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COMPASS GLOBAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FARMULA WILL ORGANISE THE FEMALE LEADERS & ENTREPRENEURS CONFERENCE (FLEC) EAST AFRICA LAUNCH VIRTUAL EDITION on 26th- 27th May 2022

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The Conference will take place virtually as one of many regional events targeted at Women-Owned Businesses, female leaders & SMEs.About Female Leaders, Entrepreneurs Conference East Africa Launch.




The event is designed to help build business linkages and improve networking, in addition to raising awareness/amplifying women’s voices, towards expanding their economic, and learning opportunities, and to broaden their views and aspirations.



Meet Our Speakers Click Here to Register!!! The overarching theme of the conference focuses broadly on Gender Development, Innovation & Leveraging AfCFTA Opportunities with emphasis on:“Toolkits to Innovate, Survive, and Sustain” in the post-pandemic recovery phase. The FLEC platform is dedicated to helping transform and grow the capacities of Regional Women’s Business Networks, SMEs, Youths & Grassroots Organisation to be better positioned to implement AfCFTA and actualize the Sustainable Development Goals for Africa’s prosperity. 



The 2-day program will explore the impact of Women on the World by drawing on Case Studies of sustainable solutions, and best practices led/developed/owned by Women, including Compelling Success Stories from around the globe, with regards to progress being made by Women across the Spheres of Government, and Policy, Business, Technology and within Corporate Organizations.  

S A V E T H E D A T E | EARTH FROM EARTH POP UP EVENT

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Earth from Earth invites you to its first Pop-up on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2022 at The Wheatbaker Lagos. Time: 11.00 am – 10:00 pm.

Come and experience the best of nature’s essences and aromas with formulations that are relaxing, therapeutic and healing for your skin, hair and well-being.

Visit @earth_from_earthRSVP: earth@Eartfromearth.com, yd@yettyd.com or 📞 : +234 817 946 1935 Cc @theydcompany#experienceeartheveryday #herbs #herbalinfusion #earthfromearth #therapy #popup #naturalbeauty #organicskincare #intenseherbalinfusion #healing #relaxation #wheatbakerlagos

Get ready for The international Food and Arts Festival!!!!!

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Inviting you to attend The International Food and Arts Festival by the elevation church Ikoyi branch.This festival is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the uniqueness and beauty of the culture of residents and different citizens, not indigenous to Nigeria yet significant to our economic development. 

The countries of focus this year include France, South Africa, China, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Jamaica, India, Trinidad & Tobago.

Be sure to be mesmerized as they will showcase various art, food, and fashion from different countries.

It’s happening on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 11a.m for the maiden International Food & Arts Festival (“IFAF”) at Strong Tower Hall, 40 Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Africa Expo 2022 holds in Malaysia

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The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)My Events International, and The YD Company are inviting African Fashion and Beauty companies with a desire to break into the Asian market to the Africa Expo 2022 in Malaysia.

The Africa Expo 2022 is a multi-industry exhibition and networking event in a complete showcase of an array of sectors from more than 28 African countries and more than 30 Asian countries. Set to hold from the 14th – 20th July 2022 at The World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the high-level 6-day event will be dedicated to the local and international industry stakeholders to explore the business opportunities and to learn the latest needs of the world today.

The exhibition has been designed to create an avenue for African brands to upscale and expand their market shares within Africa and Asia. It has been designed to foster the mutual trade operations between the two continents embarking on the opening of their emerging economies.

Featuring top industry experts, thought leaders, financial advisers, and knowledgeable speakers across various sectors, as well as exhibitors from the African nations, ASEAN, and the Asia Pacific, they will be providing their wealth of knowledge in international businesses, ease of export and import, access to finance, access to the Asian market, standardized of products and many more.

The Africa Expo 2022 is projected to host approximately 200 companies, 500 trade delegates, and 10,000 visitors at the 6-day event. The Africa Expo 2022 aims to become the most important platform for high-level diplomacy to take place in Malaysia and is positive about receiving support from the Malaysian Government, respective African Embassies located in this region, and other trade-related bodies.

Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Hema Kandy, CEO of MyEvents International shared the plans and projections for the event. she said “The Africa Expo is well on its way to becoming the number one platform to cater to businesses across such a wide range of industries and countries at the same time. We are committed to providing all the necessary help and support for brand owners and even their customers across Africa and Asia. We are optimistic about the 6-day event which will cover many areas of a business exhibition on an international level.

Yetty Ogunnubi, CEO of The YD Company (YD Limited) expressed the importance of her Alliance with the organizers of the Africa Expo. In her words, “Our partnership with the Africa Expo is a major game-changer for African businesses. The exposure and growth opportunities that come with the platform are enormous and economically viable. Our goal is to promote African brands, focusing on the fashion and beauty industries to attract partnerships, investment opportunities, and sales. The Africa Expo is arguably the biggest platform for African and Asian brands. We are not only creating business opportunities for African brands; we are also giving them an opportunity to generate highly targeted and lucrative business leads”.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. Please contact africaexpo2022@yettyd.com for more information visit the website www.africa-xpo.com

Jim Iyke’s “Bad Comments” Movie Acquired by Amazon

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Actor, author, serial entrepreneur, Executive Producer, Jim Iyke’s latest movie production “Bad Comments” has been acquired by Amazon.

The unprecedented deal by Amazon would make the social impact centered movie, which addresses the consequences of cyberbullying, the highest negotiation so far in the African movie industry.

The film is also an official selection for the 17th Edition of the Harlem International Film Festival (The people’s film festival) slated for May 5th -15th, 2022. The Harlem Festival is an annual festival in Harlem, New York that celebrates films from around the world.

Although Bad Comments was not nominated for an AMVCA (Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards) due to an embargo on any film longer than two hours, this hasn’t stopped the movie from making waves both in Nigeria and beyond.

The highly acclaimed film was released in August 2021 starring Jim Iyke, Ayo Makun, Osas Ighodaro, Yemi Blaq, Sharon Ooja, Chiwetel Agu, Patience Ozokwor, Ruggedman, Ini Edo, Timaya and a host of others.

Jim Iyke is really busy this year with even more projects on his plate. His production company 6th sense is working on two TV series. : Sin and Ordinary People. We are anticipating the release of these two shows and know they will be nothing short of amazing.

To celebrate the amazing feat on the deal with the online retailing giant, Jim will be hosting an Amazon release watch party with his fans, guests and the Nollywood industry recently at Bluepictures Cinema, City Mall Onikan, Lagos.

The fast-paced drama and thriller “Bad Comments”  is also keeping fans excited in 2022 with the announcement of a sequel titled ‘The Crusader’, which is already in pre-production stages. Shooting will begin in July 2022 in conjunction with the prospective film and tourism boards in Dubai, Dar es Salam, Tanzania and Lagos.

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LAGOS FASHION WEEK – WOVEN THREADS III – DAY ONE

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Woven Threads III is on!  Lagos Fashion Week x Woven Threads III features a physical installation, a series of digital presentations, fashion business series panels and the Lagos Fashion Week Swap Shop. 


 Here’s a rundown of Day 1:The season’s edition kicked off yesterday, 22nd April, 2022 with a visual presentation of RETHREAD: BEHIND THE THREAD. Founded by Alexa Schempers, Rethread is a sustainable clothing brand selling upcycled, sustainably made & second hand pieces. With a primary focus on upcycling, they develop innovative ways to reduce waste in the fashion industry by using what is already in circulation. They source second-hand items such as suits, trench coats, leather jackets, denim and more from thrift & consignment stores and repurpose them into piecesFollowing the visual presentation, Lagos Fashion Week hosted the first Fashion Business Series panel themed Renting, Thrifting & Extending Product Life Cycles. Panelists Oyindamola Aleshinloye (Founder, Kadiju),  Cleo Marcopoulos  & Natasha Liesner (Co-Founders, Style Rotate) commented on the environmental impacts of more sustainable consumption alternatives such as rental fashion and thrifting as well as how practices like mending and upcycling can help extend the life cycle of a garment.Day 1  ended with an exclusive preview of the Woven Threads III physical installation – Untitled at So.nne. Curated by TJ WHO, the installation highlights designers that take into account both environmental and socio-economic sustainable practices that address the issues of landfill and over-consumerism. Participating designers included NKWO, IAMISIGO, Shem Paronelli, Emmy Kasbit, Maliko, Pepperrow, TJWHO, the Green Access 2021 cohort (FIA, Cute-Saint, Desiree Iyama, Kadiju, Lohije), and Eki Kere (formerly House of Ekii).See images from the exclusive preview.
Day 2: What To ExpectNow open to the public from today, 23rd April-24th April, catch the Woven Threads III  physical installation at So.nne | 17 Mariama Sule, Ikoyi  from 11am.The Lagos Fashion Week Swap Shop also goes live today at So.nne. Today, two Fashion Business Series panels will be held. Themed “Buying Digital Fashion” and “Fostering Creativity”, panelists include designers, fashion entrepreneurs and various other creative stakeholders.To wrap up,  Digital Presentations for a few of the designers in our ecosystem committed to this circular approach will be held. Participating designers for digital presentations include: Tolu Coker, Lilabare, Abigail Ajobi and Rethread.Woven Threads III is an initiative of Style House Files & Lagos Fashion Week in partnership with Fashion Revolution and Fashion Open Studio. It is supported by Lush Hair, and TECNO. For more information on Woven Threads x Lagos Fashion Week, please follow us on Instagram@lagosfashionweekofficial or visit http://lagosfashionweek.ng/

