B&G launches its bow ties

Hello there!!!

We are excited to launch our bow tie at the most beautiful time of the year!!!

It involved a number of activities for us from market research to product development, we are indeed excited it is out!!!

 

Sneak peak to our bow ties:

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Do they look familiar?

They should because they are the bow ties for our existing pocket square designs!!!

 

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Now you can get our pocket square with classic bow ties alongside.

Still thinking of the best christmas gift for him? You just found it!!!!

 

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To order use any of these media

– Check our website http://www.belleandgrace.com/products.php?pid=7

– Send a mail to esther@belleandgrace.com

– Call +2348174586032 (WhatsApp available for chat)

– Available on our konga store later in the week- http://www.konga.com/Belle-Grace

 

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We celebrate the great people of Mauritania

Hello! We hope you are doing great on all sides?

Yesterday (28th November, 2015) was the 55th Independence of the great nation Mauritania.

Happy Independence Mauritania

So our post is dedicated to this great nation this week. Sit back and lets explore this beautiful nation….

Mauritania is located in the North West of Africa like Morocco (remember we celebrated Morocco last week), it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Western Sahara (by the west), Senegal (by the South), Mali (by the East) and Algeria (by the North)

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A population of 3.97 million people and about 99% of these are muslims. Arabic is the main language spoken by its citizens, other languages spoken are Wolof,  Soninke and French.

Some of its popular meals are thieboudienne ( a mixture of fish, sweet potato, red sauce, chopped pepper and any other vegetables), Yasa Poulet: a fancy chicken dish (senegalese influence) and CousCous ( Moroccan influence) and it’s mint tea  is served in a very unique way.

 

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Economy

A large proportion of its workforce are in the Agricultural sector (fishing, farming and livestock). In 2007, Oil was found in the city of Chinguetti. According to world bank, it’s GDP in 2014 was $5.061 billion and per capital income of $1270. The country has deposits of iron oil which represents a large portion of its exports.

 

Interesting Places to visit

Nouakchott is the capital of Mauritania and one of the largest fishing zones in the world. Most of the country’s major companies are found here. It is a good place to experience the Mauritanian culture.

Parc National du Banc d’Arguin is the national park of Mauritania and is popular among bird enthusiasts because of the variety of birds found in it; pelicans, terns, flamingos, and broad-billed sand pipers. It is located  between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou.

Ben Amara

This is the second largest monolith(single solid upright block of stone) It’s the 400-meter-tall black granite located  near the border of the Western Sahara.

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Mauritania beach

 

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Ben Amera

 

 

References:
Mauritania  Available from  <http://thislamicrepublicofmauritania.weebly.com/> (29th November, 2015)
Mauritania Available from  <http://data.worldbank.org/country/mauritania> (29th November, 2015)
Where to go in Mauritania Available from < http://www.travelingeast.com/africa/mauritania/where-to-go-in-mauritania/2/> (29th November, 2015)
Images from Google Image’s sources

 

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We celebrate Morocco; 59 and growing!!

Beautiful new week,

Last Wednesday (18th November, 2015) the beautiful people of Morocco celebrated their 59th Independence from the French colony.

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This week’s post is dedicated to celebrating this beautiful North African country!!! So lets explore Morocoo!!!

 

One of its popular cities:

Casablanca is the country’s largest city and  the largest city in the Maghreb region of Africa. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is the largest port in North Africa. It is an important industrial city and a great place to visit, thanks to its unique architecture and  shopping experience!!!

 

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Special Delicacy:

Couscous: Also known as “Seksu”  is a wheat pasta steamed over stew of meat and vegetable. It is usually served  garnished with a sweet raisin preserve, or with a bowl of buttermilk.

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Economy:

It is amongst the top ten richest African countries based on GDP. Also, the third largest producer of phosphate after United States and China. Its labour force is primarily in the service sector, agriculture and industries. Its currency Dirham is strong at $1 – 9.97 Dirham.

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Politics:

The political system of Morocco is parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The country has a king and a prime minister who is elected. Currently, it is ruled by King Mohammed VI and Abdelilah Benkirane (the prime minister). The king has the power to appoint and remove a prime minister.

