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Indaba 2018 – The Story

Tourism in Africa is being geared towards new heights as West African delegates alongside others from 80 different countries were recorded present at Africa Travel Indaba 2018.

Tourism in Africa is being geared towards new heights as delegates from 80 different countries were recorded present at Africa Travel Indaba 2018. The annual event which was once again held in Durban; Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa from the 7th to the 10th of May experienced a significant rise in participation from last year’s event with 23 African countries in attendance this year. The overall registrations saw an increase by 4% from last year’s figures reaching the 7000 mark. Total registered buyers increased by 14% from last year bring it to a total of 1747 registered buyers. With 200 first time exhibitors, there were over 1100 registered exhibitors, leading to a 57% increase from last year.

Indaba 2018 was position as a call to action to focus on the success of the continent as a whole, urging its people to go out and tell Africa’s story to the world. The event was rebranded from simply “Indaba” to “Africa’s Travel Indaba” highlighting a passion for Africa. This was announced by South Africa’s newly reinstated National Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom.

The Minister in his message at the official Welcome Networking Function said, “Tourism growth, and sharing the benefits of tourism, contribute to replacing poverty and despair with prosperity and hope. Africa’s Travel Indaba is the ideal springboard for further growth” he further spoke about Travel and Tourism being the fastest growing sector in the world “Tourism already contributes about 8% to Africa’s Gross Domestic Product and employs 6.5% of the workforce. Imagine the impact it will make on growth, jobs and livelihoods if, or rather when we double or quadruple that! We can exponentially increase the value that tourism brings by collaborating to make tourism work for everyone.”

Africa’s Travel Indaba gave qualified buyers who are really interested in selling Africa the opportunity to access the biggest variety of products on the continent, from the hidden gems in South Africa to the luxury experiences across Africa as a continent. It is not only about showcasing destinations, but the value-rich interactions that can lead to partnerships and trade agreements. These are the hallmarks that contribute to growth across the sector, rather than the success and growth of individual businesses.

To further strengthen existing partnership and collaboration within the continent, South African Tourism’s West African arm hosted 26 delegates from Nigeria and Ghana at the Africa’s Travel Indaba. Among the West African tourism delegations were Hajia Barkisu, President of the Tour Operators Association in Nigeria, Mr Kwesi Eyison ,The President of the Tour Operators Union in Ghana, Alhaji Rabo Salih, Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria ,The President of The Travel Agents of Nigeria , Mr Bankole Bernard, The Chief Editor and Publisher of Africa’s leading Travel and Tourism Magazine ATQ, and Founder of West Africa’s biggest tourism expo, Akwaaba Nigeria, Weizor Accra, Mr Ikechi Ucko, Mrs Nancy Sam the President of Women in Tourism Ghana , Mr Abeiku Aggrey Santana , CEO of Kaya Tours Ghana , Ameyaw Debrah, Francis Doku were among the 26 West African Delegation drawn from Ghana and Nigeria. The West African trade and media delegates who arrived South Africa days earlier, were treated to an incredible, activity filled exploration of South Africa. The were treated to some of the finest luxury South Africa has to offer at the Oubaai Gold resort The delegates enjoyed a variety of experiences including, quad biking, power boating on the Kysna lagoon, and picnics at Cape St.Francis. They explored Tsitsikamma Nature reserve and the very brave went bungee jumping. experienced

Mr Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South Africa Tourism, praised the Africa delegates for cooperating to promote and integrate the continent as one destination through tourism.

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SHERATON ABUJA HOTEL COMMEMORATES RAMADAN

Marks the Holy Month with exceptional Offers

Abuja, April 30, 2018 Sheraton Abuja Hotel  is glad to unveil its exceptional Ramadan offer for loyal guests and customers.

According to the General Manager of the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our enriching package during this holy month embodies a special celebration of food and culture inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing”. This is the reason we have organized an elaborate Iftar spread at our Papillion Restaurant with full Iftar buffet varieties and favorites at our Iftar table”.

