The Made in Nigeria Conference & Exhibition 2021

The Made In Nigeria Project

The 5th edition of The Made in Nigeria Conference & Exhibition 2021 is here!The Made In Nigeria Project

The Made In Nigeria Project, organizers of The Made In Nigeria SME Conference & Exhibition has officially announced the fifth edition of its annual conference scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 at the Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The one day Conference & Exhibition, themed; A Post-Covid Economy – The Growth & Future of SMEs seeks to pragmatically address the present realities and challenges faced by MSMEs post Covid19 and have critical discussions on issues bordering on SMEs advancement, economic growth, ease of doing business, economic diversification, access to finance, and the role the informal sector plays towards job creation & employment.

made in nigeria sme conference & exhibition 2018 - 2The key thrust of the one day conference will focus on a holistic national framework that will project ‘Made In Nigeria’ as the surest and most bankable alternative to oil and provide a national development strategy for our short, medium and long term plan for self-sufficiency, economic diversification and an export-driven economy with a focus on encouraging local production and consumption.made in nigeria sme conference & exhibition - THE EXHIBITION - WAZOBIA The Conference will feature notable speakers & panellists drawn from the public and private sectors and on the sidelines of the event host The Made In Nigeria Exhibition – WAZOBIA which will have a special trade hub and will be open to manufacturers, distributors, service providers whose products and services are Made in Nigeria themed.

On the sidelines of the event is the DEAL ROOM, an exclusive and specially dedicated room for SMEs at the conference. Consultants, private organizations, public agencies, and advisory firms will provide free 360 consultancy, tailored assessment, profiling, financial services, business solutions & mentoring to MSMEs at no cost as we have partnered with relevant stakeholders to enhance their businesses, provide funding, offer business support, empower them and aid their growth.


Registration is FREE and now open via –

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ACE Awards 2021 Official Post Event Press Release


Bellafricana held its 3rd edition of The African Creative Exhibition and Awards, [ACE Awards], on Friday, the 29th of October, 2021 to laud the works of African creatives and celebrate their contributions to their respective industries/sectors.

The 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].

We also had in attendance, Prince & Mrs Adefulu, Ms Lerato Lekena-Okoro [Real Estate Advisor], Mr Oluwaseyi Adegoke-Adeyemo (Vice-Chair, Events committee) of Nigerian-Britain Association [NBA], Mrs Eyiyemi Olivia [Compere, OAP & Dress maker], and Mrs Nnena Fakoya-Smith [Tourism Promoter & Visibility Coach].

Representatives of Access Bank and W-Community – Mrs Abiodun Olubitan [Group Head, Women Banking team at Access Bank Plc], Noah’s Ark, Inside Watch Africa, Cybertron Ads, Pride magazine, Jordan FM, Exquisite magazine, Arise Television were present to cover the event and of course, the reason for the event, the 45 nominees for the 15 different categories, their guests and a host of others.

The 3-phased event: The Creatives Connect, Exhibitions [and shopping for attendees] and The ACE Awards Dinner which garnered a lot of attention pulled a crowd of 1,000 Attendees, 20 Exhibitors, 15 Awardees and over 2million Social Media Reach just for the event.

Creatives Connect & Exhibition 2021

Everyone was held spellbound as the hosts for each event expertly took us on a journey of fun, intrigue and surprises.

For the creatives connect & Exhibitions, we had experts address attendees, business support basket raffle, exhibitors from different industries display their beautiful and unique items, while shoppers eagerly shopped to their satisfaction. And of course, connecting, conversing, networking, and item 7. It was fun, enlightening and everyone left with smiles on their faces.

Exhibitions is ongoing - ACE Awards 2021
Shoppers buying at the Exhibition

The ACE awards dinner, which was themed: A touch of Africa, was a spectacular one. With everyone glammed up as they sauntered in, making their way to their seats, ready to be thrilled and entertained. The entertainment was nothing short of mesmerizing. There were musical performances by Blue Note – The Saxophonist, spoken poetry by Ms Shola Amaraibi and a host of others. Roars of applause filled the air as the winners were called and endless speeches and pictures ensued – as it should.


