The very best from the event planning industry from Ghana, Nigeria, USA, UK and beyond are set to attend the Oaken Special Events Fair at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island – Lagos, Nigeria from April 6 to April 8.

The three day fair will feature legendary celebrity event designer, Preston Bailey.

One of the world’s premier designers, Preston has, over the past 30 years, blazed a trail with his knack for transforming raw ordinary spaces into theatrical environments and translating clients’ fantasies into reality.

His unique ability to create breathtaking, memorable events has helped him develop a client base that includes socialites, business moguls and celebrities including: Jennifer Hudson, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas and Royal Families across the globe.

The fair which has been described as a gathering of guests at a debutante ball, will showcase bespoke products and unique services across close to 200 booths.

The CEO of Oaken Events, event organisers, Ayiri Oladunmoye explained in an interview that: “The fair will be the first of its kind ever in West Africa and will feature incredible exhibitions by event suppliers across West Africa and beyond.”

“Apart from Preston, the Fair will also feature fashion shows by our very own Yemi Osunkoya, London based celebrity bridal designer of Kosibah Creations, who has received international recognition for his breathtaking bridal designs,” she added.

According to her, the theme: FLARE – where style meets fanfare, is inspired by a waltz between beauty, style, creativity and passion and is designed to create a long-term affair between local and international participants.

Ms. Oladunmoye added that: “To ensure that participants go away with much more than just a portfolio of potential clients and or event suppliers, the fair will also incorporate up to 50 hours of informative and educational sessions where seasoned Event Planners and industry experts.”

These experts she said include; Kelechi Amadi-Obi; Mrs. Bukky George – MD of Health Plus; MD of Bella Naija – Tara Fela Durotoye; Gideon Okeke; Tosan Jemide of Cakes by Tosan; Banke Meshida; Gloria Buckman Yankson – Senior Partner at PlanIt Events Ghana and many more will share frankly from the goldmine of experience they have garnered over the years.”

The Event promises to put the spotlight on small medium enterprises and give them the exposure they deserve.

Young professionals in the Event Industry will also be provided the platform to express remarkable talent, interact, share ideas and make vital contacts in the event planning business.

It also serves as a forum where everyday people can rub shoulders with successful role models and mentor figures as they share their success secrets and principles.