“Our special Iftar menu will consist of delicious original traditional recipes as well as a live cooking station where our diners will enjoy the privilege of seeing firsthand their food being cooked to their desire”.

“We have also come up with a compelling Iftar buffet offer for just NGN9, 999 per person, while our customers may equally enjoy an early bird discount on tickets purchased before the 31st of May 2018”. Purchased tickets will be valid throughout Ramadan and Tickets sales will last until the 31st of May 2018”.

“To further inspire our diners, our Hotel team has organized a grand raffle draw were those participating at our Iftar venues will be eligible on the day of the event to win a selection of prizes ranging from a two nights stay with breakfast for two at the Sheraton Lagos Hotel or a two nights stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Lagos for two with breakfast for two or even a dinner for two at Sheraton Abuja”.

“Families and Friends will be inspired by our dedicated Ramadan spaces where our customers are sure to experience the true ambience of the Holy Month; within a relaxed atmosphere for meditation and prayer”.

“Live proceedings from Mecca will be viewed on a flat Screen Television.

“For those visiting Abuja, our Ramadan room rates will start from as low as NGN39, 999 all-inclusive of taxes and a complimentary Breakfast (Suhoor) alongside free Wi-Fi and access to our pool and Fitness Facilities”.

“We encourage all our loyal Patrons and Customers to a transformative Ramadan Experience at Sheraton Abuja Hotel  as our teams go beyond to make this Holy month truly exceptional” Said the General Manager.

Sheraton Abuja Hotel is located at 1 Ladi Kwali way P.M.B 143, Maitama Abuja, F.C.T Nigeria. T +234 9 461 2000 F +234 9 460 1510 sheratonabuja.com

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Post Event Press Release – Bellafricana ACE Awards 2018

The second edition of the African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) powered by Bellafricana held on Saturday, the 28th of April at DVenue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Lagos, Nigeria.

It was an awesome one day event which kicked off with an Exhibition display of 70 Creative brands in the Arts & Craft, Fashion, Home & Lifestyle, Health & Beauty and Food Produce and Snacks sectors.

Thanks to the support from Boulos Enterprises & Suzuki, a winner went home with a brand new Suzuki Hayate Motorcycle.

The Conference Key note remark was made by Mrs Ini Abimbola who gave a remarkable speech on “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building” with 10 Experts; Mr Tobi Asehinde, Ms Sade Bembatoum-Young, Tricia Ikonwonba, Ms Geraldine Oku, Mr Lanre Adisa, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, Mrs Olanrewaju Oniyitan, Mr Adedunmade Onibokun, Mr Babatunde Faleke and Mrs Teju Abisoye.

You can almost still feel the exhilaration in the air resonating from the crowd on the day to witness this laudable event.

The peak of the event was a white carpet awards dinner which was opened by Honourable Commissioner of Commerce Ogun State, Otunba Bimbola Ashiru, represented by His SA Ms Sola Arobieke. There was Live music, poetry, comedy and much more. In attendance were 300 beautiful and distinguished guests, from art creators, art collectors, Executives, Delegates, Captains of Industry and stake holders.

The second edition was a bigger success with over 4000 overall attendees, 70 exhibitors from all over Nigeria showcase their creative and innovative Quality Made-in-Nigeria works to the amazement of the audience.

Several awards were given out at the gala event. Mimiremi Textile won “Best Indigenous Textile Designer”, Inner Beautee won “Best Beauty Brand”, 313 Eko won “Best Fashion Brand”, Zivanora won “Best Accessories Brand”, Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi won “Start-up of the Year”, Cyrus 45 won “Best Eco-friendly Product”, Creative Safari won “Best Innovative Product of the Year”, Morin O “Best Pioneer Craftswoman of the Year”, Tigernuts Republic won “Best Food Produce Innovation”, Daniella Art Studio won “Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur”, Dream Catchers won “Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year”, Maison Loulabelle won “Best Creative Kids Brand”, Kachi Irondi won “Best Arts and Crafts Person”, Ile-Ila won “Best Home & Lifestyle Brand”, Roots in Style (Ethiopia) won “Best African Brand”.