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Morocco is a great example of how people of all different backgrounds and ideologies can live in harmony. It consists of Arabs, Berbers, and Jews, the South hosts  British, French, and American expatriates working for the government as teachers, technicians, and business managers.

So if you have the opportunity to visit Morocco, make sure you grab it!!

 

 Some References:
Morocco profile - Leaders . 23 October, 2013
<http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14121440>  [21st November,2015]
Helen Ranger, Top 10 foods to try in Morocco  Blog. Available from 
<http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-foods-try-morocco> [21st November,2015]
Travel To Morocco & Explore: Moroccan Heritage & People Available from
 <http://www.travel-exploration.com/mpage.cfm/Moroccan_Heritage_People> [21st November,2015]
Morocco Facts Available from: 
<http://facts.net/morocco-facts/nggallery/image/morocco-facts-3/#morocco > [21st November,2015]
<http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/> [21st November,2015]


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Its almost the best time of the year… Christmas Ideas

Hello there!!

Its almost Christmas… less than 40 days and its here!!!

This is the time to think and plan for the gifts to be presented. Many times we focus on receiving but its time to give!! Remember Christ was given to us this season.

Our blog features on #Christmas Ideas…

Pocket Squares:

You certainly  can’t get it wrong with our pocket square. Its the best way to appreciate your male boss, partner, director and team members. It’s unique and would easily complement his outfits!!!

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Aprons:

There is going to be a lot of cooking this season. Make it a beautiful and comfortable one for “her” by giving one of our graceful aprons. What is her best colour? Our aprons are available in lots of colours and can be customised for her too.

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NeckPieces:

It is a colourful season!! Add colours to her moment by presenting our neckpiece as a gift. Our custom made neckpieces are available with special colours you can pick from.

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Robes:

The holiday season should be a restful one for “her”. Let’s make  a beautiful robe for her that she can relax in. It’s available in beautiful romantic colours (smiling) and we can customize it with her pet name too.

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We are taking orders for the christmas season, contact us now by sending a mail to esther@belleandgrace.com or call +2348174586032.

Let’s be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas and Awesome new year ahead!!!

Thank you

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#ColourMyAfrica features Dayo

Hello there, it’s November already!!Happy new month!!! The B&G team wishes you a BELLE &  GRACEFUL November!!!

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This week we feature a young gentleman Dayo

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Let’s meet you

Its a delight to be featured, I tend to talk too much but I will try to keep my cool here. I am a Computer Scientist, fashion freak, music slave and an art. I am consistently weird and unpredictable. I love selfless, hard and smart-working fellows, good success and have a strong opinion to see that everyone gets a good share of life. I love charity, hence the industry where I currently work in.

What makes you a proud African?

I am proud of Africa because of her Spirit of hope and high level of optimism. Africa is an amazing talents reservoir and I have a deep conviction that she will reach into her arsenal of talents to make the entire world a redefined place and create a new, stronger and positively growing Africa. She has so great an influence yet untapped. I am as proud of Africa just as I am of my dentition, a consistent and fearless reason to smile. Africa is Royal.

What is your best African brand?

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It is GTBank because of their architectural signature, transparency, integrity, poise, innovative strength and the cover being their business model. It is an amazing brand that has grown really strong over the years with a high level of reputability, listening ears and a doing heart, the very ingredient of marriage hence my marriage with GTBank.

Who is your most respected African business leader?

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Its the late Olutayo Aderinokun following his banking lifestyle and how the business model/focus brought about a revolution in the banking industry. I know he is late and maybe I will respect some other person later but for now, he remains my most respected African business leader. I can’t write too much about him but it is obvious that his business excellence lives on from the cradle of the bank.

 Describe your desired Africa in 10 years?

Africa being the house on a hill into which all nations flow, where people of the world will be taught the modus operandi of strategic business models that works and where nothing is missing, lacking or broken . An Africa where positive influence becomes the core of her citizens from cradle to grey. An Africa where mediocrity becomes a taboo and the most desirable continent.

How would you colour Africa? 

This is the point where I want to colour Africa using many colours ***stands up, goes to the stationery shelf, picks and mixes colour*** ***clears throat***.

