There are events and there are numerous social events happening in Abuja almost on a day to day basis although Abuja is primarily an Administrative and somewhat boring city rather than a commercial or industrial city like Lagos. However there are a few events that happen in Abuja that are worth knowing because of the impact they have on the capital city whenever they’re held. Here are 8 popular Abuja Events to take note of:
Designers Market Place (DMP)
This is one of the most popular social events that happens on the first Saturdays of every month at the popular city park located in Wuse 2. The DMP as it is more popularly called is a small business and lifestyle event that enables small lifestyle related businesses in Abuja showcase their products and services to an estimated 5,000 people who visit the event venue each time it holds. The event starts by 10 am and ends 7 pm and is a great place to network and socialize.
Fusion Lifestyle Fair
This is a quarterly shopping event targeting both fashion and lifestyle vendors and even food related businesses. It’s held at the BMO events center at River Plate Park in Wuse 2 and attracts some of the most interesting Abuja small businesses. It’s usually held on a Saturday and Sunday making it a two day event and usually the 3rd weekend in the month it’s held.
Adopt a tweep
The quarterly Adopt a tweep is a unique event which happens in Abuja. Unlike most events this particular event is for online social media savvy folks who want to expand their social media prowess, meet and interact with other active Abuja based bloggers and social media enthusiasts. The concept was developed by popular Abuja tweep (twitter personality) Nnodim Blossom AKA @blcompere with the aim of enabling real life networking of tweeps. The event happens on the first Saturdays of every quarter at Hawthorn Suites in Area 11, Garki. For details on the next adopt a tweep contact @blcompere @adoptatweep or @ojaysays.
The Run Way Abuja
The Run way Abuja is an annual fashion and music show which holds at the popular Thisday Dome in Central Area of Abuja metropolis every November or December. Some notable highlights on display for the day include fashion shows where local designers have their designs showcased by models on the fashion runway plus music interlude from popular Nigeria acts. The last edition the Runway 3 was held in December 2012.
Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awards)
This event strifes to recognise young enterprising Abuja based business people who have through industry and creativity come up with businesses that have made an impact on the city. Nominees for this event are drawn from various segments including media and arts, entertainment, food, health to mention a few and must fall within the age bracket 21 – 35 to be eligible. The event which receives sufficient media coverage is held every April at the International Conference Center in Garki Area 11.
#Iblog Networking Workshop for Abuja Bloggers
Just like Adopt a tweep the #Iblog is an event targeting bloggers but unlike the former it is an exclusively bloggers affair with almost no consideration given to social media. It usually has two sessions namely; one for training and learning on ways to increase web traffic to your blog or website and a discussion segment where a topical issue is discussed by participants and a guest. It holds monthly on the last Sundays at Juice Place 2 on Libreville Street in Wuse 2.
Weekly Free French Movie Screening
Every Thursdays the French Cultural Center shows a French movie sub-titled in English for the general public. Entrance to see this movie is free and time is 7 PM. Venue is 52, Librevillle Street (Insitut Francais du Nigeria) also known as the French Cultural Center.
This event holds on the first Saturdays of every month at the Hawthorn Suites in Area 11 Garki. It’s put together by the #LimbSimple team which is dedicated to offering technical and leadership skills to the next generation of business leaders in Abuja. It’s a place to meet and interact with business minded folks.