(See their videos at event.bellafricana.com/acewinner).

With this second edition, Bellafricana ACE Awards continues being the most prestigious gathering of Enterprising Creative Afrocentric Brands in Nigeria (Africa). This leaves us looking forward to the next edition of ACE Awards 2019.

About Bellafricana

The online platform (www.bellafricana.com) was launched to showcase, promote and celebrate creative local Creatives of Afrocentric brands in Nigeria (Africa). Starting with Nigeria her home-land, the goal is to take it one African Country at a time.

Bellafricana is an initiative with a focus on Made-in-Nigeria 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.

She created a platform to enable creative MSMEs thrive, whilst doing all it takes to bring the quality products to the forefront of the market.

 

Here are some pictures from the event

 

Marriott International Reveals Spectacular Seasonal Experiences Across Its Brands In The Middle East And Africa

Enticing offers available across participating hotels, restaurants, lounges & spas; 30% off for loyalty members and 20% off for non-members

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2018 – Marriott International has today unveiled an array of exciting offers for the upcoming hot months so that guests across the Middle East and Africa can enjoy an unforgettable summer. With a mega 30% off available for Marriott International’s loyalty members and 20% off for non-members, offers available across participating hotels, restaurants, lounges and spas from a choice of over 200 hotels are not to be missed.

Whether guests are seeking extraordinary desert, resort or city experiences such as reliving the Bedouin way of life at the only resort in a Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai; to intimate views of the Pyramids at Marriott Mena House, Cairo; hopping onto the ski slopes in the midst of the summer heat when staying at the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai; or simply lapping up the sun on the luxurious white sand beach at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort – Marriott international has an option suitable for all.

“Time is so valuable for busy people, and through our seasonal offers we are delighted to be able to provide guests with an exceptional opportunity to utilize their time to create memorable experiences at many of our amazing hotels,” said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The summer offers announcement comes hot on the heels of the company’s new unified loyalty program across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) which will launch in August 2018. Members will earn more points faster than under the prior programs – on average 20% more points for every dollar spent.

“This year, we’re recognizing our loyalty members with even better rewards as ongoing appreciation for their continued support – we aim to ensure that our loyal members always have an extraordinary experience beyond the norm and lifelong memories to boot,” he concluded.

Guests can book offers immediately for stays made between May 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018. For more information on participating hotels, experiences and specific deals, please visit: www.wandermore.me

Non-loyalty members are encouraged to join Marriott International’s loyalty program to be able to enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and offers available at the company’s properties. To sign up for free, visit www.SPG.com, www.Marriott.com and www.RitzCarlton.com.

Africa’s Travel Indaba gets a taste of Madiba Magic

In celebration of African art, song and memory, renowned South African playwright and artistic director of the Market Theatre, James Ngcobo, has produced a stellar showcase of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in celebration of the former statesman’s 100th birthday.

This forms part of the official opening of Africa’s Travel Indaba hosted by South African Tourism at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.

The theatrical showcase is also a celebration of the partnership between South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation who have come together to commemorate the centenary celebrations of former president, Nelson Mandela.

Describing the two 20-minute performances, Ngcobo called the production “a festival of our continent’s iconic songbook – inspired by our collective beauty and victories; some of which Madiba inspired and contributed to”. Without giving away too much, Ngcobo excitedly shared how the many faces of Madiba, some familiar and others less so, are set to tantalize audiences as they share in his legacy. From uTata the father, President Mandela the head of state and Rolihlahla, the young man born in Mvezo, rural Eastern Cape, the performances uncover the quintessence of the man who became a global icon.

Ngcobo revealed he is inspired by bodies of work that were written by some of Africa’s literary giants, elaborating that he is “always looking for opportunities and platforms where, as I curate, I am able to balance emerging voices with more prominent ones”. Local talent from the host province of Africa’s Travel Indaba – KwaZulu-Natal – form part of the production’s cast. The music ensemble has been influenced by tastes from across the continent, making it an authentically African offering. This, concludes Ngcobo, is “part of constant efforts to collaborate with and empower artists working in the creative industry”.

