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Design Week Lagos

2021 Overview

Design Week Lagos (DWL) is the leading design week on the African continent, conceived to present and celebrate the best in contemporary African design across categories while bringing international field leaders and visitors to experience the most exciting work from the region.   Founded by African design advocate Titi Ogufere, DWL was first established in 2019 as a citywide celebration held in Lagos, Nigeria over ten days, promoting creativity, innovation across disciplines, including architecture, industrial design, interior design, furniture design, graphics design, and technology.  

DWL is a growing annual celebration and convening, with core programs including a central exhibition showcasing new work from across the continent, an awards program, and a series of talks and lectures.  In addition to presenting new product design, DWL’s program highlights and explores new pathways in manufacturing methods, illuminating ingenuity and information sharing so that a growing community of contemporary designers can better tap into a rich history of craftsmanship and unique material knowledge across the continent.  

The festival is committed to building a culture of innovation in Lagos and promoting the city as an international hub for design. DWL was created by Titi Ogufere and Essential Media Group and is supported by the state government of Lagos.

2021 Edition Highlights

DWL will take place in various venues across the city of Lagos from October 21st to 31st, 2021. The theme for the 2021 design week is Design Revolution.  Given the limitations of the global pandemic, this year’s program will be tight and targeted, with more robust digital components. Highlights of the program include:

DESIGN KULTURE EXHIBITION 

October 21 – 31, 2021

This exhibition is an annual showcase for sourcing furniture and design objects in Africa at White Space, an exhibition space run by A Whitespace Creative Agency.  The exhibition is a meeting point for decision-makers in the design and manufacturing industry, and a bridge between manufacturers and design practitioners within the region, as well as international buyers, design enthusiasts, and collaborators.  This year’s exhibitors include Studio Lani, Nifemi Bello, Tosin Oshinowo, Olu Amoda, Damola Rufai, Tunde Owolabi, Aga Concept, Tekura, Osaru Alile, Titilailai, Demas Nwoko, Ozioma Onuzulike, Diseye Tantua, Belevence, and Mowarin Christian.  There will also be special projects on view from Maki Oh and Adebayo Oke Lawal. 

DWL 2021 PRIZE

Each year, the DWL Student Competition takes place. Designers are asked to come up with solutions, to meet various needs of the people, the economy, and nations at large. With that comes a lot of focus to problem-solving design regarding urban intervention and innovation. Our aim is to broaden the minds of individuals as well as challenge designers’ understanding of the term “design” and the crucial role it plays in every aspect of our daily lives. We urge designers to consider and foresee the future needs of society that is influenced by the rapid growth in population, availability of materials, development of culture and environmental change.

MADE BY DESIGN DOCUSERIES LAUNCH FOR NETFLIX WORLDWIDE

Made by Design is an original documentary series highlighting architects, interior and product designers in Africa. The first season focuses on a group of creative luminaries across categories living and working in Nigeria.

The series was created and directed by Design Week Lagos Founder Titi Ogufere. And co-produced by Emmy award winning filmmaker Abiola Matesun, the first season profiles thirteen of the top Nigerian creative talents of today, giving an insight into their lives, work, and inspirations. Made by Design is anticipated to debut on Netflix globally in Fall 2021; exact release date TBC.  A full list of designers profiled is here; highlights include:

IFI AFRICAN REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE

In collaboration with Design Week Lagos, the International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI) will host the IFI African Regional Roundtable on October 21st, 2021. The interactive virtual event will allow the diverse design community in Africa to discuss the IFI Education Policy. The roundtable will bring together over 5,000 African designers, including practitioners, academic institutions, educators, professional associations, policy makers, governments and students.

Additionally, The Interior Design Professional Guide for Africa and the Middle East will be launched as part of the African Regional Roundtable. The book, authored by an interior design expert, Titi Ogufere, is an essential resource and guide to managing and sourcing for interiors projects in the region, with practical guidance, a directory of vendors, and advice from 25 leading interior designers in Africa and the Middle East on how to run an interior project successfully and profitably from start to finish.

