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The Biggest Sports Festival in Amuwo Odofin – AmuwoGames berths in Grand Style

AmuwoGames was flagged off by the Local Government Chairman of Amuwo Odofin ably represented by the Vice Chairman – His Excellency, Mr. Segun Idris by lifting the Games torch at about 11:00am yesterday, November 05, 2017.

The torch relay which featured prominent personalities and celebrities in Amuwo Odofin including, Faze, African China, K Peace of Nigerian Idol fame, the Chairman of the Oriade LCDA, Ward councillors, the Festival Town Residents Association President – Mr Sola Fakorede, and other resident association chairmen ended with the final entry into the venue of the opening ceremony with the initiator of the AmuwoGames concept and founder of the BizzyBody NG – Mr. Oluwaseun Ayeni, lifting the torch into the venue at 1:30pm.

Already present at the venue were athletes from different parts of the local government in their colours and the representatives of the sponsor companies which includes Eva Water, Alat, Fero Mobile, Play TV etc. waiting to receive the dignitaries.

 

The ceremony was officially opened by Seun Ayeni with a brilliant speech, highlighting the dreams, challenges and eventual victory of an athlete and comparing it with the conceptualising, planning and eventual success of the AmuwoGames dream, he urged everyone to follow their dreams as see it through to fruition just has he has done with his on this laudable concept.

Seun Ayeni Declares AmwuoGames Open in 2017
Seun Ayeni Declares AmwuoGames Open in 2017

Further remarks were made by the Chairman of the Amuwo Odofin Lcoal Government, and the House of Assembly Representative Member of the Amuwo Odofin Constituency – Honourable Dipo Olorunrinu at the ceremony.

Highlights of the ceremony included ceremonial kickoff of the football match by Honourable Dipo Olorunrinu, and music performance by K Peace, to cheer people of his home zone who are also the hosts of the festival.

The first football match was played between the Festal Sharks and the host team Mile 2 Lions, and this saw the Festal Sharks proceed into the semi finals as they defeated the home team 2 – 1.

Live feeds were broadcasted over social media handles of the AmuwoGames – @AmuwoGames in response to the popular demand of people in diaspora who are really interested in participating in the festive fun.

AmuwoGames will be a uniting factor in our community and it will also serve as a source of talent discovery, as we hope to discover fresh talents from the competition says co-organizer of the AmuwoGames – Mr. Kunle Keshinro. We are sure that people of Amuwo-Odofin will have a nice time this November, as the games run through, and we hope other communities emulate us in the future to build grassroot sports and the youths in general, he said, as he anchored the ceremony.

The AmuwoGames festival is endorsed and supported by the Lagos State Sports Commission, and will run through all the weekends in November – from November 4 -26. The festival highlights and live feeds can be followed @AmuwoGames on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on the official website of the games – AmuwoGames.com.

Lagos Endorses The Luxury Lifestyle Summit

Steve Ayorinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy has endorsed The Luxury Life Style Summit.

He made this endorsement on Thursday night as the special guest of honour at the closing cocktail of the two-day summit held at The Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

After the event, he would later take his endorsement further through a Facebook post he made on his wall on Friday 8, September when he wrote:

“Yesterday I had the privilege of being the Special Guest at the closing cocktail of the maiden edition of The Luxury Lifestyle Summit, spearheaded by Funke Osae-Brown with remarkable partnership from Tope Ogbe-Awe. The duo deserve commendation for drawing attention to a goldmine that can blossom the more – the luxury industry and associated luxury brands. The summit was timely in exploring how digital technology can draw the luxury experience closer…and how Lagos, a luxurious city brand itself, is the prime destination for the ultimate luxury experience. There was so much to discover and appreciate at the Federal Palace Hotel (Balmoral Hall) where it held. This summit deserves an encore and the support to grow into a full-fledge fair!”

He explained that the resilience of the organisers of the summit shows the unique resilience nature of the city.

“Lagos is a luxurious brand. Lagos is the most 29th expensive city in the world according to a ranking. It is speaking to the purchasing power in the city is high. It is a city that can focus on the brands that being confused on today at The Luxury Lifestyle Summit by Funke Osae-Brown and Tope Ogbeni-Awe, the two partners who put the event together. It offers good opportunities for the kind of platform we have today. Lagos is a luxurious brand. Funke and Tope are making my job easier with initiatives like this. The luxurious brand Lagos is about driving visitors to our city.”

Sheraton, Le Meridien and Four Points Hotels in Nigeria Celebrates Eid al-Adha in style

Abuja, Nigeria – August 28, 2017 – Sheraton, Le Meridien and Four Points Hotels in Nigeria promises a steady flow of engaging events, family time and exceptional offers this holy month.

The Hotels made up of Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Lagos, Le Meridien Ogeyi Place brings the promise of a true Eid al-Adha experience to all its valued patrons.