Delegates attending Africa’s Travel Indaba can also expect to be immersed in Madiba’s legacy by way of various installations situated throughout the iNkosi Albert Luthuli ICC. Activations located throughout the exhibition will all bear testament to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

South African Tourism has also collaborated with South African Airways and Mango Airlines to create excitement ahead of tomorrow evening’s performance at Africa’s Travel Indaba.

Passengers travelling to Durban from OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Lanseria airports have received a Nelson Mandela book at the check in counters.

The showcase of South Africa through Nelson Mandela’s memory can be found on the Madiba’s Journey App, which allows users to view the attractions on a map, build their itineraries and share their own journeys on social media. Visitors can also experience the emotion and relevance of each location through audio, text and image galleries. The app also offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions. The Madiba’s Journey app can be downloaded here.

BellAfricana’s ACE Awards and Exhibition 2018 – Pictures

Here are  some pictures. Feel free to browse through.

South African Airways awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year

Confirming the airline’s status amongst the best airlines in the world

South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both Business and Economy Class, for a 16th consecutive year.

“This win will surely strengthen our global position for once again being awarded a 4-Star ranking. Awards demonstrate that SAA is standing its ground as one of the leading airlines in the world,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson.

The SAA stations audited this year were South Africa: ORTIA, Durban, and Cape Town; regional – Mauritius and international: Hong Kong, UK, Perth, and São Paulo. “We were also fortunate to have had our new Airbus A330-300 audited this year amongst our aircraft fleet. The A330-300s are state-of-the-art aircraft and the latest acquisition in our fleet,” said Tlali.

The Skytrax 4-Star ranking is a seal of quality approval awarded to airlines supplying good quality performance across a range of product and service-delivery rating areas. Skytrax assessed the rating after detailed product and service standards audits for each featured airline and not connected to any customer ratings.

A 4-Star Airline rating signifies airlines providing a good standard of product and staff service across all travel categories, including cabin seating, safety standards, cabin cleanliness, comfort amenities, catering, tax-free sales, reading materials, in-flight entertainment, and staff service.

Skytrax, an independent, global airline-rating organisation, awarded the 4-Star rating placing the airline amongst other international and partner airlines. SAA has maintained quality levels throughout what has been another challenging year for the airline, delivering an excellent product and service standards to our customers, making this 4-Star Airline ranking well deserved.

Skytrax commented: “The South African Airways product and service standards continue to perform at a standard that is meeting 4-Star levels and this applies to long-haul, regional, and domestic flights.”

“SAA operates in a highly competitive environment with other African airlines such as Air Mauritius, Royal Air Maroc, Air Seychelles, and Ethiopian Airways also achieving 4 Stars. Winning awards inspires us to seek further opportunities for service excellence and act as an important motivation for employees to keep doing their best and further improve the travel experience of the millions of customers who choose to fly with SAA,” said Tlali.
SAA recently also won four of the six APEX Regional Passenger Choice Awards (PCAs) for Best Seat Comfort, Best Cabin Service, Best Food and Beverage, and Best Overall in Africa for airlines operating in the Africa region. The airline won the Best in Region – Africa award twice before, in 2012 and 2011.

 

Major awards SAA received in 2017:

  • SAA retained a 4-Star Skytrax rating in both Economy and Business Class for 15 years in a row. The airline is the proud holder of the Skytrax award as Best Airline in Africa for 14 years running.
  • SAA’s in-flight magazine Sawubona won the award for Africa’s Leading In-flight Magazine for the third year in a row at the World Travel Awards™, voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide.
  • A Voyager member, Dr Sheng Chun Wen, with Gold status, won one million Voyager miles with his composite image as part of the Star Alliance competition offering one million miles from each of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes. The competition was in celebration of Star Alliance’s 20th anniversary.
  • Readers of the Business Traveller magazine chose SAA for the 11th consecutive year as Best African Airline at the Business Traveller Awards 2017.  The awards are widely regarded as the market’s benchmark for excellence.
  • SAA was named winner in the African Long-Haul Airline category at the Business Traveller Africa Conference and Awards in September, an event for the South African business travel trade, which is held in association with Business Traveller magazine.
  • SAA again took first place in the Domestic Airline category at the Sunday Times Top Brand Awards, which are based on research conducted by leading market research company, TNS, and reflects consumer and business perspectives on brands in South Africa.

