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Top CEOs attended Franco-Nigerian of Commerce and Industry bi-montly meeting.


Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with oalnigeria organised a breakfast meeting for CEOs recently at La Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The breakfast meeting gathered together Top CEOs for diverse sectors on the Nigerian economy to dialogue and discuss. Enthusiastic and well seasoned speakers and analysts provided a divulgence at the event called “A Birds eye look of the Nigerian Political and Economic Landscape.” On topics such as the political landscape in Nigeria after the 2023 elections, the level of security, the influence of politics on government polices, and the macroeconomic situation in Nigeria.

Register for Celtic Knot Conference 2022


The Yoruba Wikimedians User Group is organising a local event as part of the Celtic Knot Conference on the 1st of July 2022 and 2nd of July 2022. La Regia Airport Hotel, Alaguntan, Alimosho, Lagos State.

The Celtic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference aims to bring people together to share their experiences of working on sharing information in minority and minoritized languages on the Wikimedia projects.

 The aim of the conference is to help people learn how to direct the flow of information across language barriers and support their communities. As in previous years we will have a strong focus on Wikidata and its potential to support languages.

The Celtic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference is a place where people working on growing and maintaining their communities (on Wikipedia, but also Wikisource or Wikidata) can meet, learn from each other, and support each other on topics like community growth, technical tools, or collaboration with partners.

Check out activities for this year conference below 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇

  • Meetup of a local community, and social events
  • Watch-party of the online program or video pool
  • Workshops and introductions to the Yoruba Wikipedia
  • Editathon to create new articles, and improve existing ones
  • Discussion on how to improve the Yoruba Wikipedia community among other topics.

Click here via this Link to register 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇

Join us via zoom if you cannot attend on-site – Zoom link

Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce:c-level executives to a Business Breakfast Session tagged; A BIRD’S EYE VIEW ON THE NIGERIAN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT


A very animated session expected next week as the @ccifn in partnership with @oalnigeria host c-level executives to a Business Breakfast Session tagged; A BIRD’S EYE VIEW ON THE NIGERIAN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.

DATE: Wednesday 29th June, 2022
TIME: 8.00am
VENUE: Soul Longue, Lagos Continental Hotel VI

This event targeted at C-Level Executives will expose participants to undiluted facts around the Nigerian political and economic landscape leading to the 2023 election and especially what businesses should do.

The undiluted discussion around the theme will be lead by Dr @oagbakoba SAN alongside Dr Ola Brown of @flyingdoctorsic , and Ajileye Tunde of SBM Intelligence.
The Economic Counselor of the Embassy of France in Lagos , Mr Cyril DARNEIX will officially open the breakfast meeting.

Members : FREE
Non-Members: 15,000 naira

Please note that attendance is strictly by registration and for C-Level executives.

CEO of Iylfoods Wuraola Ayeni Launch Books & Products


Friends, families, entrepreneurs from different sectors gathered together for the book and product Launch of CEO of Iyl Foods, Wuraola Ogunyemi recently in Lagos.

The book and Product Launch with trending hastag #IDIDATHING had an Award winning Women entrepreneurs such as CEO of Mobabycare, Maryann Adebola Salami, Convener Made in Nigeria, Simisola Oladigbo talk about their journey to entrepreneurship, challenges, ways to succeed in business.

According to the CEO of Iylfoods, Wuraola Ayeni the rationale behind Launching three books was to give every entrepreneur an opportunity to learn from her story as an entrepreneur.

The One of the Highlights was unveiling of three books written by CEO of Iyl Foods, Ayeni Wuraola, New products such as Cookies, plantain chips named Inspochupa chips.

It was never a dull moment as friends danced with CEO of Iylfoods, Wuraola to celebrate success of the company since existence. Other Award-winning entrepreneurs that graced the occasion are Founder of Simbi Props, Zainab Oyewo, Founder of Utica, Omotola Kuku, Co founder & COO of So Fresh Nigeria, Abimbola Balogun.



