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 [], register as a vendor at [], 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 members gets 60 million naira export grant

Mr Olusegun Awolowo at the third edition of ACE Awards Africa by Bellafricana with Bukky Asehinde founder Bellafricana

Small and Medium sized Entrepreneurs across the country are putting in a lot of efforts to survive, scale the hurdles and compete favourably in different sectors.

To carve a niche for themselves they need support, encouragement and a business friendly environment.

The immediate past Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo has been a pillar of support to many. He recently supported Bellafricana members with a 60 Million Naira Grant.

This opportunity is meant to support their businesses through the Export Development Fund (EDF) via the Expansion Facility Programme [EEFP] which issued a 60 million Naira grant to the 15 awardees of the 3rd ACE Awards as well as a few other Bellafricana members that have shown export potential.

The opportunity unveiled during the 3rd edition of the African Creative Exhibition and Awards, held on the 29th of October 2021, at the BWC Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos will help to transform this businesses to the next phase with ease.

There Mr. Awolowo made clear the commitment of the NEPC to support and grow non-oil exports in the country.

Crude oil forms the major commodity that is being exported in Nigeria currently. In 2020, Crude petroleum topped Nigeria’s commodity export for the year according to COMMODITY.COM. Nigeria presently ranks as the tenth most petroleum-rich nation and by far the most affluent in Africa which makes the reason for being such an exporter of crude oil not far-fetched. This has in some ways made other industries take the back seat because, in recent years, there has been more focus on the country’s exportation of crude oil.

The Export Expansion facility programme, founded as a part of Mr. Awolowo’s legacy to grow Nigeria’s export industry has therefore provided a catalyst that supports the country’s active export businesses and export-ready businesses.

Speaking on this development, the CEO of Bellafricana, Bukky Asehinde could not contain her excitement as she spoke about how Mr. Awolowo through the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has been supportive of the growth and expansion of not just Bellafricana but her members.

“Mr Awolowo has time and time again proven to be a huge supporter not just to me or the over 5000 creatives he has supported through Bellafricana but to many creative entrepreneurs all over Nigeria.

Since the over 5 years that Bellafricana was founded, Mr. Awolowo has been a strong pillar of support to this community, endorsing us fully and boosting our brand credibility”.

She added: “This 60 Million Naira grant by the Export Expansion facility programme will go a long way in pushing many businesses forward. I celebrate Mr. Awolowo for showing us who a true leader is and I know that his legacy will always be known for generations to come”.

Asehinde went on to express her gratitude to Mr. Awolowo for standing by Bellafricana over the years and thanking him for building a legacy through his leadership as the former Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. “We are proud of his legacy and his support by helping and enabling MSMEs to get to the export level.”

Mr. Awolowo has always supported Bellafricana and her vision to give more visibility to African-owned creative businesses.

He has shown this through his continuous support at every edition of the ACE Awards held since 2017 to laud and encourage the work of highly skilled individuals who are making significant contributions to their respective industries and putting Africa on the world map with their creations.

He has through the Nigerian Export Promotion Council [NEPC] sponsored and supported over 5000 creatives and is now wrapping up with this grant so creative entrepreneurs can scale up their businesses while growing the country’s export industry.

He has also used his encouraging words to push not just entrepreneurs but everyone around him beyond their limits so they can achieve their goals and even surpass them.

It is no wonder Bukky Asehinde describes him as “The father of non-oil exporters.”

One of the awardees and a beneficiary of the grant also appreciated Mr. Awolowo for believing in Nigerian creative entrepreneurs and supporting them in scaling their businesses beyond the shores of the country.

“If we had more people like Mr. Awolowo in this country who have demonstrated true leadership, I have no doubts that we will see more Nigerian entrepreneurs succeeding and getting the visibility they deserve in the global space.”

The Export Expansion Facility Programme [EEFP], a flagship project of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council [NEPC] founded under the leadership of the now former Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.

The Export Expansion Facility Programme seeks to democratize the discovery of exporters and their access to relevant government incentives to grow. The initiative supports businesses in Nigeria, with at least one customer abroad, or working on acquiring customers abroad.
It also supports businesses in Nigeria that provide services that an export business might need and it offers these businesses a series of incentives to expand their reach and become an exporter.

Bellafricana is a tech-enabled community that provides a platform for Nigerian and African Creative entrepreneurs in the Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Home & Living, Beauty, and Food produce & Snacks Industry to gain visibility, increase sales, and have the right business support and structure that gives them the capacity to grow their business.

Bellafricana’s vision is to become the biggest e-commerce company that promotes African products to the world and is on the verge of accomplishing this as it recently launched a Marketplace [].

ACE Award third edition Winners 2021 Mr Olusegun Awolowo endorses Bukky Asehinde, the founder of Bellafricana as the zero oil ambassador to Nigeria Mr Olusegun Awolowo endorses Bukky Asehinde, the founder of Bellafricana as the zero oil ambassador to Nigeria Mr Olusegun Awolow receiving an award at the ACE Awards Africa third edition

BONA EXPO 22 sets to change the Course of Green Beauty in Africa!

