AFRICAN CREATIVE EXHIBITION AND AWARDS 2018: What to Expect at the Second Edition

Creative MSMEs have invaded Nigeria and we certainly are not complaining.

In 2016, it became apparent that Nigeria was an import driven nation and that was how the “Buy Naija to the grow Naira” came to be.

However, various sects of the economy are realising that for Nigeria to diversify and become an export driven nation, the beam light falls on MSMEs.

A fresh year is on the calendar and it is almost time for the second edition of the annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (termed ACE Awards) hosted by Bellafricana. It brings to Lagos the best creative minds in the fields of Art and Craft, Fashion, Manufacturing, Beauty, Food Produce and so much more.

The Awards is an initiative of Bellafricana, a platform with a focus on Afrocentric Made-in-Nigeria (Africa) Non-oil products development where customers and suppliers engage and transact to bridge the buyer-seller gap and create a wider outreach for Nigerian (African) products locally & globally.

Micro, small and medium-size businesses nationwide produce a great deal of outstanding products, yet these creative business owners aren’t encouraged to innovate and create more.

Bukky Asehinde, Managing Director at Bellafricana says “Everyone likes a pat on the back when they have done something good. Our mission for the ACE Awards is to give these Creative Businesses a platform to receive the recognition they have long deserved”

ACE AWARDS 2018 is themed “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building” and is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 28, 2018 by 9:00am at D-Venue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria.

The event is looking to attract over 6,000 attendees, 70 exhibitors, 15 Awardees and 8 Speakers.

It is endorsed by the Lagos State Government, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Nigeria-Britain Association and will offer participants a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and to have their work judged by consumers and experts.

This Annual African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) aims to laud the creative works of Nigerians (Africans) and is certainly one of the strongest tools in awakening creative, innovative and entrepreneurship drive in young people in Nigeria and indeed Africa.

ACE Awards 2018 has also received backings from the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and supported by other organisations such as Sovereign Guards, Digital Marketing Skill Institute, DODO Agency, Noah’s Ark, Labule, Swift, Uber, ASSETS, Lara Rose, Bella Naija, The Guardian, Inside Watch Africa, Metro Woman, Pulse Nigeria, Connect Nigeria, Woman.ng, The Entrepreneur Africa, Africa on Rise, BEN TV, NTA, Lost in Lagos, Farabale, DHL, Boulos, Mamahz model and much more.

This will be a three phase event in which two (Exhibition and Conference) of the phases will run simultaneously while the third phase (Awards Dinner) will be held as the peak of the event.

EVENT FACTS

Theme:“Celebrating Creativity and Innovation”

Conference Theme:“Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building”

Date: April 28, 2018

Venue: DVenue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Oniru, Lagos, Nigeria.

Time for Exhibition: 10 – 4pm

Time for Awards Dinner: 5 – 9pm

To see the official top 3 Nominees List for ACE Awards 2018: Click here

For partnership and sponsorship details, please contact the organisers;

Call: +2348086363970

Email:info@bellafricana.com, community@bellafricana.com

Register:event.bellafricana.com

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Why V necks should stay in your closet !

Why V necks should stay in your closet !

Even though most of the time we’re trying to catch up with trends, we cannot forget one wardrobe staple everyone owns – a V neck !

V necks might be an unpopular choice, but you probably have one in your wardrobe. Yeah, those shirts with necklines shaped like a V. Without giving the neckline so much thought, you might have gotten a V neck because of how lovely you thought the print was, at least I know that’s what happened the V neck I’m styling in this post.

Why V necks should stay in your closet !

Firstly, V necks give the illusion that your face is longer and angular. I mean who wouldn’t want that ?

People with round or square faces will probably look better in a V neck because it will make their face look oval or angular. However people with diamond or angular faces will risk making their faces look longer.

Why V necks should stay in your closet !
Why V necks should stay in your closet !

V necks can be dressed up or down, depending on what the occasion is. Its great that these tees can be worn by guys too, this is such a valid reason to shop in the guys section.

V necks can be layered, worn as inner wear, with a jacket or a sweater.

 

V necks can be worn casually with denim and sneakers or ballerina flats.

 

V necks can be made work appropriate paired with a blazer, black pants / pencil skirt and black courts.

 

Accessorize with a necklace that ends mid chest and is lower than the point where the V meets.

Why V necks should stay in your closet !Why V necks should stay in your closet !

I paired my stripped V neck with my favorite mini denim skirt and neon mules. I accessorized with hand candy, clear nerd glasses and a black clutch.

Even though we all have our preferences, having tees with different necklines will give you a lot of styles to choose from.

I’d love to read your thoughts on this look. How would you rock this V necked tee ? Do you prefer round necked tees to V necked tees ? Do you have any V necked tee ? Please leave a comment. Thank you !