As part of doing business with ease in Nigeria, Advertiser’s Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), had their industry dialogue which took place recently at Radisson blu hotel, Ikeja Lagos.

Special adviser to the President for ease of doing business in Nigeria, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Lawyer & Activist Jiti Ogunye were the keynote speakers for the event.

Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, LASAA; Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC; Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON; NAFDAF, APCON, Heads of Sectoral Groups, HASGs, were all in attendance.

This was the consensus by participants of the just concluded ADVAN Industry Dialogue 2022 theme “The role of government regulation in the ease of doing business in Nigeria” Which saw the congregation of the leadership of the various marketing communications regulatory agencies as well as top Nigerian Brands

Speaking on the crucial need for regualtory institutions to covet participation from the organised private sector Dr Jumoke Oduwole the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on the Ease of Doing Business, in her keynote adress said “ Government can learn a lot from ADVAN members, We have worked hard and implemented reforms but it is always a struggle as government to be really heard by the public, especially for positive news, collaboration with the private sector continues to make it possible for us to know where the shoe pinches and creates a constant flow of ideas for pragmatic interventions”

While She prevailed on advertisers (Corporate organisations that promote their goods and services through advertising) to support their various regulatory institutions, as collaboration leads to improved work and stakeholders need each other, she also called on the regulatory agencies to embrace perfomance management as a strategy for effectiveness. “Another key learning has been the need for strong performance management, which is critical to operationalizing reforms, and for agencies to ensure that the appropriate consequence management is applied for both performing or erring public officials” Dr Oduwole said.

Dr Fadolapo the Registrer of APCON during the panel discussion, explained that the new Advertising Standard of Practice was a means to an end, which he explained was to promote fairness and equity in the Industry.

Responding on behalf of Advertisers was Mr. O’Tega Ogra, An Executive Council Member of ADVAN, as well as the Group Head Brands and Corporate Communcations BUA group said “No Advertiser was against regulation, but that regulations should facilitate business.

Picture from right to Left : President of ADVAN Osamede Uwubanmwen, Special adviser to the President on Ease of doing business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwoleand CEO of ADVAN, Ediri Ose-Ediale.

Get ready for career fair 2022


Are you ready for unprecedented career advancement? Career Fair 2022 has been set up to equip you with the requisite knowledge for your elevation.

Theme: RISE: “Redefine – Invest – Strategize – Emerge”
Date: This Saturday June 18th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Pistis Conference Centre, The Elevation Church (TEC), along Lekki/Epe Expressway, Lagos.

The Fair offers you a rare opportunity to interact with top recruiters from reputable organizations.

There will also be:
• C.V Assessments/ Reviews
• Career counselling
• Onsite/Virtual Interviews
• Identification of future talents for organization talent pool
• Opportunities for internships and fulltime roles

Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry partner with Oalnigeria for a business breakfast meeting


The Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in partnership with @oalnigeria invites you to a Business Breakfast Session tagged; A BIRD’S EYE VIEW ON THE NIGERIAN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.

DATE: Wednesday 29th June, 2022
TIME: 8.00am
VENUE: Soul Longue, Lagos Continental Hotel VI

This event targeted at C-Level Executives will expose participants to undiluted facts around the Nigerian political and economic landscape leading to the 2023 election and especially what businesses should do.

Lead Speaker: Dr @oagbakoba SAN

Members : FREE
Non-Members: 15,000 naira

For registration , click on the link in our bio.

Please note that attendance is strictly by registration and for C-Level executives.



For the 3rd consecutive year, XRetail in partnership with Afrikrea, will take place from July 8th-24th, 2022. 

Founded in 2016, Anka, formally Afrikea is the leading marketplace of #African Fashion and all things #MadeOfAfrica online, which has bridged thousands of sellers from Africa and all over the world.

This year, XRetail 2022 will address the ever changing nature of commerce and consumers by supporting African fashion, beauty, and accessory brands with physical pop-up opportunities in the key markets. 

