Join the 15th edition of the ELOY Conference and Awards

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You are invited to the 15th edition of the ELOY Conference & Awards. The ELOY Awards has been consistently celebrating women of excellence in different sectors since 2009 and this year is exceptionally different as we are celebrating 15 years of consistency. The Governing Body who include Dr. Tewa Onasanya, Founder ELOY Awards Foundation, Mrs Angela Emuwa, Chairman Punch Nigeria Limited, Dr Yetty Ogunnubi, Founder YD Limited and ELOY Foundation Trustee and Tayo Afolabi, Founder WorldPr Media Limited and Latasha Ngwube, Lifestyle Journalist, Founder About That Curvy Life, have deliberated and the nominees for the 15th ELOY Awards powered by Tingo have been released. Full list available on . These women have been nominated for their achievements, resilience during the ELOY year Sept 2022 to Oct 2023.

The theme this year is Resilience and it is to celebrate women who have withstood adversity and bounced back from difficult life events, year after year. This year, we want the world to KNOW HER NAME. The ELOYs is continuing to encourage women to support one another and men to advocate for women empowerment. 

According to Dr. Tewa Onasanya, the Founder, ELOY Awards Foundation “This year, we are highlighting the fact that resilience is required to be successful in ones endeavor. The aim of the ELOY Awards Foundation is to always highlight different sectors where women are excelling in and every year, we shine the light on new categories. This year, the new categories include the female DJ, Catering Services, Financial Coach category. Another big goal for us is to continue to sustain women empowerment by providing them access to information and actionable tips to help them in their personal and business/career development.”

We look forward to celebrating all the nominees and winners at the 15th prestigious ELOY Awards and learning from our expert speakers at the ELOY Conference happening the same day. There will be an array of exhibitors to showcase their products and services. We are talking about sustaining women empowerment though technology and innovation. 

Uzo Onumonu, Product Director Tingo Group said “At Tingo, we believe in the power of technology to drive positive change and create opportunities for all. We are proud to support the ELOY Awards, a platform that shares our vision of empowering women to reach new heights. 

By joining forces, we aim to provide women with the financial tools and resources they need to thrive in today’s digital economy. Together, we are committed to unlocking the boundless potential of women and fostering a brighter, more inclusive future for all.”

ELOY Conference 2023

ELOY Conference 2023

There are so many benefits to attending the ELOY Conference and Awards 2023. At the ELOYs, you will;

1. Satisfy your desire to learn to become that version of yourself that can achieve your goals.

2. Be in an environment for personal development and self-improvement.

3. Be inspired by the success stories, insight, and achievements of our speakers and fellow attendees.

4. Have the opportunity to network, build valuable connections, and expand your network.

5. Be celebrated and be part of a community of like-minded individuals.

6. Be in a space where your visibility is encouraged and your achievements celebrated.

4. Get a free business spotlight on to promote what you do.

5. Participate in a raffle draw to win exciting prizes, including N100k and more.

6. Automatically be a member of the ELOY Foundation Network of business owners with access to information and training for business and personal development.

7. Access to exhibitors to get first-hand information on their products and services.

Click the link in our bio to join us for an unforgettable experience.

The ELOYs… celebrating and Sustaining Women Empowerment.

Visit the website for more information.

The ELOY Awards have been consistently celebrating women of excellence in different fields since 2009, they are the most consistent award giving body for women in Nigeria.

If you are interested in attending the conference, use Code BukkA236, email Eniola at [email protected], or call Tel: +2348089833856

The Evolution, An Exhibition Of African Lusture

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Jopee Dairo, the creative force behind THE EVOLUTION, is on a mission to bring change and shed light on the rich artistic heritage of the African people. This event is more than just an exhibition; it’s a platform that showcases the evolution of African art and culture.

Jopee Dairo is not just a visual artist but a storyteller, using various digital and mixed media forms to narrate tales from the African perspective. His inspiration is rooted in the greatness of the Black race and the untold stories that lie beneath the surface.

