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.

👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾For guidelines and process, visit:

Stay Creative, Stay Innovative.
ACE Awards team

3rd Edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards)

3rd Edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards)

Bellafricana is set to hold the 3rd Edition of the annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) which will take place on Friday, the 29th of October, 2021 at the BWC HOTELS, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.

Bellafricana is a tech-enabled community that provides a platform for creative entrepreneurs in the fashion, arts & craft, health & beauty, home & living, food produce & snacks industry, to gain visibility, increase sales, have the right business support and structure that gives them the capacity to grow their business. 

One of the many ways Bellafricana provides visibility is by giving recognition to these creative entrepreneurs, hence why it’s so exciting to announce the 3rd Edition.

The Annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) aims to laud the creative works of Nigerians (Africans) and is certainly one of the strongest tools in awakening creative, innovative and entrepreneurship drive in young people in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

The past 2 editions have garnered more than 6000 participants from different states in Nigeria and other parts of Africa; Captains of Industry, Upwardly Mobile Youth, Marketers, Trade Delegations & Missions, Procurement Officers, Brand and Business Managers, Art Lovers, Investors, Governmental Representatives as well as policymakers meet at this one-day event that is aimed at celebrating creativity and innovation. 

The aim of the ACE Awards remains the same:
  1. To acknowledge and celebrate creative and innovative works made by Nigerians (Africans).
  2. Honouring the creative and tenacious spirit of the African producer.
  3. Encouraging and inspiring new talents within the various Pan African industries through its annual program.

3rd Edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards)

3rd Edition of the annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) would bring together the best creative minds in the fields of fashion, Arts & Craft, Health & Beauty, Home & Living, and Food Produce & Snacks Industry including 15 Creative Entrepreneurs that would benefit highly from this event. Preserving the African culture and promoting these Creatives, this year’s theme is “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building”.  

Bukky Asehinde, Managing Director at Bellafricana says “Everyone likes a pat on the back when they have done something good. Our mission for the ACE Awards is to give these Creative Businesses a platform to receive the recognition they have long deserved. In showing our support and following what we do at Bellafricana, we would be granting some creative entrepreneurs business support worth $2,500.

The event has been endorsed by the Lagos State Government, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Nigeria-Britain Association.

ACE Awards 2021 has also received backing from the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Digital Marketing Skill Institute (DMSI), Access Bank & W Community, Business Day, Inside Watch Africa, Exquisite Magazine, Jordan FM, Cybertron, Pulse Ng, Pride magazine Nigeria and many more.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event is going to be a bit different. While it would still be a 3 part event, there will be online Flash sales, a physical Exhibition for a limited number of brands, which would run simultaneously with the Creatives’ Connect Networking Event and the ACE Awards Dinner which will be held at the peak of the event.

Event Details [ACE Awards Dinner]:

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

For partnership and sponsorship details, please contact the organizers;

Call: (+234) 808 636 3970

Email: [email protected]; [email protected] 


Creatives Connect.

CREATIVES CONNECT - 3rd Edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards)

The Creative Connect is an event created purposefully for creative entrepreneurs to meet, connect, bond and network amongst themselves. It provides access to a networking session with SME owners, creative entrepreneurs, Industry leaders and creatives from all walks of life discussing how they settled in to work during the pandemic and moving forward; essential business advice, collaborations and so much more. Bellafricana is always finding ways to help both upcoming and established creatives to harness the resources available to build their businesses stronger. And this event is just one of them.

In that same vein, Bellafricana would be giving business support worth $2,500 to several lucky creative entrepreneurs.

Event Details:

The Creatives Connect Theme: “Connect, Converse and Collaborate”

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021

Venue: BWC HOTELS, 1228B Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria (Opposite Eko Atlantic).

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm


Register now, as limited slots are available.
Exhibition & Flash sales

INTERESTED IN EXHIBITING? 3rd Edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards)

Why attend? This is a great way to connect, network and shop!

It is the tradition to host an exhibition where attendees get the opportunity to buy quality Nigerian creative products on a large scale. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, only a limited number of brands would be hosted at this one of a kind offline and online shopping experience.

Bellafricana will be hosting you physically at the venue and virtually at flash sales which will showcase quality fast-selling creative products and you can buy them at the click of a button.

The watchword at Bellafricana is Quality, to this effect; Be rest assured of the availability of top-quality creative African-owned businesses at the flash sales.

The 4 focus categories for the exhibition are:
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fashion
  • Health & Beauty
  • Home & Living
Here are some of the benefits of Flash sales:
  1.     Access to New Market
  2.     Sales and New Contacts
  3.     Opportunity to Participate at future events/exhibitions
  4.     Gain Valuable Knowledge

This is one event you don’t want to miss.

Event Details [Exhibition]:

Venue: Offline at the Event Venue – BWC HOTELS, 1228B Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria (Opposite Eko Atlantic). And Online on Bellafricana Marketplace Website –

Date: Friday, the 29th October 2021

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Register to attend: Exhibitions & Creatives connect 2021

Signed Management

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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Bellafricana African Creative Exhibition and Awards

The management of Bellafricana is officially inviting you to their first edition of Bellafricana African Creative Exhibition Awards coming up on the 17th of April, 2017.  This Annual Creative Exhibition and Award (termed Bellafricana ACE Awards) is fully endorsed by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and the Nigeria-Britain Association.

The theme is “Celebrating Creativity and Innovation”, as it is time to encourage and reward the hardworking creative business owners for impacting lives and the economy.

Bellafricana is an initiative with a focus on Made-in-Nigeria (Non-oil) products where customers and suppliers engage and transact to bridge the buyer-seller gap and create a wider outreach for Nigerian products locally and globally.

Bellafricana has enabled African creative businesses a platform to receive the recognition they have long deserved. They aim to laud the creative works of Nigerians (Africans), which makes open competition affordable and accessible.

The organisers believe the time has come where we should all come together to recognise and encourage hardworking and greatly skilled men and women who are making a significant impact through their various Industries/sectors.

This event is proudly sponsored by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and supported by other organisations such as Sovereign Guards Limited, Swift Nigeria, Digital Marketing Skill Institute, Noah’s Ark, Labule Restaurant, ASSETS, Lara Rose, Mensam Prints, Ryno Taxi, Inside Watch Africa, Timeless, and much more

What To Expect At Bellafricana ACE Awards 2017

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