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ECA SEEKS TO UPSCALE THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY ACROSS AFRICA THROUGH THE WEST AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM

The highly anticipated West Africa Business Forum, a first of its kind initiative by the UNECA and Compass Global Consulting which happened from the 21st to the 23rd September 2021 was indeed an exceptional experience. The forum which was in collaboration with more than 15 coalition partners across the region featured multiple aspects of the economy, as well as a diverse range of discussions on how to harness Africa’s potential through youth and women empowerment.

Day 3 of the forum commenced with case studies of four African countries – Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, and Kenya, followed by a Sector Champion commendation speech by Mr. Tony Elemelu, CEO, Heir Holdings.

In a discussion with Mrs. Zainab Maidah, Founder and Director Niger Lait, Niger, she expressed why it’s significant to pay more attention to the agricultural sector and its economies. “Policies have to look closely to the agricultural space. It’s the key to the developmental success of the free trade zone”, she said.

Chair of the Services Sector Roundtable and Chairman Board of Trustees of Coderina Education & Technology Foundation, Mr. Femi Niyi speaking on how inclusion is paramount to economic growth, he stated that “when girls are women in leadership positions, they have role models to look up to”.
Speaking on the beauty industry and the role of advertisers and media in growing the economy, Mrs. Kofo Martins, CEO, Avi Beautysmith, emphasized that “the true African beauty is not necessarily being white-skinned. The media can also do a lot in educating what constitutes beauty, especially the African beauty”. She further reiterated that Africa has a unique heritage that can only be gotten in Africa. Other panel sessions cut across the Food and Processing, ICT & Digital Economy, Creative & Cultural, Services, and Agribusiness industries.

Sub-regional Director, West Africa UN Economic Commission of Africa, Mrs. Ngone Diop, outlined the key surveys that were carried out as part of the preparation for the forum. The survey was responded to by around 200 women and young people from various business sectors in West African countries. 82.6% of the responders were decision-makers, 64.2% were Micro businesses and 26.8% were small business owners. The majority of responders are in the Agro business, Agro-processing, beauty products manufacturing sector at 24%.  During the three-day forum, participants conducted in-depth reflections on the actions and potential opportunities to engage Women and Youth in Business. It revealed that internship and mentorship programs have to be adopted, quality foundational education, training hubs to improve skills for women and youths, internet availability, and early enrollment of the girl-child into tech. She further concluded that the West Africa Business Linkages Platform was launched to support the growth and sustainability of Women and Youth Entrepreneurship. The purpose of the linkage platform is to Connect, Build, and Transform our enormous resources endowment; building business linkages and bringing transformation and change in West Africa. Tokunbo Chiedu, CEO, Compass Global in her vote of thanks described the forum as “the Olympics of our career”. She expressed how major this forum is, as well as its impact on developments to come. Her profound gratitude was also expressed to all coalition partners and all teams who have made the maiden edition of the forum a huge success and a very strong footprint to follow. For more information, please contact Tokunbo Chiedu, CEO, Compass Global – tokunbo.chiedu@compassglobalservices.com

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ECA Commits to Building Capacity for Women & Youths to Support Africa’s Economic Transformation

Lagos (Nigeria), September 23, 2021 – Delivering a very warm welcome to delegates and guests on behalf of the ECA and Compass Global Consulting, Mrs. Dayo Benjamins-Laniyi ushered in the order of the day.

Discussing Nigerian Export Promotion Council’s efforts to ‘Building towards Regional Integration –Connecting the Dots through Trade’, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, CEO/Executive Director,(NEPC)/President, ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organizations Network reinstated NEPC’s vision to make the world a market place for Nigerian non-oil. He further informed that “people should come with ready-made market to the NEPC because they have facilities to push”.

Founder, Magic Carpet & Imaginarium Ltd, Ferdinand Adimefe in his presentation of creating blueprints for women and youth empowerment through entrepreneurship pinpointed that “there’s a major challenge in unlocking the creative industry due to the inability of entrepreneurs allowing their capital to scale during first few years of business”. The capital needs to be accessible in order to create jobs and in return, grow the economy, he said. He further emphasized youth capital accessibility for empowerment by advising that “every state and African country must have free and accessible hubs. The hubs are the universities of the future”.