At THE EVOLUTION event, attendees can expect a captivating experience filled with intriguing, educational, and fascinating works of art. These pieces are not merely for purchase but also forging connections and rekindling memories of the goodness that has been lost and the promising future that lies ahead. Click here to register.

Here is an interview session with Jopee Dairo.


1. What inspired you to become a digital artist?

Ans: Firstly, My name is Gbemisola Joseph Dairo popularly known as Jopee Dairo; I am a Visual Artist with a uniqueness in telling stories from the African perspective using all forms of Digital and Mixed Media. I was inspired by the greatness of the Black race and the untold stories that lie beneath.

2. Can you describe your artistic style and how it has evolved over the years?

Ans: I am a mixed media artist who paints ideas to life with the digital use of African fabric patterns such as Kente, Adinkra, and Ankara. Over the years my Art has moved from mere creation of Artworks using black photography to telling untold stories about the greatness of motherland Africa.

3. What themes or concepts do you explore in your digital art?

Ans: Societal values, history, and change.

4. Are there any artists or influencers who have had a significant impact on your work?

Ans: Yes. These are the likes of Bisa Butler, Mayowa Lawal, and Mayowa Alabi.

5. How do you incorporate African culture and heritage into your digital art?

Ans: Africa is Art and Art is Africa. Photography has been my greatest tool as it gives me the limitless freedom I need to create compelling stories with my Art.

6. Can you share your creative process from idea to finished artwork?

Ans: From the point of conception, I do rough sketches on paper, do research, and prepare my storyboard, and then I relate with my photographer based on the concept. Once we come to terms, we get model(s) who we share the idea with and once that works, we proceed to shoot photography. The last part is when I get to do my digital edit, print, and put off for sale.

7. What challenges have you faced as a digital artist, and how did you overcome them?

Ans: One of the major challenges is finding inspiration not just to create but to continue. Other challenges are in the areas of affording gadgets, power supply, and understanding the markets.

I have found comfort in sharing my challenges with established artists or models whom I look up to in the business of Arts and Creativity. A problem shared is half solved, right? I am not there yet, but I am overcoming my challenges gradually.

8. What achievements or milestones in your career are you most proud of?

Ans: Having my work nominated for best documentary at the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2023, featuring on a project with Ghana’s renowned Glenn Samm, and partnering at the BellAfricana UK Summer Pop-up 2023. I am quite proud of being the only Nigerian in my category and being one of the very few Nigerians to be nominated for the Accra Music and Arts Award 2023.

9. Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that holds special meaning to you?

Ans: Yes I do, and that will be “Wails of a Mother”, a project I did in collaboration with Ghana’s Journalist and Model coach; Titus Dhoku.

10. How can art enthusiasts and collectors connect with you and acquire your digital art pieces?

Ans: I can connect with you on my social media platforms at iamjopeedairo.


1. What inspired you to organize THE EVOLUTION, and what is its overarching mission?

Ans: Change. The mission is to showcase the rich artistic heritage of the African people and how we have evolved.

2. Can you provide an overview of what attendees can expect at the event?

Ans: Everyone should come to the Evolution expecting to see intriguing, educating, and fascinating works of art. These are Arts that they are not just compelled to buy but connect with and spur memories of goodness that have been lost and the better end that fast approaches.

3. How did you select the participating artists and their collections for the exhibition?

Ans: The participating artists are those who have been found with a like mind backed with some indigenous taste in Arts, even in the uniqueness of their styles.

4. What role do you believe events like THE EVOLUTION play in promoting African art and creativity?

Ans: Events like this are pivotal to spreading the awareness of African culture and the dignity that comes with it.

5. Can you share any highlight or unique features of THE EVOLUTION that make it a must-attend event?

Ans: This event is the first of its kind on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria with international attention in Europe and about five (5) other African countries. The event sets a new standard for artists, photographers, and stakeholders in the creative space in Africa and the diaspora.

6. Are there specific goals or messages you aim to convey through this event?

Ans: Yes there are. Change, standard, freedom, and the endless possibilities that avail for the black race irrespective of the misconceptions of the past or the present are key ideas we aim to preach.