Lagos Fashion Week Presents Woven Threads III | 22nd – 24th April, 2022

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 Lagos Fashion Week will return for Woven Threads III in partnership with Fashion Revolution & Fashion Open Studio from tomorrow Friday 22nd April to 24th April, 2022. Woven Threads III will adopt a hybrid format with a physical installation to engage the creative community within Lagos and with a digital calendar which is accessible to a wider global audience. Here’s a round-up of what to expect. 



 Fashion Business Series Fashion Business Series, a platform designed to facilitate conversations with key stakeholders in the industry will be hosted via digital panel sessions. Fashion Business Series will feature panels on digital fashion, extending product life cycles, and more with speakers like Adebayo Oke-Lawal (Founder, Orange Mentorship), Andrea Iyamah (Founder, Seed Ambition), Eliana Kuo (Founder, Lablaco), Cleo Aitken (Founder, Style Rotate), amongst others. Digital Presentations and Physical Interactive Installations.




Continuing the need to cultivate sustainable practices within the industry to build circular value cycles with a focus on efficient social and economic growth models, Woven Threads will welcome a number of digital presentations and a physical interactive installation. Curated by TJWHO, the physical installation will be held at Untitled by So.nne. Designers participating include:  NKWO, IAMISIGO, Shem Paronelli, Emmy Kasbit, Maliko, Pepperrow, TJWHO, the Green Access 2021 cohort (FIA, Cute-Saint, Desiree Iyama, Kadiju, Lohije), and Eki Kere (formerly House of Ekii). Participating designers for digital presentations include: Tolu Coker, Lilabare, Abigail Ajobi and Rethread.



 Lagos Fashion Week Swap ShopLaunched for the first time, at the SS22 showcase in October, 2021 – the blockchain enabled Swap Shop is back! Putting into practice the foundations of a circular economy that prioritises reuse, reduce & recycle, The Swap Shop initiative invites consumers to think about the ways they can effect change with their own buying choices by facilitating the exchange of pre-owned items through swapping, sharing, donating and resale. The Swap Shop will be open from 22nd to 24th April, 2022. 



 Lagos Fashion Week Presents: Salubata equity-based NFT Under the Lagos Fashion Week Presents platform, Salubata will be releasing their Equity-based NFT on www.meyamarket.studio. Salubata has a patented technology of producing limited edition modular shoes from recycled plastic wastes.  Present NFT supply is limited to 100 for 0.2 ETH. NFT holders with Early Access will be able to  unlock exclusive access to Salubata’s VIP events and virtual land experiences in the Metaverse. For example, they can place orders in the metaverse to receive the physical product in real life. 


 Lablaco, the first blockchain enabled Circular Fashion Platform designed to create a next generation of ecosystem for designer brands will onboard Woven Threads  designers for digital sale, rental and more.Woven Threads III will feature interactive video presentations,  live studio tours,  a physical fashion installation,  digital salons, workshops, and fashion films. 




