Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged Nigerians to always make sacrifice for peace and desist from actions that may divide the country along its fault lines.
The Governor said the citizenry had a responsibility to keep Nigeria on the path of sustainable prosperity and unity, saying such remained the best way to honour the patriotism and bravery of men of the Nigerian armed forces who died in the course of protecting the country.
Sanwo-Olu spoke on Wednesday after he laid the wreath in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at Remembrance Arcade at Tafawa Balewa Square. The event is held yearly to honour soldiers and officers who died in the course of carrying out their constitutional duty.
The Governor observed that labour of the fallen heroes would not be in vain if citizens remained resolute in defending the unity of Nigeria.
He said: “Today’s event is very significant, because it is being held in honour those who laid down their lives to defend our country and keep it united. We will continue to celebrate their bravery and appreciate them for their efforts. As a nation, we must continue to ensure that all their efforts did not go unnoticed.
“The event is also an evidence for brave men and women that are currently serving in the armed forces, that government will certainly not forget their service to our fatherland. Therefore, to ensure that our fallen soldiers did not labour in vain, we must make sacrifice for peace and unity of this country.”
Sanwo-Olu reiterated the State’s commitment to working with security agencies to strengthen professionalism in the discharge of their constitutional duties. Lagos, the Governor pledged, will remain friendly and maintain non-discriminatory approach towards members of armed forces seconded to the State for duties.
He said the State Government had also been supportive of retired military personnel and spouses of fallen soldiers.
The Governor said no fewer than 2,000 members of Nigerian Legion, who are mainly ex-servicemen, had been engaged by Lagos Government to support security operations across the State. This, he said, underscored the Government’s readiness to continue to improve welfare of ex-service personnel and honour their bravery.
Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that his administration would be catering for the spouses of fallen soldiers through empowerment scheme of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
He said: “We do not want the wives of our fallen heroes to live in abject. Lagos Government will be supporting them through the little we can give out through our empowerment programme being run by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation that deliberately looks for widows.
“We will correct their narratives and I can assure you that widows of our fallen heroes will be targeted in our empowerment scheme. We also can have a special social programme which will target them. We will extract information and reach out to them.
“We will make sure that in our next programme, we deliberately look for all of the widows of our fallen heroes and we give them empowerment. It is for the Government to be able to give them empowerment, so that they can continue to fend for their families and themselves.”
The event was graced by commanders of all security formations in the State, and top functionaries of the Lagos State Government, including the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola and members of the Governor’s cabinet.
• CEO Ed Bastian delivers opening keynote; Delta becomes first major airline to keynote and exhibit at CES
• New human-driven innovations transform air travel into a part of your journey to look forward to
• In-house tech and partnerships with Lyft, Misapplied Sciences and Sarcos Robotics start bringing future vision to life in 2020
On the world’s largest tech stage, Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced several technology innovations that are transforming the future of travel, rolling out this year and beyond, including transformation of the Fly Delta, PARALLEL REALITY™ display screens, captivating entertainment options, full-body wearable exoskeletons and an AI machine learning operations platform.
Delta Air Lines is transforming its popular Fly Delta app into a digital concierge that anticipates customer needs, offers convenient services like a ride to the airport and delivers thoughtful notifications, keeping customers moving seamlessly on their journey.
“Customers tell us they want Fly Delta to become their ‘home base’ for managing their travel day,” said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines. “That’s why we’re evolving the app to become the ultimate travel companion for all points of your journey – with an eye on expanding the convenience and value of using miles as a form of payment for services with Delta and partners, throughout.”
During the CES 2020 opening keynote, Bastian shared the airline’s plans to take a big first step in building its digital concierge by deepening its industry-leading partnership with Lyft. Offering customers multiple points within the Fly Delta app to link Delta SkyMiles and Lyft accounts will make it easier for customers to earn miles during Lyft rides. Other features being explored include providing estimated arrival times powered by Lyft, testing a dedicated premium Delta-Lyft experience at some of the busiest U.S. airports, and offering the option to pay for rides using miles.