Vanessa Phalla, Director of the International Labor Office, Abuja during a Q&A session with the audience explained some ways to create and maintain the potential of Africa’s young labor force. She indicated that “while a young and growing labor force is a potential resource, decent job opportunities need to be created for new labor market entrants”.

“There is a need for change of mindset of our political appointees”, Mrs Modupe Oyekunle, National Coordinator, ANWBN, speaking on how the nations’ policies affect functionality and productivity of entrepreneurs.

Mr. Tony Elumelu highlighted that “it is only the entrepreneurial spirit that will create the change and development that we desire to see in Africa”. He also encouraged the necessity of breaking barriers in order to enforce transformation in Africa.

The highly impactful day was wrapped up by words from the moderator on behalf of ECA and all coalition partners.

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GUIDE: Interior & Product Design Expo 2021

To celebrate the growth and the coming of age of a new era, the Interior Designer Association of Nigeria (IDAN), has unveiled the theme for 2021 GUIDE exhibition as, ‘The Evolution’ which is geared at the gradual development of the design industry as it relates to interior design, product design and embracing form and function inbuilt environments where health, safety, and welfare of the public are of foremost importance.

Scheduled to hold on the 17th and 18th of September 2021, the EXPO  is free and centered around 4 different activities, taking a fresh approach to creating distinctive sections showing different product design, Arts and culture, interior designers portfolios and business/ career development seminars.

GUIDE (Gida Uno Ile Design Exhibition) is an annual event organized by IDAN, it was initiated in 2013 as the flagship event to showcase and promote IDAN members and their businesses. GUIDE (Product and Design Exhibition) is targeted at being the foremost Interior Design Furniture and Lifestyle exhibition in Nigeria. The unique name was invented from the word “HOME” in 3 Predominant languages in Nigeria: Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba respectively.

The EXPO presents an incredible possibility for exhibitors to connect with the top Nigerian buyers and decision-makers who recognise GUIDE as a hub for bestsellers. It also gives designers the chance to collaborate within the industry by bringing together a curated edit of top brands and exciting new names across the design and lifestyle spectrum split into different sectors to make sourcing easier.

“Built on years of success, GUIDE is constantly evolving to ensure we remain the destination of choice for design-led brands and top buyers.”  IDAN P.R.O

There are opportunities for advert, partnerships and sponsorships with the benefits of aligning your company with IDAN, industry growth, Brand exposure and corporate engagement.

For more information on Exhibition, advertisement, sponsorship, partnership and more, contact; admin@idanng.org

To register for the event, click the link;

About IDAN

The Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) was founded in 2007 as a sole global voice and authority for interior professionals in Nigeria. The Interior Designers Association of Nigeria, is a multi-faceted support network open to the broad spectrum of professionals working within the Interior Architecture and Interior Design community.

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to Host West Africa Business Forum in September on the theme “Empowering Women Youths to Spur Africa’s Transformation Agenda”

Lagos (Nigeria), September 03, 2021 – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), through its Subregional Office for West Africa, has announced her invitation to sector champions in various industries to be a part of the Regional Business Forum structured around high-level meetings, consultations with Business Champions, the youth, and women in the West African business ecosystems. 

The 3-day Forum will be held in Lagos, Nigeria from September 21st – 23rd, 2021, at The Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, using a hybrid format i.e. physical and virtual, due to COVID-19. The Regional Business Forum will be held in collaboration with strategic partners from across the region/Continent at, bringing together women and youth from across the 15 West African countries, business leaders, the private sector, and SMEs. The forum is set to encompass various activities such as panel discussions, exhibitions, mentoring sessions, presentations, and many more.

The West Africa Business Forum is the first edition in a series of stakeholders’ engagements by the Economic Commission for Africa with top business leaders, and sector champions in Africa. The theme of the first-ever forum is  “Empowering Women and Youths to Spur Africa’s Transformation Agenda”. 


With Africa being the youngest continent and a projection of Africans constituting a whopping quarter of the world’s labor force by 2050 due to high fertility and declining child mortality rates, it has become imperative to pivot the continent’s demographic dynamics for sustainable development. The forum is an initiative of the sub-regional Office for West Africa of ECA in partnership with Compass Global Business Services, working with a host of Coalition Partners, such as the International Trade Centre, International Labour Office, ECOWAS, Organization of Trade Unions of West Africa, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Neca’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women, Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN), WIMBIZ, Junior Chamber International- Nigeria, Cameroon, a host of Youth Organizations, and Women ​Networks across​ the Region. 