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So I would like to colour Africa using Purple for her Royalty and White for an Africa free of imperfection, the desire of nations. I’m sorry if I didn’t use as many colours as you expected.

What is/are your best B&G product(s)?

It’s the pocket square….. an amazing piece with a smart packaging. Trust me, it’s one B&G product you would wear with compliments following. It’s like preaching the word with signs and wonders following.

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Thank you.

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#ColourMyAfrica features Emmanuel, New Pocket Square designs!!!

Beautiful new week!! Its an exciting one for us as we feature Emmanuel and launch three new pocket square designs!!

Let’s meet you

Emmanuel (ColourMyAfrica)

Thanks for this feature, always a pleasure to connect with individuals and platforms focused on promoting Africa. I’ve evolved over time, and will continue to do so, but the parts of me that have remained fairly constant through the years are my passion for Leadership Development and helping people realize (and actualize) their full potentials. My academic training was in the Engineering domain but, in my characteristic way, I’ve evolved into the Management Consulting industry where I happen to be having lots of fun 

 

What makes you a proud African?

My continent is “loaded” with potentials; sadly, we’ve not always done a good job at harnessing these potentials but part of what I’m trying to contribute to is developing thinkers and skilled visionaries who’ll go a significant way to lift us out of our current situation. I don’t need to give an analysis of our potentials along the economic and human capital lanes, these things aren’t news to most people. The whole world knows Africa can be the next global success story if it gets its act together, I’m interested in being one of those who ensure it does!

What is your best African brand / business and why?

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Shoprite! Which is ironic because I don’t exactly like to shop or anything; but I find that the retail industry has significant potential in creating jobs and driving, arguably, any sort of brand revolution under the sun. I like the idea of multiple distribution channels and stores which, of course, will require a sound logistics / supply chain strategy; maybe this is the cerebral part of me speaking (lol), but we can all agree that job creation and poverty alleviation is a good thing for Africa. I find that retail has such potential and I’m eager to see us evolve away from informal to more structured and efficient retail

Who is your most respected African business leader and why?

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 Strive Masiyiwa

He was born into chaos, and had to flee his hometown when he was 7 years old.. His mom happened to be interested in retail too (see what I mean? lol) while his dad was a miner; very modest beginning. Fast track to the future and he’s the founder of Econet Wireless, arguably Zimbabwe’s most successful business, and a major philanthropist focused on giving back to society

 In his story, I see vision, resourcefulness, efficient management, leverage and humility; interestingly, these are also some of the qualities that I seek to instill in every potential leader I cross paths with, this is part of what will transform our Africa!

Describe your desired Africa in 10 years?

 A world power that houses a bunch of purpose-driven and visionary individuals who devote their resources (time, money, skill sets etc) to ensuring that Africa consolidates and maintains its global leadership seat

How would you colour Africa? List the colour(s) and what it/they represent?

Haha, this might be a tough one, but here goes.. Blue and white;

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 Blue signifying peace and rest to every form of political instability (thus, setting a foundation for meaningful socio-economic development) while White signifies completeness and perfection, our desired future state

What is/are your best B&G product(s) and why?

Definitely the pocket square… I believe this will change as more “male-friendly” offerings come on stream. Haha!

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Introducing our new pocket square designs:

Classy design                                                                         Sea blue design

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Denim design

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The new designs will be available on Konga this week!!!

http://www.konga.com/belle-grace

Thank you.

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B&G is featured on Sunday Punch

Beautiful new week!!

Hope your weekend was restful. This week we feature the interview of our Creative Director published on Sunday Punch newspaper (a Nigerian newspaper) of  18th October, 2015 page 44

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A good business must address a need –

The founder of Belle & Grace, Esther Adegunle, 28, talks about her fashion outfit, in this interview with Motunrayo Joel

Tell us about  Belle&Grace

Belle & Grace (B&G) is a fashion and social enterprise that promotes Africa’s beauty through its products and weekly blog posts. It was incorporated three years ago and has since grown its product portfolio from 1 to 5. They are aprons, pocket squares, neckpieces, robes and tops all made with beautiful African prints. As part of B&G’s social campaign,   every week a blog post is written about the beauty and pride of Africa to remind our clients and readers about Africa’s beauty.