The next step comes later this month, when virtual queuing launches in Fly Delta to notify customers when their seat – not just their flight – is boarding. This adds to recent upgrades like integrating TSA wait times in select markets, offering pre-select meals and international auto-check-in – all designed to make travel more personal.
“Instead of checking one app for traffic, another for airport parking and a third for TSA wait times, Delta is building the capability to simplify travel by helping you manage everything from ridesharing and in-flight entertainment to bag delivery and hotels,” Bastian said. “We’re excited to start exploring these possibilities with an innovative leader like Lyft, with whom we share a passion for making the customer travel experience even more rewarding.”
“Lyft and Delta share a commitment to bring hospitality and innovation to our communities,” said John Zimmer, Co-Founder of Lyft. “That is why today we’re excited to expand our partnership and progress toward our goal of transforming the industry with the world’s best transportation.”
Delta and Lyft’s commitment to finding new ways to boost the customer experience together is backed by Delta’s independent research showing that ridesharing helps reduce stress on travel days and makes for a more enjoyable experience. It also highlights the value each brand places on being central to the multi-modal future of transportation.
The airline is investing in renewable and natural environment solutions to offset emissions for its flights to and from Las Vegas during the week of Jan. 6, building on the company’s long-running investments in sustainability. Delta also will make investments in verified projects to offset the carbon footprint associated with Global Citizen’s year-long Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream campaign which supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“There is just no substitute for the power that travel has to change lives and make the world a better place. And we’re committed to making our business of connecting people to the world one that also is environmentally minded,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Starting with voluntarily capping our carbon emissions at 2012 levels, we continue to reduce our footprint and invest in natural climate solutions as well as projects that support local economies worldwide.”
Delta will invest more than $100,000 into The International Small Group & Tree Planting Program (TIST), a program that supports subsistence farmers in countries such as Kenya and Uganda to reverse the devastating effects of deforestation, drought and famine through tree planting and conservation farming. The investment covers carbon associated with all Delta flights into and out of Las Vegas during CES 2020.
The investments were announced as part of Bastian’s opening CES keynote address, during which he discussed how Delta is transforming the future travel experience for customers across all points of the journey through technology and innovation.
As part of its partnership with international advocacy organization Global Citizen, Delta also will invest in a verified carbon offset program specifically designed to cover the carbon footprint associated with travel and equipment transportation for Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream. Global Goal Live is a year-long campaign led by Global Citizen and Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, which seeks to bridge the $350 billion funding gap in the 59 poorest countries in the world to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focused on sustainability, gender equality and human capital.
Global Goal Live will culminate in the largest live-broadcast cause event in history, spanning five continents on Sept. 26, 2020. Bastian is Co-Chair of the CEO Coalition, which includes leaders from various industries working to secure commitments from world leaders, policymakers, NGOs and socially conscious corporations to help meet the global goals. As part of this partnership, Delta will offset all emissions associated with travel to the events, which will be verified by South Pole, a leading provider of global sustainability solutions.
Delta is committed to reducing its emissions by 50 percent by 2050. Since 2005, Delta has reduced its jet fuel consumption through fleet renewal and fuel efficiency initiatives, leading to an 11 percent decrease in emissions, and is the only airline to voluntarily cap emissions at 2012 levels. The airline has purchased 12 million carbon offsets since 2012. Delta in 2007 became the first U.S. airline to enable customers to offset the carbon emissions associated with their travel, which travelers can do on delta.com/co2 or through the Fly Delta app.
Delta is the U.S. global airline leader in products, services, innovation, reliability and customer experience. Powered by its 80,000 people around the world, the airline serves nearly 200 million people every year on more than 5,000 daily departures across its industry-leading global network to more than 300 destinations in over 50 countries.
