Mende Cane Village, Maryland Lagos

Mende Cane Village, Maryland LagosAs part of our intentions to create a parallel and equal opportunity for artisans and craftsmen to offer their products to the growing number of internet users and make good income from their skilled trades, the CraftsVillage Team met with the National Association of Cane Weavers at the Mende Cane Village, Maryland, Lagos in March, 2016.

We visited the skilled craftsmen that specializes in various forms cane wood weaving which can take different shapes and forms or made into furniture to pitch the purpose of our online platform an how it can be beneficial to boosting sales and furthermore promote their businesses up to international standards.

We were well received by the association as we were given the full opportunity to speak to the community elders at their monthly Cane Weavers Association meeting led by the Chairman of Cane Weavers Association, Mr Mark Ewhieberene.

Many questions were raised and so much explanation to do but at the end of the delightful meeting, it was a success convincing these skilled craftsmen to on-board our first of its kind platform to further grow their businesses.

It is a beautiful sight at the cane village located under the bridge of Maryland, in Lagos. The ‘village’ which houses various forms cane woods made into several functional crafts and furniture that are on display. Different forms of household items including chairs, tables, baskets, baby cots, wine carriers, flower vases and flower pots. The various displays of the beautifully crafted products made from canes are expressions of the rich African culture and heritage. Apart from the lovely artistic designs, the uses of these cane products are quiet numerous. We aim to help promote sales of these important cane products on our online marketplace at

Below are more pictures from the visit to Mende Cane Village, Maryland Lagos.

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Online Art Store in Nigeria

Crafts Village is a multi-vendor marketplace and an online art store in Nigeria which focuses exclusively on all categories of Arts & Crafts Products and Services, Art Supplies online, Greeting Cards, Wedding Invitations in Nigeria and an online Corporate Gifts store. It is an expansion of DottyDot Crafts, a greeting card, paper crafts and personalized gift items production business founded in April 2005. The business operation is predominantly online but our office is in Lagos Nigeria.

CraftsVillage is designed to cater for and give voices to artisans and craftsmen in the world of Internet by reaching a growing number of internet users with their arts and crafts products, services and supplies. Our online art store in Nigeria not only provides consumers or art enthusiasts a convenient platform to shop their favourite art supplies online, indigenous fashion crafts, home & office interior decors, portraits and paintings, kids crafts and several other artistic products and services. CraftsVillage Nigeria also provides merchants the advantage of being open for business 24/7 as well as shop for tools and supplies needed to carry out their various artworks, a promotional hub to directly promote arts & crafts businesses and a teaching school which offers vocational skills training on paper crafts such as top greeting cards, personalized gifts items and more.


Our mission is to become Nigeria’s largest & 1st Call Online Marketplace for indigenous art products and services.


CraftsVillage is founded by Ogunbekun Olaitan in April 2014, a reputable Paper Crafts Artist who specializes in Greeting Cards, Wedding Invitations, Gift Boxes and have impressed up to the Presidency level of the Country. Ogunbekun Olaitan is a graduate of the University of Lagos with BSc in Biochemistry. He has accrued several years experience of online businesses, e-commerce and online retail field where his skill set has been further broadened to include Content Management, SEO, Google Analytics, Search Engine Marketing, Web development and management, Strategic planning, and business development.

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Creative Christmas Gift Ideas

Here is our compiled list of Creative Christmas Gift Ideas for you this 2016. The simple idea is to stand out from the crowd and do the unusual. The advent of new trend has increased the gift types expectation of the evolving generation. Hence, conventional gift items are gradually becoming too regular and no longer the order of the day. People tend to appreciate customized gift items which is more directed to them and shows you went out of your way just to get them something extra-ordinary.

So here is our list of Creative Christmas Gift Ideas in no order of importance!

  1. Customized Greeting Cards

    Even if the awareness isn’t that high, customized greeting cards is still a leading gift item highly recommended for both corporate and personal uses. Ever wondered why several companies still take their time in processing “End of Year”, “Season’s Greeting”, “Thanks for Being a Part of the Year” & “Merry Christmas” greeting cards? Its simply because its the shortest and fastest way of telling how much you really appreciate someone in words. And when it comes in customized, your recipient will always relish it and look forward to receiving them over & over again. They can come in simply printed cards (ideal for corporate organizations) or handmade cards (ideal for individuals, corporate organizations, business to clients. Check out some of our uniquely made Christmas greeting Cards.

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2. Personalized Handmade Jotters/Diary

This has never striked you right? No it won’t come to mind but we assure you as long as the jotters remain in use, thought of the goodwill, beauty, originality, uniqueness and above all the sender of this precious masterpiece keeps coming to mind always. Now you see why it made the list of our top Christmas gift idea this 2016. So you want the memory to last as much as the greeting card? You should go for this Personalized Handmade Jotters/Diary.