How did you get trained for the type of business you are involved in?

I got most of my training from past business ventures (successful and failed) and my undergraduate/ master’s study (BSc. Economics & MSc. Business Analytics & Consulting). Also as a Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) student, I learnt accounting related skills from the institute. My soft skills are being developed daily as I work with suppliers, clients and team members. I believe in continuous learning so I am still in the training mode.

Have you always been entrepreneurial?

Yes I have.  During my undergraduate studies I had series of retail businesses; selling shirts with my brother to selling accessories; I had a mini savings business for my roommates. I believe I have grown to be entrepreneurial.

Also, during my NYSC, I sold toast bread in my place of assignment because I realized my colleagues always asked for my toast bread so decided to make extra to sell at work. Lastly, I converted my personal car into a taxi (it was a failed business but I learnt from it). In my mini-business journey, I have learnt that people start businesses for different reasons; to make extra income (most common), to meet a need/ solve a problem and to fulfill purpose. The last two reasons make the entrepreneur stand even in turbulent times.

What inspired the creation of your business?

Belle & Grace is inspired by Africa’s beauty that needs to be promoted. Many people including Africans have lost hope in Africa and don’t see the beautiful features and greatness of our great continent. It is Belle & Grace’s mission to promote Africa’s beauty and remind people of our great continent.

Our product portfolio has developed based on needs recognition; our first product (Aprons) was developed because I couldn’t find lovely kitchen aprons to buy so I designed one. Also, before my wedding we needed unique bridal robes and couldn’t readily get it so we made robes with African prints.

What are the major challenges faced early in the business and do you still encounter them?

Initially, it was getting the right designers to work with but we have stabilised in that area. Now we have reliable and talented designers we work with. The power constraint is common for most Nigerian businesses, Belle & Grace supplements it with generator which is not cost effective. Lastly, efficient delivery of our products used to be a challenge when we began however we have partnered with a logistics firm that assists in our delivery. Outsourcing has helped us focus on our core competence.

What was your starting capital at  Belle & Grace?

Belle & Grace started with as low as N70, 570. I believe in starting lean and expanding with time.

Do you offer trainings?

When the opportunities arise, I speak on my business experience. Belle&Grace does not offer technical trainings for now.

Do you think young entrepreneurs are receiving enough support?

I think there is a growing support for young entrepreneurs both from the private and public sector such as mentoring and coaching platforms and business competitions. However there are still a large number of entrepreneurs that do not have access to these support. Many more organisations need to embrace supporting young entrepreneurs in the university. Grants and loans need to be more accessible to young entrepreneurs at lower interest rates.

What is your advice for unemployed graduates?

I will simply ask “What is in your hands?” So aside the degree and certificates you have, what else is in your hands? What problem can you solve with what is in your hands? What are people doing that you can do better at? Identify it, develop it and use it.

If you could go back to when you started, what would you do differently? 

I have enjoyed the entire process and still enjoying it. I may just have started somethings earlier like partnerships with other Afrocentric businesses and outsourcing our outbound logistics (delivery).

Do you think entrepreneurship is in the blood? Or is it something that can be learnt?

I believe like leadership, entrepreneurship is learnt over time. I don’t think some people are born to be entrepreneurs. We can all learn to be entrepreneurs in one area or the other. Organisations grow when employees are intrapreneurs hence problem solvers/ solution providers within their organisations.

What are the plans for the future?

We want to be able to reach out to more people in our mission to promote Africa’s beauty. We want to build a sustainable business that engages and employs people within our production chain.

What are your thoughts on the state of unemployment in Nigeria?

There is a high unemployment rate in Nigeria, Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) puts it at 7.5% in the first quarter of 2015. However I believe the rate is much higher and also underemployment is high in our country. It is a fundamental problem that needs to be tackled and some people have seen it as a business opportunity like the job connecting companies/ recruitment agencies.

Furthermore, we need to train our children to be enterprising; give them a certain amount to start a business in secondary school (this can be done during the holiday) and business competitions should be encouraged in secondary school. In the university, practical business courses should be taught and students should manage the universities’ business activities.

There are certainly many problems in our country waiting to be solved. These problems are entrepreneurial opportunities to be harnessed. We must not fail to harness them.

