Bellafricana to pitch at the Founders Showcase 2021


Bellafricana to pitch at the Founders showcase 2021 by FI. This to be held on the 29th July.

Founders Institute (FI), the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator, is having a global session to highlight some of the newest, most outstanding businesses emerging out of FI Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to be specific), along with the Directors of various cities who helped make this a reality.


This is the first time such a joint event is taking place. It aims to demonstrate how founders are addressing real-world problems in Africa. Furthermore, this event would have some of the recent graduates. They are to pitch to global investors, entrepreneurs and start-up ecosystem of leaders worldwide.


Here are the three Nigerian Start-ups that are taking part in the FI Africa Founders Showcase 2021.

Bukky Asehinde
Bukky Asehinde, founder of Bellafricana

I am exceptionally pleased to write that Bellafricana is a graduate of FI and been selected as one of the Founders to pitch in this first of its kind event.

Bellafricana is a tech-enabled community that provides a platform for creative entrepreneurs in the fashion, arts & craft, 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.

Bellafricana is a tech-enabled community that provides an enabling platform for 10,000 creative entrepreneurs. This is to increase sales, provide visibility and capacity building for creative business owners.

We are on a mission to empower over 100,000 Creative entrepreneurs by year 2030 to start, grow and scale profitable and sustainable global creative businesses. Their vision is to help customers connect and discover creative and quality African-owned businesses; their aim is to become the best e-commerce company for African products.

Ayodeji Agboola of Akowe
Ayodeji Agboola. Founder of Akowe

Founded by Ayodeji Agboola (a tech entrepreneur in 2020), Akowe is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that issues digital certificates in bulk. It allows you to digitize and issue academic or professional credentials, all in a few clicks.

In three steps, Akowe enables the issuance of digital certificates:

  1. Certificate upload
  2. Recipients list upload
  3. Certificate sending
Dr Yusuf Shittu of Jojolo
Dr Yusuf Shittu. Founder of Jojolo

Jojolo positions itself as a Mobile Sick Bay, aimed at reaching children in schools, homes, communities and public events with access to routine health screenings, vaccinations and emergency services. Secondly, they provide Virtual Consultations with Qualified Professionals. Aimed at redefining the way caregivers access healthcare for their children by connecting them with qualified healthcare professionals in real time to support the quality of care in school or at home.

The platform has a community forum for mothers to obtain answers to their questions from doctors, specialists, and essential services like dental treatments and home vaccinations.

Dr Yusuf Shittu, the CEO of the platform is a Global Health Innovator and Advocate and Medical Doctor. He is also the Co-founder and CEO of Neo Childcare.

Who should attend this event? 
  • Anyone interested in funding start-ups
  • People who are  interested in joining a start-up accelerator
  • Those who have an idea for a start-up or a growing company
  • Anybody interested in networking with entrepreneurs and advisors

To join in for an intriguing session and gaining insights on how Founders are building against all odds, kindly register here now.

Date: July 29, 2021

Time: 05:00pm – 07:30pm

5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

It’s a known fact that Entrepreneurs have to cultivate the habit of reading, here are 5 books every entrepreneur should read.⁣ You will agree with me that reading is important to everyone. Well except, those who are content with remaining in the same spot forever.

Joseph Addison says :“Reading does to the mind what exercise does to the body”

If you’re an Entrepreneur or with an entrepreneurial mindset, you must have read a couple of books that have proved invaluable to you and your business.⁣

Haven’t started reading any books and don’t know where to start? Or you need to add more to your stash?

I would be glad to suggest a couple of books that come recommended (and written) by renowned Business strategists and successful Entrepreneurs.

PS: This List is not Exhaustive. Feel Free to add to the list.

Let’s get to it…

1. Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin

This book will help you see why keeping your existing customers satisfied is a very important obligation to fulfill, before you consider expanding. It also shows the “not so rosy” side of starting up, and venture Capitalism. If you’re afraid of the truth, don’t read this book. 

5 books every entrepreneur should read, Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin
Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin
2. Rework by Jason Fried and Heinemeier Hansson

This book emphasizes the importance of Time management, Spending less time on competition, and being flexible with set plans.


5 books every entrepreneur should read,Rework by Jason Fried a must read book
Rework by Jason Fried a must read book
3. The 7 habits of Highly Effective People

This book just had to be on the List. It’s a self improvement book that helps you develop qualities that  can help you build better relationships, and grow your business exponentially.

5 books every entrepreneur should read, the 7 habits of highly effective people read book
The 7 habits of highly effective people read book

4. The Culture Blue Print by Robert Richman⁣

This book is a systematic guide to how a workplace can help people grow, inspire amazing service, and ultimately drive revenue through amazing culture.

5 books every entrepreneur should read, The culture blue print book to read
The culture blue print book to read
5. Leadership and Self- Deception by the Arbinger Institute.⁣

This book captures you by using an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the precise psychological processes that conceal true motivations, intentions and trap you in a “box” of endless self-justification.

Leadership and self deception book to read
Leadership and self deception book to read

Did you find these books useful? Have you read any of these books? What other impactful book would you recommend for Entrepreneurs or Startups? ⁣Please share in the comment section below.

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