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8 event planning business ideas for Africans

8 event planning business ideas for Africans

According to Display Wizard, trade shows are profitable revenue channels, and Africans can benefit from the rewarding industry. You can get started with knowledge of corporate event planning and trade show practices. However, trade show planning requires creativity, strategy, and extensive sales knowledge.

If you can evaluate and manage companies’ image at an event, this niche idea is for you. Africans can make money by securing vendors and sponsorship for the event, planning it, and ensuring smooth runs. Consider focusing on industry-specific exhibitions and making money from business trade and consumer shows.

According to Works Up, business networking events bring professionals and entrepreneurs together to share ideas, experiences, and advice. Making connections and networking are integral for business owners and individuals, and Africans can benefit.

Consider this idea if you can create event topic ideas, find a great venue, or integrate innovative technologies to make networking efficient. Choosing this event planning niche will allow you to explore opportunities and reap the rewards with excellent communication skills.

According to Eventistry by Alecia, VIP events planning are profitable and an ideal way to create impactful memories that leave a lasting impression. VIP events are popular occasions with rewarding opportunities for planners in this niche. Africans who can collaborate with brands or have high-value sponsors should consider this lucrative event planning niche.

These events can come in different formats, and no matter who attends, Africans can make money from the special occasions through planning. Focus on creating meaningful interactions and connections for rewarding business opportunities.

According to Qcevent Planning, seminal and corporate meeting planning are lucrative and perfect ways to generate revenues. Meeting planners are professionals making all the presentation and meeting preparations for corporate events and seminars.

This idea is for you if you can plan and schedule meetings, inspect event sites, budget expenses, and establish meeting objectives. You can collaborate with small businesses and workshops to discover techniques and strategies to kick start a career. Besides, learning keeps you up with the latest designs and trends.

According to The Balance Small Business, event planning is a lucrative start-up business idea as events can be complex or straightforward. Africans can benefit from the thriving industry with corporate bonding retreat as they are on the trends again.

These events are adventurous, luxurious, and more anticipated, and Africans can earn a decent income by planning these retreats. If you can charter a yacht for a group, book helicopters, or organize authentic culinary classes, this event planning idea is for you. Besides, this idea can quickly become your most preferred source of income.

According to the Event Manager Blog, planning award ceremonies is a quick way to make money in the event planning industry. Award ceremony planning requires creativity, flexibility, and small group work to plan and execute tasks. If you can plan budgets and design events, consider the award ceremony niche.

Most award ceremonies planners charge per event, and you can earn with proper skills and knowledge. You can make money by coordinating transportation and parking, managing schedules, and overseeing the event.

According to Event Brite, planning unique nonprofit and charity events involves defining your cause and getting people to show up and raise money. The job consists of deciding how to accept donations and market charity events to generate revenue.

Africans who can define goals on paper, create budgets, establish a theme, and target audience can make decent money in this industry. Consider this event planning business niche if you can raise awareness and money or increase the number of people participating in an event.

According to In it live, conferences are integral for business networking and professional development as they bring people together globally. Conferences can be multi-day affairs with different hosts and speakers, including A-list artists, professionals, and celebrities.

Conference planning requires creativity and effective strategies for success, and skilled Africans can benefit. Besides, the process involves planning by industry, location, and size, and Africans can earn a decent income from this rewarding industry.

Africans can earn a decent income with a trade show, networking, and VIP event planning. You can make money by attending seminal and corporate meetings, corporate bonding retreats, and award ceremony planning without national barriers. Africans can benefit from these event planning niche ideas with rewarding opportunities. Now you know the best event planning business ideas for Africans, consider researching each concept more in-depth before investing your time and efforts.

*The views expressed in this article are the views of a contributor at Business Insider Africa. It does not represent the views of the organisation Business Insider Africa.

