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, and visit for more information.

“BizzyBody” launches on the Apple Store and Android Market

An app to publish, promote, monetize, analyze and engage audience at your event, now available  for iOS and Android devices.

Today, 1st of March, The BizzyBody app offers an all-in-one events solution to iPhone and Android phone users. It connects prospective event attendees to event owners and other event audience in more social ways.

The BizzyBody app allows the everyday Nigerian access to a directory of events happening in a choice location, helping them plan outings and attendance of such events with access to quick ticket purchases and other forms of event registrations required without leaving the app.

With the ‘Live event’ chat room feature, the Bizzybody app will connect event attendees and other event audience in real time, creating a hub of massive interactions for the user.

Also, event producers and promoters will also be able to use The BizzyBody app to publish and promote their events, sell tickets while monitoring sales and have access to valuable data and feedback on their event attendees and patterns and behavior of the audience.

The BizzyBody app is FREE in Nigeria and other regions at this time. However, there is a possibility of pricing premium features on the app as newer versions are released. Te app is available worldwide on the Apple AppStore and the Android Market. Perfect timing for the app, as the festive season starts next month in Nigeria. Newer revisions are under construction to include more activities of stakeholders in the event industry, the next surprise feature will be on event venue logistics.

Please visit for more information on ‘The BizzyBody’, including videos and screenshots of the app.

The BizzyBody mobile app is developed by Lumiere Multimedia, a multimedia development company founded in 2009 for BizzyBody NG.

If you would like more information on The BizzyBody app or BizzyBody NG, or you would like to schedule an interview, please contact:

Moses Oyewole – Business Development, BizzyBodyNG
Phone: +234 701 131 3022

The BizzyBody App AD

BizzyBody NG to Launch ‘The BizzyBody’ Social App on the 1st of March

To mark her 2nd anniversary, Nigeria’s largest online event directory and event multimedia solutions outfit – BizzyBody NG has decided to take Nigerians by surprise again! This time, they will be launching a new mobile app into the market called ‘The BizzyBody’.

According to the founder – Ayeni Oluwaseun, this mobile app hopes to be the best thing that will happen to the Nigeria Event and Entertainment Industry this year, as it hopes to bridge an enormous gap in the event business value chain. ‘The BizzyBody’ also hopes to be the average Nigerians phone buddie with interesting features that will get every prospective event attendee glued to the app.

The BizzyBody App Advert

Early subscriptions have begun for the app and has since gone viral, with already over 1000 subscriptions since the announcement on February 18, 2018, probably due to the reward program attached with ‘sharing the message’, and their promise to allow access to exclusive features of the app to early subscribers.

You may want to participate in this and get some cool prizes too.

Click here to sign up as an early bird:

Full details of The BizzyBody app features will be unveiled at launch date on March 1, 2018.

We are anticipating, and we hope you are too.

South African Airways promotes corporate travel with incredible rewards

L-R: Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo and Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics, Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

South African Airways (SAA) Africa’s most awarded airline has urged corporate travel managers in Nigeria to take advantage of the airline’s incredible new Voyager – SAA frequent flyers’ reward system in flying from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa and beyond.

South African Airways recently held a Corporate Travel Managers forum in Lagos during which Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways explained the new Voyager reward system to credit passengers with miles based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class.

According to Kemi, “South African Airways is always prioritising the welfare of its passengers hence, our new Voyager reward is now based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. For every N48 you spend flying South African Airways, you are guaranteed 1 Mile.”

L-R: Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo; Stella Aghedo, Sales Executive, South African Airways; Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics and Olorunloba Koleosho, Travel Desk Officer both of Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

“In addition, South African Airways also offer corporate travel managers super corporate deals up to 14% with seamless upgrades, priority boarding, priority waitlist and lounge access as part of the many rewards attached,” Kemi added.

South African Airways opened its doors for corporate travel managers to leverage the incredible advantage of flying the airline through either a tripartite partnership which involves the airline, the corporate and a travel management company or otherwise a direct partnership between the airline and the corporates.

The airline reminded the corporates aside flying the Lagos-Johannesburg route with the new A330-300 aircraft with exceptional configurations in both the Business and Economy cabins, passengers do not also require transit visa travelling beyond South Africa to other Southern Africa countries including Mauritius, Maputo, Harare and more where South African Airways has route network.

Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo, a subsidiary of South African Airways highlighted the functions of SAA Cargo to include the air freight of general, specialised cargoes and courier services from Lagos across the world.

Mohammed Kwajaffa, Trade Relations Manager, West Africa at South African Tourism showcased South Africa as a fun and adventurous destination rated as the 5th most beautiful country in the world by a recent international ratings report.

