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

fun moments at the photoboothfun moments at the photobooth

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

laugh - happy guest -Savouring moments at the ACE Awards 2021

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!

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.

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9 Tips For Vendors And Exhibitors at Exhibitions

Every so often after an exhibition, you hear vendors say “I didn’t sell at that exhibition, I wont go back next year” And they state this fact as though the organizers of the exhibition were supposed to lead attendees to each vendor one after the other. In the same vein you hear other vendors talk about how they sold out all their products and you wonder how that is even possible. 
Exhibitions can be so much fun for both attendees and vendors. You look around, get inspired, network and get contacts for future projects among other things. Sometimes vendors don’t get to partake in all the fun because they are busy, too busy trying to make sales, but they struggle with that because they were unprepared.

Vendors show up to exhibitions, set up nice looking displays and think that is all there is to it. “Bring products, customers will come” However, that is a strategy that stopped working with the rise of more innovative and creative businesses. To be ahead, you need to think ahead and know all the hacks to nailing an exhibition. Below are 9 ways to make sales at your next trade show.


I tell vendors all the time to be friendly and smile; And No, I don’t mean that phony smile that you plaster on your face when there’s a potential customer in view, but a genuine warm and welcoming smile. That would undoubtedly attract attendees to check out your products. No one likes a snob… or do you?

Imagine walking down a long crowded street and someone just flashed you a random bright smile, by default you would be drawn to approach the person.

You want your products to remain top of mind so even if they aren’t going to purchase there and then; they remember you when they do need what you’re selling.

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Some people will only approach you when you acknowledge their presence. It can be something as simple as “good morning”. Also with the hustle and bustle and elbow jabbing that comes with trade shows and exhibitions, some people may honestly walk past your stand without actually seeing your products.

Approach attendees; call out a greeting, a compliment or something like that. Just acknowledge that you see them there, because when you really think about it, this is not a boyfriend/girlfriend matter where one is posing for the other. You’re trying to make some money (duh) best leave all ego, shyness and their kissing cousins at home.


Do not start with a sales pitch once you have the attention of a potential buyer. Tell a story. People don’t buy what you’re doing; they buy why you’re doing it. Most new businesses are so desperate to generate revenue they forget value. For once I would love to hear a vendor say something like “do you know you can get rid of shoe odour with baking soda? As opposed to “You should buy these shoes they would suit you”  

You absolutely cannot keep asking people to come and buy, come and buy. It causes some sort of real life spam, besides that’s what everyone does so why not bring something different and let your approach make you unforgettable.


Yes, approach and engage attendees as you must, but try not to be too pushy. Most vendors literally want to shove their products down your throat. There’s a thin line between assertive and aggressive, try not to cross it.


It’s always better to have too many people than too little people helping you at your stand. You can’t afford to be short on staff. I have walked away from many stalls because I was just left standing there unattended to. Recruit friends and family to help if you can’t hire extra hands. It is important that while you’re talking to one customer, someone else is engaging the other and calling out to a potential.


At a recent event I attended called the Lagos leather fair, while everyone was handing out complimentary cards, there was this one business -ForFori (makers of leather shoes, belts, wallets and bags) who were giving customers note pads with all their details at the back and product images inside.

I thought that to be very smart, because whether we like it or not, they have imprinted themselves in my mind and made sure they weren’t forgotten soon after the exhibition, because if you make sales at an event what is guarantee that you will get them to come back? Keepsakes. Always have complimentary cards and a freebie. It can be a key ring, a hand band or even a pen. Trust me, it doesn’t have to be anything major. Just be sure to leave something that people will remember you by months after they’ve forgotten about the event.


You’re the brand ambassador of your business, so leave your poker face at home and have fun. Crack jokes, don’t be static or rigid. You may not be an overtly social person but you know someone who is, get them to come with you. I had a blast at Oeclats stand at the Lagos leather fair. The head designer Gbemmy and her friends made m e laugh so much. I was still hanging around their stand long after I had bought one of their products.


Attendees are always on their feet at exhibitions, to make your stall one to go to, invest in foldable chairs and keep them within your perimeter. People will appreciate the thought. Offer them water to drink, something to munch on. Making attendees comfortable serves for good future relationships with them.


This particularly grinds my gears. Some exhibitors will stare you down because someone somewhere told them to make eye contact with customers. They act like predators and will stare till they see a chance to pounce on you with their products. Kindly review this modus operandi; it will chase your customers away.

Trade show Marketing genius Steve Miller advises exhibitors to avoid the following behaviours during exhibitions.

  • Sitting
  • Reading
  • Texting
  • Receiving calls
  • Standing in the aisle
  • Clustering with members of staff
  • Chewing

Exhibitions are all about being noticed, so create unique experiences and always remember the trick is to staying on top of your game.

Having said all the above, it is also important as an organiser of an exhibition/trade show to attract the right kind of traffic to come and patronise or notice the exhibitors.

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9 Tips For Vendors And Exhibitors

Every so often after an exhibition, you hear vendors say “I didn’t sell at that exhibition, I wont go back next year” And they state this fact as though the organizers of the exhibition were supposed to lead attendees to each vendor one after the other. In the same vein you hear other vendors talk about how they sold out all their products and you wonder how that is even possible. Continue reading


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