Olayinka Sodiq is a qualified writer with technical, analytical and copywriting experience gained from 5 years of both in-house and freelancing gigs. He is versed in finance, investments, technology, blockchain, mergers & acquisitions, bankruptcy, etc.

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Don’t get caught with an empty basket: Events, activities and ideas to make Easter for family, friends a memorable one

Don’t get caught with an empty basket: Events, activities and ideas to make Easter for family, friends a memorable one

Easter is the Christian holiday that celebrates the day Jesus returned from the dead after being hung on a cross. The holiday is often the marker that kicks off spring gardening and that warmer weather is on the way.

While Easter Sunday is the big day, the holiday is a weeklong affair, known as Holy Week, comprised of certain events and traditions in the Christian religion.

The week begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, and culminates on Resurrection Sunday, or Easter Sunday.

Throughout the week, Christians will often take part in a variety of ceremonies that include feet washing, gathering palm fronds and abstaining from eating meat.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will be taking place across Weld and Larimer counties as well as around the Denver Metro area.(Photo credit Tina Marie Photography)

Christians typically describe Easter as a foundation of their faith and reason behind the belief that Jesus has risen, fulfilling the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament.

Religious or not, the holiday is often filled with family, friends and food.

If you aren’t singing “Here comes Peter Cottontail,” that may be because you don’t know about all the fun and festive events, activities and services taking place in celebration of the holiday.

So take a moment to check out this list of events and Easter services that are taking place before and during the Easter Weekend, or some activities that you can do at home to celebrate the Easter holiday.

Egg hunts for kids and adults, visits with the Easter Bunny and snuggling baby animals are just a few of the Easter events taking place around Weld and Larimer counties. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

Easter Events

Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids. Adults are invited to take part in The Great Grown UP Golden Egg Hunt beginning Monday online. Hosted by Northern Colorado Credit Union, adults age 21 and older will solve daily clues to win one of two prizes. The event is free to play and more information including rules and a game card can be found by going to

Dust off your Easter baskets and head over to the Fort Collins Marketplace Easter Event at noon Saturday at College Avenue and Horsetooth Road. Participating merchants will be handing out eggs filled with goodies as supplies last. Festivities will include face painting, balloon twisting, a visit from the Easter Bunny and more. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, go to

The Ranch Event Complex is hosting a Spring Craft and Gift Show at 2 p.m. Friday, April 15 through 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. In addition to craft and art vendors, attendees can take part in an Easter egg hunt and toss and a chance to win $1,000 in cash. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, go to

Westview Church of Christ is hosting a free Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at 4151 W. 20th St., Greeley. All ages are invited to come enjoy games, prizes, food, candy and a visit from the Easter Bunny. For more information, go to

Head over to Sweet Heart Winery at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for Easter Wine and Chocolate Pairing at 5500 W. Highway 34, Loveland. The event will feature four wines paired with decadent chocolate from The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The event is open to adults age 21 and older and tickets are $41.94 per person. For more information, go to

A community egg hunt is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Bromley Farm, 1594 E. Bromley Lane, Brighton. The event will feature three different egg hunts by age group, crafts, egg coloring, baby animals, gunny sack races and more. The free event is open to all ages. For more information, go to

Enjoy an Easter brunch and snuggle time with a variety of farm animals at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17 at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary, 8640 Dahlia St., Henderson. Attendees of all ages are invited to enjoy food from Way Veg and mix and mingle with piglets, lambs, calves and more. Tickets are $27.24 per person. For more information, go to

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Wiley Roots Brewing Co. is set for noon Saturday, April 16 at 625 3rd. St., Greeley. Adults age 21 and older are invited to take part in collecting five eggs with the purchase of a full pour. Around 500 eggs will be hidden around the brewery for participants to find and win prizes. For more information, go to

The Great Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at Village at the Peaks is taking place daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1250 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Participants will hunt for 60 hidden painted eggs for a chance to win prizes such as gift cards, free meals and $1,000 in cash. For more information, or to print out a game board, go to