Delta is the first and only U.S. airline to voluntarily cap greenhouse gas emissions at 2012 levels even with 25 percent growth. In 2018 it started replacing single-use plastics onboard and eliminated more than 300,000 pounds in plastic waste annually – more than the weight of a Boeing 757. While the global airline has partnered for years on international projects to offset its carbon footprint, in 2018 it added local partnerships with Duke University and the Seattle Seahawks to make a local impact. Delta is investing $2 million in a study of a potential facility that would produce biofuel from forest floor debris. The airline also has an agreement to purchase 10 million gallons per year of advanced renewable biofuels. These renewable fuels have up to 75% fewer lifecycle emissions than conventional jet fuel. Delta was also the first U.S. airline to recycle waste from aircraft and has recycled more than three million pounds of aluminum from on-board waste – equivalent to the weight of seven Airbus A350s – over 10 years. The funds from that program and recycling oil in TechOps have been used to construct 13 of the more than 270 homes Delta has built with Habitat for Humanity globally. In 2018, Delta launched an employee-led business resource group called Green Up to focus on new ways Delta can make a difference in environmental sustainability, including how we can continue to push innovative ways to upcycle our frontline uniforms and find solutions to reduce waste on our corporate campuses.
Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, (SAHCO) has once again been chosen as the preferred Ground Handling partner for TAAG-Angola Airlines.
TAAG-Angola, which commenced operations into Lagos, Nigeria on Monday, 16th of December, 2019 is the national airline of Angola that operates an all-Boeing fleet, the airline will be flying twice a week from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
SAHCO will be responsible for its Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo services and warehousing and other aviation related activities. This again has proved that SAHCO is preferred when it comes to Aviation Ground Handling in Nigeria, offering safe, speedy and efficient services to all its clients.
This new addition to the notable clients that is being handled by SAHCO is a testimony that indeed clients will gravitate to the best and this is a further testament of the endorsement of the expertise, professionalism, efficiency and business integrity of the company.
SAHCO which is both European RA3 and IATA ISAGO certified and present in all the commercially operated airports in Nigeria, has had to expand its export custom bonded warehouse in the Lagos Airport due to the influx of business to this ultra-modern warehouse, is also a recipient of massive deployment of ultra-modern equipment to all its stations nationwide all in a bid to continually provide world class services to clients and would be clients.
Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC with its team of dedicated and expert workforce is involved in all activities that take place from when an aircraft chocks-on to when it takes off; these include but not limited to Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Training Services, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC, Dr (Barr) Taiwo Afolabi has been named the Air Transport Personality of the year during the 10th Nigerian Aviation Awards (NIGAV) 2019 at the Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos State. The NIGAV Awards which is tagged Nigeria’s most prestigious air transport development award has become the benchmark for excellence in promoting healthy competition and rewarding best practices, the event was well attended by the crème de la crème of the aviation industry amongst whom are the Captains and Heads of the Aviation Parastatals, Airlines, Ground Handling companies, reputable icons of the aviation industry. The award was presented to Dr (Barr) Taiwo Afolabi (MON) for making immense contribution to the aviation industry through his notable investment and leadership excellence. Since Dr Afolabi through the SIFAX Group bought SAHCO from the Federal Government in 2009, with his remarkable business acumen he grew the worth of the company to triple its value before it was listed in the Nigerian Stock Market in 2019. Due to Dr Afolabi’s enabling capacity and unique leadership skill, SAHCO’s unmotivated workforce has become one of the most hardworking dedicated staff of the clime and the company that was struggling to survive has grown to be a beautiful bride that has made the Bureau of Public Enterprise to continually show it off as a model of how successfully privatized companies should be. SAHCO, courtesy of Dr Afolabi’s empowering ambience, boasts of the best ultra-modern warehouse in West Africa and stands tall as one of the best in Africa, owns fleets of state-of-the-art equipment, an engineering and maintenance team that has developed Ground support Equipment using locally sourced materials which is the first in the country and many more. SAHCO has been able to transition successfully to a Public Liability Company, witnessing an influx of new clients, expanding to all the commercially operated airports in Nigeria. All these would not have been possible if not for the leadership and support of the amiable Dr Afolabi as he sits as Chairman of the Board of Directors in SAHCO. Dr Afolabi who is a man of many parts is also the Vice Chairman of SIFAX Group. The SIFAX Group is a conglomerate that is poised at building a sustainable, customer-centric business that optimizes stakeholder value. SIFAX Group which is a multinational corporation with diverse interests in Aviation, Maritime, Haulage and logistics, Oil and Gas, Hospitality and Financial Services also maintains offices in Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the United States. In his welcome address at the event, Fortune Idu , the Managing Director and Chairman of NIGAV said “NIGAV is aimed at promoting All-Round aviation development and capacity building, projecting the aviation industry for investment and business development, to create a check process that has helped maintain a balance between operational efficiencies, industry, vibrancy and service delivery. The Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO, Mr. Basil Agboarumi, who represented Dr Taiwo Afolabi at the event expressed Dr Afolabi’s gratitude for the recognition. Dr Afolabi went on to say that SAHCO is poised to partner for progress in both the development of the country and the aviation industry in particular. He emphasized that the only way to bring the expected change in the aviation industry is to see, say and do something that it is in doing that we would have the positive change we desire.