BONA EXPO 22 sets to change the Course of Green Beauty in Africa!

Bellafricana is pleased to announce that BONA EXPO 22, sets to change the Course of Green Beauty in Africa! Go, Register!

BONA EXPO with her maiden edition themed   Mother Nature Africa”  is the Pioneer Exposition for Green Beauty Manufacturers In Africa, Africans-In-the-diaspora & a select few Internationals looking to gain entrance into the Continent.

Lorraine Dallmeier of Award-winning,  accredited formulation school Formula Botanica in The United Kingdom in her June 8, 2021, Podcast title excerpt says “ Today, for the most part, the rest of the world has little exchange with the African beauty industry apart from its commodities. But we hope this will change, and soon.”

The Botanical, Organic & Natural Africa Expo has spotlighted its vendor interests from countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Uk, Canada & USA.

BONA EXPO 22  2-day exposition will hold on the 10 & 11 February 2022 at The Landmark Centre, 3&4 Water Corporation, Oniru, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria with activities from Welcome Night Dinner, Exhibitions & Unique Experiences, Masterclasses by International Speakers, Panel Discussions, to Wrap-Up-Party.

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  • 4000 on-site attendees
  • 6000 online attendees
  • 60 brands
  • 9 Countries
  • 2 International Speaker
  • 8 Masterclasses
  • 8 Panel Discussions
  • 48 Panellists
  • 1 Wrap Up Party

What to expect at the BONA EXPO 22 sets to change the Course of Green Beauty in Africa!

Target Audience:
  • Local Manufacturers
  • African Manufacturers
  • Africans-In-The- Diaspora Manufacturers
  • International Manufacturers
  • Retailers, Distributors, Importers & Exporters
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Agricultural Sector- Farmers & Middlemen
  • Cosmetics Dermatologists
  • Financial Sector- Agro-Support Banks

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  • Actively Engage and immerse the Green Beauty Industry & its Stakeholders in a quality, value-adding, and indelible brand experience.
  • Sensitize the public on the choice & importance of clean and safe living driving ultimately our sustainability program.
  • Re-establish our Natural Ingredients as a part of tangible African heritage, therefore, driving & creating policies to its effect.
  • Lead Generation: Increase the number of qualified sales leads across sectors.
  • Promote thought-leadership agenda and positioning for the Green Beauty Industry in Africa and her African Manufacturers as well as increase opportunities for more entrants into the Industry and Continent.
  • Drive sustainable conversations around the African organic & natural Beauty Industry in the hope that it sensitizes the discontinued use of chemical-based products.

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ELOY Conference and Awards 2021 – Everything you need to know

ELOY Conference And Awards 2021 – Everything You Need To Know

The ELOY Conference and Awards 2021 is here and I’m here to give you the scoop on everything you need to know.

Tewa Onasanya, Founder of The ELOY Awards Foundation wants people to know and understand the hidden fact that when one woman wins, it increases the chances of other women winning and serves as inspiration for other women to win. She says “we are not in competition with one another, we should be collaborating to lift one another up”.

That is why the theme for the ELOY Conference and Awards 2021 is Collaboration For Sustainable Empowerment. #whenshewinsyouwin.

The ELOY Foundation has moved the needle from just conversations about Sustaining Women Empowerment to taking action in providing a platform for Women in MSMEs to thrive and sustain their businesses through access to mentoring, training, affordable finance, grants and networking opportunities.

What to expect?

Come November 26th, the ELOY Conference will host speakers and participants to presentations and panel discussions focusing on the theme of the ELOYs 2021. The keynote speaker is Hon Cecilia Bolajoko Dada, the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. The special address on the day will be given by Owen Omogiafo, President Transcorp PLC.

ELOY Conference and Awards 2021 – Everything you need to know

The 13th ELOYs promises to be informative, inspiring and will encourage collaborative efforts to sustain women empowerment. Other speakers at this year’s conference include Eno Essien, CEO Rheytrak, Sonnia Agu, CEO Sapio Club, Nonye Francic Madu, Psychotherapist, Lotana Ezeogu, Founder Skills Tribe, Ife Durosinmi-Eti, CEO Herconomy, Yetty Ogunnubi, Founder / Lead Publicist The YD Company, Tale Alimi, CEO Owoafara, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, CEO Zaphaire Events and Mabel Aladenusi, Head, Corporate Communications, PR and Digital TVC Communications.

The day will end with the Awards Ceremony in the evening. The prestigious ELOY Awards will be presented to 20 women who have been voted for by the public and have fulfilled the criteria of selection of the ELOY Governing Body.