7. How can businesses and organizations benefit from attending THE EVOLUTION?

Ans: We have sponsorships, partnerships, and vendor opportunities for brands and businesses that we will in turn showcase to our audience.

8. Are there any notable speakers or workshops planned during the event?

Ans: No, it’s not an event for workshops, however, there will be lots to learn as exhibitors and brands engage the audience.

9. What steps have you taken to ensure a memorable and immersive experience for the attendees?

Ans: We’ve got a conducive location in the heart of Lagos, music that resonates with the theme of the event, and maximum security.

11. How do you envision the future of THE EVOLUTION and its impact on the creative community?

Ans: The Evolution is a concept that will shift paradigms and change the narratives of the Arts and creative space in Africa.

12. How can individuals interested in attending or supporting the event get involved or obtain tickets?

Ans: All information needed regarding this will be made available on our Instagram page @iamjopeedairo including attendants’ forms as it is a free-to-attend but registration-compulsive event.

Jopee Dairo’s artistic style is a blend of mixed media, where he brings ideas to life using digital techniques and incorporates African fabric patterns such as Kente, Adinkra, and Ankara. His artistic journey has evolved from creating art using black photography to delving deeper into the untold stories that celebrate the greatness of Africa, the motherland. Through his work, he aims to not only create art but also to convey the narratives and histories that often go unheard. This event promises to be very interesting and specifically to help creative brands. Click here to register.


Highlights of The Bellafricana Summer Pop up in London Oxford Street

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The Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up event swept us off our feet, bringing together the allure of African fashion, the enchantment of delectable cuisines, and the thrill of exhilarating festivities. With each passing day, the event unfolded like a captivating story, weaving together the threads of fashion, community, and celebration.

Join us as we journey through the pages of this blog, reliving the moments that made up an unforgettable week of joy, discovery, and connection. From savoring mouthwatering delicacies to exploring an array of unique creations, and basking in the company of influencers and fellow enthusiasts, let’s dive into some of the highlights that happened.


The first day of the Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up was a blast! The whole event kicked off with a cool meet-and-greet with Mr. Adebayo Jones, an icon in the fashion Industry. He’s from Nigeria and he’s dressed up some really big shots. It was amazing as everyone got to check out the showcase. It was like stepping into a treasure trove of African-inspired stuff that made you feel all vibes and excitement. There was a variety of beautiful things to pick from – clothes, jewelry, accessories, things to make your home look awesome, and more.

The bellafricana summer pop up London event wasn’t just for shopping, it was like a hangout spot for folks who all liked African fashion. People came with their pals and family, and they had a blast shopping and exploring together. It was like a trip down memory lane, and everyone had a blast. People who came to the event couldn’t stop smiling. They said they loved the amazing products on display and all the choices they had. They also thought it was awesome to meet others who shared their love for African fashion.


The second day of the Bellafricana Summer Pop Up was a big hit! Lots of people came, and everyone left with big grins. It was like a cool party full of awesome memories and good times.

Riding the wave of excitement from Day 1, Day 2 carried the same vibrant spirit. Just like a sequel that lives up to the hype, the day was a whirlwind of happiness, laughter, and fresh bonds as visitors mixed and mingled with the creative minds steering the brands. It was like making new friends who held the secrets behind these awesome creations, discovering the tales and sparks of inspiration that made everything come to life.


Day 3 rolled in with an extra splash of excitement! We had a surprise that brought big smiles to everyone’s faces. Guess what? We set up a sip-and-paint event – yup, painting while sipping on your favorite drinks! And that’s not all – there was dancing and some fun mingling with shoppers too. But wait, the fun didn’t stop there. We made sure your tummies were happy too. We had the yummiest snacks and awesome cocktails that made taste buds do the happy dance. While folks were munching and sipping, they also had a blast checking out the pop-up for more awesome finds to take home. It was like a treasure hunt, but with a tasty twist!