 

Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs

About South African Airways:

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low-cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Africa category; this shows that our customer-facing employees are our true brand ambassadors who made a difference to millions of travelling customers.

NEW CULINARY EXPERIENCE: SHERATON LAGOS HOTEL WELCOMES NEW CHEF

Sheraton Lagos Hotel happily welcomes chef Johan DePrins to the family. This adds an exciting dimension to the culinary experience of loyal Guests and Customers.

Chef Johan has gained over 40 years combined experience in the kitchen. He began his career as a culinary teacher; he practiced for 10 years then established as an executive chef. He has worked in various countries such as Belgium, Congo, Djibouti, Oman, Qatar, Tanzania, Algeria and Nigeria.

The Executive Chef is not new to the Nigerian market as this is his third Nigerian hotel. Having won three awards, Chef Johan brings a unique spin and creativity to his kitchen.

The General Manager of the Hotel, Barry Curran mentions, “Sheraton Lagos Hotel will become the go to place for diners as Chef Johan is worth his salt. His creativity in the kitchen is second to none and we can’t wait to show everyone his craft. Asides from the creativity, his food is equally delicious which is just as important.”

“We look forward to showcasing our new menus and compelling dining experiences to our Guests and loyal customers while bringing fresh new exciting culinary concepts across our three restaurants”.

“At Sheraton Lagos, we go beyond for our Loyal Guests and Customers and by doing this; we believe we are curating experiences for leisure seekers too”.

With the hotel’s proven success and exceptional reputation in culinary expertise, Sheraton Lagos Hotel looks forward to inviting all food lovers and enthusiasts to taste Chef Johan’s expertise.” Says Barry Curran.

 

 

About Sheraton Lagos Hotel

The Sheraton Lagos Hotel delivers effortless travel experiences so guests can in turn experience more combining international facilities with the warm and welcoming spirit of Nigerian hospitality. With 332 guest rooms and suites of which, all furnished with the signature Sheraton Bed to provide a premium sleep experience, 4 meeting rooms, a ball room, 5 F&B outlets, a world class gym and a swimming pool; the hotel provides services aimed at creating personalized and effortless experiences ensuring that guests whether on business or on leisure can always experience more. The recently renovated 107 club rooms and suites are today elegantly furnished with refreshed and modern interiors and enhanced amenities. A new Sheraton Club Lounge combines intuitive design with a higher level of comfort and access, providing Club guests with added privileges and personalized services. The hotel’s close proximity to the international airport makes it a safe haven in the commercial capital of Nigeria.

To learn more, visit http://www.sheratonlagos.com/.

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BREAKING THE SILENCE AND CHANGING ATTITUDES; BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSION HOSTS WARIF, STAKEHOLDERS, TO RECEPTION ON SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

As the first of a 2 week span of activities to mark International Women’s Day, the British Deputy High Commission hosted WARIF and a diverse selection of stakeholders from government, the entertainment industry, and civil society to a reception on Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls, on Tuesday evening. The event, organized in collaboration with the Women at Risk Foundation WARIF; held at the British residence served as a platform for stimulating conversation from various perspectives on the topic of violence against women, but also how individuals and corporate bodies could play their part in its prevention and eradication.

It started with the screening of a theatre performance, a medium found by the WARIF centre to be an effective way of communicating to youth about the problem. This was followed by a sobering video testimonial of Brenda Uphopho, a rape survivor who after multiple incidents of sexual assault, was speaking for the first time about the experience on camera. In her video, she stresses the importance of the medical, legal and psychosocial support provided by centres like WARIF in helping survivors heal after such incidents. Another emotional moment was the address given by Kikelomo Woleosho, a young sexual assault survivor who overcame the negative history to write a book; ‘ Kikelomo ;The Memoir of an Abused Girl’,  and uses her experience to educate people who work with youth, on spotting the telltale signs of abuse.

