Relaunches, Focuses on Afrocentric (Made in Nigeria) Businesses.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] As part of her quest to bridge the gap between artisans, manufacturers of Afrocentric products and their consumers, Bellafricana, a company that promotes the beauty of Africa relaunches an online platform showcasing unique businesses of products and services made in Nigeria (Africa). The online platform is now ( launched to showcase, promote and celebrate local creative artisans and small business owners of Afrocentric brands in Africa. Starting with Nigeria her home-land, the plan is to take it one African Country at a time. [/dropcap]
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Diamond – April's Gemstone by Itoro Okon

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] Wohooooo, I’m so excited about this months gemstones D*I*A*M*O*N*D*S. I love me some diamond. Over the years, diamonds have been thought to be the, “King of all birthstones,” This is a great way to celebrate a birthday in the month of April. They make an incredible gift for the receiver! [/dropcap]
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To be a Jeweler in Nigeria or not to be a Jeweler : Part 2 (Evolution) by Ibironke Oduniyi

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] 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. [/dropcap]

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To Be A Jeweler in Nigeria or Not to Be A Jeweler : Part 1 by Ibironke Odunuyi

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] I have always loved Jewelry and thoughts of been a Jeweler. Gold jewelry to be precise because growing up my mum loved adorning herself with a variety of them: simple styles when I was younger and bigger and complicated styles as I grew up. She even bought us (My sister and I) a couple of gold earrings and we had gold identity bracelets really cute ones but we always got it misplaced and will automatically switch to G.L. jewelry before we ran her bankrupt. I’ve always been curious about how these jewelry pieces were created but never pursued the curiosity. [/dropcap]
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The Woman Workshop By Zoe Chinaka

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] The Woman Workshop is reviving the woman’s hopes on ways to keep improving. They are a branch of Nigeria Info FM (No. 1 for talk, news and sports) a sister station of the foremost stations in Lagos, COOL FM, WAZOBIA FM. Bringing women from all works of life to one space to foster employability and expose ‘The woman’ to a better life. It’s a platform that sets a standard for business women and teaches the common woman these ideas and opportunities. Are you a woman, student, corper, un-employed or employed, perhaps a Small or medium business owner, you should come learn some crafts, trade secrets and SME business management skills. [/dropcap]
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Bellafricana an Online Platform for Afrocentric Products and Services

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] Bellafricana, an online platform for Afrocentric products, services. I have a dream! That one day, Afrocentric products and services will be globally accessible. I want to share with you how Bellafricana started, and the next phase for Bellafricana. We are presently upgrading our website for a better experience. I moved back in 2012 to Nigeria after few years out of the Country for studies…[/dropcap]
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Ty Bello Transforms an Agege Bread Seller into a Beautiful Model

This story is so inspiring! The most amazing thing about this trending story is that I follow Ty Bello on Instagram and I watched in silence as it was unfolding. It all started during the shoot of the ‘Disturbing Lagos’ editorial for ThisDay Style featuring British-Nigerian entertainer and style icon Tinie Tempah. I had to share with you.

One of the photos randomly features a young beautiful bread seller who the photographer said she met on the streets (photo bombed Tinie Tempah) while they were shooting, and ended up being the perfect addition to the shoot (talk about divine location).
Olajumoke-ThisDay-Style-2In fact, I couldn’t help but join in the conversation because I thought she was actually modelling in the shoot along side Tinie Tempah (phew), not until I read Ty mention “It wasn’t planned at all”…
Ms Bello shared the photo on her page again, asking her fans to help her find the young woman. “Every one has been asking if this lady is a model,” TY Bello said, “It was just perfect coincidence. She just happened to be walking by while I photographed. It happened so fast. She definitely SHOULD be a model. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested.”
And so the search for the mysterious beautiful Miss X, as Ty called her began. I was watching, praying and checking back hoping they find her knowing what was in stuck for her.

Not long after, they found Miss X (dancing), and her name is Olajumoke Orisaguna. A 27 year old mother of 2.
“Jumoke the ‘model’ the Internet had been searching for speaks almost no English. She explained how she had worn the exact outfit in our photograph the day before and someone showed her her own photograph on his phone from facebook. A mallam led her to my studio that morning. She narrated her journey to lagos …An hair stylist from Ire in Osun state but not making enough profit between she and her husband , a sliding door installer in from same village ,to care for their two young children .
“At the invitation of a distant relative who knew someone operating a bakery , she relocated lagos with her 14 month old daughter to give bread hawking a try , leaving her husband and older 5 year old behind . As I listened to her I wandered if the beauty I had seen on my screen as I edited my image was a fluke ..well until she smiled ., I realized that I was wrong ., I had in fact ,underestimated the beauty of this 27 year old woman.

Olajumoke soon got transformed by Ty Bello along with Bimpe Onakoya and Zubby Definition and have made the 27 year old mother of 2 over for the shoot on This Day Style.


Olajumoke-ThisDay-Style-3OlajumokeOlajumoke-Two things I can say happened to Olajumoke. First, she was at the right place at the right time (divine location). Secondly, her divine helper Ty Bello located her, because Ty didn’t have to go ahead with her in the shoot, she could have easily cut her off.
I pray that you draw inspiration from this story, because I have. This year, is truly going to be an amazing year for me (for you) and God can use anybody to help you achieve that goal/dream you have been praying for. There’s absolutely nothing too hard for the Lord!
Don’t give up, and do business with God this year!
Congrats to Olajumoke, I thank God for your life..
Remain blessed!

Photography: TY Bello & ThisDay

Trend Setting Gele | Avant-Garde Gele Style

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]The Avante grade gele created by Funmi Olurinola of Abeke Makeovers is the latest gele style everyone is rocking now. They are so beautiful and can be tied with different fabric. One could say they look like hair fascinator. I think am tired of this everyday gele styles and its time to wear something different from the common styles. Join me as I rock this style next Sunday to church.[/dropcap]
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Invitation to a Global Fashion Management Workshop

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and Africa Fashion Week in collaboration with Access Bank Plc presents Breakfast with Women in fashion. Introducing the Global Fashion Management Workshop (GFMW), an event for upcoming female fashion designers to help expose them to current trends and offer financial advice to grow their business. [/dropcap]
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