Day Four was a real showstopper! Shoppers flooded in like a river, bringing along their buddies and families for the shopping fiesta. It was like a big party of shopping enthusiasts, all under one roof. And you know what? The love was real! Lots of happy shoppers left behind amazing testimonials that were like little gems of happiness. They couldn’t help but share how much they enjoyed the event and the awesome stuff they found. It was like a chorus of joy and good vibes.


Day Five was an absolute hit! Shoppers flooded in with their buddies and families, turning the event into a real shopping extravaganza. It was like the whole town had gathered for a grand fashion and food party. And guess what? It wasn’t just about shopping and fashion – it was also a feast for the taste buds! The air was filled with the aromas of different dishes from all over the flavor universe. The food display was like a rainbow of flavors, and people couldn’t resist trying out the deliciousness. It was a true celebration of both style and taste.

But wait, there’s more excitement to add to the mix! Influencers were in the house, adding that extra sprinkle of glamour to the event. Their presence made everything feel even more special, like a star-studded shopping and food fair.


Day Six kept the good times rolling! Shoppers continued to pour in with their friends and families, making the event a lively hub of activity. It was like a fun shopping party that just didn’t want to end. And you know what made the day even cooler? It was like a carnival for the taste buds. People explored a variety of mouthwatering dishes, each more tempting than the last. From savory to sweet, the food choices were like a symphony of flavors that everyone savored.

The energy of the event soared higher with exciting workshops and activities that engaged everyone. It was like a playground of creativity, where people got to try their hands at different crafts and skills. As the sun set on Day Six, the smiles and laughter lingered, leaving behind a trail of unforgettable memories. It was like a joyful whirlwind that had everyone wishing for more fun days ahead.


Day Seven marked the grand finale, the moment to draw the curtains on this incredible journey. The event had been a whirlwind of excitement, laughter, and discovery, and now it was time to bring it all to a close. It was like the final chapter of a captivating story, filled with memories that would be cherished for a long time to come.



The Bellafricana summer pop-up will never be complete without mentioning our amiable partners. Your belief in the Bellafricana mission to promote and showcase the beauty of African craftsmanship and innovation has been truly inspiring. Your willingness to align your efforts with our vision has elevated the event to new heights, making it a memorable and enriching experience for all involved.


Bellafricana’s commitment to uplifting both the craftspeople and the customers was on full display. Throughout the day, everyone soaked up valuable insights that sparked their affection for African-made treasures. This was indeed a memorable event. it was time for the Bellafricana team to beat their chest and say “Alas! we made it happen. You can subscribe to our newsletters or follow us on Instagram to enjoy this exciting event. And also stay tuned for more updates and future events from Bellafricana.

Tales Of A Shopper At The Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up In Oxford, London 2023

Bellafricana summer pop-up was indeed a very successful one, the experience and fun was top notch. This was the first of its kind held in London. So, Buckle up, because I’m about to take you on a whirlwind journey through a wonderful experience that left me utterly dazzled. Yes, you guessed it right – I’m talking about none other than the Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up event! Hold onto your hats, because this is going to be one thrilling ride.

As I entered the vibrant world of the Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up, my senses were immediately greeted by an explosion of colors, textures, and a symphony of cheerful voices. It was like stepping into a wonderland where creativity knew no bounds. I felt like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole into a realm of African artistry and innovation.

Every corner I turned revealed a treasure trove of handcrafted wonders. From intricately designed jewelry that seemed to whisper tales of distant lands, to sumptuous textiles that beckoned with their touch, each creation had a story to tell. It was as if the artisans had poured their hearts into every piece, infusing them with a touch of magic that resonated deep within my soul.


Oh, but the fun didn’t stop at the eye-catching displays! The air was electric with laughter and chatter, as fellow enthusiasts danced from one booth to another, discovering unique finds and engaging in delightful conversations. And speaking of delightful – the aroma of delectable African cuisine hung in the air, luring me towards a feast of flavors that ignited my taste buds like fireworks on a summer night.