Image Source : Pinterest

V neck tee│Here

Denim skirt│Here

Heels │ Asos

Clutch│ Random buy

Nerd glasses │Here

Handcandy │ Random buy

Photo credit │ @dare_oguns

See you soon.

With love,

Bee

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How my birthday will make me a better person. 

Its my birthday today !!!! Still haven’t figured out how I’m supposed to feel on birthdays.

I used to be really psyched about my birthdays when I was much younger, but lately it just feels like I’m a year closer to leaving earth. I feel way too old and unsure about living and where I’d like to be.

I had a somewhat deep conversation with a friend and I thought to share what I’ve learnt about myself and what I’ll be doing to become a better being.

Maybe you might learn a thing or two;

Worry. 

I will worry about necessary and unnecessary issues. And then I’ll wear a long face like the world is on my shoulders. Worry never helps and it just drains the little bit of happiness I have. I’ve decided to let go of things I cannot influence and do something about things I have control over.


Happiness. 

I’m the only one with the power to make myself happy. End of story. But really, I’ve come to discover that my happiness depends on a situation or a person. No one should have that kind of power over me, and I’m taking back my happy. Boy bye ! I will intentionally smile more often and think of happy places. That should work.


Fear. 

This is so deep-rooted, I’m sure ill need extra effort with it. This makes me think of the awful things that an action could cause before the amazing things this same action could cause. I’ll have a ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen’ approach to stuff. Hopefully I’ll be bolder and be willing to take risks.

People Pleasing. 

I usually find myself trying to be another person to feel accepted. This happens unconsciously and then it starts to feel like I’m trying too hard. In the end there’s only one version of me so I might as well try to be a better person.

Inner circle. 

Life is already hard as it is, and then there’s traffic if you live in Lagos. I will only stay with friends that push me and want to see me progress.

I’ll love myself some more, give myself space to grow and enjoy my journey.


Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with any of these issues ? Do you feel like me sometimes ?

Please leave a comment ! It’ll be awesome to know I’m not alone in this.

Thank you 🙂

With love,

Bee.

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What to expect in a Public Bus !

Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria and accounts for about 8% of the total population of the country.  People need to get around, and mostly do so with public transportation.

We’ve probably had to commute via public transportation one time or the other, and recently I had a mini rant in my head about all the things I hate about being in a public bus.

In Lagos, there’s six of them;

  • The Bus Rapid Transit also known as BRTs,
  • The Yellow Lorries also known as Molue,
  • The Yellow Buses also known as Danfo,
  • The Yellow Minibuses,
  • The Tricycles also known as Keke Maurwa and
  • The Motorcycles also known as Okada.

I’ve mostly been in the yellow buses, so here’s what you should expect if you’ll be in any one of them.

  • There will be a lot of stops on the way, because they will need to drop passengers at different bus stops and pick up new passengers so they can refill the empty seats. This is definitely not the best choice if you’re in a hurry, believe me !
What to expect in a Public Bus
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  • The bus conductors {these guys collect the transport fare during the journey}  can be very rude. If they have your balance, it’ll be in tattered notes. If they don’t have your balance, they will most likely pair you with a complete stranger to split your balance with. This means you will have to wander at your bus stop to find lower denominations, which is very annoying.
What to expect in a Public Bus
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  • Prepare to smell like other people irrespective of their body odour lol.  The bus will reek of fish, tomatoes and fumes from other vehicles on the road. Please carry a body mist or something you can spray in your bag, or you risk smelling like something you don’t even know.
What to expect in a Public Bus
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  • Get ready to meet the conductors that will want to squeeze you on a seat like sardines because they want some extra money. You might end up seating with four people in a row, instead of three people and you pay the same fare.

 

What to expect in a Public Bus
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What is your public bus transportation like ?  Do you have any similar experiences ?

I’d love to know what the public transport system is like where you live. Please leave me a comment !

 

 

 

What you haven’t heard about mum jeans

We’re forever grateful to our mums for how amazing they are. I’ve found one more reason to adore them, mum jeans !

What you haven't heard about mum jeans

If your mum wore jeans when you were much younger, then you’re in luck. You can snag a piece from her wardrobe. Even better slim fit a jean that belongs to your dad and voila… mum jeans 🙂
What you haven't heard about mum jeans

What you haven't heard about mum jeans

Even though they’re typically unflattering, they’re worth every naira. {Naira is the official currency in Nigeria}. They can be ripped, and they come in different shades like regular skinny jeans. They’re usually high waisted with back pockets and will probably might make your backside look flatter than they already are. Before you begin to have second thoughts about them, here’s what you didn’t know about them;

  • They’re very very very comfortable

They’re so comfortable, you might forget you’re wearing jeans. Their baggy nature makes sure they don’t cling to your skin. They’ll hide anything you want hidden, and you won’t have to worry about that big lunch you’re having. Probably the best jean to wear on your cheat day!

