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GTBank holds 2018 Edition of

Food and Drink Fair

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rom the promise of mouth-watering delicacies to the pleasures of wine tasting, the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair surpassed the expectations of a lot of people who attended the event.

Guests at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair.

The three-day event brought together dozens of small businesses in Nigeria’s food sector, more than 12 internationally renowned chefs and food experts, with over 133 food vendors and thousands of ‘foodies’. The event which was organised by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc featured a series of Master Classes in the business of food and drink whilst treating attendees to a host of live cooking demonstrations by international and indigenous chefs.

The Cake Virtuoso, Elizabeth Solaru demonstrating how to properly level a cake with the use of an architectural equipment called the leveller.

Chef Imoteda, an alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu and co-owner of Eko Street Eat, demonstrating “the art of plating” while cooking Banga soup with canapes. Picture Credits: GTBank


Lagos Bridal Fashion Week Debuts


he Lagos Bridal Fashion Week (LBFW), the first of its kind! A fashion event that hosted brides and grooms to-be, bridal stylists, designers, buyers and other stake-holders in the wedding industry under one roof. The three-day event organised by Call Her Classic Fashion agency, aims to cater to the needs of weddings and showcase the latest in bridal fashion by indigenous designers,

with some international presentation. And this adds another feather to the progressive Nigerian fashion industry. The event featured master classes by professionals in the industry like (Mai Atafo, Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah, Black Opal, Yinka Alli, to mention a few) to speak on topical issues like; picking the right wedding dress, to hosting a makeup session.


A view of the cenetrestage.

Executive Governor of Ogun State, Governor Ibikunle Amosun shares pleasantries with Dele Momodu of Ovation and other dignitaries at the event. Picture Credits: LBFW

Patrick Ayanski


Diamond Bank’s

TechFest 2018 Debuts


he 2018 TechFest organised by Diamond Bank Plc held on the 15th & 16th of May 2018. The event was used as an opportunity to bring together a community of likeminded individuals who are passionate about sharing ideas and new innovative ways to improve the Nigerian Tech scene.


The event featured panel discussions from personalities making waves in their various professions. Every day, there are new advancements in technology that cut across all facets of our being. Be it in healthcare/ pharmaceuticals, transportation or business and TechFest served as a catalyst to emphasize the importance of collaborations and partnerships among entrepreneurs and willing investors. The winner of the startup pitch competition ‘Battle of the Hubs’ was Beat Drone, a startup that provides tech solutions using drones and data to monitor farmland and prevent attacks on their livestock and crops. The company took home the prize money of five million Naira. Several industry players were at TechFest to interact with other stakeholders and attendees. From Interswitch to Microsoft to Deloitte and the host, Diamond Bank, the exhibition areas were abuzz with activity throughout the entire event.

Diamond Bank and other partners of the event presenting the winning prize of 5 million Naira to the winner of the Hub Competition, Beat Drone.

A view of the audience on one of the days.

School children all smiles after visiting one of the partners, Microsoft booth.

From left: Uzoma Dozie, Managing Director, Diamond Bank Plc; Jason Njoku, Founder, Iroko Tv; Chris Ubosi, MD The Beat FM; Akin Alabi, Founder and CEO, NairaBet; Musical artist, Koko Master Dbanj; renowned photographer, Kelechi Amadi Obi. Picture Credits: Techfest

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