The long awaited 2019 edition of the Connect Nigeria Business Fair finally arrived and it was nothing short of expectations. Held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, the event was graced by various businesses ranging from established enterprises well known by many to startups which had finally been given the golden opportunity to show what they were made.
Indeed, Connect Nigeria had gone all out to ensure the event delivered on its expectations. From active promotions on social media to highly engaging articles about the event, the business fair was destined for success. It promised to be the D-Day for many business owners and professionals striving for excellence in their respective ventures and truly, it lived up to expectations.
The business fair was a two-day event commencing on Friday, 26th April and coming to an end on Saturday, 27th April. The first day began with a warm welcome address from the Managing Director of Connect Nigeria, Emeka Okafor. He spoke on the need for more businesses to emerge in Nigeria in order to stimulate growth in its economic landscape. To illustrate his point, he told the story of how Connect Nigeria had come a long way since its emergence in 2008. As a matter of fact, inspiration could be drawn from his words as Connect Nigeria has set the standard for how business should be done in Nigeria,
Once guests had been welcomed and given a heads-up of the event, they were ushered in for a tour of the exhibition halls where businesses simultaneously exhibited their products and services. One of the most profound aspects of the events was the panel discussions held on both days. These were moments when renowned entrepreneurs and business owners spoke the language of business and gave their valuable inputs on how to effectively run a business. The audience at the event were not left out as they posed thought-provoking questions to the panelists who in return provided answers based on their experience and knowledge about business.
The panelists at the event included industry gems such as Agatha Amata, Abimbola Balogun, Onyeka Akuma, Femi Oye, Mabel George, Tunde Balogun, Nneka Okekearu, Saudat Salami, Bernard Oriyomi, and more. They covered various topics including “Being Prepared for Starting Out in Business”, “Mastering the Art of Selling”, “Building a Good Team”, “Gritty Hand”, “Don’t Be Afraid to Learn (from Failing)”, “Staying Big On Customer Satisfaction”, and “The Importance of Scaling Your Business” amongst others.
The Red Carpet moment gave participants at the fair the opportunity to recount their experience and take-home lessons which they would implement into the furtherance of their businesses.
In a nutshell, Connect Nigeria’s Business Fair provided businesses with a host of benefits that are usually hard to come by. Many businesses around the world often have to struggle and strive for long before they can attain these benefits. Yet, Connect Nigeria offered them on a platter of gold in a two-day event. Through this event, many businesses have been undeniably propelled to significant success. This is indeed a business fair for many businesses to look forward to and thankfully, it is an annual event.