Following three successful years across both physical and digital activations, XRetail has successfully supported over 150 independent brands across fashion, beauty and accessories in over 10 African countries such as– Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Côte D’Ivoire, with the last edition receiving over 3 Million views and sales from patrons around the world. 

XRetail, originally part of Lagos Fashion Week October S/S season, was given its first stand alone event in 2019 to provide tangible commerce opportunities to the fast growing ready to wear, high street market in Africa. 

Since its inception, the XRetail platform has focused on facilitating commerce and creating access to market opportunities for fashion entrepreneurs to enable their business(es) to generate sales. This is key to their growth and the industry’s ability to positively impact the economic landscape. XRetail will provide access to the market for brands across Africa through a digital shopping experience on Afrikrea.

Interested brands are invited to apply for free Here.  

Application deadline is on the 18th of June. 

For more information, kindly visit www.lagosfashionweek.ng.

Africa Soft Power Summit returns to real-world setting with Impactful 3-day Session in Kigali


:Two-time NBA All-Star, Luol Ajou Deng; Founder & Creative Director, Africa Soft Power Project (ASP), Nkiru Balonwu; QC Matrix Chambers and Fmr Deputy Mayor of London, Matthew Ryder; Co-Founder and CEO, Enda Athletic, Inc,  Navalayo Osembo; Director of Daily Content, International Olympic Committee, Benny Bonsu; CEO, NBA Africa, Victor Williams and Former NBA Basketball Player, Charles Smith at the 2022 ASP “Africa Month” Summit in Kigali recently.

The 2022 Africa Soft Power “Africa Month” Summit, hosted an all-star cast of industry leaders, across the creative, cultural, knowledge and digital industries around the continent and global diaspora in Kigali to three days of impactful conversations, centered around the theme of “Africa & The Global Community. The New Face of Collaboration”.

Hosted by The Africa Soft Power Project (ASP)  from May 26th – 28th, the summit which was held at the prestigious Kigali Serena Hotel,featured sessions on sports, music, fashion, financing/digital infrastructure, tourism/trade and payments, with discussants highlighting how to leverage Africa’s digital, creative and knowledge economies to benefit the continent, the global diaspora community, and beyond.

President of the Basketball Africa Africa League, Amadou Gallo Fall; Two-time NBA All-Star, Luol Ajou Deng; Founder, Gina Din Group (GDG), Gina Din-Kariuki; Former Deputy Mayor of London and QC, Matrix Chambers, Matthew Ryder; Rapper,Founder & CEO TASCK, Jude ‘M.I’ Abaga; Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Ngaire Blankenberg; CEO, NBA Africa, Victor Williams; CEO, Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS), Mike Ogbalu III and Regional Director, East Africa, IFC, Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu were among the array of industry leaders at the 2022 Africa Soft Power Summit.

While declaring the event open, Founder and Creative Director of the Africa Soft Power Project, Nkiru Balonwu, expressed her excitement about the massive support received from discussants, partners and sponsors from within the continent and in the diaspora. “What we are witnessing today is evidence of what we can achieve for the continent, when we come together. Leveraging the power of collaboration, we are determined to build structures, talents and institutions that are long-lasting and survive us” Balonwu said.

Across music, sports, fashion, art, innovation and digital capabilities, The Africa Soft Power Project is committed to enabling progress for Africa and Africans, we are leveraging soft power to create respected African thought-leaders, unite the global black community and ultimately chart a sustainable course around how we can propel ourselves and the continent forward” Balonwu added.

President of the Basketball Africa League, Amadou Gallo Fall, during his goodwill message, lauded the quality of influential panelists and industry leaders present at the 2022 summit, adding that such collaborations will help advance the African narrative, not just for sports but across other industries.

At the Basketball Africa League, we are aligned with the objectives of the Africa Soft Power Project, around leveraging valuable collaborations to move the continent forward, which connects with what we are doing with the league. As you well know, basketball is a perfect sport, where fashion, music and sports come together and if you think about how the African “lifestyle” and popular culture have been an influence on the world stage, from music, to fashion and even the arts, you will agree that we have a great opportunity to bring all of that together around the BAL”.

