Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

Yes, I know. Before you say it, I already know. I’ve been yapping about the ACE Awards 2021 for a little while now and that’s because it was a combination of the celebration of African Creatives and their works, great company and loads of fun. So many moments to relive but here are some of my favourite savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021.

The Creatives Connect was a blast. There was never a dull moment as the ever-energetic compere – Ajala Nene who worked the crowd.

Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021 with Ajala Nene

Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

Then there was the photobooth. It turned out to be a huge side attraction and there were lots of display. Take a look.

Savouring moments with the photobooth

Savouring moments at the photobooth

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modelling at the photobooth

The exhibition.

Of course, the exhibitiors were actively present, showcasing their lovely products for shoppers and all in attendance. Some of the products are:

Skincare products
skincare products - moments at the ACE Awards
Scents Pro Luxury
skincare products - savouring moments at the ACE Awards
Modara Naturals
Clothing & shoes
clothing at the ACE Awards
Bosh Designs
Adire Nation - savouring moments at the ACE Awards
Adire Nation
Clothing at the ACE Awards
Omowunmi Ologe
clothing for the savouring moments at ACE Awards
Kijipa Couture
Displays of shoes at the savouring moments at the ACE Awards
Oba Couture
Bags present at the savouring moments at the ACE Awards


Zeeza Bags at the ACE Awards 2021
Zeeza Bags & Accessories
Paint Strokes
Arts - savouring moments at the ACE Awards
Teniyah Art

With the exhibition came shopping. They shopped and shopped and shopped!

shopper -Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

shopper -Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

sales - shop - Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

shop - Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

shop - Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

Perhaps one of my favourite savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021 was the laughter & touching moments. Who could resist this smile…

smile -Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

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happy guest -Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

winner - touching moments- Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

tears Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

touching moments- Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

touching moments- Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

touching moments- Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

Then the delicious food!


buffet Food served

buffet Food served

Food served at- Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

Ahhh, yes, you truly missed out on a phenomenal night! Tarry not, as snippets of pictures, videos and articles are plastered everywhere. Interested? Connect with us to view more:

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Until next time, be good and be safe!

Becoming the winner. . .


The African Creative Exhibition and Awards 2021 would never be forgotten in a hurry. Although there were a few bumps along the way, it was filled with pleasant surprises. Before we get to the bumps and the surprises, let’s break down the process for becoming the winner.

The nomination process of Becoming the winner. . .


The nominations for the ACE Awards 2021 opened to the general public on the 30th of August 2021 and was announced on social media via the official Instagram page – @ace_awards. An activity schedule was put out, outlining the processes and what to expect.

Activities Schedule for winning

Members, followers, friends and family [excluding the organizers and her workers] were allowed to nominate creative entrepreneurs for 15 different categories. This ran for 4 weeks. The nominations ended on the 26th of September. By the 27th of September, the organizers began collating the results. Mind you the rules were spelt out clearly, which are:

  1. You can nominate more than 1 creative for a category
  2. The nominees with the highest votes, move on to the next round – Top 5
  3. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to accept the terms and conditions as listed in the submission form.
  4. The entrant also agrees that the project is eligible for entry.
  5. The entrant also understands that the entry products are made-in-Nigeria or made-in-Africa.

The top 5 nominees were announced on the 4th of October. And on the 5th [the very next day], the voting for the top 3 commenced. People were expected to vote for the top 5 that was announced, while the top 5 nominees were also expected to get their 1-minute pitch ready for submission.

FAQS - Becoming the winner. . .
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FAQs regarding this was put out on the official Instagram page of the ACE Awards. The voting ended on the 12th of October.Top 3 - Becoming the winner. . .

The top 3 were announced on the 14th of October and the nominees were expected to submit their 1-minute pitch video that same day.

Then comes the Judges.

Meet the Judges

It was announced that 3 judges would deliberate and pick the winners for each category based off on the top 3 nominees. The Judges are:

  1. Lanre Adisa [CEO Noah’s Ark]
  2. Yetunde Aina [Founder Jadeas Trust]
  3. Lanre Basamta [Group Head, Mobile Financial Services, Interswitch Group]

The Nominees’ business was judged based on:

  • Impact: Is your business demonstrating some impact already in the economy?
  • Job Creation: Has the business created some jobs and has the potential to create more high-quality jobs?
  • Quality of Work: Does the business show great quality and competence to compete globally?
  • Customer Satisfaction: Is the company socially present and accepted by consumers?
  • Scalability: Does the company already earn revenues and does it have the potential to scale.
  • 1-minute pitch video.