Adetola Vanessa Uansohia (Mrs.)
Manager, Corporate Communications
Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC
16th of December, 2019
Tourism Minister of South Africa, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, visited Nigeria to interact with South African Tourism tour operators, media and broad stakeholders at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos.
Kubayi-Ngubane served briefly as the Minister of Communications in 2017 up until February 2018, when she was announced as Minister of Science and Technology. Following the May 2019 elections, she was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the Minister of Tourim.
The minister’s visit to Nigeria was an opportunity to meet with the stakeholders to share whatever issues they might be facing with the hope of finding lasting solutions to some challenges and also discuss the increase of international tourist arrivals to South Africa.
The programme of the day was directed by the deputy high commissioner of South Africa, Bobby Monroe who appreciated guests for taking out time to welcome the Minister of Tourism. He mentioned the relationship between South Africa and Nigeria government has strengthened since President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to South Africa to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa where he and Ramaphosa discussed political cooperation and trade and Buhari met with members of the Nigerian business community and took part in a Nigerian-South African business forum.
The minister mentioned that there was a great need to advance bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa in the creative industry to achieve remarkable success for the two nations and the African continent. The minister said South Africa regretted the tensions experienced in the last couple of months, acknowledging that such attacks had happened in the past and the authorities had taken steps to ensure it was not repeated. “I want you all to know that South Africa is open for visitors from Nigeria and other parts of the world as against insinuations by many that the country is repelling visitors,” she said
Considering Nigeria as one of South Africa’s biggest market after China and India, Kubayi-Ngubane positioned South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities. According to her, Nigeria is an important source market to South Africa as it ranks as one of the top three countries after India and China, she also made mention that President Cyril Ramaphosa had given a directive to the tourism ministry to woo in a bid to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030
South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African (Ghana and Nigeria) countries and the people of South Africa that’s why from the first quarter of 2020, people intending to travel to South Africa can apply for a visa online. “Ladies and gentlemen, this means that anyone who needs a visa to come to South Africa will be able to do that from the comfort of their homes, apply online and within a few days you get your visa approved,’’ said the minister, Kubayi-Ngubane.
The tourism minister also quashed the news making the rounds that South Africans aren’t welcoming to foreigners especially Nigerians and don’t want them in their country. ‘‘It is not true that South Africans don’t want Nigerians in South Africa. We have ties across Ghana and South Africa. South Africa remains open for visitors, so please visit us,’’ mentioned the minister.
South Africa’s Consul General in Lagos, Mr Darkey Africa said that South Africa is committed to reuniting both nations through a proper exploration of the tourism industry as Nigeria and South Africa must work in purpose to achieve remarkable growth. “We want to see movies where Nigerians and South Africans will collaborate to produce, speaking in their unique and distinct accents to tell the world that we have greater things for the future of the two countries and Africa.” Darkey said.
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Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will in the coming week travel to West Africa for a working visit to our regional neighbours in Ghana and Nigeria.
The Minister will spend two-days in Accra attending the First UNWTO Presidential Leadership Taskforce on Women Empowerment on Tourism Sector with Focus on Africa, where she will be part of a discussion panel under the theme “Tourism policies to enable gender equality”.
Hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), this forum will debate proposals and activities geared towards promoting women empowerment and leadership in the African region, including funding. The meeting is also expected to receive a report on the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism
Tourism is one of the key economic sectors with the potential to contribute to greater equality and empowerment of women and is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors accounting for 10% of GDP and jobs globally.
The Minister will also use her time in Ghana – West Africa’s second largest economy – to interact with tour operators, media and broad stakeholders in the tourism value chain.
After concluding the work in Ghana, she will lead a delegation to Nigeria for a further two-day engagement with tourism stakeholders and trade as well as media. The roadshow, in what is considered Africa’s most populous country, will provide a valuable networking opportunity and an opportunity for the Minister to position South Africa as a destination of choice for West Africans who would like to travel for business, leisure and other related activities. Through interaction with tourism stakeholders including tour operators and the media, the Minister will gain better insights on how the South African tourism industry can be better responsive to the needs of West African travellers.
This is part of the work towards increasing the number of international tourist arrivals from our continent and the world at large. This is particularly important as South Africa’s tourism industry responds to the President call that we need to double domestic arrivals to over 21million by 2030.
South Africa is committed to strengthening partnerships and driving collaborations that will help forge a stronger cultural exchange between the people of these two West African countries and the people of South Africa.
The UK’s Department for International Trade, in collaboration with the City of London, recently hosted over 100 Nigerian businesses and potential UK investors at an investment showcase in London, highlighting opportunities in some of the many viable projects in the West African nation across the Agriculture, Energy, Healthcare, Infrastructure and ICT sectors. The showcase, which comes ahead of the UK-Africa Investment Summit on 20th January 2020 in London, supports the UK’s clear vision of working together with African countries and forging new investments that will create jobs, and boost mutual prosperity through strong and enduring partnerships. Held at the historic Guildhall, the event outlined progressive investment prospects in the Nigerian market today to UK investors, and brought together leading figures in the public and private sectors, investment funds and financial institutions as the UK pursues its ambition of being the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022. In his opening remarks, the former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Charles Bowman, noted that the UK is already a significant direct investor in Nigeria and a strong relationship already existed with the country and the City of London. Sir Charles Bowman said: “Nigeria is the second largest destination of UK investment in Africa, with £5.1bn of investment stock, and one-fifth of FTSE 100 companies having some form of presence in Nigeria. In addition, total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria in 2018/19 was £5.1bn, an increase of 19.3% from the previous year, which illustrates the size and strength of trade and investment relationship between our two countries.” As part of his keynote address, the Nigerian Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo said: “…In order to realise our national economic objectives, the Nigerian government has begun implementing new initiatives to aggressively improve the ease of doing business and is supporting investors through wholesale reforms, tailored investor incentives, bilateral investment agreement and a pipeline of continuous opportunities…” Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson, facilitated as Seso Global, Farmcrowdy, Nordica Fertility Centre, jetWest Airways, Channeldrill resources Ltd and Century Energy Services and other Nigerian businesses presented their projects to investors from Credit Suisse, Infraco Africa, Standard Chartered, Black Rock, CDC, JP Morgan, Helios Investments and Wood group among others.
Other speakers included the DIT’s Director General for Exports, John Mahon, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Yewande Sadiku, and MD/CEO of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji.
Lagos – November 14, 2019 – The Management of Four Points by Sheraton Lagos Hotel, has assured its guests that the experience of this festive season will linger on in their minds even long after it has ended. It has concluded plans to offer fantastic and exciting freebies to its esteemed customers this season and also thrill them to a 25 day of magic beginning from the 1st to the 25th of December 2019, there will be exciting freebies every day.
The General Manager of the hotel Mr. Jonathan Patterson explained that the hotel has made available magical offers for everyone, from food lovers to music enthusiasts.
Mr. Jonathan stated that: “For those visiting our hotel, get ready to light up your mind and sight as the ambience of the statement décor will highlight the Christmas spirit for those coming through the doors of our hotel”. He says “it will be one that our guests will remember for a long time”.
