5 Beautiful Souvenir Items In Nigeria For An Event

Modara Naturals Body care gift box

If you are intending to host an event, be it a wedding, birthday or an anniversary. Choosing the right souvenir could be really tasking, as many factors will be considered such as durability, budget friendliness and how unique the item is.

I have met so many people who wants to live a long lasting memory of their event in the minds of their guest, but are still struggling to find the right kind of item to use as a gift.

I am here to take that stress off you and to help you avoid roaming round the market for good items and still can’t make the right choices. So here are my favorite top 5 beautiful souvenir items in Nigeria for any event.


Many may wonder why I chose this item, Ankara covered up notebooks come in different sizes and patterns. These notebooks are attractive too. The covering adds more beauty and elegance to it. It is also budget friendly when purchased in bulk. These books can be used as diaries too. The only disadvantage of having this item is that it is usually prone to dirt and dust. This is an ideal souvenir gift for your guest.

Note books On bellafricana Marketplace

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Bellafricana ankara fabric notebooks for wedding souvenirs


I remember attending a big event in Landmark Conference Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Tote bags were shared as souvenirs to guest. Tote bags have come to put a stop to boring paper and nylon bags that could easily wear and tear over time. This item can easily be converted as handbags and used to run daily activities. So if what you want for your guest is value then this is a go for. This item is made by pillow talks NG.

Leather gift bags by bellafricana is also a great souvenir option.

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Bellafricana asoebi gift bags with leather handle, souvenir items in Nigeria

Bellafricana Gift Bags with leather, souvenir items in Nigeria

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This housewarming or wedding gift is ideal too. Though it’s quite premium and may not be able to carter for a large crowd, that’s if you are considering the budget. But this is a spectacular item for people. It consists of a perfume oil and a perfume diffuser. However if you are nor the host, this can be gifted to someone who wants to either launch a new house or office. Abela scent is a brand well known for producing well scented fragrance and Candles. They also made this gift box combo as a perfect gift box to your loved ones, friends and family. The Modara Gift box or Abela Gift box are perfect premium souvenir gift items in Nigeria.

Abela Gift Box scented candles and diffusers on bellafricana marketplace

Modara Naturals Body care gift box


Pouches are also ideal souvenir items in Nigeria, this will serve as a good keep for money, phones, car keys and other little but valuable items. one thing that really captivated me to this item, is how well textured and colourful it appears. it’s really catchy to the eyes and also with its beautiful inscription. It’s also budget friendly and will serve well to your guest.

Pouches by pillowtalks on bellafricana marketplace, beautiful souvenir items in Nigeria


This too is an essential item any office or house needs. This tissue holder will help reduce mess around the house. Children are usually known to play with toiletries. Also this toilet holder is an infusion of beautiful African fabric and fibres. its also adds vibrance an elegance to any space. it can be used in cars also. This too is a good choice of souvenir items to your guest. Mitimeth, helps to recycle and repurpose waste fibre into usable forms as you see how innovating they were to craft this wonderful looking tissue holder.



This are also lot of exciting and beautiful gift items out there to choose from. Your selection of perfect souvenir items is based on its versatility, uniqueness and affordability. Click on this link, to check for other fabulous gift items.

To place an order for the books and leather gift bags by Bellafricana, click link to chat on whatsapp now.

Meet The Creative Director and Co-Founder Of D-Dee Bags (Exclusive Interview)

D-Dee Bags is the newest addition to the Bellafricana Verified Family, and I am very excited to be introducing this amazing brand to you. Keep reading to meet the Co-Founder and Creative Director, Denike Ogunsola, as she speaks with Beatrice Miangogo of Bellafricana.

  • Please introduce yourself and your background.

Hi, my name is Denike Ogunsola, I co-own and manage D-Dee Bags, I have a B.A in Accounting from Temple University and a Masters Degree in International Business, I worked in business consulting before joining the manufacturing business. I enjoy operations management and creating processes but running D-Dee has helped hone my creative side.

  • Tell us about your work. How did D-Dee Bags start?

