FELABRATION 2018 APPOINTS FLYBOKU AS EXCLUSIVE TOURS PARTNER

Felabration Organizing Committee has announced FLYBOKU as the “Exclusive Tourism Partner for Felabration 2018”. This was recently announced by the Founder/CEO of the Felabration Brand Ms Yeni Kuti represented by the Project Manager for Felabration 2018 Mr Peter Clarke during a round table meeting between the two organizations. Both FlyBoku and Felabration team have been working together to ensure a great Felabration tours experience for all guests.

As part of this year’s edition of Felabration, the committee also emphasized that in celebrating the Afrobeat icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s 80th posthumous birthday an exclusive tour will be dedicated to exploring the life and history of Fela. These tours will be handled by FlyBoku and the Tour includes:

  • Tour to Freedom park which is the historical prison where all the notable leaders of Nigeria were imprisoned and the history of Nigeria
  • Tour to Kalakuta republic which was Fela’s personal house before he died which is also now a museum show casing all of the icon’s history and musical instruments as they were when he died
  • The Ransom-Kuti family house in Abeokuta which has now become a museum showing all the works of all the Kuti children including Fela’s history as well.
  • The Africa Shrine which the headquarters of most of Fela’s performances

The Felabration 2018 which is commencing on the 15th of October ends on the 21st of October, 2018. The week long events will include:

  • Symposium themed African Leadership in the Millennium with notable speakers across the government.
  • Musical concert with star performance by Yemi Kuti
  • Art competition
  • Afrobics competition
  • Tours (organized with FlyBoku)

The CEO/Founder of the Felabration Brand; Ms Yeni Kuti said “I am really excited and proud to be associated with the FlyBoku brand. A brand that is notable for providing top notch tourism services and promoting African culture both within Nigeria and globally. I am convinced that FlyBoku team will make the Felabration Tour an adventure that would not be quickly forgotten.”

Also, the Chairman of FlyBoku Mr Abiola Lawal (AKA Mr BOKU) said “I am indeed honored to be associated with the icon Fela Kuti and also the Felabration brand and organizing committee. Just as Bob Marley is to Jamaica and the world; an unforgettable figure, so is Fela Anikulapo Kuti to Nigeria and the world. He meant a lot to all of us which are the reasons Felabration is organized and recognized globally”. Furthermore he says that “with Mr Boku and his team joining force with Felabration, we will continue to tell the story of this great icon to the world.”

To celebrate the Afrobeat Icon, the FLYBOKU team has put together an adventurous Felabration packages for everyone to partake in, which includes:

  • Full Day Lagos Tour
  • Full Day Abeokuta Tour
  • Full week Lagos tour package for international guests
  • Full week combo tour (Lagos and Abeokuta) tour package for international guests as well.

In addition, FlyBoku has also declared a special Felabration discounted rate on all of their services during the week. Customers are expected to quote “Boku Felabration” to be eligible for the 5% special discount on their invoice for FlyBoku service exclusively during the Felabration week(October 15th – 21st 2018). The services are:

  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car hire services
  • Hotel Bookings
  • Visa Services
  • Tour Packages

Mr Abiola Lawal has promised that all attendees of Felabration 2018 will have an unforgettable Adventure experience with Mr Boku and Felabration.

#Mr Boku will take you there and must surely bring you back.

SAHCOL MD/CEO Inducted Into The Institute Of Directors (IOD) Nigeria

The Managing Director of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd, (SAHCOL) Mr. Basil Agboarumi has been inducted into the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria.

The event which took place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, was in the presence of Directors from various sectors of the economy.

At the event, which also witnessed the presentation of the keynote paper of the day by Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, with the title ‘Our Stochastic World: Measurable Innovations in Nigeria’s Development’, inductees were reminded of the importance of adhering to the principles of Corporate Governance, for effective and successful running of organisations. He went on to emphasize that the success of companies and organisations depends on the performance and competence of directors, their integrity, fairness and vision as well as the ability to balance the interest of all stakeholders in the society.

