Business Trade Fairs in Nigeria to Attend 2024 For Business Visibility

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How do you like the sound of being ‘sold out’?

Well, trade fairs are the number one place to get sold out in a day.

A trade fair is an exhibition organized so that companies/businesses can showcase their products and services, meet with industry partners and customers, study the activities of rivals, and examine recent market trends.

Sometimes, they are organized for a specific industry. Other times, they can be open to all.

Trade fairs allow you to make on-ground sales, generate leads and build brand awareness. In this blog, we’ll share 3 business trade fairs to attend in Nigeria in 2024, alongside planning tips.

Lights, Camera, Action! Must-Attend Trade Fairs in 2024

Nigeria is a buzzing hub for businesses, and 2024 promises exciting trade fairs. Here are a select few to consider:

Furniture Expo West Africa

  • Dates: September 3rd-5th, 2024

  • Location: Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotel & Suites, VI., Lagos

  • Focus: Furniture and Homeware Design

Furniture Expo West Africa (FEWA) is an international B2B trade show dedicated exclusively to the furniture and design industry in West Africa. It is a show where all categories of furniture design interiors come together on one industry platform.

Propak West Africa 2024

  • Dates: September 10th-12th, 2024

  • Location: Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Focus: Packaging, Printing & Processing Technologies

This is the largest packaging, food processing, plastics, labelling and print exhibition in West Africa, bringing together more than 5500 visitors, and 250 exhibitors from across 35 countries. It is organized annually by the Montgomery Group.

Nigeria Green-Tech Expo 2024

  • Date: September 24th, 2024

  • Location: The Civic Center, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Focus: Green Technology & Sustainable Solutions

The Nigeria Green-Tech Expo 2024 unites visionaries, innovators, industry leaders, policymakers, and advocates in a common mission: to accelerate Nigeria's journey toward a sustainable and eco-friendly future.

Lagos International Trade Fair

  • Dates: November 1st-10th, 2024

  • Location: Lagos

  • Focus: All-Encompassing Trade Fair

The LITF is one of the major attractions of Lagos’ commercial yearly activities. Since its inception, it has grown to become the largest trade show in sub-Saharan Africa and has attracted both national and international entrepreneurs from over 1600 companies all over the world.

Lagos Fashion Fair (LFF)

  • Dates: September 24th-26th, 2024

  • Location: Lagos

  • Focus: Fashion Design and Apparel

The Lagos Fashion Fair was established in 2011 and organized by Atlantic Exhibition Nigeria Ltd. It is ranked among the most significant fashion events in Africa and takes place annually at the esteemed Eko Convention Center in Lagos, Nigeria's bustling metropolis. It allows fashion enthusiasts to connect with manufacturers, dealers, and end consumers.

Nigeria International Agriculture Expo (NIAE)

  • Dates: August 27th-29th, 2024

  • Location: Abuja Trade & Convention Center, Lugbe, Nigeria

  • Focus: Agriculture Technologies & Equipment

The NIAEXPO 2024 will focus on the future of smart agritech machinery with state-of-the-art solutions designed to change agriculture in Africa. It will provide a unique opportunity for participants to network, learn about new trends in agriculture, and explore potential business opportunities.

Abuja International Trade Fair 202(AITF)

  • Dates: September 20th - October 1st, 2024

  • Location: Abuja

  • Focus: All-Encompassing Trade Fair

As one of the largest trade platforms, the AITF; powered by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries, offers domestic and international exhibitors an opportunity to showcase new product lines, access untapped markets, forge invaluable business relationships, unveil innovative products, and stay ahead of emerging trends.

Planning Makes Perfect: Preparing for a Trade Fair

To ensure a successful trade fair experience, you need to prepare for it. Here are some important areas to start with:

  • Inventory Management: Gauge projected demand and stock up on your most popular products. You can prepare demo materials and brochures to make onboarding easier on that day.

  • Securing Your Space: Book your booth in advance to secure a prime location that aligns with your target audience. Make sure you consider the weather and your product when choosing a space.

    If you sell plastic products that don’t require protection from rain, an open space is okay. But if you sell high-tech products that need protection and also need electricity to function or demo, you need an enclosed space on the trade fair grounds.

  • Marketing and Announcements: Generate pre-event buzz through social media campaigns and email marketing to attract visitors to your booth. Also, don’t hesitate to create branded merchandise for decorating your stand. It can be a good way to stand out from competitors.

  • Be Physically Prepared: Trade fairs can be draining, both mentally and physically. Make sure to get a good night’s rest before the event and stay hydrated. You can also hire temporary hands to help out on that day in case of high demand.

  • Assemble a Memorable Display: Your goal is to get noticed, not ignored. When it comes to your display, ditch words for pictures, as the human brain processes images faster than text. Remember, creating an attractive trade fair booth will help ensure potential customers stop by.

  • Give Away Stuff For Free: People love free stuff and they expect to score quite a bit of it at trade fairs. Try offering something relevant to your brand, e.g. a pen, notebook, paper bags, etc.

    This strategy is great for sales because once someone has tried something, they often feel obliged to make a purchase. It’s called the law of reciprocity: the human tendency to feel obligated to do something in return when someone does something for you first. Use it to your advantage!

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  • Be Proactive: When you can, move around and strike up conversations. A simple “How are you enjoying the trade fair?” can go a long way to build new connections.

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