D-Dee is a family owned manufacturing business, started in 2001. We run a Bag, Footwear and Accessories manufacturing facility that produces for several brands, one of which is D-Dee Bags. It was founded by my mother Ayo Damola, who is still very much involved with the business. She was a pioneer in using tote bags as souvenirs when she first started the business. Since then we have evolved into producing a wide range of products in large quantity as a B2B company, For Corporate Gifts, Souvenirs, Brand Merchandise and Private Labelling.

Love Lagos Ankara and Leather Tote Bag By D-Dee Bags

  • How did you come about the name and what does it mean?

D-Dee is a nick name that just stuck.

  • What is your niche and how did you know it was a market to get into?

Our niche is in medium to large scale production of custom designed products, there was a market for a company that could bring custom designs to life and produce in large quantity, we are able to do this because of the expertise and set up we have.

  • Where do you get the inspiration for your products?

Sometimes inspiration comes from basic everyday living, but very often one person in our team gets an idea, and then we all come together to build on it until we come up with a great product. In the end, each product we come up with must be functional using quality materials.

  • Can you remember one of the first products you made? What makes it memorable?

Since I joined the business, I would say its been products other than bags, like our Boxes, because people expect us to always make bags, there’s always a pleasant reaction when we produce other unique items.

Customized Wedding Souvenir Boxes Made In Nigeria By D-Dee Bags

  • What are some of the challenges you face in your business?

We face the same issues majority of businesses in Nigeria face; high overhead costs, staffing issues and sourcing of adequate materials.

  • Do you have any regrets venturing into this line of business?

No, even with the challenging moments. It is a very rewarding experience when you are creating something, the process from design to final product makes it worthwhile.

  • What is your most popular product?

Our Tote Bags, in various iterations are our most popular item, but fast becoming popular are other novelty items made with Adire or Ankara.

Ankara Souvenir Tote Bags By D-Dee Bags

  • To what extent do you draw upon your Nigerian (African) heritage for your work?

We try to infuse our Nigerian heritage in the materials we use, and in certain design styles.

  • What are some of your short term and long term goals, both in your business and life in general?

We have long term plans to extend our manufacturing services to other kinds of products, in addition we have two new in-house brands we are about to launch, the first one is LORE (@lore.designs)- a leather accessory line.

  • What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Because I’m naturally an introvert, most people are always surprised to see me in work mode, let’s just say I run a tight ship, lol. I prefer certain standards and can be quite determined to get it .

  • What profession would you be in if you weren’t in this Industry?

Business Management Consulting

  • If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who wants to start their own business in your industry, what would it be?

Build your business with people who have technical skills and share your vision

To find out more about D-Dee Bags, check out their listing page here. (Click Here)

The History Of Adire Textile

The history of Adire Textile making on Bellafricana

Adire textile, pronounced as Ah-DEE-reh is an age old indigo die textile indigenous to the Yoruba tribe of the Southwestern Nigeria. This textile is rich in beauty and culture as much as it has a rich history.

In this post, you will learn about the history of the Àdìre textile and follow its’ progression through time. How did the textile come about, where was it first made, who wore it first, how did it travel to other tribes and countries, where it is on the global sphere?

Yes, we had all these questions and more and knew many people out there too must have pondered on this also. To answer some of these questions, we at Bellafricana have done an extensive research on the subject to share the knowledge with the world. Let’s read on…

The History of Adire

The Origin of Adire Textile

Let us begin with a little introduction for the benefit of those unfamiliar with this textile. Adire, is a Yoruba (a tribe in Southwestern Nigeria) word for tie and dye. It was first made by Yoruba women of old by using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques.
As the translation of the name suggests, the earliest pieces of Adire were probably simple tied designs on cotton cloth handspun and woven locally. [1]

I remember seeing a movie called “Odùduwà“, where the first wife of Oduduwa thought women how to tie and dye clothes. The ideology according to that movie’s story line was that before tie and dye textile came, clothes were only available in white colours.
While putting this write up together, we discovered that the origin of Adire might be traced to the archaeological discovery in some Tellem burial caves of Mali. Among the archeological findings, is a cap bearing the extant and popular Osubamba motif common in the Adire art of the Yoruba people.