Celebrate Easter with the White Horse Inn at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 17 at 2750 8th Ave., Garden City. Festivities will include $10 hoppy shots bingo boards, free pool, a golden egg hunt, and eggs filled with prizes. The event is open to adults age 21 and older. For more information, contact the White Horse Inn at (970) 356-5386.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will be taking place across Weld and Larimer counties as well as around the Denver Metro area. (Photo credit Anton Petrus)

Easter Services

If you are looking for a Good Friday, Easter Sunday or even a Saturday service to attend, there is no shortage of churches in Greeley, Windsor, around Weld and Larimer counties and beyond.Whether you are looking for a sunrise service, a kid-friendly event or a Spanish service, check out these offerings that are set to take place.

The 75th annual Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rock Amphitheater is scheduled to take place in-person at 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. Doors open at 4:30 a.m. with the service beginning at 6 a.m. Participants are advised to arrive early and dress warm. Seats can be reserved by going to All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Celebrate Good Friday with Windsor Community Church at 6:30 p.m. at 700 Automation Drive. Easter Sunday service will take place at 10:15 a.m. at Windsor High School, 1100 Main St. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Connections Christian Church is hosting a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. an Easter Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Roosevelt High School, 616 N. 2nd St., Johnstown. All ages are invited to attend. For more information, go to

Journey Christian Church will be offering four different Easter services — 6 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.— Sunday at 4754 W. 31st St., Greeley. The 6 a.m. service will take place outside, so attendees are urged to dress for chilly weather and bring a lawn chair. All ages are welcome to attend any of the four services. For more information, go to

Easter at Christ Community Church is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at 1301 15th St., Greeley. All ages are invited to attend. For more information, go to

Grace Community Church is offering Easter Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday at 2033 W. S. 1st St., Johnstown. The 10:15 a.m. service will feature Children’s and Youth ministries. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Greeley Vineyard Church will be hosting three Easter Sunday services — 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — at 1015 9th Ave. All ages of new and returning members are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Easter at Restoration Church is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel, Conference Center and Spa, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland. All ages are invited to enjoy singing, prayer and more. For more information, go to

Traverse Christian Church will be holding Easter service at 9 a.m. Sunday at 810 Automation Drive in Windsor. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Celebrate Easter with City Lights Church at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. Sunday at 4100 20th St., Greeley. Services are open to all ages and will include Crumbl Cookies, a children’s service and a photo area. For more information, go to

Chocolate bunnies and eggs as well as other Easter candy and goodies can be found at local supermarkets and stores including King Soopers, WalMart and Target. (Photo credit Tomas Anderson)

Easter activities

Of course, you can always opt to celebrate the holiday at home with family and friends. Here are some fun and creative activities that will make your Easter celebration one for the memory books.

Guess the number of jelly beans is a fun and easy indoor game for all ages. Simply fill up a jar with vibrant colored jelly beans (be sure to count them while filling) and ask each family member and guest to give their best guess. The winner closest to the number without going over receives the entire jar as a prize.

Go with an old school game of egg and spoon races. You can use hard boiled or raw eggs, depending on how much mess you want to clean up and a metal or wooden spoon. Races can be individual or a relay style to kick the competition up a notch.

Make Easter easy by hosting a potluck lunch with friends and family. Ask each guest to bring a side dish, salad, dessert or other item. Pick up some to-go containers at the Dollar Store to pack up and share the leftovers with the crowd.

Like gingerbread houses during Christmas, get the kids and teens involved in building Peeps houses. You can use graham crackers for the walls and roof and frosting to glue it all together. Lay out a variety of decorations such as jelly beans, sprinkles, colored frosting and other candies.

Instead of spending the afternoon in the kitchen cooking the traditional ham or lamb, do a late afternoon picnic with finger foods, sandwiches, chips and dip, fruit and other easy to transport food items. Bring a blanket, some fun books to read to the kids, a couple of outdoor games and enjoy the holiday in the sunshine.