Speaking on the role of collaboration in advancing Africa’s payment ecosystem especially for Nigeria’s creative, knowledge and technology industries, Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, Regional Director, Eastern Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC) said that there was a need for valuable collaboration between financial institutions and the creative, knowledge and digital industries. “Banks and financial institutions will only finance projects that they have full understanding of, If they don’t understand it, they will not finance it. It is important therefore, that financial institutions make a deliberate effort to understand the different phases of creative and digital engagements alongside the value that will be derived from such investments.”

While delivering his Keynote address, H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, maintained that the recovery tool that Africa has at its disposal post Covid is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). “We expect that the recovery we want to see, whether in the service industry, trade in goods or digital trade, will be driven by trade on the African continent. We are committed to ensuring that we implement aggressively the AfCFTA, towards significantly reducing the barriers to trade and intraAfrica investment and ultimately, contributing to Africa’s overall GDP”  Mene said.

Celebrating Africa’s unique creative, knowledge and digital industries, the Africa Soft Power “Africa Month” Summit featured a fireside chat, alongside 8 impactful panel sessions on payments, economy of sports, scaling African talent, business of fashion, financing innovation and creative power, reinventing travel, tourism and trade, globalization of Africa’s music, culture and trends and women communicating Africa forward.

:Co-Founder, Mwungano ESG, Sophie Masipa; Founder, Gina Din Group, Gina Din; Head of Content, BellaNaija Style, Mary Edoro; CEO, Kepler, Nathalie Munyampenda andFounder & Creative Director, Africa Soft Power Project (ASP), Nkiru Balonwuat the 2022 ASP “Africa Month”” Summit in Kigali recently.

The event also featured a glam cocktail with a shoe show powered by Brazilian luxury brand Zeferino, performance by Rapper, Jude M.I. Abaga, a book signing by Gina Din and a session on the Power of Art, held in partnership with ARTSPLIT and FCMVA, alongside networking activities, and local events.

With stakeholders at the event collectively throwing their weight behind the announcement, Founder and Creative Director of the Africa Soft Power Project, Nkiru Balonwu, disclosed that ASP will continue to promote May as ‘Africa month’, as part of a deliberate global campaign aimed at propelling Africa forward, leveraging the continent’s creative, knowledge, cultural and digital industries.

Partners for this year’s summit, include: RDF; Afreximbank, Macif Group; Facebook; Africa Prosperity Network; FCMVA; Zeferino; Artsplit; CANEX; Kwahu Summit; Korapay; Latimer Energy; Fenchurch Group; TASCK; and BellaNaija.

This year’s event aligned with the playoffs and finals of the Basketball Africa League – a sports event highlighting Africa’s expanding sports economy.


Ili Art Exhibition Exclusive Viewing


Saturday 28th of May, 2022 saw the opening of ili Exhibition, an expression of African art and culture at BoConcepts, 22 Adetokunbo Ademola street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The art exhibition which showcases interesting pieces using indigenous Nigerian fabric and the human body as canvas features the bold and colourful works of expressionist artist, Mary-Jane Ohobu, Minika and renowned photographer, Hakeem Salaam.

The ili Exhibition spots a cross section of fabrics across Nigeria such as  Adire, Igbulu, Akwo ocha, Asooke, Ukara, Akwete and a host of others. Each piece spotlights the beauty, history, processes, and the underlying connections within the Nigerian ecosystem.

Ili, which means “cloth” in Idoma, represents the middle, a significant point that binds all parts of the country. The word also means Ofong in Efik, Akwa in Igbo, Opa in Yala, Aso in Yoruba, Zane in Hausa and so on.

Art lovers, collectors and enthusiasts trooped in to see the ili pieces and were treated to a warm reception of food, drinks, music and networking.

The exhibition runs till the 11th of June 2022.