This coupled with the fact that the Yoruba of Old Oyo kingdom exported their art across and beyond West Africa through trade, military activities and political dominance. [2]

I would say this supports the notion that Adire was first produced in Jojola’s compound of Kemta, Abeokuta by Chief Mrs. Miniya Jojolola Soetan, the second Iyalode (Head of Women) of Egba land. She then passed on the process to her children and onward to the future generations. [3]

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The Making of Adire Textile

The making of adire textile on bellafricana
The first Adire material was made with Teru (local white attire) and Elu (local Dye) made from elu leaf which is planted in the Saki area of Oyo state. There was an increase in tie-dye makers and artistic endeavours in the 20th century when more fabrics imported from European merchants became available for dyeing.

You might wonder, why bother tying the cotton fabric before dyeing it? The simple answer to that is, the tying method prevents the absorption of dye to the particular area of the fabric that is tied. [4]

In an academic research published in the Journal of African Studies, the researchers; Gausa Solomon and Abubakar Ezra, stated that Adire patterns are made by pleating of the cloth. This is done so that the colour is kept from inside of the folds by knotting and dyeing it or stitching with raffia fiber from banana leaves or thread. [5]

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When  more cotton fabrics to dye with became available in Nigeria, new techniques of resist dyeing were developed. According to Wikipedia, there are three primary resist techniques used in Nigeria presently:

Oniko: This process involves tying raffia around hundreds of individual corn kernels or pebbles to produce small white circles on a blue background. The fabric can also be twisted and tied on itself or folded into stripes.
Alabere: Stitching raffia onto the fabric in a pattern prior to dyeing. The raffia palm is stripped, and the spine sewn into the fabric. After dyeing the raffia is usually ripped out, although some choose to leave it in and let wear and tear on the garment slowly reveal the design.
Eleko: Resist dyeing with cassava paste painted onto the fabric. Traditionally done with different sizes of chicken feathers, calabash carved into different designs etc., in a manner similar to block printing. Since the early twentieth century, metal stencils cut from the sheets of tin that lined tea chests have also been used.

The simplest design for tie and dye is made by pulling up portions of the cloth at an interval, and either knotting or binding round them before dyeing. The tied portion is later removed after dyeing thereby creating a pattern of circles.

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In some situations, seeds or pebbles are sometimes tied into the cloth to create patterns. Also, some impressions may be sown into the fabric with thread and the stitches drawn up tightly before dyeing
Click play below to watch the video documentary of Adire textile amongst Yorubas by Thorolf Lipp.

Adire’s Journey Through The Globe

Batik Adire making
So many skills of African heritage were transported from country to country or entirely out of the continent through traders. Some of these transition came about either through adventurous traders who traded goods from country to country or through avenues such as slave trading.
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During the slave trade many slaves were skilled in weaving; the skill was used by the slave owner as another form of income. This is one of the ways some part of the African cultural heritage travelled from one continent to the other.
In those days, textiles were also used as a form of identity with each tribe having their own unique patterns which also made it easy to spot outsiders. In the case of Adire, it is said that for a long time, people who were not from certain families were not allowed to partake in tie-dye production as it was a part of the family’s heritage.

History has it that the tie-dye technique became recognised as a form of art in several countries across the globe. A publication on Tie-Dye US has it that, tie and dye became all the rage during the Vietnam War period.

This was when people craved peace and freedom from the starched idea of parents and authority. Then, tie-dye was a form of artistic expression (as well as protest) for the hippie, psychedelic generation who were free spirited and uninhibited during this difficult time in American history.

These artistic peace-lovers embellished t-shirts, curtains, tapestries, pants, and anything else that would proclaim their individuality! Tie-dye made people happy then, as it does today! It has remained the utmost symbol of the  sixties! And, in all it’s forms, tie-dye is not only an art of fabric, but a piece of our world history. [6]

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Ways Adire Has Been Used in History Till Date

In clothing, there are endless possibilities in what you can do. Our founder at Bellafricana, Bukky Asehinde, can’t get enough of the Adire textile. I added a lovely picture of her looking absolutely stunning in one of her dresses made from adire.

Bukky Asehinde and Mr Olusegun Awolowo wearing Adire textile
Bukky Asehinde and Mr Olusegun Awolowo wearing Adire textile

Today, the Adire textile is no longer limited to being used as clothing material alone. It is now being used creatively in different ways. You can use it to make note books, throw pillows, wall arts, lamp shades etc.