All of these can be seen on the website:

The nominees were also sent emails and messages.

The judging process took 3 hours and 45 minutes, with the judges deliberating and watching 45 entries. They were deliberate, impartial, fair and objective. All that was left was collating the scores and results, which was then announced during the ACE Awards – 29th of October.

And there you have it! The process of becoming the winner for the 15 different categories at the ACE Awards 2021. It was not a small feat! Congratulations to all the winners and all who made it to each stage. We celebrate you.

Tune in next time, where I discuss the bumps and surprises at the ACE Awards. You’re going to love it.

Bukky Asehinde appointed as Zero Oil Ambassador for Nigeria


Bukky Asehinde, Founder and CEO of Bellafricana was recently appointed Zero Oil Ambassador for Nigeria. The Special recognition and announcement were made at Bellafricana’s 3rd edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards, [ACE Awards], held on Friday, the 29th of October, 2021.

ACE 2021

The Executive Director of The Nigerian Export Promotion Council & President ECOWAS TPO Network, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, announced Bukky Asehinde’s appointment: Zero Oil Ambassador, putting her alongside other Zero Oil Ambassadors such as President Mohammadu Buhari, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu and other prominent Nigerians.

Newly inducted Ambassador

Mr Olusegun Awolowo also awarded the winners at the ACE Awards with the Export Expansion Facility Programme [EEFP] Grant.

Bellafricana took to their official website and Instagram page to celebrate the win:

What is arguably the best part of the evening, was the surprise announcement from the Executive Director of NEPC & President ECOWAS TPO Network, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, who awarded the winners the Export Expansion Facility Programme [EEFP] Grant. An unexpected but wonderful gift, that got the room erupting in applause, shouts of joy and a few tears shed. He did not stop there. He then proceeded to call on stage the Founder of Bellafricana – Mrs Bukky Asehinde, in what seemed to be commending all her efforts and this initiative, he then, right there, inducted her as the Zero Oil Ambassador for Nigeria. It was nothing short of a night filled with wonder.” To read the full article, click on ~~ ACE Awards post press release


MR. AWOLOWO AT THE ACE WARDS 2021The event attracted a host of notable personalities, such as Mr Olusegun Awolowo [Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) & President ECOWAS TPO Network], Mr Tobi Asehinde [CEO/Founder Digital Marketing Skills Institute], Mrs Yetunde Aina [CEO of Jadeas Trust], Mr Lanre Basamta [Group Head, Mobile Financial Services, Interswitch Group], Mr Lanre Adisa [CEO Noah’s Ark Communications].


MR LANRE BASAMATAAlso in attendance were Prince Adeyemi Adefulu, Ms Lerato Lekena-Okoro [Real Estate Advisor], Mr Oluwaseyi Adegoke-Adeyemo (Vice-Chair, Events committee) of Nigeria-Britain Association [NBA], Mrs Eyiyemi Olivia [Compere, OAP & Dress maker], Mr Ayodeji Saba, Mrs Nnena Fakoya-Smith [Tourism Promoter & Visibility Coach] and all of our media and strategic sponsors.


MRS. NNENA FAKOYA-SMITH AT THE ACE AWARDS 2021The event was proudly sponsored by The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Access Bank and W-Community, and supported by Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Digital Marketing Skill Institute (DMSI), Noah’s Ark, Inside Watch Africa, Cybertron Ads, Pride magazine, OWA Foundation, Jordan FM, Exquisite magazine, Pulse Ng, and Arise Television.

ACE Awards 2021 official sponsors & partners

SPONSORS & PARTNERS - ACE 2021This is another feat for the ever industrious Mrs Bukky Asehinde – oops. I mean the newly appointed Zero Oil Ambassador for Nigeria, Mrs Bukky Asehinde. We cannot wait to see what next she has in store for us.

Until next time, be safe and be good!

Meet the official winners for the ACE Awards 2021


The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. It’s The African Creative Exhibition and Awards, [ACE Awards] 2021. For some, it’s the celebration of these creatives and others, simply want to finally know and meet the official winners for the ACE Awards 2021.  Either way, it is a night to remember.

