Made-in-Nigeria Afrocentric products platform, Bellafricana, has announced the first edition of a yearly awards program called the Bellafricana African Creative Exhibition and Awards. The event presents an opportunity to recognise, encourage and reward the hardworking owners of creative businesses whose work has had an impact on lives and the Nigerian economy.

The annual event tagged Bellafricana ACE Awards has been endorsed by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and the Nigeria-Britain Association. The first edition will hold on 17 April 2017 and the theme for the year is Celebrating Creativity and Innovation.

ACE Awards 2017 is a three-part event that will feature an exhibition, a conference and an awards dinner. The exhibition and conference will run concurrently during the day and climax with an awards dinner at night. The exhibition will offer access to top quality creative Afrocentric businesses with discounted made-in-Nigeria products in arts & crafts, fashion, health & beauty, home & living, and food products.

The conference, designed to engage and enlighten participants through sessional talks, will be led by renowned business owners who have garnered experience in the fields of marketing, branding, exports, financial management, sustainability and running global businesses. Some of the speakers include Ms Sade Bembatoum-Young, CEO, African Sustainable SME Export Trade Solutions (ASSETS), Mr Tobi Asehinde, CEO, Vibe Web Solutions, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, CEO, Toki Mabogunje & Co, Mr Lanre Adisa, CEO, Noah’s Ark, Mrs Lola Coker-Esu, CEO, Lola Tips, Mrs Femi Olayebi, CEO, Femi Handbags, and Mrs Mofolusade Sonaike, CEO, Mumpreneur.ng (Conference MC/Moderator).

The conference fee is N10,000 with a 50% discount on early bird tickets until the 1st of March, 2017.

The awards ceremony is open for nominations in various categories. Participants are offered a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and to have their work judged by the consumers and experts in the following categories:

  • Best Indigenous Textile Designer
  • Best Emerging Beauty Brand
  • Best Emerging Fashion Brand
  • Best Creative Solution (ICT)
  • Best Supportive Made-in-Nigeria Celebrity of the Year
  • Best Eco-friendly Product Innovation
  • Best Innovative Product of the Year
  • Best Pioneer Craftsman/woman of the Year (Over 10 years)
  • Best Food Produce Innovation
  • Best Creative Kid entrepreneur
  • Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year
  • Best Creative Kids Brand
  • Best Emerging Artist

To nominate anyone in these categories, visit event.bellafricana.com/vote/

The ACE awards event is for enterprising Nigerian MSMEs seeking wider access to internal and international markets, and investors seeking joint-venture partnership. The award ceremony will host stakeholders of different creative industries, investors, marketers, trade delegations & missions, procurement officers, brand and business managers, art lovers, government representatives and key decision makers.  

Save the date and key information 

April 17, 2017 (Easter Monday, Public Holiday)

D-Venue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria.

Time for Exhibition: 10 am- 4 pm

Conference: 10 am – 3 pm

Awards Dinner: 6 pm – 9 pm

To participate and attend, register on event.bellafricana.com