Spoken words @ ACE Awards 2021
Spoken Words by Shola Amaraibi
Music @ ACE AWARDS 2021
musical performances by Blue Note – The Saxophonist
ACE Awards 2021 Winners
See the full list below:
  • Best Indigenous Textile Designer – Afrikstabel
  • Best Beauty Brand – Jaga Beauty
  • Best Fashion Brand (Clothing, Shoes) – Aspen
  • Best Startup of the Year – Just Journal
  • Best Accessories Brand (Jewelry, Bags) – AABOUX
  • Best Eco-friendly Product Innovation – Trash2Wealth
  • Best Innovative Product of the Year – Clay world by Marienne
  • Best Pioneer Craftsman/woman of the Year (Over 10 years) – Raule Royal
  • Best Food Produce Innovation – Klay Foods
  • Best Creative Child Entrepreneur – Zees Shea Hub
  • Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year – Solar Sister
  • Best Creative Children’s Brand – 9ijakids
  • Best Arts & Crafts Person – Hooked by Lade
  • Best Home & Lifestyle Brand – Yasmin Crafts
  • Best emerging African Brand – Kua Designs

See their pitch videos at ACE Winners 2021 – ACE Awards Africa

Winners - ACE Awards 2021 Official Post Event Press Release
Winners of the ACE Awards 2021 alongside Mr & Mrs Asehinde

Mrs Bukky Asehinde, Founder of Bellafricana and the ACE Awards initiative, gave a compelling and heartfelt speech. Speaking on the journey thus far and her hopes and dreams for the future.

Bukky Asehinde - ACE AWARDS 2021
Mrs Bukky Asehinde, Founder of Bellafricana and the ACE Awards initiative

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.

Inducting Mrs. Bukky an Ambassador at the ACE Awards 2021
Mr. Olusegun Awolowo & Mrs. Bukky Asehinde

Newly inducted Ambassador

With this riveting third edition, Bellafricana’s African Creative Exhibition and Awards continue to be the most prestigious gathering of Enterprising Creative Afrocentric Brands in Nigeria (Africa). This leaves us looking forward to the next edition of the ACE Awards.


Head on to @ace_awards to see more pictures from the event. Until next time, be good and be safe!

Interested in exhibiting & flash sales?


Are you interested in exhibiting & flash sales? Well, you’re in for a treat.

It is our 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, we decided to host a limited number of brands at a one of a kind offline and online shopping experience.

We 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; I can assure you 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
Limited slots for 20 brands only; BOOK NOW before it’s SOLD OUT.

Want to exhibit or take part in the flash sales? Or you know of any amazing creative/innovative product that falls within any of the aforementioned categories? Reach out to us at [email protected] and inform us (don’t wait too long) and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Or get them to simply register [see link below].

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

Whether you’re selling, exhibiting or buying; this is one event you don’t want to miss.

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: 29th & 30th October, 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Early Bird: 20,000 (for Bellafricana members), and 30, 000 (for non-members).
Late registration: 25,000 (for Bellafricana members ) and 35,000 (for non-members).

Remember, only 20 slots are available. Hurry now!


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


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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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African Food & Products Conference and Exhibition 2019 by NACC

The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is set for its Annual Exhibition & Conference. The 3rd African Food and Products Conference and Exhibition (AFPE) themed ‘Sustainability and Innovation; Pathway to Business Success for SMEs’ is scheduled to hold on Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May, 2019 at the Grand Ball Room, Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island. Lagos by 9:00 am.

The Exhibition which is aimed at promoting the development of trade, commerce, investment and industrial technological relationships between the public and private sectors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Africa and the United States of America will witness the presence of industry expert speakers, market leaders, Trade Promotion Agencies, Venture Capitalists, Seed Investors, Export Houses, Business Clinics, Policy Makers, Franchisors, Franchisees, Produce Merchants, Analysts and Research Professionals, Startup Hubs, Government Regulatory Agencies and will have in attendance the Presidency, Federal Ministers, State Governors, CEOs of Leading Nigerian and Multinational Firms, Captains of Industries, Agencies of the United States Mission amongst others..

The AFPE 2019 will attract SMEs, Start-up business owners, MSMEs, International & local manufacturers, suppliers & distributors of food, beverage, agro commodities, apparel and fashion products, chain stores, independent sellers, business service providers, key decision and policy makers from leading Nigerian, African and American companies showcasing their products/service offerings to visitors, with a view to further promote their products and services to visitors and buyers and increase export sales by maximizing the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In 2018, the Event had over 1500 attendees with about 90 Exhibitors from within Nigeria and the United States. This year, over the 2-day period of the event we expect to have over 2,500 attendees from across Nigeria, Africa and the United States, thus presenting a viable opportunity for exhibiting companies to grow their sales, showcase their products to a target audience and strike million dollars international deals.

The 3rd African Food and Products Exhibition will feature a conference session with seasoned industry experts and leaders sharing their knowledge and experience on scaling up productivity, driving profitability and positioning SMEs for sustainability and global competitiveness.

Attendance to the Conference and Exhibition is FREE but registration is required.

Visit to register.

More information on is available on the event’s website.

Modest Market Place – Anniversary Edition

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MMP is a community of like-minded individuals whose beliefs on the ethics of business has fostered a relationship beyond the retail events. The marketplace which is now popularly called by its acronym MMP, has promoted many micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) over the course of one year… [/dropcap]
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