The air is a bit tense but all for the right reasons as the nominees are aching to finally get the results and know who would become the winners for the 15 categories.

With a successful Creatives’ Connect & Exhibition held during the day, the expectations for the ACE Awards dinner was incredibly high. And I dare say that those expectations were surpassed in flying colours!ACE AWARDS 2021 - WINNERS With no further ado, meet the official winners for the ACE Awards 2021.

Best Indigenous Textile Designer: Afrikstabel
Winner - Afrikstabel
Best Home & Lifestyle Brand: Yasmin Crafts
Yasmin Craft
Best Beauty Brand: Jaga Beauty
Jaga Beauty
Best Eco-friendly Product Innovation: Trash2Wealth
Best Innovative Product of the Year: Clay world by Marienne
Best Arts and Craft Person: Hooked by Lade
Hooked By Lade
Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year: Solar Sister
Solar Sister
Best Pioneer Craftsman/woman of the Year: Raule Royal
Raule Royal
Start-up of the Year: Just Journal
Just Journal
Best Creative Child Entrepreneur: Zees Shea Hub
Zees Shea Hub
Best Creative Children’s Brand: 9ijakids
Best Fashion Brand: K.Aspen
Mr. Tito, representing K.Aspen
Best Food Produce Innovation: Klay Foods
Representing Klay Foods
Best Accessories Brand: AABOUX
Best African Brand: Kua Designs
Kua Designs

There you have it. The 15 winners for the ACE Awards 2021. They didn’t only walk away with the recognition and awards but also, an Export Expansion Facility Programme [EEFP] Grant, courtesy of The Nigerian Export Promotion Council [NEPC].

Stay tuned and watch out for my next post, where I’ll be dishing you, savouring moments from the ACE Awards. Until next time, be good and be you!

It’s almost here!

ACE 2021

It’s almost here! Just a few hours to the African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) and I cannot wait!

I can boldly say we are 100% ready.

Exhibitors are all set, Creative Connect speakers are ready, Nominees are primed to receive their awards, potatoes are ready to potate – LOL. I’m ready to get down on the dance floor, and everything is good to go!

Date: Friday, 29th October 2021

Venue: BWC Hotels, Opposite Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island Lagos.

Time for Exhibition & Creatives Connect: 10am – 4pm

Awards Dinner: 6 pm – 9 pm

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We’re sure your shopping bags would be full to the brim because you’ll shop quality products at discounted prices.

Remember, access to the ACE Exhibition and Creatives Connect is FREE.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here.

Please download and use the image below to let people know you’ll be attending the event, and to invite them too. Don’t forget to tag us when you post it up on your socials (Instagram: @ace_awards, @bell_africana)

I'll be attending - It's almost here

For the Creatives’ Connect Attendees

Check out the line-up of Industry thought leaders we can’t wait for you to meet.

Experts - It's almost here




Exhibitors - It's almost here


Top 3 nominees - It's almost here!

We present to you The Top 3 Nominees for all 15 categories for this year’s ACE Awards.

These amazing brands have done tremendously well in their respective fields and deserve all the recognition.

The winners will be announced on the Award Dinner night.

Click here to see the full list of Nominees on our Instagram page

Ít would be good to attend physically because nothing beats physical interaction. But if you can’t make it down, we’ve made available a virtual link so you don’t miss out.

Register to attend virtually here

Do you want to avoid all the hassles of traffic? We have that covered. You can now get rooms at a good discounted rate.


THIS EVENT WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT –Sponsors & Partners - It's almost hereWe can’t wait to see and connect with you.

Meet the Exhibitors

Official Exhibitors for ACE AWARDS 2021

Meet the Exhibitors who would be present at the Creatives Connect & Exhibition.

It is an open secret that The African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) scheduled for Friday the 29th of October, 2021 is a 3-phase event consisting of:

  1. The ACE Awards Dinner [6:00pm – 9:00pm],
  2. The Creatives Connect [10:00am – 4:00pm],
  3. The Exhibition [10:00am – 4:00pm]

All taking place at the BWC Hotels, 1228B Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria (Opposite Eko Atlantic).

The Creatives Connect and the Exhibition would take place side by side. This is a great means of networking, marketing and connecting.

