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It’s the fifth month of the year; we’re edging closer to the middle of 2019.

You need not worry if you felt an uncomfortable jolt from reading that line. Whether you’ve kept up with your plans for the year or not, there’s a chance to cover lost ground and push beyond what you have achieved thus far.

Perhaps you’ll find some of the boosts you’re seeking by attending a number of the business events taking place this month. They offer you the chance to sell your products, connect with new partners, meet potential leads, pick up a few interesting ideas for work, and ultimately speed things up a bit for your business.

Even if your interests aren’t exactly served by exhibiting or networking at these trade shows, you could find them good for bargain hunting and stimulating conversations.  

There’s no need to hunt around for these events- we’re sharing the best of them with you here. Have a look.

1. Nigeria International Book Fair

Book merchants and bibliophiles converge here.

Built as the country’s premier event for the business of books and the love of flipping pages, the Nigeria International Book Fair creates the biggest merger of the literary and the commercial known in these parts. At least, that’s what its organizers say.

If you run a book store or a publishing house and would like to gain greater access to Nigeria’s sometimes elusive market for books, this event may be the cash spinner you’ve been dreaming of. And if you can’t have enough books to read, you’ll find tons (actual tons) of them there, with discounts to boot.

Date: May6(Monday)- 11(Saturday).

Venue: University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.

Time: 9AM-5PM.

2. Lagos Motor Fair and Autopart Expo Africa

Now in its 14th year, the Lagos Motor Fair and Auto parts Expo has grown to become one of the biggest events for West Africa’s automotive industry. Car dealers, auto parts vendors, financiers and policymakers are expected to be at this show.

Anyone who’s interested in getting a new car, engines for their trucks, or seeing real automobile salespeople (as opposed to caricatures of them) could also attend.

Date: Monday 6- Saturday 11 May

Venue: Federal Place Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Time: 10AM-5PM

3.  Lagos Architects Forum

The Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Architects- a body that’s been around for as long as Nigeria’s been an independent state –is organizing this conference for its esteemed members and others who are involved with architecture in the country.

This year’s edition is themed Architectural Regeneration 2- the Lagos Response. Given that there’s a myriad of issues swirling around designing and building in the country’s largest city, you can expect that there will be a lot to talk about here.

Date: Wednesday, May  8, 2019

Venue: Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos

Time: 8AM-5PM

4. Trek Africa Entrepreneurship Forum

Participants at Trek Africa will include businesspeople, aspiring entrepreneurs and persons seeking employment. They’ll be talking about building companies and hiring job seekers- and taking steps to make these things happen.

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Venue: Presken Hotel, Lagos.

Time: 9AM-4PM.

5.  Abuja International MBA Fair

If you’re actively looking to get into an MBA program, you could improve your chances of getting into one by attending this fair. That’s because there will be representatives from local and international business schools there, and they will be speaking with prospective students, sharing good advice for success, and even giving application fee waivers.

Access to a platform of scholarships worth $7 million will also be on offer. 

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

Time:  5PM-9PM

6. Lagos Blockchain, AI and Digital Assets Conference

The degree of attention drawn to blockchain and digital assets by the rise of crypto-currencies persists. In fact, many see them as possible foundations for an immaterial future of finance. There’s been a good deal of hype around Artificial Intelligence and big data as well, although Nigeria’s experience with these things is still in its early stages.  

The Lagos Blockchain AI and Digital Assets Conference brings together experts and enthusiasts of blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and big data to share their knowledge with like minds, and plot a path to the future they envision for their industry.

Date: May 24 (Friday)- 25(Saturday), 2019

Venue: Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Time: 9AM-5PM

7. African Food and Products Exhibition

This annual exhibition is put together by the American Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria, with the intention of promoting local SMEs and exposing them to valuable opportunities. There will be plenary sessions in which experts will discuss innovative approaches to scaling businesses and product exhibitions for a wide range of companies.

Date: May 24(Friday)- 25 (Saturday).

Venue: Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Time: 9AM-5PM.

8. Africa Emotional Intelligence Conference

Although there’s a lot of talk about the benefits of applying emotional intelligence to human relations in business, it’s still underutilized. The Africa Emotional Intelligence Conference exists to change this.

The theme for this event is Personal and Emotional Vitality; an Intelligence Pathway. Top minds in the field of emotional intelligence will be showing participants the best ways to improve their sensitivity to staff and client’s emotional states and work around them.

Date: May 27(Monday)- 28(Tuesday).

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos

Time: 8AM-5PM. 

Featured image source: Eventbrite

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This article was first published on 2nd May 2019


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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