According to Mr. Jonathan, in the spirit of creating an unforgettable experience for our guests, room rates have been discounted to as low as N62, 000 per night, including breakfast for two, high speed internet, access to the gym and swimming pool and all taxes. This offer is available throughout the festive season.
“The ambience in the hotel is truly something not to miss” explains Mr. Jonathan; kids will be delighted with our Christmas village kiddies set up, packages and entertainment geared to keep families having fun while relaxing”.
There is also a 20% discount off individual gym membership registration this festive season, which entitles you access to the swimming pool, aerobic studio classes and more.
“Our food & beverage offerings will be tailored to specially meet the taste of all our customers, with inspiring Christmas, Boxing Day & New Year Brunches and a selection of beverages,”
The Spa is also not left out, according to Mr. Jonathan, you can spoil yourself and family members at the Four Points Lagos Spa with a selection of Balinese massage, your choice of Four Points spa pedicure or fruity special, couples massage, couples facials and lots more.
“We are looking forward to having all our guests with their families over to share and enjoy this Magical season of good cheer with us.”
For reservations and more information, please visit our website www.fourpointslagos.com or call 01448 9444
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LAGOS – Nov 7, 2019 – Sheraton Lagos Hotel is happy to announce that for the month of November, there is something exciting for everyone.
The General Manager Mr. Barry Curran mentions “Our teams have organized great deals for everyone looking for relaxing and engaging experiences with friends and families.
The hotel will kick things off on the 19th of November, by celebrating with all men who dine with us at the Pumpkin Leaf & Italian Restaurant as we mark International Men’s Day. Every man who dines with us will get a free beer.
The 28th of November is a double treat as we mark world French toast day alongside Thanksgiving.
French toast will be available for breakfast so all lovers of this sweet treat can indulge. Our guests will also enjoy turkey on the roast with the stuffing and much more to celebrate thanksgiving with all our American friends and all those who follow the tradition.
For Black Friday (Nov 29th) which is everyone’s favorite non-holiday, the hotel will give a 20% discount on all purchases in all outlets except the Pumpkin Leaf Restaurant. Although this discount cannot be applied with other discounts.
Our ‘Plan for More’ meetings and events promotion is still on. The promotion offers event organizers and meeting planners the chance to earn triple Marriott Bonvoy points when booking an event, meeting or a group stay at one of the participating hotels across Marriott International’s distinct portfolio in the region. In addition, the promotion offers 5% discount on the master bill for all eligible charges at participating hotels.
To receive triple points bookings must be made before 31 May 2020 for meetings, events and group stays between 15 September 2019 and 31 December 2020.
This offer is subject to availability and hotel specific blackout dates may apply. For a full list of terms and conditions and more information, please visit www.marriottgroupbooking.com
We look forward to welcoming all our esteemed Patrons to a delightful November with us at Sheraton, where the world comes together and infuses the energy of our guests coming into our spaces” Sais Barry Curran.
I have always wanted to see Kenya’s very famous scenic landscapes and vast wildlife. Although, I had never been to Kenya, I have written a couple of pieces on this very beautiful country as I have on most countries in Africa. Whether I was going to see the scenic landscapes and wildlife on this trip or not, didn’t really matter to me, I was just ecstatic, when my brother and friend Didier Bayeye, the marketing manager for Africa and Indian Ocean at Sun International, invited me to compere his traditional wedding ceremony in Kenya.
I consider it proper to mention the fact that the love story that culminated into this wedding ceremony actually started at Akwaaba 2018. As most travel, tourism and hospitality practitioners in Africa usually do annually, Didier from his base in South Africa and Shirley Favour from her base in Kenya came for the 2018 edition of Akwaaba Africa Travel Market (AFTM) – which is essentially an international travel, tourism and hospitality event that holds in Eko Hotels and suites, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria, annually. They both came as singles who were searching for their soul mates, not knowing that exactly a year later, all roads would lead to Kenya for their traditional wedding ceremony.