In her address, the Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils, acknowledged that it was often a difficult subject to talk about, but stressed the importance of breaking the silence around the topic, so that more dialogue and progress could be made. ‘I want to thank guests for coming as it is an issue that is a priority not just for the UK Government, but for me personally; especially the men present today. It is vital that we have male allies to amplify the voices of the inspiring people who are working in this regard, so we can record greater impact’

Other emerging themes from the reception included the fact that it was a problem faced not only by the poor but wealthy members of society, as highlighted by an instance given by Mrs Toyin Saraki, the wife of the Senate President. Dr. Joe Odumakin reflecting on her experience of dealing with over 1,000 rape cases said that despite the stigma and awkward around the topic, survivors who managed to speak up always found it incredibly cathartic, which had the ripple effect of encouraging more people to do the same. Uzoma Dozie, the MD of Diamond Bank and a supporter of WARIF, spoke about the importance of including and communicating zero tolerance for sexual assault into corporate policy, adding that the only way to be sure of the future was to invent it. Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru also revealed that although disproportionately affecting girls, statistics show that it was is an issue that affects boys as well. According to these figures, while one in every 4 girls where affected, one in every ten boys were victims as well.

Dr. Ibru, Founder, WARIF said ‘The WARIF organisation has observed the great empathy and commitment for social change shown by the British High Commission; specifically Ms. Laure Beaufils and her team to the plight endured by the disenfranchised group of women and children subjected to acts of gender based violence and sexual abuse across communities in the country every day. We hope this event will galvanise those present and beyond to our call to action  which is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – to ‘Press for Progress’ in decreasing the prevalence and preventing  these issues; thereby changing the lives of the may affected young girls and women across Nigeria.”

It was an evening of frank, action provoking dialogue, and harnessing that momentum, the Deputy High Commissioner asked guests to write down on commitments cards, what they would do henceforth to help eradicate sexual violence.

 

ABOUT BDHC’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ACTIVITY

International Women’s Day, which has as its theme this year ‘Press For Progress’  is an opportunity for the UK Government to promote gender parity in different spheres of life. This year, the British Deputy High Commission, Lagos has planned a series of activities dedicated to the International Women’s day which will cover a range of topics from sexual violence, to women participation in politics, quality education for women, women in business and domestic violence. In the evening of the 6th of March, the British Deputy High Commissioner will host a reception on Sexual and Gender based Violence. On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day itself, a joint video address by The Deputy High Commissioner and High Commissioner Paul Arkwright on the importance of IWD to the UK government will be shared on social media. On the 12th of March, the BDHC’s Deputy Head of Mission, Andrew Davidson, Political adviser in Lagos, Adewale Adebajo alongside with Prof Pat Utomi, and Toyosi Ogunsiji, will be speaking on radio about the importance of the participation of women in Nigerian politics.On the 13th of March, the Deputy High Commissioner will be launching ENGINE II, Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises programme. This is a 3 year) Adolescent Girls’ Education Programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through its Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) Fund. And to wrap up the on 21st of March, an event on Modern Slavery will be held at the Residence with the launch of a book called: Bilateral Cooperation and Human Trafficking written by Dr. May Ikeora.

 

ABOUT WARIF

Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organization that was incorporated in December 2016 in response to the high incidence of sexual violence, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria. WARIF was founded by Dr. Kemi Dasilva Ibru, who is an obstetrician and Gynaecologist and has worked in Lagos State in this space for over 10 years. The Foundation was established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive measures to reduce the prevalence of this problem. The hallmark of all our initiatives are “Impactful”, “Measurable” and “Sustainability” even after we leave the communities we serve.

ACE AWARDS 2018: What to Expect at the African Creative Exhibition and Awards

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 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.

 

If you are interested in learning more about this event, contact Bukky or Gbemi on 08086363970, 08184457403, email info@bellafricana.com, community@bellafricana.com and visit  event.bellafricana.com for more information.