One of the highlights of this enchanting escapade was the opportunity to meet the artisans themselves. There’s something truly magical about connecting with the minds behind the masterpieces. As I chatted with these gifted individuals, I learned about their journeys, their inspirations, and the love they pour into their craft. It was like discovering a secret world, hidden beneath the surface of each creation.

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Every good thing has an end. After all the adventures, exploring all the beautiful crafts by our beautiful African creatives, meeting the creatives behind each brand, and understanding the story each creative has put into her works. it was definitely a very satisfying and fulfilling one. I am still looking forward to more of the Bellafricana summer pop up. Until then, thank you for staying glued to my piece of adventure.

Bellafricana Brings African Creativity to Oxford Street, London with a Spectacular Summer Pop-Up Event

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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

Visiting Kigali? Here is your checklist!

The beautiful City of Kigali, Rwanda

Are you visiting Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda soon? This is definitely a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. The city, located in the heart of Africa, is a bustling metropolis with a rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural scenery.

In this blog post, I will give you a checklist of items in preparation for the trip to the amazing Kigali City and also take you on an exploration of the city’s sights, sounds, and tastes.

1. Kigali Genocide Memorial:

The Kigali Genocide Memorial is a solemn and poignant place in Rwanda that serves as a remembrance of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Located in the country’s capital city of Kigali, the memorial is a tribute to the over 800,000 innocent lives that were lost during the horrific events of that year.

The memorial is a powerful reminder of the brutal reality of genocide, and the importance of never forgetting the lessons of the past. Visitors to the memorial can learn about the history of the genocide through exhibits, films, and guided tours. The memorial also includes a burial site, where the remains of some of the victims are interred, as well as a garden of remembrance.

Kigali genocide memorial
Kigali genocide memorial
2. Rwanda Arts Museum;

The Rwanda Arts Museum, located in the capital city of Kigali, is a unique cultural institution dedicated to showcasing the diverse artistic traditions of Rwanda. The museum features a range of exhibits, including traditional crafts, contemporary art, and historical artifacts, that provide insight into the country’s rich cultural heritage. Visitors can admire intricately woven baskets, colorful textiles, and stunning works of sculpture, among other treasures.

In addition to its permanent collections, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and educational programs, making it a vibrant center of cultural exchange and creativity. The Rwanda Arts Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the vibrant arts scene of this dynamic East African nation.

Rwanda Art Musuem

3. Caplaki Craft Village;

Caplaki Craft Village is a charming and colorful destination. This artisanal hub offers a delightful range of handmade crafts and souvenirs made by local artists and craftsmen. From hand-woven textiles and intricately carved wooden figurines to handcrafted pottery and jewelry, Caplaki Craft Village is a treasure trove of unique and high-quality goods.

Visitors can watch as artisans work their magic, or even try their hand at crafting themselves. With its vibrant atmosphere and friendly locals, Caplaki Craft Village is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a taste of Yogyakarta’s rich culture and artistic heritage.

Caplaki Craft Village
4. Gisenyi Tour:

Gisenyi is a beautiful town located on the shores of Lake Kivu in Rwanda. It offers a unique blend of stunning natural scenery, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking for a diverse experience. Visitors can enjoy relaxing on the beach, hiking in the nearby mountains, exploring the local markets, or taking a boat tour of the lake. Gisenyi is also known for its hot springs, which are believed to have healing properties. With its warm climate, friendly people, and breathtaking views, Gisenyi is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Rwanda.

Places in Gisenyi

5. Safari Tour

A safari tour in Kigali, Rwanda we be an unforgettable experience that allows you to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. With breathtaking landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, Kigali offers a unique safari experience that you won’t find anywhere else. From gorilla trekking to game drives in the Akagera National Park, there’s no shortage of adventure to have. Along the way, you’ll also get a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about Rwanda’s rich history. With comfortable accommodations and knowledgeable guides to show you the way, a safari tour in Kigali is an experience you’ll never forget.