Even though the wedding ceremony was scheduled to hold on 6th and 7th of September 2019 respectively, I choose to leave Nigeria a few days before the ceremony to explore Nairobi a little and to attend to a meeting that I had pre-scheduled with some friends in the corporate communications office of Kenya Airways in Nairobi. Although, I was unable to carry out my exploration as much as I would have loved to, I must say that I still had a delightful experience during my very short, first visit to Kenya.
The Kenya Airways flight number KQO535 that took me to Kenya left Nigeria at about 11:00 pm Nigerian time on the 3rd of September 2019, and arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi Kenya at about 7:30 am Kenyan time. Being an unapologetic Pan-Africanist, I firmly believe that entering into any African country should be very easy for any African, at least for those Africans who are legitimately visiting those countries. It is for this reason that in my opinion, one of the most important highlights of my trip to Kenya was the very easy way I entered into the country. Like it is in most East African countries, it is visa on arrival for Africans at the port of entry, which in this case was the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi Kenya. One is just expected to clearly state the reasons for one’s visit to Kenya on the immigration forms provided at the immigration area of the arrival terminal of the airport. After filling and handing over the completed form along with your International passport, the immigration officer on duty just goes through the information provided on the form and if he or she is satisfied, one is then asked to pay a visa fee of $50 which is all you are expected to do before being allowed to enter into Kenya.
I got into Kenya very early on the 4th of September, and as I had travelled all night, I was tired and rested for most part of the day. By the evening, Didier and his wife Shiley Favour, insisted that we went to town together. Knowing that I love fish, the couple took me out for dinner and treated me to some lovely Malian fish dish – which was fish garnished with some salad and ‘Ugali’ also known as ‘Nsima’ and pap – a type of cornmeal porridge popular across Africa. I was also treated to a bit of ‘mutura’- which is well seasoned goat meat or beef, ‘mokimo’ – which is a mixture of boiled potatoes, boiled maize, pumpkin leaves and salt, garnished with ‘spinach’, which I soon discovered is served as part of almost all Kenyan cuisines’. I spent a better part of the 5th of September, my second day in Kenya at the Kenyan Airways office. Mr. Hafeeez Balogun – the country manager of Kenya Airways in Nigeria who was in Kenya at that material time facilitated easy entrance into the Corporate Headquarters of Kenya Airways for me.
Then came the 6th of September 2019 – the traditional wedding ceremony day of Mr. & Mrs. Didier Bayeye, family and friends came together from all over to celebrate the big day with them. The ‘Masai’ are arguably among the best known peoples of Africa internationally due to their dwellings being near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes region, and their distinctive customs and dressing. For this reason, I particularly looked forward to seeing the proceedings of the ‘Masai’ traditional wedding ceremony, and I must confess I was not disappointed at all. I was blown away by the mélange of the colors and sheer beauty of the dresses of the ‘Masai’ women who welcomed us with very melodious traditional songs at the entrance of the bride’s house. Apart from the actual negations for the bride that was done quietly behind closed doors, every other part of the traditional wedding was performed with pomp and pageantry, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Immediately after breakfast on Saturday 7th September, my dear sister and friend Waturi WA Matu, Senior Director, Business Competitiveness at Trademark East Africa, took out time from her very busy schedule, came to La Maison Royale Hotel, the hotel, we lodged in and took us out on a city tour. Our first port of call was the Giraffe Centre, which was founded in 1979 by the African fund for endangered wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W Kenya), a Kenyan non-profit organization established with the aim of educating Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment, as well as give local and international visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest animal species – the giraffe, just like I did. Also located in the premises of the giraffe centre, is the world’s one and only Giraffe Hotel – the ‘Marula Manor’, owned by The Safari Collection. The ‘Marula Manor’ is an exclusive boutique hotel set on a 12-acre private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi.