South African Airways presented amazing rewards to corporates at the forum which includes a Business Class ticket and free upgrade from Economy to Business Class from Lagos to any destination in South Africa.

Sheraton Abuja Sets off the Year With the launch of BBQ night Saturdays

At the Poolside with Great-Tasting BBQ Sauces, Top-notch music, fun, and games Abuja- January, 5th , 2018 Nigeria

As the year begins to unfold, Sheraton Abuja Hotel is once again helping to energize the minds of customer’s still hung up on the holiday spirit with the introduction of the grilling seasons BBQ nights at the Hotel’s Poolside.

The Executive Chef for Sheraton Abuja Hotel -Nicholas Geba and his team have put in efforts towards creating a tasty assortment of BBQ flavors for food and entertainment enthusiasts within the F.C.T.

According to the General Manager for the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our BBQ night is set to launch on the 13th of January 2018 at the Poolside and will take place every Saturday. We are offering this well thought out leisure activity from 3pm-9pm and it will be truly an elevated experience for both our in-house guests and customers”.

“We have made the best selection of various live band entertainers within Abuja City so there will never be a dull moment. Our special free-flow-salad will be available for all diners. For beverages, you will be spoiled for choice with our compelling selection of wines, beers, soft drinks and cocktails”. And for your added pleasure, we have Shisha with various flavors- on request”.

“Last but not least our collection of fun and interesting board games such as Ludo, whots, chess, local Ludo, scrabble and draft are available for you to have an interactive and engaging time with new or old friends; the idea is that this creates the perfect activity during family bonding time”.

“A relaxed evening around the most transformative ambience with great food and inspiring music is what we offer our loyal patrons and customers and so we encourage all our visitors to come experience something truly unforgettable on that Saturday onwards”.

For more information follow or tag us on Instagram as abuja/ on twitter as SheratonAbuja and on Facebook as sheratonabuja/

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Le Meridien Ogeyi Place Unlocks Beaujolais Wine with an exclusive Celebration

A French Experience in Port Harcourt

Nigeria, PH- November 18, 2017
–Le Meridien Ogeyi Place recently launched a new French wine “Beaujolais”, the launch celebration took place at the poolside of the hotel. According to the General Manager of the Hotel –Fabian Martinez – “as part of our brand initiative, Beaujolais offers the opportunity to unveil our Le Meridien brand Summer Soiree culture. This program brings to our international guests the feel of French Beaujolais tradition, which is a truly home away from home experience in Nigeria”.

“In addition, our Hotel Executive Sous Chef, Innocent Anaemeje brings a very pleasant experience and opportunity to present French traditional delicacies with assorted French cold cuts” to further inspire the dining experience of our patrons”.

“We have curated our campaign in a way that delivers to our guests yet another way to unlock their destination through French traditional celebration and a modern perspective on this quintessential theme night campaign. Le Meridien cuisine will enable us offer unique and memorable dining experiences,” remarked the General Manager.


About Le Méridien
With more than 100 Hotels & Resorts worldwide and the strongest, most globally diverse portfolio in its history, the Paris-born Le Méridien brand connects the curious and creative-minded traveler to unexpected and engaging experiences within their destination. With its brand promise of “Destination Unlocked”, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points through global partnerships with creative minds. Plans call for dynamic portfolio expansion within the next five years in some of the world’s most exciting destinations. For more information, please visit LeMé or follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of] more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.


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Delta marks 10 years of service to Nigeria

LAGOS, December 4, 2017 – Delta Air Lines [NYSE:DAL] today marked its 10th anniversary of nonstop service between Lagos and Atlanta. Launched on December 4, 2007, Delta remains the only, U.S. airline to fly nonstop between Nigeria and the United States and has carried more than 1.1 million passengers between the two nations over the past decade.

“It’s an honour to serve Lagos. For 10 years it has been an important route in our trans-Atlantic network not only for the business community, but also for customers reuniting with friends and families across the United States,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s senior vice president – Network Planning. “With this milestone comes a new flight to New York-JFK starting in March and our customers can be sure we remain as committed as ever to delivering the very best in terms of network, schedule and on-board experience in Nigeria.”

Team Delta Air Lines with the Nigerian media

From March 26, 2018, the airline will operate daily service between Lagos and the United States, with four weekly services to Atlanta complemented by three new weekly flights to New York-JFK. Both routes will be operated using A330-200 aircraft, recently introduced onto the Lagos-Atlanta route, adding more seats and offering an enhanced on-board experience.