Free Registration has begun for the ELOY Conference on the 26th of November 2021 More information about the ELOYs can be found on

There are opportunities to sponsor a category and exhibit at the 13th ELOY Awards and Conference 2021. For sponsorship enquires and more information, please contact Hannah on 08098886184 or email [email protected]

ELOY Conference And Awards 2021 – Everything You Need To Know

About the ELOYs

The aim of the ELOY awards is to recognize Nigerian outstanding women and their achievements and roles in society. To increase the economic visibility of women in Nigeria, to create a platform for networking hence enhancing communication links to encourage women into businesses and to support the work being done by Nigerian women to improve themselves and Nigeria. This event is also being used as a platform to continue to increase awareness for cervical cancer which kills one woman every hour in Nigeria.

Impact of the ELOY Awards so far;
  • The ELOYs have been awarded to 205 women to date, who have gone on to be better at what they do.
  • We have been able to enrol 40 women in MSME’s onto the ELOY Foundation Sustainable Empowerment Program (SEP) that started in 2020, these small business owners were mentored for a period of six months and they had access to entrepreneurial training every month. 10 of them were awarded a grant.
  • It has increased motivation in all women as everyone wants to be nominated for an ELOY at one point during their career or business.
  • Improved self-development in awardees and nominees, that have gone on to make a huge impact on their sector.
  • A platform that has helped identify excellence in the creative and business sectors. They have gone on to become household names (Eno Essien, Sisi Yemmie, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay, Olamide, Korede Bello to mention a few)
  • ELOY recognizes categories and identifies industries where people think women are not active or striving in.

The ELOYs has become a permanent fixture on people’s calendars, as everyone in Nigeria looks forward to these prestigious awards every year with great expectations and trust.

Article culled from Exquisite Magazine

Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week 2021: Creativity Is big business


The Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week (PLCEW) which seeks to chart pathways to make creativity pay has assembled a stellar lineup of facilitators for its 2021 edition “Creativity Is Big Business”. The event is scheduled to hold November 8–13, 2021 at Alumni Hall, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

“As youths of Nigeria, we are currently faced with unprecedented unemployment and underemployment – these are hampering our pursuit of rewarding and fulfilling lives”, said Chukwuemeka Anyiam-Osigwe, Coordinator PLCEW. “The Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week is targeted at turning creative talents into lasting businesses to uplift the youths of the country.”

PLCEW is a weeklong event of seminars, master classes, workshops and other activities to empower young creatives and help them to unleash their potential.


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Muyiwa Aleshinloye, Group Head, Digital at Insight Redefini
Ose Osundeko, Group Head, Digital Marketing at Fidelity Bank PLC

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Brand Building: The Way to Make It
Abiodun Ajiborode, Director of Brand and Trade Marketing at Monument Distillers
Nnenna Onyewuchi, Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at Yellow Brick Road


 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITERACY AND RESPECTING COPYRIGHTS - Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week 2021 CREATORSIntellectual Property Literacy and Respecting Copyrights
Featuring: Busola Bakinson, Team Lead Intellectual Property at Olaniwun Ajayi LP

BUILDING YOUR MUSIC CAREER - Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week 2021 CREATORS

Building Your Music Career
Featuring: Lucklyn Okeimiebi Audu, Legal and Corporate Affairs Executive at Aristokrat Group


Succeeding in the Creative Space
Featuring: J. Martins, Popular Musician

A GUIDE TO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week 2021 CREATORS

A Guide to Professional Photography
Richard Bamidele Eko, Visual Business Consultant
Jokotade Shonowo, Founder Poshclick Portraiture


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Featuring: Nonye Udeogu of This Thing Called Fashion
Valerie Egbuniwe, Lifestyle Content Creator


The Future of TV in Nigeria and Its Relevance for Content Creators
Abiola Matesun, Founder and CEO of MalekFoto Films and MalekFoto Weddings
Anita Adesiyan, Country Manager for MTV Shuga Nigeria
Bola Atta, Group Director for Corporate Communications at UBA; Executive Producer at REDTV
Moses Babatope, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Filmhouse Group; Managing Director of FilmOne Entertainment
Rosemary Egabor Afolahan, Head Business Development, Market Strategy and Sales at News Central TV
Tolulope Olamide Ajayi, Director, Producer and Creative Professional
Victor Okhai, President Directors’ Guild of Nigeria


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Dami Aros, Host of the podcast So Nigerian
Dolly Akintoye, Co-host of the podcast Road to 30
Rafiat Akinwande, Host of Queen Raffy’s Space podcast and Community Manager at NaijaPodHub

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Soft Skills Needed by Creatives
Featuring: Daniel Emenahor, Senior Learning and Development Associate at Jobberman


Featuring: Taaooma, Popular Comedian and Influencer

There will also be a display of artworks by up-and-coming artists throughout the week.

Visit for more details.

Culled from Pride Magazine

Whatever you do, don’t miss Pride Lagos Creative Enterprise Week 2021: Creativity Is big business.


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