From the giraffe centre, we went on to visit the ‘Karen Bixen Museum’, which was original the farmhouse of Baroness Karen Christenze Von Blixen Finecke, who died on the 7th of September 1962, at the age of 77 in her home country, Germany. The museum was so named due to the positively impactful life she had lived in her early days in Kenya and the success of the Film ‘Out of Africa’, which was made in her memory in 1985. In 1986 Karen Blixen Museum was opened by the government of Kenya to tell the story of this great woman and how she had meaningfully influenced the lives of some Kenyans, particularly the lives of those who had direct contact with her. After this very refreshing and educative experience at both the Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen museum, we went for lunch and then to a local market in the city centre to do some shopping.
From around 7:00 pm on Saturday 7th September to the wee hours of Sunday 8th September 2019, the couple hosted family and friends to a very well planned party where there were lots of drinks and food for the guests. The music was supplied by a live band whose members clearly knew their trade and yours truly compered the event. It was truly a night to remember, the décor was exquisite and almost every guest, all of whom were gorgeously dressed in white attire, danced to the very rich mix of melodious music that the band churned out.
All through the trip, I was very careful with my diet until Sunday 8th September 2019, which was my last day on this trip, I guess it is safe to describe the day as a calorific day. I had an early flight to catch the following morning, so my plan was to rest for most part of the day, pack my luggage and prepare for my trip back to Nigeria on Monday 9th September, but according to Mr. Tonny Muiruri Mutungu, whom I fondly call ‘Oga Tonny’, “our trip to Kenya, particularly Nairobi, wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t visit the Carnivore”. Oga Tonny, is a very senior colleague in the Tourism industry in Africa, so when such a person spares time from his very busy schedule to take you out, it is completely out of line to refuse such a kind gesture. So my leaving for the Carnivore was just a matter of being polite, but my trip there and journey back to the hotel was another matter entirely, as I was most thrilled. The Carnivore is undoubtedly a popular tourist destination; it is an open-air restaurant in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Carnivore’s specialty is meat, and features an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. I was told that the restaurant when it was established in 1980 by the Tamarind group, seated 350 people in 1999 with the restaurant’s 330 employees serving over 1000 people per day. The wild game, including giraffe, wildebeest, ostrich and crocodile whose meat was served then, was raised on Hopcraft Ranch, 25 miles outside Nairobi, but ever since the sale of wild game meat was banned in Kenya in 2004, the restaurant now serves meat from domestic animals such as beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, as well as farmed ostrich and crocodile meat. The meat is skewered on Masai swords, cooked on coals, and served on cast-iron plates. The restaurant does have a vegetarian option for those who don’t eat meat. It ranked 47th on Restaurant magazine‘s “World’s Best 50 Restaurants” list in 2003.
Another major highlight of my trip to Kenya was the fact that I was able to see my age long sister and friend, Fifi Josephine Rurangwa, Head of Africa Expansion and Airline Partnerships for Wakanow.com limited. It was Fifi who listed some must visit Kenya itinerary for me and said that I cannot really appreciate the nature’s splendor that Kenya’s has got to offer until I have visited the following places:
The Masai Mara Natural Park, which is home to the Great Migration and Africa’s exceptional wildlife, the reserve according to her boasts some of the region’s most varied topography, including hilly terrain, an escarpment leading to a plateau, and wide-open central plains that form much of the reserve. Wildlife-watching is the main event there, providing for outstanding sightseeing.
Another must visit place is the Famous Tsavo National Park East,which is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometres, and the place where the Legendary pair of the Tsavo Man-eating Lions lived. Situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert, it was opened in April 1948, and is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province. The park is divided into east and west sections by the A109 road and a railway. It is named after the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.
Mombasa, which is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It is the country’s oldest (circa 900 AD) and second-largest city (after the capital Nairobi), with an estimated population of about 1.5 million people in 2017. Its metropolitan region is the second largest in the country and has a population of approximately 3 million people. Mombasa is a regional cultural and economic hub; it has an extra-large port and an international airport, and is an important regional tourism center. Located on the east coast of Kenya, it is also the home to one of Kenya’s State Houses, and is considered by some as a second capital in all but name. Mombasa’s location on the Indian Ocean has made it a historical trading center and in the past had been controlled by different countries because of its strategic location.