Meet the Exhibitors
Bosh Designs

Bosh Designs - Meet the Exhibitors


Mojisola - Meet the Exhibitors


Qamin - Meet the Exhibitors


Kuvaah - Meet the Exhibitors


Modara- Meet the Exhibitors

Teniyah Art

Teniyah Art- Meet the Exhibitors

Enigbi’s Label

Teniyah Art- Meet the Exhibitors


Zeeza - Meet the Exhibitors

Anesi Naturals

Anesi - Meet the Exhibitors


Abike - Meet the Exhibitors

Omowunmi OlogeOmowunmi Ologe - Meet the Exhibitors
Scents ProScents Pro - Meet the Exhibitors
To ri araTo ri ara - Meet the Exhibitors
Oba Couture

Oba Couture - Meet the Exhibitors

Adire Nation

Adire Nation - Meet the Exhibitors

Drapes & Apparels

Drapes & Apparels - Meet the Exhibitors

Kijipa Official

Kijipa Official - Meet the Exhibitors

This is multiple opportunities for all attendees as it would serve as an opportunity to connect, converse and collaborate with various entrepreneurs and Industry leaders. You should use this opportunity to get a head start with your Christmas shopping.

These Exhibitors have beautiful products up for grabs with loads of discounts for the first 30 people in attendance. Make sure you do not miss this exhibition experience as it will be loads of savings and shopping for you and your family.

Stay in the loop and follow us on Instagram: @ace_awards

NEPC sponsors ACE Awards 2021

ACE Awards gains massive support and backing from The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), as it sponsors this year’s ACE Awards ceremony.

African Creative Exhibitions and Awards gain massive support and backing from The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), as it sponsors this year’s ACE Awards ceremony.

ACE Awards is an important annual occurrence aimed at attracting an audience that includes Captains of Industry, Investors, Upwardly Mobile Youths, Marketers, Trade Delegations & Missions, Procurement Officers, Brand and Business Managers, Art Lovers, Governmental Representatives and Key Decision Makers. Nigeria is an import driven nation and if we are looking to diversify and become an export-driven nation, it starts from MSMEs. Starting with Nigeria and taking it one African Country at a time. This is one of the numerous reasons why NEPC sponsors the ACE Awards 2021 and supports The ACE Awards.

NEPC sponsors ACE Awards 2021

NEPC sponsors ACE Awards 2021

If you happen to be an ardent follower of the annual ACE Events, then you should know that it is no secret that this event, powered by Bellafricana has been endorsed by The Lagos State Government, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Crafts, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Nigeria-Britain Association and The Nigerian Export Promotion Council. The latter has shown its support of this Laudable event since its inception in 2017. It has yet again, sponsored The ACE Awards 2021.

Having the backing of such a prestigious and governmental body towards an event such as the ACE is not only a sign of approval and growth but also a nudge to continue in its effort to ensure that enterprising Nigerian (African) MSMEs have access to a wider internal and international markets and investors seeking joint-venture partners.

Bellafricana (organizers of ACE Awards) is grateful for this continued support and backing, as this has certainly made it a force to be reckoned with. It has helped in giving more credibility and in propelling it to where it is today.

Event Details:
Theme: “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building”
Dinner Theme: A touch of Africa
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Venue: BWC HOTELS, 1228B Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria (Opposite Eko Atlantic).
Time for Awards Dinner: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Call: (+234) 808 636 3970

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]


For more information, kindly visit the website: or follow on Instagram: @bell_africana @ace_awards

The top 5 nominees are up!


Ladies and gentlemen, the top 5 nominees are up!

ACE Awards is back and with a bang! Nominations for this year’s ACE Awards opened on the 30th of August, 2021, with 15 categories and votes have been coming in, so much so that it nearly crippled the site! Yep, you read right. There were over 7,000 votes within the first few days and approximately 15,000 within 2 weeks! There was no doubt that the nominees came with their A-game.

