Post Event Press Release – Bellafricana ACE Awards 2018


Did you miss the second edition of the ACE Awards?

Here’s a recap of the major happenings.

This year’s African Creative Exhibition and Award, powered by Bellafricana was a huge success, thanks to the support from family, friends, sponsors, strategic partners, exhibitors, and the Bellafricana team.

The event which held on the 28th of April 2018, at D-Venue Event Center, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru saw in attendance over 4,000 guests, with over 70 vendors. Thanks to Boulos Enterprises and Suzuki, we had someone walk home with a brand new Suzuki Hayate Motorcycle.


The Conference Key note remark was made by Mrs Ini Abimbola who gave a remarkable speech on “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building” with 10 Experts; Mr Tobi Asehinde, Ms Sade Bembatoum-Young, Tricia Ikonwonba, Ms Geraldine Oku, Mr Lanre Adisa, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, Mrs Olanrewaju Oniyitan, Mr Adedunmade Onibokun, Mr Babatunde Faleke and Mrs Teju Abisoye.

You can almost still feel the exhilaration in the air resonating from the crowd on the day to witness this laudable event.

It was a three part event comprising of the conference, exhibition and awards dinner. The peak of the event however, was the awards dinner which was themed “Old School African” and had almost everyone in fabulous and stylish attires representing the African fashion heritage.

At the dinner, we gave away a total of fifteen (15) awards to entrepreneurs in various categories like, “most innovative fashion brand, and Best indigenous textile brand among others.

See the full list below;

ACE Awards 2018 Winners 

  • Best Indigenous Textile Designer – Mimiremi Textile
  • Best Beauty Brand – Inner Beautee 
  • Best Fashion Brand – 313 Eko 
  • Best Accessories Brand – Zivanora 
  • Start-up of the Year – Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi
  • Best Eco-friendly Product – Cyrus 45 
  • Best Innovative Product of the Year – Creative Safari
  • Best Pioneer Craftswoman of the Year – Morin O
  • Best Food Produce Innovation – Tigernuts Republic
  • Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur – Daniella Art Studio 
  • Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year – Dream Catchers 
  • Best Creative Kids Brand – Maison Loulabelle 
  • Best Arts and Crafts Person – Kachi Irondi 
  • Best Home & Lifestyle Brand – Ile-Ila
  • Best African Brand – Roots in Style (Ethiopia) 

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With this second edition, Bellafricana African Creative Exhibition and Awards continues being the most prestigious gathering of Enterprising Creative Afrocentric Brands in Nigeria (Africa). This leaves us looking forward to the next edition of ACE Awards 2019.

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