Safari tour in rwanda


Before I dive into the checklist of what to pack for your trip, let’s clarify you on what should be expected while packing. First of all, this packing list is made for lightweights, perfect for backpackers or travelling bags that can compress a lot of items so you don’t lug around a suitcase the size of an elephant. It can be very tiring and frustrating and you don’t want to go on such adventure tired, it will spoil the fun for you.

I want you to have everything you need to conquer Rwanda, without feeling like you’re carrying the entire country on your back. And if you do manage to pack light, I will recommend this travelling bag by EthnikAfrica, its can fit in so many items and its is very easy to carry around.

Necessary items/wears in the safari.
  1. Dress in layers: Kigali can have unpredictable weather, so it’s best to dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing as needed.
  2. Wear breathable fabrics: It can get quite hot and humid in Kigali, so choose lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.
  3. Comfortable footwear: You’ll be doing a lot of walking and potentially hiking, so make sure you wear comfortable and sturdy closed-toe shoes, such as hiking boots or sneakers.
  4. Sun protection: The sun can be strong in Kigali, so make sure you wear a hat, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen to protect your skin.
  5. Neutral colors: When on safari, it’s best to wear neutral colors like beige, khaki, or olive green as they blend in with the natural surroundings and are less likely to attract the attention of wildlife.
  6. Avoid bright colors: Avoid wearing bright colors or patterns as they can startle the animals or attract unwanted attention.
  7. Respectful clothing: In Rwanda, it’s important to dress modestly and respectfully, especially when visiting cultural sites. Avoid clothing that is revealing or inappropriate.
  8. Go around with a body cover up or some sort of blankets to cover you and protect your body from mosquito bites. It is also advisable to go with mosquito repellent too.
  9. Toiletry bag: Your toiletry bags should contain your skincare and hair products. this is a must have.
  10. Balm: This is just an emergency medication from headaches, wounds and little hazards that may happen to you.
 Electrical Items to go with;
  1. Camera: Kigali Safari is an incredible destination for wildlife photography, so make sure to bring a camera with a good zoom lens to capture those memorable moments.
  2. Good phones: This is also a necessity, as you would love to take pictures and videos, and creating memories, while also sharing with your loved ones or on your vlog and social media.
  3. Binoculars: Binoculars are essential for spotting wildlife from a distance and getting a closer look at animals that may be far away.
  4. Power bank: You’ll likely be out and about for long periods of time, so it’s important to bring a power bank to keep your phone or other electronic devices charged up.
  5. Travel adapter: Rwanda uses Type C and Type J plugs, so make sure to bring a travel adapter if your electrical items use a different type of plug.
  6. Flashlight or headlamp: Some safaris take place early in the morning or late at night, so it’s useful to have a flashlight or headlamp to navigate in low light conditions.
  7. Portable speaker: If you’re traveling with a group, a portable speaker can be great for playing music or audio books during long car rides.
  8. And don’t forget to bring spare batteries, memory cards, and any necessary charging cables for your devices.
What Are The Documents Required to Kigali?
  • A valid passport: this should be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your stay in Rwanda.
  • A valid email address : all the updates and documents will be delivered to the given email address.
  • A valid payment method : you can use credit/debit card
  • Your accommodation details: the proof of where you are staying after arrival.
  • Your travel details: it includes the place and time during your stay.


This is just to put you in the know as to what to expect in the Kigali travel. So if you are looking forward to an opportunity to travel to Kigali, here is an opportunity for you. Click here to register and join us on a 6 days adventure where you will not only have fun but also network with business minded people and adventurous people.
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Bespectacled announces the launch of TecXposition 2020

Bespectacled announces the launch of TecXposition 2020

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Africa’s premier tech event, “TecXposition” promises to deliver what Africa has been waiting for, the opportunity to view technology from a global lens, with local outcomes.

Bespectacled Ltd. announces the official launch of TecXposition 2020, Africa’s Premier tech event. The event will congregate businesses, government delegates, technology enthusiasts, investors, start-ups, students and young adults, with a view to demystifying key technology domains and exploring practical applications to improve profitability and enhance everyday living.