Woven Threads III physical installation is open to the public from Saturday 23rd April and will run till 24th April 2022. Woven Threads III is an initiative of Style House Files & Lagos Fashion Week in partnership with Fashion Revolution and Fashion Open Studio. It is supported by Lush Hair, and TECNO. 

U.S. Consulate in collaboration with Ascend Studios Foundation set to commence 2022 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

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Lagos – For the fourth year of AWE, the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos in partnership with Ascend Studios Foundation and Venture Garden Foundation opened the 2022 application for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) – a U.S. Government initiative set up to empower female entrepreneurs all over the world.

200 participants will be selected from the 17 states of southern Nigeria for the 2022 cohort.  To support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, 50 female returnees will also take part in the program.    

Accompanying this highly competitive program is the opportunity for the graduates of AWE to become automatic members of the U.S. government exchange alumni community, conferment that grants them access to an extensive network of top and similar business-minded professionals all over the country.

Statistics have shown that women’s participation in the economy drives better global businesses, resilient values, economic growth, and sustainable development. The AWE initiative is an enormous platform for female entrepreneurs in Nigeria to access classroom-like theoretical and practical insights, expand their networks, and build sustainable businesses.

The program offers complete business training through intensive and well-curated sessions facilitated by seasoned industry experts and business leaders on one part and access to the DreamBuilder platform – a blended business training course developed for women through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan, on the other.

In giving her thoughts on this year’s partnership and program, Ascend Studios Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Inya Lawal appreciated the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria for the initiative. In her words “This is another great opportunity for women to participate in the economic and leadership space and we encourage many female entrepreneurs to apply for the program. This program is a game-changer for business owners. We have seen exponential growth in the businesses of our alumnae, and we look forward to welcoming successful applicants this year”.

Real-World Payment Solutions Inside Africa’s First Innovation Studio

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Femi Isaac

Olivia tries on a pair of Mia Lu Goldie sunglasses virtually, in front of excited guests at the Alkebulan mall, inside Visa’s latest innovation studio in Nairobi. She is thrilled to receive a 15 percent discount on her preferred product from George, one of the many eCommerce merchants available at the mail and quickly processed payment, using a QR code.

Two local journalists were seated inside a colorful Matatu, at the mobility Zone of the studio, writing news stories to meet the production deadlines of their media houses. Fitted inside it, is a QR code that can be scanned as payment for transport fares to various destinations. The Matatu is Kenya’s most common form of public transportation and comprises privately owned minibuses, plying various routes to different parts of the country. Akshay Shopra, Head of Innovation and Design for Visa CEMEA, says Scan-to-pay and tap-to-pay solutions, powered by Visa are being used to enable transit in over 450 cities across the world.

Elsewhere in the studio, three of Africa’s biggest names in the technology and payment ecosystem Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Managing Director at M-Pesa Africa, Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Paga and Uzoma Dozie, founder and CEO of Sparkle, took turns to admire the array of beautiful, high-quality fabrics, at the African Patterns section of the mall, in all their uniqueness.

Making payments will only get simpler and easier

It is going to be completely simpler and easier for people to exchange value and do commerce together”, said Tayo, while speaking on the role that innovation plays in advancing the payment ecosystem. “If we can get smartphone penetration to increase even further, we are going to see greater digitization, and this will inspire a lot more innovation across the continent” Tayo concluded.

Nana Abban, Ecobank’s Group Executive for Consumer Banking agrees completely. With proven expertise in Digital Retail Banking strategy formulation and execution, she believes that there is need to move strongly from a heavy cash-led economy in Africa to one that is cash-lite or even cash-less.

For, Visa the Innovation Studio is a realization of the company’s vision to be the engine of commerce and to provide individuals, businesses, and economies the access they need to thrive. Visa’s Innovation Centers have been instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of new business ideas and platforms around the globe.

Several Sub-Saharan Africa companies have already leveraged Visa’s innovation centre capabilities, these include Paga; who collaborated with Visa to co-create a platform that offers tools to small businesses; and Safaricom on a solution to enable 24 million M-PESA users to transact at Visa merchant locations, and 150,000 M-PESA merchants to accept Visa card payments

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Nairobi and Africa, Happy to Partner Visa for Sustainable Innovation

Dr. Patrick Njoroge is the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, for the most part of his administration, focus has been on facilitating the growth of the Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (MSME) sector, which has been the engine of growth for the Kenyan economy. While officially declaring the studio open, Njoroge assured leading Bank executives and financial technology leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa, that Nairobi and the entire African continent is proud to host Visa and the innovation studio, expressing confidence that the facility will help birth laudable innovations that will advance the African payment landscape greatly.