It isn’t really Easter without coloring eggs. Make the project easy by setting up egg coloring outside on the lawn or driveway. Bring out the sidewalk chalk for a full day of coloring and creativity for family members of all ages.

Not really a fan of boiled eggs? Then opt to decorate cupcakes. You can make or buy vanilla cupcakes and decorate them with vibrant colored sprinkles and sugar, marshmallows, food coloring, candies and other fun edible items. For a great vanilla cupcake recipe, check out The Pioneer Woman at

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Ideas to recruit and retain women in industry

Ideas to recruit and retain women in industry

Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

Industries such as construction, logistics and transportation have some of the lowest numbers of female workers in Canada, but studies have shown that having a gender-balanced workforce not only closes the wage gap and encourages gender equality, it also helps reduce labour shortages, contributes to a healthier GDP, and assists companies in outperforming their competitors. How can leaders in these sectors improve gender balance and create welcoming environments for women? On March 8, 2022, in recognition of International Women’s Day, The Globe and Mail examined this question over the course of a one-hour webcast.

Sandra Martin, head of newsroom development with The Globe and Mail started off the event interviewing Lareina Yee, senior partner with McKinsey & Company. The conversation provided context on the issue of female representation in non-traditional sectors, along with barriers and opportunities.

Up next, Sandra hosted a panel of industry leaders that featured Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada; Nour Hachem-Fawaz, founder and president of Build a Dream; Erin Buchanan, general manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and Eira Thomas, president and CEO of Lucara Diamond Corporation.

To view their full conversation, please see the video playback below, and for more information on upcoming Globe Events, visit our events hub at

The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from FedEx Express Canada.

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Wharf Winter Games, Museum Exhibits, Embassy Events: Last-Minute DC-Area Weekend Ideas 2/10-2/13

Wharf Winter Games, Museum Exhibits, Embassy Events: Last-Minute DC-Area Weekend Ideas 2/10-2/13

Hope Your Team Wins! (Yay Sports!)

Hello Neighbor,

On our radar this week we are highlighting celebrations and embassy-sponsored events. Here are some announcements and round-ups for you: 


 So, What Should You Do?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times: 

  • The 🛋 indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates an event is happening in-person outside
  • The 💻 indicates an event is happening virtually. 
  • And lastly, the 🆓 indicates an event is free. 
  • The 💉 indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

1. Since the weather will be nice on Saturday. 😎🌞☀️🌤 Head early to the Wharf Winter Games (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, The Wharf) for a chance to play ice cornhole and pin-the-tail-on-the-husky. Support local by heading to the Valentine’s Day Sidewalk Market (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Mount Pleasant), the Shop Local for Your Valentine Market (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Tysons), or the openings of Petit Soeur (Sat, $, 🛋, Georgetown) and Black Box Botanical (Sat, $, 🛋, Takoma). Give back by volunteering at a Columbia Heights clean-up (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Columbia Heights). Visit the baby porcupette at the Smithsonian Zoo (Thurs-Sun, 🆓 but need timed passes,🌲/🛋, Woodley Park).

 2. Since the weather will be terrible on Sunday. 🥶🧊❄️☁️ Stay indoors and visit these exhibits before they close at the end of the month: “Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya” at the National Gallery of Art (daily, 🆓, 🛋/💉, National Mall) and “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” at the African Art Museum (Wed-Sun, 🆓, 🛋, National Mall). Test new heights at a bouldering gym in the area such as Brooklyn Boulders ($29 day pass) or Movement Climbing ($27 day pass). Break free from the streaming algorithm and watch a film at AFI Silver Theatre or Landmark E Street Theatre.