Left to Right – Jimmy Eichelgruen, Director – Sales, AMEI presents Delta Air Lines Certificate of Recognition to Olufemi Adefope, Managing Director, Skylogistics (Delta GSA in Nigeria) while Shane Spyak, Staff Vice President, Sales, EMEAI all of Delta Air Lines looks on during the media event of Delta Air Lines 10th year anniversary service to Nigeria.

In addition to fully flat-bed seats in Delta One, Wi-Fi access, screens at every seat and free-mobile messaging throughout the aircraft, Delta’s services between Lagos and Atlanta are tailored to meet the preferences of local customers. This includes regionally inspired cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, offering a wider selection of sodas and fruit juices, and showcasing Nigeria’s vibrant film industry.

Left to Right – Bobby Bryan, Commercial Director, East and West Africa; Shane Spyak, Staff Vice President, Sales, EMEAI; Olufemi Adefope, Managing Director, Skylogistics (Delta GSA in Nigeria); Bob Cortelyou, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Jimmy Eichelgruen, Director – Sales, AMEI all of Delta Air Lines during the media event of Delta Air Lines 10th year anniversary service to Nigeria.

By numbers:  Delta’s 10-years in Lagos:

1.12 – Million customers have flown between Nigeria and the United States on Delta’s flights

10 – Most popular cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Washington D.C.,

6,300 – Delta flights operated between Nigeria and the United States

80,000+ – Passengers flown between Nigeria and the United States in 2017

300+ – Delta aircraft featuring Nollywood blockbusters as part of Delta Studio in-flight entertainment

6 – Years of Delta’s Internship Program, offering graduates business experience with Delta in Nigeria

200+ – Students participated in Delta’s Innovation Camp in partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria

Lagos forms part of Delta’s Africa network which also includes service to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more information and to book travel, customers should contact Delta’s reservation office at 01 279 9000, see or visit their local travel agent.





About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 306 destinations in 52 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub,, and

Sun International Awards Trade Partners in Lagos

Sun International, one of Africa’s largest hospitality, leisure and gaming groups operating about 19 luxury properties including hotels and casinos in Africa and Latin America has awarded its trade partners in Lagos, Nigeria.

Onboard a luxurious boat, cruising along the Lagos shores, exquisite buffet, world class beverage and onboard DJ, Sun International presented awards of recognition to deserving Nigerian partners for their continuous support of ensuring Nigerian travellers relish the wholesome experience of Sun International properties in South Africa.

In the category of Key partners, South African Airways and South African Tourism won the awards while Avantgarde Tours, Diamond and Pearls Travels, 1860 Travels, Tourbrokers International and Aviator Travels won the Top Achievers Award.

Other winners of the Sun International awards include Fidol Trips and Admiral Travels as New Supporters of the Sun International properties with AFRIMA, the promoters of the All Africa Music Awards recognised for Continued Partnership.

Didier Bayeye, Market Manager, West Africa and Indian Oceans, Sun International, while presenting the awards to the Nigerian trade partners mentioned the significance of the win-win partnership between Sun International and the Nigerian trade.

“Nigeria is an important market to Sun International and we are delighted to be working with very passionate people who have contributed immensely in growing our brand, and ensuring Nigerian travellers loyalty to the Sun International properties. From Table Bay in Cape Town, The Maslow in Johannesburg and The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth and the multi award winner resort; Sun City, it has been an appreciable story of Nigerians visiting and wanting to visit more. We owe all these commendable stories to the hard work and dedication of all of you present here.”

“In the coming years, we look forward to a more rewarding partnership with the Nigerian trade with the full assurances of Sun International commitment and support,” Didier added.

Efetobo Awhana, CEO Avantgarde Tours while accepting the Top Achievers award declared Table Bay, Sun International property in Cape Town as his favourite hotel in the world. “I am most delighted to receive this award. I constantly recommend Sun International properties to my clients for the amazing experiences that awaits guests. The Table Bay in Cape Town is no doubt my most favourable hotel in the world!”

Another prominent awardee, Wonuola Lamidi, Co-Founder of Diamond and Pearls Travels praised the efforts of Sun International for recognising the contributions of the Nigeria Trade. She said, “we sell Sun International properties because we are selling a total experience which is beyond just accommodation. There are loads of value add-ons for guests that’s beyond imaginations.”

The Sun International awards brought together a host of the top travel agencies in Nigeria to unwind aboard the Prest cruise ship.


The Skyway Aviation Handling Company limited, SAHCOL has been honoured with the Grassroots Newspapers Publishers Network Award, as “Best Aviation Handling Company of the year 2017.”

