Women Connect Entrepreneur: Meet Blessing Irabor, CEO of Blissomo International
Blessing Irabor is the President & CEO of Blissomo International Ltd., based in Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria. BIL provides services in agriculture, tourism, business development, consulting and fashion.
Ms. Irabor is an accomplished entrepreneur, an advocate on issues that affect women. She is highly respected in the business community for her leadership skills, intellect and creativity. Her
personal accolades and professional achievements are extensive. She has acquired a diverse body of knowledge, which covers most aspects of life.
She serves as the President of Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) .
She is also the Co- Project Leader for Agricultural and Business Linkages for Economic-development (ABLE) in the Niger-Delta (a project set-up to help build capacity of farmers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in order to create access to funding and opportunities at the local and international markets).
She is also the President of Blissomo Foundation which is focused on driving economic growth and sustainable intervention through agricultural value chain and fashion especially for women and youths. She is actively involved, in different advocacy initiatives like ‘Make Agricultural Policy Work’ and ‘Street Children Equality Rights’ in Edo state, Nigeria.
She participates actively albeit in leadership positions, in numerous professional organizations and
government agencies in different capacities, They are:
Founder and Chairman Board of Trustee , Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) Nigeria.
Former Deputy coordinator, NACCIMA Business Women Group (NAWORG), Edo State chapter.
Former Coordinator, NACCIMA Youth Entrepreneur, Edo State.
Chairperson Agriculture and Agro-Allied Committee, Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BENCCIMA).
Former Vice President, Edo International Business Forum (the Forum’s women wing).
Special Adviser on non-governmental organizations, associations and co-operatives to the President of the South-South Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.
Member, Niger-Delta Women in Agriculture.
Executive Member Fadama agricultural program, Edo State chapter.
Chairperson Fashion and Apparel, African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) South-South.
Former Welfare Officer, Partners for Peace in the Niger-Delta, Edo State Chapter.
Member, Institute of Strategic Management.
Former Public Relations Officer, Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture
She has also served on the following government committees:
Planning & Coordination Committee, Edo State Festival of Arts and Culture (2010).
Edo State Abuja Carnival Committee (2010).
Edo-State Talent Hunt (2010).
Supervising Consultant, Edo Hotel, Edo State (2011).
Edo State Export Promotion Committee on Non-Oil Export (2015).
Edo Women’s Farmers Market Committee (Office of The Governor’s Wife), (2018).
A former “Nollywood” actress and film producer, she is a script writer, costume designer, fashion analyst and wardrobe make-over consultant. She is the co-founder of USI modeling agency in Lagos State, and she co-founded Jet Productions, an academy for training young artists (actors and actresses) in Nigeria . She also operates a mentorship program for youths and women in “Agripreneurship” in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Edo State. Her passion for Agriculture and farming inspired her to develop agricultural programs which facilitate the promotion and marketing of agro-products (processed and raw) to local and international buyers.
She holds a National Diploma (ND) in Business Administration from the University of Port Harcourt-Nigeria.
Numerous Certificate of Achievement from International Trade Center(ITC ACADEMY)
She was recognized by Smile Africa for her supportive role in skill acquisition development and empowerment of youths.
Recently featured along side Twelve other women Entrepreneurs across the globe in a book titled Women Going Global.
Blissomo International Ltd offers her Company runs Consultancy services in Agriculture, Fashion and Tourism. We also provide capacity building and development for micro and small business enterprises (MSMEs) in the areas of supply chain management, funding initiatives and market/export of agro-based products.