The business of beaded jewelries and artful creative products like bags, shoes, fabrics, paintings, clothings, fashion, sculpted furniture, etc, has grown tremendously in Nigeria and Africa for about two decades now. It accounts for thousands of entrepreneurs, hundreds of thousands of creative products, and millions of dollars made yearly across the creative industry in Africa. These figures will increase exponentially in the years ahead. Africa is evolving.
Beads & Arts Exhibition ‘BAE’ intends to promote Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), through a 2 days exhibitions and 2 days conference/training/dinner with local and international media participation. BAE is designed to engage 100 creative brands from all over Nigeria, who will exhibit 5000+ exclusive products.
- To provide a significant platform to empower African entrepreneurs and help them upscale their operations, expand income generation, become stable growth focused brands and pull themselves out of poverty.
- To create a platform and a support mechanism for the creative sector of MSMEs such that can open them up for tremendous growth and competition on a global scale through training, mentorship and advocacy.
- To create an interface where creative brands can network with consumers and build mutually benefiting relationships.
- To create a free market situation where creative brands can exhibit and sell their products at competitive rates.
BAE Is divided into 2 branches.
First is the Exhibition which is focused on 100 creative MSMEs brands to include but not limited to:
Beads/Jewelry makers | Shoe makers | Bags & wallets | Fashion craft, Stylist, Designers | Photography | Painters | Sculptors | Culinary/Confection crafts | Beauty products | etc.
Second is the Conference/Dinner. This is designed to train, equip and mentor the 100 brand exhibitors while dinner marks the project finale.
Facilitators at the conference will be Captains of Industries drawn from Banking, Law, Corporate Affairs, Government, Venture Capitalists, Image/Brand Consulting, Information Technology, etc.
Dinner will be a classy mix of music, red carpet, speeches, gulps & chews, awards, paparazzi, comedy, style and media.
Exhibition holds on the 20th – 21st of November 2015, while Conference holds from 19th – 20th of January, 2016.
As far as we know, this will be the single biggest platform for creative MSMEs in Nigeria. Government has shown great efforts and strides towards the growth and development of small businesses in Nigeria, so has the private sector and international organization. We are determined to contribute and support the structures and processes to the best of our ability.