As a result, the new inductees were requested to be good ambassadors of the Institute, which have a core focus of institutionalizing good business practices in Nigeria. Basil Agboarumi started acting as the Managing Director/CEO of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd in December 2017 before his confirmation in September 2018.

Basil joined the Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited in 2000 when it was a subsidiary of the Nigeria Airways Limited, as the Pioneer staff/Head of the Public Affairs Unit. After the privatization and subsequent takeover of Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited by the SIFAX Group in 2009, he was appointed the Head of Corporate Communications, with a mandate to spearhead the re-branding of the new company (Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited).

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) and an Associate Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (arpa). An Aluminous of the School of Media and Communications of the Pan-Atlantic University. He was one of the Nigerian delegates to the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World public Relations Forums, in Madrid – Spain, Nairobi – Kenya, and Toronto – Canada, respectively.

Basil is also the recipient of a Special Recognition Award by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), for his “distinct industry and outstanding contributions impacting positively on Nigeria’s Reputation”, is result-oriented, a good team player, motivator, with excellent people’s skill who has a successful track record in Leadership, Public Relations/ Communications.

He was the General Manager, Corporate Communications before he rose to become the Acting Managing Director and finally the Managing Director/ CEO due to his impressive performance at the helms of affair of the company as an Acting Managing Director.

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited is a SIFAX Group IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certified Aviation Ground Handling Company, providing services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Training Services, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services, in all the commercially operated airports across Nigeria.

Battle of the Sounds Amuwo

10 Things you Need to Know About Battle of the Sounds – Amuwo

1. It is created by Bizzybody NG, the same outfit that created the Mini Sports Festival Concept tagged AmuwoGames that held its first edition in 2017.

2. It is a month long music contest that will run from November 3-25, 2018. See calendar on www.battleofthesounds.com 

3. Five music genres will be contested in. Rap, Afropop, Fuji, Reggae and Acapella

4. Judges and Coaches will be drawn from celebrities living in or that have lived in Amuwo Odofin including: Faze, African China, Indomix, GT da Guitarman, K Peace and more.

5. Prizes summing up to N500,000 naira will be won along with recording deals in this edition.

6. Registration to participate is free. Click here to register: bit.ly/battleofthesounds.

7. This Amuwo Odofin edition is held in partnership with major community outfits like Den Visuals and Management, Digits Sounds, Lumiere Multimedia and so on.

8. Battle of the Sounds competitions will be held outdoor and in 5 locations within Amuwo Odofin. These locations include:

  • Golden Tulip,
  • Amuwo Odofin Primary School Play Ground,
  • JKings Basketball Court in Festac Extension,
  • 23 road Basketball Court in Festac Town and
  • SuperBee Place also in Festac town.

Details of venues for each competition day can be seen on the competition calendar published on www.battleofthesounds.com 

9. Contestants will be grouped into 8 teams to represent their hood. These hoods are,

  • Mile 2 zones A,B,C
  • Mile 2 zones D,E,F
  • Festac Extension
  • The Amuwo GRAs
  • Festac Town 1st and 7th Avenues
  • Festac Town 2nd Avenue
  • Festac Town 3rd and 4th Avenues
  • Festac Town 5th and 6th Avenues

10. Battle of The Sounds is majorly a community and youth Development project – and a CSR initiative, community and youth Development project – and a CSR initiative

AirBnB Africa Travel Summit 2018

Undeniably, tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today as one out of five of all new jobs created globally in 2017 are attributable to Travel and Tourism, according to the World Travel and Tourism council (WTTC). Although, Africa has witnessed some significant growth in tourism in recent times going by how blessed the continent is in terms of its very hospitable people, wildlife, great weather, flush and greenery, it is clear that tourism is not growing at the rate it should in Africa all things being equal. But the truth is all things will never be equal. However, I am convinced beyond reasonable doubts that if we could find a way of ensuring that every African in every nook and cranny of this lovely continent buys into tourism and own the industry, tourism will flourish as it ought to in Africa.