What motivates you?

I am highly motivated by the potential of Africans and Africa. I believe in its greatness and that’s what B&G is about. I desire to see African businesses top the Fortune 500 list.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy reading on business issues, researching and window shopping.

What is your view on President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees?

I look forward to them performing on their designated roles (soon to be disclosed). Like most Nigerians, result is what we want to see, so I look forward to them bringing positive changes to our economy.

Special thanks to our friend and editor Chris Imaralu, Belle & Grace appreciates you

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#ColourMyAfrica features Bolu

Beautiful evening. Hope you had a great weekend? This week on #ColourMyAfrica, we feature a beautiful and cheerful young lady.

 

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Lets meet you:

My name is Boluwaji Akinlade. I am a teacher (I am so in love with knowledge and education) , computer scientist, music director and a big God-lover. 🙂

What makes you proudly African?

I’m proudly African simply cause I was born african. God had a reason for it being so and I don’t object. I love everything about my being African. God makes all things beautiful and when He does, He knows it’s good.

What is your best city in Africa?

Lagos, Nigeria! Lol. It has taught me a whole lot. The beauty in its dirt, noise, hustle and bustle, etc. It comes across to me as a tourist city. Everything in it has a story to give. Simply open up to it. I am not a noise fan but I learn from it. It speaks silently but definitely 😉

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Who is your African leader and why?

Wow! Okay tough choice but I will choose Nelson Mandela. He showed that even in the midst of chaos, you can be a peaceful leader/servant. Simply show how it is done.

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Describe your Africa in 10 years

My Africa in 10years is a place of refuge, the chief cornerstone and the force to reckon with. A solution provider and the gun that triggers the bullet of change. The land flowing with milk and honey, a peaceful and God-conscious land.

How would you Colour Africa?

What else! Green, white and a big dash of blue *giggles*. Green represents life and growth, white represents peace and blue represents LOVEEEEEEEEE!!! Share a little bit of love everyday! It changes the world!

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What is/are  your best B&G product(s)?

Are you kidding me? I love them all. Lol. I love the apron cause its got GIANT pockets *giggles*,

I love the pocket square because your favourite man can rock something english in traditional appearance, lol.

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I love the robes because I plan to get them for my wedding and shift things a bit from tradition 😉

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and I love the blouses because the african prints on them shake them up from the norm.

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I love B&G products. They take you away from the norm. 😉 Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Thank you.

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Truly Nigerian…..

Beautiful evening and great new month!!!

It was Nigeria’s 55th Independence some days back!!! B&G is proudly African and Nigerian!!!

Lets explore the beauty of Nigeria’s cultural attires

 

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South South 

 

 

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North

 

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South West

 

The true beauty of Nigeria is it’s diversity. We are not Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo or Edo we are simply Nigerians from different part of Nigeria. Let’s work toward making Nigeria a truly GREAT nation.

 

Happy 55th Independence Nigeria

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Giving back.. BeyondaDegree 2.0

Beautiful evening, trust you enjoyed the holiday!!

Over the weekend, Belle & Grace was part of a programme organised by its creative director and her friends; “BeyondaDegree”.

 

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The awesome facilitators

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Our creative director rocking our neckpiece as she speaks on Entrepreneurship

 

What is BeyondaDegree?

It is an initiative targeted to prepare UNILAG Economics students in 300 & 400 for life after school. It’s aim is to give the students a clearer picture of the career options available to them and assist them in harnessing the opportunities.

 

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The students and facilitators @ BeyondaDegree 2.0

 

How is the programme structured?

BeyondaDegree brings past graduates of the department (Economics, Unilag) from different sectors to share their career experience. This year there were alumni from the following sectors; Audit, Banking, Fast Consumer Moving Goods (Research), Oil & Gas  and Public Service. It also featured a Human Resource manager who enlightened the students on the recruitment process and challenges.

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How often is it held?

The event is held once in a year, however we communicate with the students through the year. The team sends job opportunities to the students regularly.

 

Belle & Grace is pleased to be a part of BeyondaDegree!!!

 

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We encourage you to GIVE BACK TO YOUR SOCIETY!!

Have a fruitful week and beautiful October ahead.

 

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