What you haven't heard about mum jeans

What you haven't heard about mum jeans

  • They’re super stylish,  just tuck in your shirt

Mum jeans are really baggy so you’ll need to to tuck in your shirt just so your waist is obvious and your hips are emphasized. If your top isn’t tucked in, I’m afraid you might risk swimming in the whole outfit.
What you haven't heard about mum jeans

What you haven't heard about mum jeans

  • There’s more to mum jeans

Even though we love jeans that show off our curves and everything in between, sometimes girls just want to have fun. Sometimes we want to have fun in over-sized jeans and still feel chic. Add a little dose of confidence and you’re good to go.
What you haven't heard about mum jeans

I paired my light wash mum jeans with a mustard yellow long sleeve top and strappy sandals. The jeans wouldn’t stop falling of my waist, so I used my scarf as a belt. I accessorized with a navy blue clutch and these see through glasses I was gifted.

I love how effortlessly cool mum jeans are and I’ll probably pair them with sneakers the next time I have them on.

This is the part where you tell me how you’d wear your mum jeans. Please leave a comment ! x

Top │Atmosphere

Denim │ Online store here

Heels │ Online store here

Scarf │ Thrifted

Clutch │ Thrifted

Glasses │ Online store here

Photo credit │@wanshygirl

See you soon.

With love,

Bee

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Nomination: Blogger Recognition Award 

Hey guys !

I’ve been blogging for about eighteen months now, and I’m not sure what Its supposed to feel like. Surely not where I’d like to be, but I can only get better with time.

I think this is my first ever nomination. I want to thank my mother for letting me leave the house to take pictures lol.

According to Al_Yolly, this nomination is a way to be discovered and also to connect and support the blogging community. It is as well a great idea in promoting your own blog and your fellow bloggers. Each nominee is given questions to answer and then in return they nominate other bloggers and give them the same questions to answer.

I’ve been ill, so I’m glad I finally get up to doing this post. I’m psyched that I was  nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you Aaalyolly for nominating me alongside other awesome bloggers. Her blog is simply amazing, especially her poetry which you should totally check out.

  • Rules:

◆ Post the rules

◆ Use the Blogger Recognition Badge on your page

◆ Tell us why you blog

◆ Give two (2) tips for new bloggers

◆ Nominate other bloggers for this award and notify each of them of the nominations.

  • My answers

◆ I blog because I’m obsessed with fashion, and I feel like blogging is a way to write about my obsession. I love to talk about what I’m wearing and how other outfits inspire mine. Its also a great way to do research and learn some more. In addition, I’m a very shy person so writing helps me communicate without speaking 🙂 🙂

◆ Firstly, Be Consistent. This is such a great tip, I feel like I’m talking to myself too. This ultimately helps you grow traffic and lets your audience know when to expect that great content from you. Posting schedules are great, as they help you plan ahead and help keep you in check. I’m dealing with being consistent too, but hey I can only get better.

◆ Secondly, Try to embrace your journey. This is basically knowing your own pace and working with it. Healthy comparison is allowed, so that you can get better. However, unhealthy comparison makes you overthink things and can be destructive.

  • Nominations

I nominate

Wanshygirl

Shalini

Golibe

Arlene

Azra

Blessing

Chiezugo

Thanks for reading guys !

See you soon.

Bee.

X

 

 

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazer

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazer

If you’ll be adding a blazer to your wardrobe, make sure its a grey plaid blazer.

These blazers were a huge hit during fashion week in 2017, and the best part is they’re easy to wear and very functional. Its easy to pair with the rest of our clothes.

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazerWhy you should invest in a grey plaid blazer

There’s nothing like a structured blazer you can wear to the office and switch to date night. I love how versatile they are simply because they can go from being all buttoned up to the office to rolled up sleeves to hang with the squad.

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazerWhy you should invest in a grey plaid blazer

For my night look, I styled my grey blazer with a black mini dress and black shoes. I accessorised with a black and gold clutch, a belt, scarf, hand candy and these cool badges.

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazerWhy you should invest in a grey plaid blazer

For my day look, I styled my grey blazer with a black mini dress. I switched my heels and clutch for a sling bag and converse.
Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazerWhy you should invest in a grey plaid blazer

Here’s some other stuff you can do with a grey plaid;

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazer
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Pair your plaid blazer with distressed denim and a round necked tee. Don’t forget to accessorize.

Why you should invest in a grey plaid blazer
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Pair your grey plaid with a white shirt and black skater skirt. Switch the black skater for a black pencil and you’re good to go to the office too !

I talked about other ways to style this plaid goodness here. Ada of noordinaryshe.com is forever plaid goals, so you can check out her instagram for more ways to rock this trend.

I’d love to know what you think of plaid blazers. Please leave a comment ! Thank you.

Blazer │Thrifted, you can get something similar here

Dress│ Here

Heels │ Here

Clutch│ Random buy

Badges │Here

Ring │Here

Handcandy │ Random buy

Photo credit │ @dare_oguns

 

See you soon.

With love,

Bee

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