Therefore, I am particularly pleased that the South African Tourism (SAT), partnered with Airbnb and hosted me as one of the West African participants at the first-ever Airbnb Africa Travel Summit which was held in Langa, Cape Town, South Africa between September 11-13, 2018. The Summit brought together well over 120 innovators in tourism and tech for two days consecutively and we shared, discussed and debated how technology could be used to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic growth through tourism on the African continent.

Airbnb which is basically an online marketplace and was founded in 2008 has over the years clearly shown strong belief in the power of healthy tourism – tourism that is local, authentic, diversified, and sustainable – to benefit underserved areas and create opportunities. In my opinion, the agenda of the summit was quite straight forward and it directly connected to what I consider the main driver of tourism — the people. The innovators that were brought to the summit shared their thoughts on how they have been helping to democratize tourism in Africa. We were given the opportunity to share our expertise and ideas on what tourism can do to empower more people in Africa. We learnt about the Airbnb Academy, Airbnb’s programme to connect underserved communities to tourism in South Africa through technology.

The organizers of the summit clearly knew what they wanted to achieve with the summit as they were able to create a very cozy environment. They ensured that participants were not too many so there was optimum participation by all and sundry. Although I had been to Cape Town a couple of times before the summit, I was able to experience Cape Town through the Airbnb lens.

We left Nigeria as scheduled around 10pm on Monday the 10th of September 2018 and like I have always had on all the South African Tourism (SAT) hosting to South Africa, that I have been on, my fun-filled and very exciting experience started from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. As soon as I got to the South African Airways (SAA) counter, my pampering started right there, I did not have to pressure the lady who attended to me to get me a seat with enough leg room for my very long legs. The service on board is traditionally exquisite and like it has been on most of my flights on board SAA, this particular flight to South Africa was also smooth, the pilot and the crew were very engaging.  On arrival at Cape Town, there was a ready shuttle waiting at Cape Town International Airport to convey us to Southern Sun Cullinan where we lodged. As customary with SAT, there was a tour guide in the shuttle who ensured that as we drove through the city we got familiar with certain sites and landmarks on our route to the hotel. After a slightly late lunch, we refreshed and headed to the Bungalow Restaurant, where the welcome dinner was held.  The dinner was Afrocentric as we had been advised to dress in our traditional attires; we took drumming lessons and there were more than enough food and drinks, to guarantee that everyone was satisfied.

Wednesday, 12th September marked the first conference day of the Africa Travel Summit 2018. The day kicked off with an opening ceremony and welcome by Summit MC, Afua Osei (Founder, She Leads Africa) with a performance by Black Roots Foundation. A keynote address by Chris Lehane (Head of Policy and Communications, Airbnb) followed. Another highlight of the day was a discussion on, “Government as An Enabler for Innovation.” Anita Mendiratta (Global Strategic Advisor & Author in Tourism & Economic Development) moderated the panel featuring Kalle Palling (Estonian politician and MP, Lance Greyling (Director of Trade and Investment, City of Cape Town), Rosette Rugamba (Founder and Managing Director, Songa Africa) and Najib Balala Kenya’s Tourism Minister. In the evening before attending a concert hosted on the Airbnb platform featuring MC Marc Lottering and music by Jimmy Nevis and Demi Lee Moore, delegates were spread all across Cape Town to have dinner hosted by local hosts on Airbnb at various restaurants.

Thursday, 13th September which was the second and final day of the summit was equally as exciting as the first day was. It kicked off with another panel discussion on the role media play in shaping the African continent’s narrative as well as its role and responsibility in telling the stories that drive more inclusive tourism. While some panelists represented traditional media, the conversation organically shifted to social media and the role social media plays in redefining the African narrative.   The panel was moderated by Thabile Ngwato (Entrepreneur and News Anchor) and featured panelists; Larry Madowo (Business Editor, BBC Africa), Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi (Lifestyle Editor, Sunday Times) and Sarah Waiswa (documentary and portrait photographer). Another highlight of the day was a presentation by Velma Corcoran (South Africa General Manager, Airbnb) sharing contents from the Airbnb Africa Academy. The Academy is a programme focused on empowering individuals and organisations in under-resourced communities by providing tools and information to help them share homes and experiences with a global community.

