#BGFMeets Ayoka Deco
#BGFMeets is our new blog series featuring businesses all run by Black womxn from our community and wider network.
This month, we meet Alice Gbeila, founder of Ayoko Deco - an online marketplace selling product by Black artists.
Ayoka Deco was a vendor in the Black Girl Festival 2018 marketplace - a space filled with Black women business owners selling their wares from clothing to art and more.
When asked why she wanted her brand to be part of the festival, Alice said “we believe in the power of representation. Being part of Black Girl Fest, a festival created by and for Black girls was a no-brainer”
More than half of the artists in Ayoka Deco’ community are Black women; African, African-American, Black-British and Caribbean who use art to share positive images that celebrate their beauty, spirit and magic.
“The response to our products was overwhelmingly positive. Our phone cases especially were a hit with girls and women of all ages, from 10 to 50+ years old”
The art lover and businesswoman recognises the power of community. She said “We relished the opportunity to meet our customers, share our story with them and get feedback on our products in real time”
Being surrounded by Black businesses was a great opportunity to network and engage with new people “It was inspiring to meet other Black women founders. The world would have us believe that we are far and few between but events like BGF can testify that we are here, working and striving to build businesses that serve the community”
Watch out for future #BGFMeets posts.