By Manny Ita
The Event Industry Conference (TEIC) 2019, organised by The Association of Professional Party Organisers and Event Managers of Nigeria (APPOEMN), came to a climax in a spectacular and colorful dinner and award night at the prestigious Royal Oaks Events Place in Lekki Lagos on Sunday September 22, 2019.
With this year’s conference themed ‘Stepping Up’, different activities of the association within the week of the event emphasized the desire and need of the association to raise the bar not just in the delivery of service but in all aspects of its business. Members of the APPOEMN family and guests stepped into the venue, which was exquisitely bedecked with graceful designs of various flowers, chandelliers, frills, inlaid tables, all looking resplendent in different styles of Indian attire.
The event kicked off with a red carpet after which a cocktail session followed before the main event.
Setting the event rolling, president of APPOEMN, Gbemi Ope expressed gratitude to the association for the privilege to serve in that capacity for the past three years and be a part of an association that not only gives knowledge but also makes it possible for relationships to be built within the industry.
According to her, “Networking is a huge part of our industry and APPOEMN has its knowledge. The last two years brought renewed energy and optimism, as we have seen positive growth and increased business demand in the events industry.”
“Our goal continues to be the focus to serve our members by providing high quality educational content and networking opportunities and by increasing our visibility within the industry.”She added.
Speaking further, she said through the commitment, involvement and volunteerism of members, a more focussed association will ensue.
Outlining the main focus of the association for the next one year to as Networking/Interactive sessions, Education of members and clients, standardisation, increasing the visibility of the association in government,corporate and private sectors, Entertainment and creating zonal chapters, Gbemi assured that the intention of the incumbent executive was to grow the association without limits.
Explaing the reason members and awardees were clad in Indian attires, Gbemi averred that each year, a different cultural mode of dressing is chosen and this year’s was Bollywood.
Keeping the night in high tempo was the Senior Advocate of Comedy, otherwise known as Saco, who was the compere of the occasion.
The award presentation was done in different categories which saw the best performer in each of the categories presented with an award in appreciation of their good work.
Some of the categories of the award were, the best compere of the year, carted away by Gbenga Adeyinka, best traditional compere of the year won by Kanyinsola Shobanjo, best kiddies party planner won by Fara & Zara, best wedding dress maker was Tope FNR, best venue of the year was taken home by The Podium and best event Dj won by Crowd Controller.
Other cartegories included best security outfit won by Havalan security, best special effects designer won by Innovate Media, best event multi-media company was Sight & Craft, best event videographer won by Cinematics, best fruit artistry & smoothies won by Fruity World, best band of the year was Aristos Band, best drinks supplier was Ice Box, best event stylist was Tobi’s Touch and best rental company of the year was won by Event Inspiration.
Also honored on the night were APPOEMN gems, Akinboye Olateju Odeku, a legal luminary and owner of Classicus rentals, Mrs Bola Okolie, CEO Bonix DrinksWeruche Majekodunmi, Founder of Newton and David, Mrs Oluwafunmibi Adebayo-Oduwole, creative designer at Rostal Flowers & Assessories.
It was indeed a night of bliss with different displays of dances and stunts while a rich and sumptuous array of local, oriental and indian dishes as well as drinks were served to the delight of all.
The Event Industry Conference (TEIC) 2019 began on September 18 with a masterclass at Queens Park Event Center in Lekki, where speakers including Sebnem Mardini, CEO of Sebnem Events & Design and Huseyin Honamli, a mixologist specialist and professional bartender, both from Turkey, spoke about different aspects of the events industry.
Other speakers on TEIC 2019 were, Vice President of the association, Adefunke Kuyoro, Weruche Majekodunmi, founder of Newton & David, Andrea Giaccaglia, a PR/Media Influencer marketer, Kayin Adio-Mexes, a certified Etiquette expert, Olukayode Fabunmi,a legal expert, Bisi Sotunde of Busy Bee Events, Bukky Karibi-White, a public speaker and entrepreneural coach, Morin Abaniwonda, CEO of Helado Delicia and Ighiwisi Jacobs, a designer. New members were also inducted by the vice president of the association.
The conference continued the next day with Corporate Social Responsibility as members of the organisation manned traffic-prone areas of Lagos State Island and mainland in collaboration with Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) to control traffic, ending with a yardsale where various valuable items were circulated especially to new entrants, to boost their brand equity in the trendy event market space at giveaway prices.
APPOEMN is an association with a mix of seasoned events professionals that have been at the forefront of event planning and coordination in Nigeria, for the past 15 years.
Appoemn was established basically to;
To demand professional and ethical standards in order to inspire clients’ confidence and enhance reputation and interests of its members
Affiliation with local and international bodies to provide education and exchange ideas, and keep members abreast with industry trends
To protect clients against fraud and unfair practices, while promoting practices which bring respect and credit to the profession
To standardise the industry in order to have certified planners through training etc, and to have a code of conduct and ethics.
The association has risen to become a major player in the socio-economic space in the Nigerian polity, contributing 55bn to the country’s GDP in budgets, appreciatively deflating the country’s unemployment baloon.