3. Celebrating the performing arts. 🎫 See Iké Udé’s “Nollywood Portraits(ongoing, 🆓, 🛋, National Mall), which highlights the rich talent behind Nigeria’s $3 billion film industry. Watch Columbia Heights’ Gala Hispanic Theatre recently debuted play “La Casa de La Laguna(till Feb 27, $, 🛋/💉, Columbia Heights). There aren’t many tickets left, but you might be able to catch the Washington Ballet’s “Swan Lake(Thurs-Sun, $25+, 🛋/💉, Kennedy Center) or “50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center” (Sat, $59+, 🛋/💉, Kennedy Center). Head to H Street for a three-course dinner at Sospeso + Prologue Theater play performance combo (Sat, $75+, 🛋/💉, H St).

4. Comedic relief for love in a swamp. 😅😓 For those needing a chuckle, consider stopping by a comedy show about awkward sex experiences (Fri, $20, 🛋/💉, 14th St) or a community open-mic (may I call it community-healing?) about how Love Hurts (Thurs, $15, 🛋/💉, The Wharf). Not sure what this is, but a “texts to your ex” wall (Sat, 🆓, 🛋/💉, West End) sounds intriguing. And if you need something very different, swing by a gory Violent-ines Day Massacre drag show (Fri, 🆓, 🛋/💉, NoMA).

5. A hodgepodge of ideas. 💫  Join Blk Fwr Mrkt at Shopkeepers DC for a speed smudging workshop (Sat, $35, 🛋/💉, H St.). Head to Merriweather District for their Glow on Ice ice-skating event (every Thurs, 50% off tickets, 🌲, Columbia). Maybe you might know someone who would benefit from a Taxes for Artists workshop (Thurs, 🆓, 💻). Run in your underwear as part of the Cupid’s Undie Run (Feb 12, $35 to register, Penn Quarter) to raise money to find a cure for neurofibromatosis. For those wanting a squad-get-together-Insta-worthy experience, consider stopping by the Haus of Cupid at the Sun Room (Sat, $92+, 🛋/💉, Eckington).


What Is On Our Radar: Cultural Events

Here is an overview of some celebrations and embassy-sponsored events that have caught our attention: 

    • A French astrophysicist leaving Earth and her daughter. 🇫🇷🚀 The Embassy of France is hosting a film screening of “Proxima” as part of a film series celebrating the French Presidency of the European Union (Feb 10, $5, 🛋/💉, Glover Park). 
    • Poetics of the Hispanism diaspora. 🇪🇸🖋 The Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain will be hosting Spanish comic author Anapurna about comic art and her creative process (Feb 16, 🆓, 🛋/💉, Columbia Heights) .
    • Celebrating 70 years of Mexican traditional dance. 🇲🇽💃🏾 The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez returns to DC at the Lincoln Theater in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute (Feb 25, $30+, 🛋/💉, U St).
    • Fat Tuesday Parade 🤝 Fireworks 🤝 Ice Sculptures. 👑🧊🎇 Head to Navy Yard and the Wharf for a day of celebration. Start at Ice Yards with ax throwing and a snowboarding stimulator before watching the Mardi Gras Parade and fireworks (Feb 26, $15 for Ice Yards, 🌲, Navy Yard) and (Feb 26, 🆓 for Mardi Gras, 🌲, The Wharf). 
    • Piano concert for Ukraine. 🇺🇦🎹 The Embassy of Ukraine in partnership with the US Ukrainian Activists will host a charity concert in commemoration of the Heavenly Hundred. There will be hors d’oeuvres and wine as well as a photo exhibit “Maidan in Washington, DC” on display (Feb 26, $25+, 🛋/💉, Georgetown). 
    • The future of Indigenous cultures. 🇸🇪🖼 The House of Sweden will host an exhibit entitled “Artic Highways,” which features artworks by Sami and Indigenous artists exploring what it means to be “unbounded” (debuts March 5).
    • Japanese street festival. 🇯🇵🌸 In its 60th year, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC invites the public to Sakura Matsuri, the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States (April 9-10, $10+, 🌲, Downtown). 

          Jade (@clockoutdc

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.