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Legendary Event Designer Preston Bailey & Bridalwear Designer Kosibah landing in Lagos for “FLARE” – The Oaken Special Fair – April 2011



When Bella Naija Weddings got this exclusive scoop a few months ago, we could not wait to share it with you.
One of our favourite event companies, Oaken is launching a special events fair in April 2011. The event has been christened “FLARE” and will be an amazing melange of exhibitions, seminars and networking. The headliner of the event is none other than Preston Bailey! Preston is a legend in the event decoration industry. He has designed events for celebrities including Oprah and his work remains the gold standard and point of reference for all professionals in that industry. Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah will also be at Flare. Kosibah is a luxury bridalwear designer label which is known for their exquisitely crafted wedding gowns and expertise in the art of corsetry. We are really looking forward to this event.

Information on FLARE courtesy Oaken:

Coming to these shores in April 2011 is a world-class event like never before! A Fair of top-notch and unbelievable standards – The Oaken Special Events Fair – FLARE.

The Fair holds from 6th to 8th of April 2011 at the New Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites. The event will bring together a bevy of event suppliers, exhibitors and guests from our very own shores and beyond. It will be a gathering of different exhibitors in one place, rather like guests at a debutante ball, to showcase bespoke products and unique services in about 200 booths.
Indeed, it will be the quintessential cocktail – an exotic blend mixed to perfection.

The theme, FLARE…where style meets fanfare is inspired by a waltz between beauty, style, creativity and passion.

Are you an event planner, a professional in the event industry or on the verge of starting your own event management company? The Fair will feature exhibitions by event suppliers and extraordinary decor displays and give you the opportunity to meet key people in the industry. The Fair will also feature fashion shows by our very own Yemi Osunkoya, London-based celebrity bridal designer of Kosibah.

Are you an entrepreneur looking to build your business and break into new horizons? Reinvent yourself with up to 50hrs of informative and educational sessions where seasoned experts like Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Bukky George – MD of Health Plus, Uche Eze – MD of BainStone, the parent company of BellaNaija, Fela Durotoye, Tara Fela- Durotoye , Gideon Okeke, Tosan Jemide of Cakes by Tosan, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Event Planners – Plan It Ghana and many more will share frankly from the goldmine of experience they have garnered over the years.

Welcoming Preston Bailey
Prepare to be enthralled as you meet the personality behind the incredible life-like wedding themes and awe-inspiring designs. Preston Bailey is recognized as one of the world’s premier event designers. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, he has blazed a trail with his knack for transforming raw ordinary spaces into theatrical environments and translating clients’ fantasies into reality. His clientele range from Oprah Winfrey to Donald Trump, Uma Thurman and many Hollywood greats.

The Fair is specially designed to;
• Create a long-term affair between Local and International participants.
• Put the spotlight on small medium enterprises and give them the exposure the deserve.
• Give young professionals in the Event Industry a pedestal upon which to express remarkable talent, interact, share ideas and make vital contacts in business/career wonderland.
• Introduce and showcase different products with a view to highlight bespoke services offered by different event suppliers and exhibitors.
• Serve as a forum where everyday people can rub shoulders with successful role models and mentor figures as they share their success secrets and principles.

Connect with FLARE
Booths for the Fair are currently on sale.
Contact Phone Numbers: 0805 250 0500, 0807 921 4381, 0809 886 2536,0709 810 1453
Email: [email protected]
Website: to download booth-rental forms.
Admission of guests to the fair ground is absolutely free!
Registration is required for Educational sessions – April 6th and 7th 2011 and Grand Finale on Friday 8th of April 2011

BN Weddings is a proud media partner to Flare


  1. msoptimistic

    February 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    OMG! Preston Bailey in Nigeria? Nice!! Kudos to Oaken Events.

  2. oby

    February 4, 2011 at 4:05 am

    OMG, i’ve always dreamt of Preston Bailey’s designs. Too bad i can’t be there for the event…sniff. Hopefully Oaken events can do jobs just as good, they’ll definitely be getting a call from moi… : )

  3. Ehi

    February 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    WOW! heard so much about Preston, cnt believe he is coming to naija! he is like the god of event design ooooooo. please please i really need to be there.

  4. yeoal

    February 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Wow!! I can’t believe Preston Bailey is comin. The icing on the cake for me is the fact dat kosibah is goin to display his designs. I am def goin to clear my schedule.


  5. Yeoal

    February 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Oh my!!! I can’t believe dat Preston Bailey is comin . The icing on d cake 4 me is d fact dat Kosibah is goin 2 display his designs. Am def goin to be der.


  6. Nike

    February 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Preston and Kosibah under one roof, ill definitely be there. About how much do i pay to exhibit my products or be a part of the fair?

  7. Vivian

    February 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I must be there, is admission free

  8. Damell

    February 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm


  9. Damell

    February 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm



    February 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks all for your positive responses, YES admission to the Exhibit hall is free but you have to purchase a booth if you intend to exhibit your products and services. Please feel free to visit or call 08052500500.
    Thank you

  11. sisiekomi

    February 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I would definately be a part of this!

  12. kenora

    February 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    too bad that i can’t make it.

  13. Lara

    February 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Preston in Nigeria !!! unbelievable, he is like the Michelangelo of Events Design, you need to check his site wow

  14. lillian

    February 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    omg av bn dreaming of preston coming to do my wedding decor,cant blv his coming to nigeria.i sure would not miss this upportunity!

  15. abidoye omolola

    February 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    YeAaa I heard about preston bailey. Having him here???? Yaaaaay that is like having snow in September. I wouldn’t miss it.

  16. Wildeboy

    February 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

    That’s my Idol y’all….imma post this .

  17. Cinderella

    February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

    this is unbelievably true!!! Someone pinch me! Preston Bailey? In Nigeria!?! Ayiri double thumbs up to you. i will definitely be there!!! This is a serious leap! May God give add give you wisdom and strength like never before!

  18. Lagos People

    March 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    cheapest booth is N385,000

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