The award was presented to the Managing Director of SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, in his office, by Comrade Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer of the Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network (GNPN), who represented the National President, Dr. Dan Awana.

Maduike Ifeoma of GNPN presenting a Certificate of excellence to Rizwan Kadri, MD/CEO. SAHCOL

In a brief speech read on behalf of the National President of the Grassroots Publishers Network, in the presence of the Executive Members of GNPN, Southern Council, and Management staff of SAHCOL, the Publishers disclosed that, the award to SAHCOL is special and unique in every sense because it is being presented to a very special Nigeria Company that has proved beyond all doubts that democracy is truly improving the lives of the masses.

Dr. Awana said that, Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network represent the vibrant media constituency of Community Newspaper Practitioners {Publishers}.

According to the President, “our mandate is basically to recognize, promote, celebrate and elevate our distinguished personalities in all spheres of life who have brought fame, glory; honour and unity to Nigeria, while at the same time carry out some investigative reports in order to balance our publications.”

He added that the GNPN also disseminate well-researched information, while bringing the policies and programmes of government to the grassroots that they serve and the challenges of the rural community to the government, stressing that they are the ‘BRIDGE’ between the government and the local masses.

Explaining the reason for the choice of SAHCOL as recipient for the 2017 award, Dr. Dan Awana pointed out that, “SAHCOL was selected by all Grassroots (Community) Newspaper as the ‘Best Aviation Handling Company of the Year 2017’ because of the remarkable changes, improvements & value added to aviation development.”

He said, “SAHCOL is emerging as the most highly regarded and fastest growing ground handling company in Nigeria, slowly and steadily, having undergone and received equipment and facilities that matches with the very best anywhere in the world.”

The MD/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Basil Agboarumi, General Manager, Corporate Communications & IT(3rd & 4th from Left), Eseosa Oviawe, Special Assistant to MD/CEO, SAHCOL (1st Right), Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer GNPN, (2nd Left), Maduike Ifeoma, (5th Left), and other Executive Members of the GNPN.

Similarly, the SAHCOL General Manager, Corporate Communications, Basil Agboarumi, was also honoured with an ‘Excellence Media Award Plague’, ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a Medal, for his “Diligent Service to Humanity, and Outstanding Contributions towards the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria.”

In his response, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, thanked GNPN for finding SAHCOL worthy for the awards, stating that, recognition of this form “tells you that you must be serious to tackle more challenges to come, as the expectations from people become more demanding than before.”

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited is a SIFAX Group IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certified Aviation Ground Handling Company, providing services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services, in all the commercially operated airports across Nigeria.



The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited SAHCOL has again consolidated on its rising profile as the Ground Handling Company of choice in Nigeria by adding Allied Air and United Parcel Service (UPS) to her estimable list of clientele.

The relocation of Allied Air operations to SAHCOL took effect from 2nd October, 2017, making SAHCOL the official Ground Handling partner to the airline’s Ramp and Cargo operations across Nigeria. Allied Air, which commenced operation in 1998 as a Nigerian national flag Cargo Airline carrier, is designated on numerous routes across Africa under the Bi-lateral Services agreement and is the first IOSA certified Cargo Airline in Nigeria.

Additionally, the United Parcel Services (UPS) has moved its cargo warehousing services to SAHCOL, consequently making SAHCOL the hub of UPS consignment warehousing.

UPS, which was founded in 1907, is a package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solution in more than 175 countries and territories worldwide.

The commencement of UPS operation at the SAHCOL warehouse on the 7th of November, 2017, was graced by crème de la crème in the aviation freight/cargo business.

Testimonies from clients who have at various times relocated their businesses to SAHCOL proves that satisfaction gained from doing business with SAHCOL is second to none in the Nigerian Aviation Ground Handling Services.

“CEREMONY TO MARK UPS OPENING OF NEW HUB IN SAHCOL: (L-R) Customs DC Admin, B.Z Adebayo; Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Managing Director, UPS, West Africa, Mark Martyn-Fisher; President, UPS, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle East & Africa,Jean-Francois Condamine;& Brokerage Manager, Africa, James Gathira.”

SAHCOL is not resting on it oars, as it is poised to continue to partner with its clients in making Aviation Ground Services in Nigeria be at par with global best practices.

SAHCOL, a member of the SIFAX Group of companies, is an Aviation Ground Handling company, offering services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation security, Baggage Reconciliation, Crew Bus and Executive Lounge services and other related Ground Handling services; while ensuring that Ground Handling assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, by deploying appropriate tools.


General Manager,
Corporate Communications & IT,
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL)
Tel: +234(0)8099940600;
Date: 10th November, 2017.