Njoroge’s belief around the huge progress that the innovation studio will bring to the continent, was strongly reechoed, by a cross section of payment and innovation experts, during a fireside chat hosted by CNBC’s Africa’s Tania Habimana. On Tania’s panel, everyone agreed, that there is need for greater partnerships in enhancing financial inclusion and growing the payment ecosystem to positively impact the advancement of digital commerce and economies.

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Consistently Advancing Digital Payments Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa

Visa says the new African Innovation Studio supports its commitment to promoting innovation and creating opportunities for clients and fintech partners to co-create market-relevant payment and commerce solutions throughout the region.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is a fast-growing region with a tech-savvy population. As we continue to grow digital payments adoption in the region, our aspiration is to deepen our collaboration with clients and partners in developing solutions that are designed around the unique needs of Africa,” said Aida Diarra, Senior Vice President & Head of Visa in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“As a brand built on technology, Visa has driven the major technology advancements that make electronic payments what they are today. We are confident that the innovation studio will continue that legacy and cement Sub-Saharan Africa’s position as a leader in creating out of the box solutions to deal with our most pressing challenges as a region,” added Diarra.

Guests from the innovation studio, would later go on to unwind at the picnic sites of the Nairobi National Park amidst “Jambo” chants and delightful entertainment from live performers. The Visa innovation Studio maybe a week old yet, but the progress that it will enable for young co-creators and innovators will live on for generations.

PSQUARE EVENTS HOSTS HER 4TH ANNUAL BUSINESS SUMMIT FOR ENTREPRENEURS TAGGED INNOVATION AND INGENUITY

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The P-square Event Summit, an off-shoot of the P-square Events Training Institute (PETI), hosted her 4th business summit edition tagged, Innovation and Ingenuity at the Psquare Event Empire recently in Akure, Ondo State.

The Summit kicked off with an address from the convener enjoining participants to stay focused during the summit so that they can enjoy its benefit to its fullest. The summit was then declared open by the First Lady of Ondo State, Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, represented by The Honourable Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, Dr Mrs Osadahunsi who reaffirmed that the Ondo state government is committed to ensuring businesses thrive in Ondo State.

The Psquare Event summit started with a panel session that saw two seasoned business experts, Hon Olayato Aribo, the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Dr. Mrs Abiola Bashorun, the Group CEO of ZL Global Alliance speak during the session moderated by Omolola Akinbo, an elocution coach and public speaker.

The panelists charged the participants to delay immediate gratification for their business growth, and they also charged them to have business structure as that was a prerequisite for them to get more business opportunities.

The summit continued on with five Speakers, Dr. Summy Smart Francis, The Special Adviser to the Ondo state Government on Entrepreneurship and President, A.Y.E, who spoke on dealing with challenges when they happen. Funke Bucknor Obruthe, CEO of Zapphire Group, who was the Keynote Speaker spoke on the theme, Innovation and Ingenuity. Foluso Ogunjimi, also known as Sokoyokoto, CEO Alagarede Academy, spoke on Innovating while maintaining your culture. Foluke Adedokun, CEO fruitieworld, also spoke on building a community, developing one’s business identity and personal branding. Afopefoluwa Akinde, the CEO of 524 events, spoke about branding as a key to building trust and credibility with your target audience. Above all, the speakers concluded that the most important factor to innovation and ingenuity in business, is improving one’s business process.

During the business summit, 5 businesses were empowered financially with 50,000 naira business grants for their business growth. The business empowerment was sponsored by Mrs Bola Okolie, the CEO of Bonix Drinks..

The P-square Event summit 4.0 saw over 100 participants, dignitaries, invited guests, veterans and speakers and it was a most impactful day, learning, unlearning and relearning. In the words of some participants, they described the summit as one they wouldn’t forget for a long time and said that they were glad they attended the summit, because it brought with it, practical and insightful steps to taking their business to the next level.