An exciting journey it has been and it is my absolute pleasure to announce that the top 5 nominees are up! They are:
1) Best Indigenous Textile Designer
  • Afrikstabel
  • Akwete Fabrics by Beeju
  • Lowo Africa
  • Shayfaari Fabrics
  • Asologe Fashion House
2) Best Beauty Brand
  • ORIKI Lagos
  • Modara Naturals
  • Jaga Beauty
  • Mint Organic Care
  • Amila Naturals
3) Best Fashion Brand (Clothing/Shoes)
  • K.Aspen
  • 87 Origins
  • Ako Africa
  • Kkerele
  • Babayo
4) Start-Up of the Year
  • Just Journal
  • Anesi Lifestyle
  • Hafsat Signatures
  • The Lightning Artz
  • Dhoney Nigeria
5) Best Accessories Brand (Jewelry, Bag)
  • Becawax
  • Ola House of Accessories
  • Helade & Sola Bags
  • Kuvaah
6) Best Eco-friendly Product
  • Oke Partners
  • Trash2wealth Initiative
  • Mariep Creations
  • Spectabilis Creations
7) Best Innovative Product of the Year
  • Marienne Clay World
  • 1851 Agidingbi
  • My Sibi
  • Nibcard Games
  • The Da Brand
8) Best Pioneer Craftsman/woman of the Year (Over 10 years)
  • Sahara Sunrise
  • Yetroslane
  • Kijipa Couture
  • Bosh Designs
9) Best Food Produce Innovation
  • Lim Lim Dried Fruits
  • Jam Coconut Foods
  • Ologi
  • Klay Foods
  • Adys Agro Processing Limited
10) Best Creative Child Entrepreneur
  • Amarachi Uyanne
  • Raeslimebar
  • Praise Emmanuel Adebayo
  • Zees Shea Hub
  • Sammy’s Special
11) Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Help Mum
  • The Creative Hub
  • Chanja Datti
  • Kids Clean Club
  • Solar Sister Nigeria
12) Best Creative Children’s Brand
  • 9ijakids
  • Wealah Kids
  • Clove Kids
  • PreshLight Creations
  • Bqsafewash
13) Best Arts and Crafts Person
  • Adams Anne
  • Presley Artz
  • Vudoh
  • Hooked by Lade
14) Best Home & Lifestyle Brand
  • Doormats Nigeria
  • Ekondo
  • Yasmin Crafts
  • Q Candles By Kanyin
15) Best African Brand
  • Kua Designs Ghana
  • Florinyah Tanzania
  • Imiso Ceramics (South Africa)
  • Tekura Designs Ghana
  • Deepa Dosaja (Kenya)

Voting has begun for the top 3, so hurry now and start voting for your favourite brand. Voting closes on the 12th of October, 2021 by 12.00am.

The voting process would determine the top 3 winners of each category. Thereafter, a judging panel will review the official 3 nominees and select the winners.

Visit now.

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Stay Creative, Stay Innovative.
ACE Awards team

ACE Awards nominations have begun!


The 3rd Edition of the African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) is back and the nominations have begun! ACE Awards, which brings together the best creative minds in the fields of Arts and Crafts, Fashion, Beauty, Food produce and snacks. This ceremony is organized yearly to recognize creative entrepreneurs in the aforementioned categories; with this year’s theme being “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building”. 


Creative Entrepreneurs and consumers of their products can now send in their nominations. The categories are listed below.

  1. Best Indigenous Textile Designer
  2. Best Beauty Brand
  3. Best Fashion Brand (Clothing, Shoes)
  4. Best Startup of the Year
  5. Best Accessories Brand (Jewellery, Bags)
  6. Best Eco-friendly Product Innovation
  7. Best Innovative Product of the Year
  8. Best Pioneer Craftsman/woman of the Year (Over 10 years)
  9. Best Food Produce Innovation
  10. Best Creative Children’s Brand 
  11. Best Creative Child Entrepreneur
  12. Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year
  13. Best Arts & Crafts Person
  14. Best Home & Lifestyle Brand
  15. Best emerging African Brand

In showing our support and in accordance with what we do at Bellafricana, we would be granting 3 lucky Creative Entrepreneurs with the sum of 300,000 naira to help support their businesses.

Grant Eligibility Requirements
  1. The candidate must be a Creative Entrepreneur.
  2. Candidates must be nominated for the ACE Awards.
  3. The candidate must have a valid business that falls within one of the following niches:
  • Fashion, 
  • Arts & craft, 
  • Health & Beauty, 
  • Home & living, 
  • Food produces & snacks industry.
Steps to Participate/How to apply
  1. Follow @bell_africana on Instagram
  2. Repost this flyer on your page, tag us as well as your friends
  3. Fill out the form on our website –
  4. When posting, use the hashtags: #ACE2021 #ACEAwards2021 and #Bellafricana

Creative Entrepreneurs will stand to gain $2,500

What are you waiting for? Starting voting!



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