Due to the exceptional circumstances presented by COVID-19, the event will be 100% virtual in 2020.


Release Summary:

– TecXposition 2020 will take place from Thursday, November 12 through to Friday, November 13, 2020
– The event will look to explore and demystify, as it relates to Africa, various tech domains notably AI, Blockchain, Collaboration, Connectivity, Data, IoT, Mobility, Payments, Policy, Security, Smart Cities, Social and much more, with a view to understanding how to improve profitability and enhance everyday living.
– Delving into barriers to business and funding mechanisms for Africa tech.
– Features include a virtual conference, ‘Best of Africa’ start-up pitch (#tecXpositionpitch) competition and a hackathon (#TecXhack4Growth) solving for six challenge themes and more.
– The event will also explore through ‘stand out’ solutions, the application and importance of tech across key industry verticals.


TecXposition promises to deliver what Africa has been waiting for, the opportunity to view technology from a global lens, with local outcomes.
TecXposition 2020 (#tecXposition) will feature the following, albeit via a virtual platform: conference, exhibition, hackathon, an investor deal room, product and service launches, masterclasses, demos, innovation know-how and best-in-class thought leadership. It will offer the opportunity to gain industry insight, as well as to find and network with peers and mentors alike.


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Creative Leather Brands in Nigeria At The Lagos Leather Fair Event

The Lagos Leather Fair 2019 has come and gone but not without showing us some incredible leather works by brands in Nigeria. The event with theme ‘Advancing The Conversation’ took place on the 7th and 8th of September at the Harbour Point, V.I. Lagos.

Though the event was for two days only, the organizers did not fall short of their promise, which is to promote the Nigerian leather industry. The event brought together leather brands from different parts of Nigeria, as well as provided an enabling environment for lovers of creative indigenous brands to shop and learn a few things from experts in the industry.

In other words, the event was amazing, well put together by the organizers and we look forward to the next edition. Oh! Just in case you weren’t there, you missed. Check out some pictures with Bellafricana Verified members.

lagos leather fair


Wondering where I am? LOL

I am somewhere in there in green print. Let me know when you spot me!

That said, I would like to shed light on some of the amazing leather works I came while across at the fair. Why is this of any importance? Well, before now, the Nigerian leather industry did not receive the accolades it deserved, simply because most consumers did not trust the quality of these brands.

Now, I am here to say, the leather train in Nigeria has moved and creatives in this industry are doing some amazing things. You still don’t believe? Let me show you some.

Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi; 

This is a global brand in Nigeria inspired by culture, creating fashion accessories from aso-oke hand woven fabrics and leather. They were present at the Lagos Leather Fair exhibit some really cool works of theirs ranging from bags to foot wears and even chairs. Isn’t that amazing? It is, if you ask me. Here are some of their works

lagos leather fair

lagos leather fair

Marte Egele;

Another made in Nigeria leather brand I am proud of. Marte Egele is a burgeoning Nigerian leather goods and accessory brand. This brand founded by Uche Egele in 2011 is here to stay with trending mini bags in different colors. Here are pictures of what they had in stalks at the Lagos leather fair;

lagos leather fair

lagos leather fair

K.Aspen Footwear; 

This is an African inspired foot wear brand made in Nigeria. This brand was founded by Kemi Juba is out here creating contemporary foot wears for men and women in and outside Nigeria. Their unique designs stood them out at the Lagos Leather Fair. Here are pictures of their works;

lagos leather fair

lagos leather fair

Moroks Xpression;

Another brand that goes out of its way to promote the Nigeria leather industry. This is a foot wear brand that creates one of Nigeria’s finest and premium bespoke footwear brand. It is not everyday you get to see a bespoke footwear brand in Nigeria, well I saw and I was impressed. Take a lot at their items;

lagos leather fair

lagos leather fair

Sincerely, I could go on and on about indigenous brands present at the fair and I would still not have said enough about how amazing their works are. Some how, I  feel with these few words of mine and of course pictures, you are convinced that the leather industry in Nigeria is thriving.