In the evening of Thursday, 13th September, delegates who had pre-registered for  township experiences were able to have the following experiences: Townships into Town hosted by Project Maboneng;  Art Workshop in the Townships hosted by Our Workshop; Gumboot Dance hosted by Happy Feet; and Beading and Technology hosted by Quirky 30.

On Friday 14th September we started our post Africa Travel Summit experience at the wine lands in Franschhoek, where we spent the better part of that day. After we had gone through part of the vine in a Wine Tram, we then went for wine tasting and got to know the story behind all the wine we tasted before we had a very sumptuous meal.

On Saturday, 15th September which was virtually our last full day spent in Cape Town of this trip was a busy day. We started with the Robben Island experience and though I had been to Robben Island before, there is always something new to learn on how one can be a better man that lives a life of positive impact on others. After the Robben Island experience, we had lunch before we went to Table Mountain. The mountain which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park is a beauty to behold. Table Mountain is home to a large array of fauna and flora, most of which is endemic.

After the Table Mountain experience, then it was shopping time and we went to Canal Walk Shopping Centre which hosts over 400 stores, 7,000 parking bays, numerous restaurants, 20 cinemas plus a game arcade is arguably Cape Town’s largest shopping centre and the third largest shopping centre in Africa.  The farewell dinner that we had at the Red Roof of Radisson Red Hotel V &A water front Cape Town was simply spectacular and I must say that it was an icing on the cake to bring the Travel Summit that offered me the opportunity to have yet another very memorable experience in South Africa,  to a close.

EFInA Launches Capacity Building Porgramme for Media to Increase Financial Inclusion

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), Nigeria’s leading financial sector development organization organized a media forum to discuss the role of media in driving Financial Inclusion.
As part of its mission to promote financial inclusion in Nigeria EFInA desires to improve the existing financial awareness and literacy of the un(der)banked through the existing media infrastructure so that  Media can play  an increasing role in the efficient adoption of financial services in Nigeria.
Giving the welcome address, EFInA Board Chair, Segun Akerele, emphasized the importance of collaboration amongst all stakeholders including the media to reduce the rate of financial exclusion.
Temitope Otumara, Communication Specialist for EFInA said that financial inclusion and inclusive growth aren’t just policy choices, but are policy imperatives, which determine the long-term financial stability and sustainability of the economic and social order, going forward. Temi further explained we need to ensure that all of us are collectively willing to walk that extra mile to ensure that our fellow countrymen get easy access to the financial system by leading the initiative and spreading our message far and wide.
EFInA Grants Manager, Suzanne Adeoye said no organization can drive financial inclusion alone so EFInA will be working with the media to increase financial services awareness and literacy to the un(der)banked during her presentation on “Introduction to EFInA” .
During a presentation at the event Nimi Akinkugbe laid emphasis on the 3 core purpose of the media is to inform, influence and entertain. She further explained that an improved Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy effort from the media could result in more discerning choice of investment and other financial products by consumers which would make financial institutions respond innovatively to consumer demand, leading to a more efficient financial system.
Nimi Akinkugbe, Money Matters with Nimi
Nimi concluded her presentation stressing the fact that a better-informed public will exert greater scrutiny over the risks of financial institutions and the quality of their products and services.
Presenting on the Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion, Editi Efiong, Ceo of Anakle educated the Marketing managers of different banks, fintechs and journalists from different platforms including Channels TV, Wazobia, Businessday, EbonyLifeTv, CNBC, Naira-Metrics amongst others about the essence of simplifying the message for the un(der)banked. Editi further explained that the messaging will need to be localized on a community basis to drive adoption in the rural areas as most of these people still have low trust in the financial system based on little or no understanding on how it works.
The event involved a panel session where panelists including Nimi Akinkugbe, Aisha Isa- Olatinwo Head Banking & Payments CBN; Arese Ugwu; Founder SmartMoneyAfrica, Adia Sowho; Managing director Mines, Ugo Dre Okechukwu; founder NairaMetric, Lehle Balde; Businessday strategist and Folasade Agbejule; EFInA Payment Specialist  discussed issues relating to: The Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion.
The panel, moderated by Tunji Andrews and Temi Otumara identified improved Trust, financial awareness and literacy as forces affecting adoption of financial inclusion that can only be changed by the media.
L-R: Aisha Isa Olatunwo, Nimi akinkugbe, Temi Otumara, Folasade Agbejule
ABOUT EFInA
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organization that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria. Established in 2007, its vision is to be the leader in facilitating the emergence of an all-inclusive growth promoting financial system. EFInA is funded by the UK Government’s department for International development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. 