The Director of the Sub-Regional Office for West Africa of ECA, Mrs. Ngone Diop, has expressed the wishes of her Office to engage sector leaders across critical sectors of the economy within the West Africa Region, to translate ideas into actions around specific interventions that are designed to build capacities, and empower the Youths & Women in the region. The process is aimed at developing a regional framework and an ecosystem, which is geared towards harnessing the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Areas (AfCFTA) as an anchor, to unlock the potentials of youths, and Women in West Africa (and Africa), as well as a foster business championship to its maximum abilities for women and youths from across the region. This will stimulate regional engagements and strategic private sector partnerships to support experienced and non-experienced women and youth entrepreneurs. 

Specific objectives of the forum are:

  • To provide a platform that will be used to share business opportunities among women and youths across the region and in Africa at large.
  • To showcase success stories, of women and youths’ businesses for cross learning and impact.
  • To identify business champions who are committed to support the growth of women and youths and link them for effective mentorship and dedicated support.
  • To define an agreed action plan for follow-up and tailored support to women and youths’ businesses, following a pilot approach.

The expected results from this meeting are:

  • Business leaders identified as dedicated champions for women and youth entrepreneurs, accepting to support, mentor them to grow their businesses and or engage in the business sector;
  • An action plan along with a pilot approach agreed upon and will be refined following the forum to implement such championship initiative;
  • Women and the youth’s potential, challenges and fear discussing with themselves taking full responsibility to change the status quo with dedicated support from the Champions, among other support. 

In order to achieve the expected results, the Forum will adopt a targeted yet broad approach, looking at strategies for post-Covid 19 pandemic economic recovery, emerging development and investment opportunities in areas around the  African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), key business sectors such as agri-business infrastructure development, and the social sectors of health and education.

It will also focus on the unique value addition to be garnered from West Africa and Africa’s rich resource endowments. The targeted participants are the women and youths from across West Africa, particularly those who: run businesses (irrespective of the size); have start-ups, and/or have workable business ideas, among others, as well as women and youths with no prior business experience but are committed to engage in entrepreneurship. Representatives from government and private sectors, business leaders, United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations, as well as the private sector, donors, NGOs, business leaders, etc., will also be considered. The languages of the Forum are English and French with interpretation services made available.

For more information, please send an email to info@compassglobalservices.com and copy Nikky.ehinlanwo@compassglobalservices.com

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Say Hello to Aura Rejuvenescent!

Introducing an excellent made in Nigeria perfumery and fragrance brand that epitomizes the art of confidence through great smell.

With a range of products from floral scents to oud oriental to chypre oriental, Aura Rejuvenescent caters to all genders. The perfumes feature an array of scintillating notes such as citrus in Bergamot, orange, jasmine, amber musk, berries land, tonka bean, rose musk, leather, vanilla, frangipani, and many more.

To shop, simply send a direct message on Instagram @aura.rejuvenescent or Whatsapp +2348063039393.

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Highlights From the Max Out Press Conference

The official press conference for the upcoming Max Out event, powered by the WINHER initiative took place on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in a physical and virtual setting. The WINHER initiative is a 4-stage investment education, financial inclusion and wealth creation project for women of color.

The press conference started with an opening prayer, led by Mrs. Tomie Balogun, Co-Founder/CEO of Twelve, followed by a welcome address from the President, Borderless Trade Network, and founder of project WINHER, Mrs. Olori Boye-Ajayi, who gave the overview of the project and expected outcome. The initiative seeks to sensitize and educate women in business on how to look for other opportunities outside Nigeria. The WINHER initiative is not looking for a short-term approach, but an inclusive one.

The stage 1 of the Max Out event will hold on two different days: 8th of August, 2021, for women of color living in Nigeria and 15th of August 2021, for women of color in diaspora. The intent of the Max Out event for women in diaspora is to build confidence about investing in Nigerian businesses.