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Here is a brief History Of Crafts Village Nigeria.

My name is Ogunbekun Olaitan. Well, I am basically here to tell the history of how I came about making my crafts, handmade cards, custom gifts and then going on to become an online community for local artisans and crafts men, Crafts Village.. (Don’t crucify me, this is a freestyle write up) *big grin*

Where did you learn to make these hand made greeting cards and what inspired you to promote other artisans and crafts men is a question that keeps recurring over the years, but only a few know the actual story behind it all.

Now this is how it all began… *flips to next page of story book*

It was a glamorous event back in april 2003, I remember vividly I read the wedding letter.. The uniform head-gear was orange (Gele as our people would say). Drums rolling, the live-band was so on point. I remember my mum wearing a broad smile all day. I made a vow to have a taste of all the choppies of the day but I was carried away by the enthusiasm there-in… There came the roar as they stepped in. She was looking so gorgeous in her white gown which looked so perfect on her. It was her day!!! Yes! My sister’s wedding! A young teen I was, still in my high school & well, my sister was my second mother.  But now she is going to her husband’s house.

Ok! Don’t let me divert the story, lets continue on the History of Crafts Village Nigeria!

A truck full of gifts landed in their house the next day, & it took another 3 – 4 days before we opened them, & THERE IT WAS!!!! A customized handmade frame for the couple & it swept me off my feet, I fell in love with it instantly as I examined every minute detail of this lovely gift.

It had a white background with a red frame and two hearts (red & blue) crested and embossed at the centre. The names of the couple just below with some few designs around to give it a perfect finish. I was marveled, I chose the position it would stay in the house & lost interest in every other gifts in the room! It was my brother’s friend who sent the gift, and I wouldn’t stop asking the question of how to meet him. I persisted until I eventually met him & that was it.

Everyday after school I’d resume at his place. He’s got a job or not, I’d just sit & discuss cards & designs all through. I can’t forget when he asked me.. “are you a patient person? If not you won’t last making the greeting cards”. That question was a challenge & I took it upon myself never to relent or give up!!!

So I started gathering my daily pocket money (N100 at that time). Would trek to school & spend little during break and after about a month, I bought my first set of tools; a steel ruler, a cutter, some markers, a pencil set, and some card boards. My first greeting card was TERRIBLE (we are all always like that the start). But after some tips & corrections, I improved. Everybody around me got a free greeting card, as I was eager to make a greeting card and was quite desperate to improve quickly. Money wasn’t my priority then (although its part of the priority now), I was looking forward to the slightest opportunity to make a hand made card. I changed the whole back cover of my exercise books into a designed cardboard & one of my teachers (chemistry teacher, Mrs Osifeso) acknowledged the good look in one of her classes. There & then I knew I was going to impress because the woman was not the friendliest of teachers.

The years moved by & I was improving by the day. I’d steal concepts from my instructor (although I still steal from him till date) then I started having better referrals and customers from friends and family. The greeting card making grew into other creatives like wood works, wall frames, wall decors, graphic designs, printing and branding, customized t-shirts, and other handmade gift items. This period was prior university days.

And then came admission into the university, and the course of study? BIOCHEMISTRY! (well no regrets, i’d term this a lesson in life to sometimes follow our passion). Attention shifted into academics and craft push were reduced. But the real life challenge and the crafts career started right after university days!!!

The advent of social media… starting with Facebook helped with creating awareness and people get to see what I do easily. Then blackberry messenger, twitter and so on. At some point, this wasn’t enough… Only the people I have as friends see what I do, there was the drive to make more awareness and more sales. Then I started going to gift shops and some supermarkets to offer my products and services. But then there were many turn downs! The few that accepted to work with me were literally pricing me even below my cost of production.

& now I can proudly say WE have gone far from what it used to be 10 years ago. We have made thousands of cards from birthday cards to appointment cards to promotion cards to congratulatory cards and several other occasions. We have impressed on the highest level. The presidency of the Nation, state governors, commissioners, state secretaries, MDs and CEOs have received at least one wonderful piece of our Hand Made Cards at DottyDot Crafts.

Hope you enjoyed our little history of DottyDot Crafts, so we’d like you to browse through some of our old pictures & see the great difference between hand made cards I made 10 years ago and the new, trendy and unique hand made greeting cards we at DottyDot Crafts have created now.

DottyDot Crafts has now evolved into Crafts Village Nigeria, an Online Afrocentric Marketplace and Local Business Finder which is aimed at promoting Nigeria’s artisans and local crafts men. A platform aimed at bridging the gap between our local producers and their target consumers. Find Out More!

I as a crafts man have enjoyed the benefits of building my business around the online community. My craft works could be easily found when searched for and this is the same opportunity I wish to grant other artisans, crafts men and Afrocentric businesses in Nigeria.

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