RadissonBlu Anchorage partners Remy Martin For Exquisite Guests Experience

RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos has partnered Remy Martin in Nigeria to continue to give its guests exquisite hospitality experience second to none.

At an exclusive cocktail event at RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, guests and selected dignitaries of the hotel got a taste of the world famous French distilled cognac brand, Remy Martin XO, VSOP and 1738 Accord Royal.

Stephen Jimba, Brand Ambassador of Remy Martin brand in Nigeria took the guests through the historical age and production of Remy Martin in France as well as gave insights on special tasting techniques that leaves the taste buds with exquisiteness.

According to Kevin Kamau, General Manager, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, the partnership with Remy Martin provides an opportunity to leverage on the rich history and global acceptability of the brand to continue to enhance service quality to guests of the hotel.

“Remy Martin is a premium brand that has got a rich history and global pedigree that the RadissonBlu brand is proud to partner in giving our guests a superlative experience,” Kamau mentioned.

Also, Ahmed Raza, Manager-Food & Beverages, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos stated that Remy Martin is an established brand that will complement the delicious cuisines offering of the hotel which will ultimately result to guests loyalty.

L-R: Manager, Food & Beverage, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Mr. Ahmed, Raza; Country Manager, Nigeria, Remy Cointreau, Mr. Xavier Carbonel; General Manager, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Mr. Kevin Kamau; Remy Martin Brand Ambassador, Mr. Stephen Jimba; and Director of Sales & Marketing, RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Mr. Wellington Mpofu, at the Remy Martin cocktail, in Lagos… on Wednesday. Photo: Odutayo Odusanya

Xavier Carbonel, Remy Cointreau Country Manager Nigeria says buying Remy Martin brand represent legacy and rich culture of fine premium French distillery. “The Remy Martin brand distillery is superior giving you same taste irrespective of the time in history. This uniqueness of the brand gives us an edge,” Carbonel affirmed.

The partnership between RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos and Remy Martin will see staff of the hotel travelling to France to learn the unique culture of the cognac brand to be replicated in enriching and elevating guests experience of RadissonBlu Anchorage Hotel Lagos, Nigeria.

South African Airways Celebrates Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day With Orphans

South African Airways (SAA) celebrated Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary at the Arrows of God Orphanage in Lagos by donating food materials and goodie bags to the children of the home.

As part of the airline’s commitment to Nigeria and the less privileged, SAA donated customised cake, gift bags, drinks, noodles and other food stuffs to the Arrows of God Orphanage to ensure the children of the home are not left out of the celebration mood of the Nigerian nation as it clocks 58 year of Independence.

Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, South African Airways National Sales Manager in Nigeria led the staff of the airline to share the joy and hope of Nigeria’s Independence with the orphans.

“As part of our corporate social responsibility and giving back to the people, we are celebrating Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day with our long-time friends at the Arrows of God Orphanage. We are optimistic and committed to the Nigerian market and will continue to provide necessary support accordingly,” Kemi stated.

The National Sales Manager used the occasion to announce SAA will continue to prioritise the Nigerian market as it marks the milestone of 20 years of service in Nigeria this year.

The children and teachers of the Orphanage expressed their appreciation to the SAA team for their continuous support in putting smiles on the faces of the children always.

Recall that South African Airways began flight service between Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa in December 1998.