Olori Boye-Ajayi, speaking on behalf of the other facilitators – Inya Lawal, President, Ascend Studios Foundation; Tomie Balogun, Financial Educator & Investor; Sanmi Adegoke, CEO, Rehoboth Property International; Olayinka Anthony, CEO, CoWorthy Capital; and Tobi Arayomi, Financial Investor & CEO, Q plus says that, “The WINHER initiative is a 2-year project in 4 stages that will have technical and knowledge partners in order to win more women,” with a goal of reaching 30,000 women by 2025.

Tomie Balogun explains that financial education goes beyond literacy, but also teaching women how to earn. According to her, there is a clear gap for women in terms of financial literacy and investment, and this is one of the reasons why Twelve has come on board as a knowledge and technical partner for the WINHER initiative.

Mr. Sanmi Adegoke highlighted that Rehoboth will be focusing on educating the black community on property investment and how to own a property in the UK.

Mr. Oluwafemi Fayewa, Vice President Cersei Partners and one of the panelists emphasized on the intentionality of the inclusion of women in investment opportunities.

The Honorable Trade and Investment Commissioner of Vanautu to South Africa and The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Commissioner Olufemi Badejo, who is also one of the project partners, speaking on the importance of the WINHER initiative says, “If you educate the girl child, you educate the whole community”, which he would like to achieve through this partnership.

Ada Chintua, the Programs Development & Partnerships Officer, OBA Inc. and the Special Adviser to the Olori Boye-Ajayi, President Borderless Trade Network, noted that the WINHER initiative also seeks to close the funding gap that women experience and get them sensitized and educated about investment.

The WINHER Initiative is targeting women of color between the ages of 21-45 because research has shown that the investment opportunity networks for women is low.

Register for free to attend stage 1 https://win-her.cerseipartners.com/

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Clooper Is LandlordZONE’s Official Property Management Platform Partner

Clooper is LandlordZONE’s Official Property Management Platform! This just made DIY lettings and property management easier!

To celebrate this partnership, Clooper offers LandlordZONE readers a 30-day free trial using the code CLLZ0001, which expires on September 30th, 2021 and includes free rent processing and free property advertising and more. Additionally, for those who sign up for an annual plan – you will also get a free exclusive Clooper t-shirt!

Property management can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Clooper streamlines the process by connecting landlords to tenants, and tradespeople. With a wide range of cost-effective solutions, the self-service online platform saves you time and money. You retain control by accessing everything in one place.

Clooper makes it easier to connect with all the relevant property stakeholders if you own a property or are looking to rent one. You can use digital signatures to manage legal documents, receive secure online deposits and rent payments, and also receive timely notifications. In addition, stay compliant with statutory obligations and manage your income and expenditure. As a result, you’ll have healthier relationships and more free time.

Clooper is a cost-effective platform for advertising your property, finding the right tenant, and managing maintenance and repairs. The platform facilitates direct communication between landlords, tenants, and trusted tradespeople. You can schedule viewings, screen potential tenants, manage tenancy applications, connect with local tradespeople, arrange repairs and more.

Clooper charges landlords from only £9.49 per month per property (large portfolio landlords can discuss rates).

Clooper connects landlords to local tradespeople, allowing them to easily sort out all of their maintenance needs. Clooper offers tradespeople a platform to network, grow their business, and reputation with a personalised business page that increases their visibility and credibility at no cost. They can provide estimates for upcoming projects, set up appointments, and accept secure payments.

With access to a variety of property listings, tenants can now save time and rent a property faster and easier. They can source repair quotations or submit maintenance requests directly to the landlord for approval without picking up the phone.

Chief Executive Officer/ Founder, Toks Adebiyi, said “As Clooper is an all in one letting and management platform that was created by progressive landlords for landlords, I am delighted to partner with LandlordZone which I feel is the best forum for landlords out there. It’s a natural partnership and I believe our synergies will continuously help us deliver a better service to landlords”.

Paul Shamplina, Chief Commercial Officer of LandlordZONE and the wider HF family says, “We are delighted that Clooper has become our partners at LandlordZONE as our official property management platform. A platform that saves landlords time, money, keeps them your date with their property and can make them compliant is a great benefit to landlords.”

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