have evolved, from just being worn to a cultural and traditional setting. This locally handmade material has moved from being used in local and rustic setting, to being worn to different public events. Thanks to Adire makers like Asologe, whose work of arts has been welcome in our convention world. now Adire attires can be worn to the office, public gatherings, events, social setting without looking out of place.

 

Shirt and short Adire combo by Asologe on Bellafricana Marketplace
Shirt and short Adire combo by Asologe on Bellafricana Marketplace
CONCLUSION

Adire fabrics are now the new normal, lots of people are buying into this attire and are loving how it turns out to look on them. why not give it a try, I did and there is no turning back on this one. if you want to shop for your beautiful, well-designed, and patterned adire wears click here to shop.

 

5 Elegant Handmade Bags In Nigeria

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Handmade bags are great accessories I have always loved to have around me. I must say, the importance of handbags can never be overemphasized. No amount of handbags is too much to own as there are handbags for every occasion, seasons, and outfit. But having to choose from your myriad of bag collections can be very tedious atimes.

Choosing handbags to fit your style could be a whole lot of work, more reasons why I came up with ten(10) elegant handmade bags that are proudly made in Nigeria. These handmade bags are flexible to use as they fit any occasion.  these handbags are well patterned with perfectly designed colors to make them a must-have for every lady.

In no particular order, here is my list, and feel free to order using the link on their bio.

  1. BLACK LEATHER BATIK MILA BAG

This black leather batik Mila handbag made by O’Eclat designs, is nothing below standard, with its good sequence pattern in hues of burnt orange and bright yellow colors with a slim purple color running through it, is a one of a kind style. This nicely embellished purse will go with any type of dress and are perfect for any occasion, whether it is used casually or for official purposes.

Oeclat-Black-Leather-Batik-Mila-Bag on bellafricana marketplace.
Oeclat-Black-Leather-Batik-Mila-Bag on bellafricana marketplace.
 2. TOTE BAG

These tote bags are perfect for casual outings. The reason why this is a great piece of item is  because it’s large enough and can contain  lot of bulky items all at once. This bag looks smallish but in a real sense can fit in so many items.  Pillowtalks, the tote bag maker, beautifully and neatly mend tote bags to serve significant purposes. This bag idea draws attention with its colours, designs, faces, and characters as its also conveys one’s personality.

Tote bag by pillowtalk9ja on bellafricana marketplace
Tote bag by pillowtalk9ja on bellafricana marketplace

Also read: 10 Craft Ideas With African Fabrics

3. RAFFIA BAG

This beautiful handmade bag is a great piece of item your wardrobe certainly needs. In this clime and time where a little piece of item brings out the statement in your dressing, this bag made from yarns and fibres is a great choice for you. The amazing design fits any color or style of dressing. Depending on how it’s combined, it can go perfectly for an official gathering. Nonetheless, this allows you to effortlessly stand out because of its uniqueness, attractiveness, and elegance. Yasmin crafts never fails in its assignment of crafting and designing woven fashion items.

 

Yasmin crafts Amina rattan bag on bellafricana marketplace.
Yasmin crafts Amina rattan bag on bellafricana marketplace.
4. BLACK LEATHER BAG

When it comes to designing handmade leather bags, O’Eclat always understands the assignment. Do you want poise, class, elegance, standard, luxury? then get styled with O’Eclat Bailey’s classic bag. If you love to get attention and praises for your fashion style then, this made in Nigeria Bag designer got you covered. Try this brand and thank me later.

Morin O Bailey box bag on bellafricana marketplace.
Morin O Bailey box bag on bellafricana marketplace.
5. BROWN LEATHER BAG

We don’t go out of style and designs here with Morin O bags, please pardon my hype, like the saying, “when you are good, you are good”. Morin O designer brings the likes of Fendi and Versace vibes from the stables of Nigeria. Moreover, from the reviews gotten online about the brand, these bags are durable, high quality, and never goes out of fashion.

Morin O leather bag on bellafricana marketplace
Morin O leather bag on bellafricana marketplace
CONCLUSION

In summary, Bags are to dressing, as to what bread is to butter. This implies that bags essentially compliments one’s dressing and it’s a great piece every lady must own. Apart from serving as a safe keep for all valuables, it also helps to accentuate our dressing. That’s why its needs to be carefully combined to suit our sense of style. For more options on elegant handmade bags in Nigeria, click here to order.

 

 

 

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