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Ask FVO!: How do I Re-build Contacts after Relocating my Event Planning Company to a new City?




BellaNaija is pleased to announce a new column for our special readers – Ask FVO! Funmi Victor-Okigbo (FVO)  is an expert in Event planning & management, and is now a  BellaNaija contributor.

FVO is the Chief Executive and Lead Production Designer of No Surprises Events. Her
corporate client base spans industries as diverse as technology, entertainment, banking, government and consumer goods across sub-Saharan Africa.

Need help planning a family dinner, birthday party, seminar, wedding, board meeting, concert or just curious about how the professionals do some of their amazing tricks? If you have a burning question, just Ask FVO and get a focused, clear, no-nonsense answer!


Dear FVO,

I recently moved to Port Harcourt from Lagos and had to move my 4 year old event planning company. Can you advise me on how I can develop relationships with the vendors in this new city bearing in mind I have to break the already existing ‘clique.’



Dear David,

Moving your business from one city to the other can prove to be challenging and scary but if you survived 4 years in this business you can survive anything right?

I think it’s all down to your relationships, start by asking around and searching online for vendors in the area, attend as many events as possible to get a feel of the event industry in your new city, you will also get to see the vendors in their element, that’s the ultimate test!

Next thing to do is to call them and arrange to meet with them over a drink or coffee when you can, you need to connect with your vendors and the chemistry has to be right.

Introduce yourself and ask to see some of their work to be sure they are up to your desired standards, show them some of your work too so they have an idea of what you have done in the past to show them what you expect, before you know it, you would have not only created a new database of vendors in your new city, you may have developed great relationships too.

Send me another e-mail in a few months, I’d like to know how it went!



Send your questions for FVO to askFVO(at) stating your name and where you are writing from. The editor reserves the right to edit submissions for content brevity and clarity. We regret that we cannot provide individual answers to questions sent in and cannot state at which exact date answers would be published.

We look forward to reading your emails and tweets with questions.

Funmi Victor-Okigbo (FVO) is the Chief Executive and Lead Production Designer of No Surprises Events. Her corporate client base spans industries as diverse as technology, entertainment, banking, government and consumer goods across sub-Saharan Africa. No Surprises Events practices an in-house methodology termed “Event Architecture” which they hold delivers world class events in a predictable on-time and on-budget fashion. Developed over the years, “Event Architecture” has become the company’s trademark as well as a FVO’s personal approach to creating and managing events for corporate and individual clients. The approach has since been incorporated into FVO’s other venture, The Wedding Company. Visit


  1. Miss O

    October 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Hello FVO,
    I found this very very useful, encouraging and inspiring. Looking forward to the next post.

  2. Ruby

    October 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    This is soo true. Good response FVO.

  3. Miracle Ibeji

    October 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I find this piece useful and never outdated. Fresh from the best Hand.

  4. UBaby

    October 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    If only I had read this article sooner. I would have saved myself the humiliation of having to work under an Events company in the city I relocated to. I figured since I was moving to a new city, where I had no contacts, why not work with an established company. The Manager and her partner were so rude and uncouth, speaking and acting like I was some hired help, they were doing a favour, even with all my accomplishments ,such as, having foreign events expertise. After the first occassion , my ‘MADAM’ stated there couldn’t be two ‘MADAMS’ in her company. All because I tactfully tried to lure in a prospective client by giving her services that could bring us repeat business. Thank God I walked away, I now handle events on my own , from weddings, to corporate galas. If I didn’t take that leap of faith. I wouldn’t be on my own now… I will send FVO a private email. I follow her on instagram and I see how she celebrates her staff for their efforts. kudos!

  5. Ifeanyi

    October 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm


    Thanks FVO for this.

    I had the exact same problem when I moved to Abuja, it took so many years for me to get back on my feet. I wish I had read this then.


  6. Dana

    November 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This is very nice! Thank you FVO! 🙂

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