MitiMeth Adire Lamp Shades

You will see below, the way Bellafricana creatively uses Adire on the books we produce on commission as souvenirs for clients’ weddings, birthdays, company events and so much more. The textile comes out so beautifully and perfectly that you might be tempted to keep them all for yourself instead of handing them out to your guests eventually. This is true for most our books really.


Bellafricana Adire Notebooks for Gifts
Bellafricana Adire Notebooks for Gifts

Adire Notebooks made by Bellafricana

The history of Adire textile, Adire blinds by Catyna Designs on Bellafricana
Adire blinds by Catyna Designs on Bellafricana
The history of Adire textile, Adire throw pillows by Catyna Designs using Asologe adire fabrics
Adire throw pillows by Catyna Designs using Asologe adire fabrics

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[1] Wikipedia – Adire (Textile Art)
[2] African Research Review: An International Multidisciplinary Journal, Ethiopia Vol. 7 (2), Serial No. 29, April, 2013:350-370 by Areo, Margaret Olugbemisola and Kalilu, Razaq Olatunde Rom
[3] The Guardian – A Short History of Adire
[4] Emur Ogumor (1993:110). Certificate Art for Junior and Senior Secondary School. Ibadan: University Press Ltd.
[5] Mgbakoigba: Journal of African Studies, Volume 4, 2015. TIE – DYE (ADIRE) AMONG THE JUKUN PEOPLE by Gausa Solomon and Abubakar Ezra
[6] Tie-die US – Tie-dye Through the Ages – A History of Tie-dye

Introducing Your One Stop Shop for Wedding Gifts and Souvenirs

Bellafricana ankara fabric notebooks for wedding souvenirs

Are you looking for where to get lovely custom made wedding gifts, Aso Ebi gifts, wedding favours, African gifts in Nigeria, African souvenirs, unique Afrocentric souvenirs, wedding souvenirs and unique corporate gift items in Nigeria? Look no further. We bring to you a company called Bellafricana.

Aso Ebi Gifts and Souvenirs

Bellafricana means ‘Beautiful Africa’. The brand is a fast growing enterprise in Nigeria which also produces gift items using African textile for creating unique branded gift items like notebooks, leather gift bags, laptop bags, jewellery bags, make up bags and many more.

Bellafricana is also 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.

Asides this, Bellafricana promotes local content by expressing the beauty of African textile in wedding and event, corporate gift items and many more. Bellafricana produces and supplies exclusive custom branded gift items made with African textiles.

All our products are proudly made in Nigeria by local artisans and craftsmen. We believe in promoting local talents which contributes to job creations in the Nigerian economy.

Some collections and past jobs below;

Aso ebi gifts and souvenir, African gift items, laptop bags, african souvenirs, purses, ankara souvenirs, african textile, african gifts in Nigeria-bellafricana

Bellafricana wedding gift bags with cane handle, gifts, wedding gifts in nigeria, event gifts, unique, creative, african gift items in nigeria, bellafricana, ankara book

Interested in ordering? Click link to chat with Bukky now on whatsapp

Bellafricana asoebi gift bags with leather handle, gifts, wedding gifts in nigeria, event gifts, unique, creative, african gift items in nigeria, bellafricana, ankara book
Bellafricana Asoebi Wedding Gift bags with leather handle and ankara book

Asoebi gift bags with fabric and leather by bellafricana

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Bellafricana Gift Bags with leather, Wedding Gifts and Souvenirs
Wedding Gifts and Souvenirs
Branded Bellafricana Ankara Notebooks for All Occasions
Branded Bellafricana Ankara Notebooks for All Occasions

Bellafricana branded notebooks

Bellafricana ankara fabric notebooks for wedding souvenirs
Bellafricana ankara fabric notebooks for wedding souvenirs

Branded notebooks Bellafricana


See More Past Jobs below;

Adire Notebooks made by Bellafricana
Adire Notebooks branded for a College of Education

Bellafricana Adire Notebooks for Gifts

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To place an order, chat with Bukky from Bellafricana: on whatsapp
Call: 08086363970 to speak toBukky for samples and more information
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Email: [email protected]


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