So. just in case you are searching for some leather products ranging from bags, shoes, art works and more, do check out these brands and a few others in Nigeria.

Lagos Coffee Festival

The city of Lagos will play host to a series of events that aims to promote the Nigerian Coffee Culture and Community as a whole. With the main theme: “Coffee, Culture & Community.”, this inaugural edition of the Lagos Coffee Festival sets off an annual celebration of the coffee consumption culture in Lagos, and in Nigeria by extension.

Two pre-events are scheduled for  the 14th and 20th of September leading up to the International Coffee Day on the 1st of October and the Main Festival slated October 5th at Nakenohs Boulevard, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. To register for this event, click here.

According to the International Coffee Organization, Brazil remains the largest exporter and hosts one of the 30 annual global coffee events. Lagos is set to join Addis Ababa, Cape Town and Nairobi to push forward the African agenda in the worldwide coffee market. In a bid to enhance cohesiveness on a national front, Lagos Coffee Festival 2019 presents a platform for dialogue amongst the actors in the burgeoning coffee economy in Nigeria.

In alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8 – 12, local farmers, policy makers and retail companies will share a table to propose responsive steps for better working synergy and mutual benefit.

Exhibitors, partners and stakeholders will showcase and engage the richness, uniqueness and versatility of the Nigerian coffee value chain through carefully curated events. There will be a guided tour to a coffee roastery in Lagos, live art performances, book readings & an exposé into all the ways in which coffee is consumed in Lagos and Nigeria.

Among the partners already confirmed are Brazilian Consulate-General in Nigeria, Q21 Solutions LTD, Happy Coffee, ShawlArchiTunde.Africa, Red Factory, Social Prefect Tours, GreenHill Recycling, Ochatoptasia LTD, Kanda Creatives Branding, Aidan Partners, Kaldi Africa.


Lagos Coffee Festival 2019 – Coffee, Culture & Community.

October 5th :Nakenohs Boulevard Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria


Nigerias Lagos coffee festival happy coffee event bellafricana member

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Bellafricana  proudly supports the Lagos Coffee Festival.

Bellafricana with the support of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) is a platform that connects producers of creative indigenous products like Adire lounge with their consumers locally and globally.

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Bye for now!

Bellafricana Creative Breakfast August Meet-up

With a name like Bellafricana verified, you probably wondered if the Bellafricana creative community is any fun.

Well, yes, the community is fun and many other things included. While the aim is to get indigenous brands selling locally and globally, there are also opportunities for members of the  Bellafricana Verified community to meet up and have fun.

One of such opportunities was the ‘Bellafricana Creative Breakfast August Meet up’ which occurred on the 3rd of August, 2019, with the theme ‘Life & Business’. The event which took place at the Lagos Tea House, Lekki was an opportunity for members to talk about balancing life and business in the everyday world.

This event which had over 30 members and 15 non members in attendance was filled with laugh, talks on balancing business and of course, good food!

If you were there, you would definitely agree that it was a good time.

If you missed it on the other hand, well, you missed!

The good thing is, there are pictures for you to see while you get ready for the next event.

Here are some pictures;

Pictures of some Bellafricana members at the creative meet-up

Creative businesses at Bellafricana event

Event for creatives organized by bellafricana

Images from Bellafricana events

Creative businesses in Nigeria at Bellafricana events

Bellafricana events

bellafricana creatives

Bellafricana creative Breakfast August meet up

Bellafricana creative Breakfast August meet up

Bellafricana creative Breakfast August meet up

Bellafricana creative Breakfast August meet up


Bellafricana creative Breakfast August meet up

Bellafricana creative Breakfast August meet up

Sincerely, I am tempted to continue posting pictures from the event, but then everything with a beginning, has an end.

On that note, if you would love to be part of this beautiful community, click here!

So, it’s a wrap from me to you,

Just before you go, follow @bell_africana on instagram, bellafricana on facebook and bellafricana on twitter.

bye for now!


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