According to the Area General Manager for the Hotels in Nigeria –Mr. Barry Curran “our room rates this season start from as low as N39, 999 and includes free access to internet, complimentary buffet breakfast all-inclusive of taxes”.

At Le Méridien Ogeyi Place Port Harcourt, we juxtapose modern amenities with Port Harcourt’s intriguing culture, minutes from the city’s business center. Our visitors will be glad to enjoy a late check out based on availability as well as Complimentary Access to the Pool and Gym if you book now and stay from Aug. 25 – Sept. 10, 2017, valid for arrivals Friday through Sunday.

Other enticing offers there include an N 160,000 room package for three nights with complimentary breakfast for two, free access to recreational facilities as well as high-speed internet, while children under 9 years eat free for stays commencing Aug. 25 – Sept. 10, 2017 -Valid for arrivals Friday through Sunday.

Those visiting Four Points by Sheraton Lagos our innovative brand close to the beaches, corporations, and culture of the Lekki Peninsula; can enjoy our Complimentary Buffet, Breakfast, free access to our Steam, Sauna, pool and Gym as well as Complimentary premium Internet from Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2017.

If you visit Sheraton Lagos Hotel we encourage you to share tempting tastes, connect with friends, or go for a swim during this period. We are glad to offer you our special welcome drink, with elevated room facilities including 4pm late check-out based on availability; from Sept. 1 – Sept. 10, 2017, valid all days of the week.

For our guests arriving at Abuja, we welcome you to connect with

Sheraton Abuja Hotel where a pool, warm venues, and familiar comforts ensures a re-energizing stay. Share in the Joy of the Season with an enriching Eid food and beverage offer of a Sumptuous 2-Course Meal (A main dish with a salad or dessert)

And soft drink of choice alongside a pampering all day access to the Sheraton Fitness (Pool, Steam/Sauna, Gym).

 

While the Hotel’s compelling package consists of Complimentary Breakfast for two, 15% discount on meals at the Pool Bar & Restaurant ( during stay), Complimentary access to Tennis, Squash and Basketball courts, Gym, Pool, Steam and Sauna as well as internet if you book now and stay from Aug. 31 – Sept. 4, 2017, valid for arrivals Thursday through Monday.

Our lavish Eid buffet meal offerings at our Pumpkin Leaf ( former Crockpot) Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Papillion-Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Ororo-Le Meridien Ogeyi Place Port Harcourt and Brazzerrie- Four Points Sheraton Lagos restaurants to great get-away offers on room rates are tailored to ensure the utmost satisfaction of our loyal customer.

“We are good and ready to cater to all the particular needs of our customers this Holiday season and our dedicated teams look forward to making each guest experience truly unforgettable,” concludes Barry Curran.

For more information on our offers in Nigeria kindly visit: http://www.africa.starwoodoffers.com/eid

East-West Road collapse threatens $50b investment

The collapse of a section of the East-West Road in Eleme in Rivers State has paralysed investments estimated at more than $50 billion in the Eleme-Onne axis of the industrial hub of the state. That section of the road had been virtually impassable for about two years but it became a real logistic nightmare last week following the collapse of the bridge that allows access to the two petroleum refineries in Eleme, the Onne Port complex, including Onne Free Zone; the Indorama/Eleme Petro-chemical Plant, Notore Petro-Chemical Industries and many businesses within the corridor.

 

Head of Operations and Technical Services at the Oil and Gas Free Zones (OGFZA), which is the regulator of the Onne Free Zone, Mr Adekunle Ajayi said businesses cut off by the collapse of the East-West Road in Eleme are collectively worth more than $50 billion. Those businesses include Intels, which is the Onne Free Zone developer, the West African Container Terminal (WACT), Brawal Shipping Company, all the IOCs represented in the free zone.

Among government establishments that are equally cut off by the collapsed road are OGFZA, the NPA, Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Naval College, and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Besides these investments, there are lots of sundry businesses and government establishments along the corridor up to Ogoni that are also no longer accessible from Port Harcourt because of the failure of the road.

Commenting on the condition of the road, the Managing Director of OGFZA, Mr Umana Okon Umana, said apart from its adverse impact on existing businesses in the axis, the logistic crisis caused by the failed section of the road constitutes a serious deterrence to foreign direct investment which the Federal Government has been campaigning for. “No foreign investor wants to stake his money where he cannot have access to,” Umana said.

The OGFZA chief said he has drawn the attention of the Minister of the Niger Delta and the managing director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the condition of the road, commending the NDDC for its intervention. Umana however added that what is needed is a holistic and permanent solution to the bad state of the road.

The terrible condition of the road attracted the attention of the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike in 2016, who met with investors and government establishments within the axis. On the prompting of the state governor, the investors and the Rivers State Government contributed N3 billion to assist in the repair of the failed section of the road, which measures about seven kilometres. A member of the committee that was set up to implement the intervention on the road from the N3 billion collections said the money was disbursed to RCC to carry out repairs of the road.

However, less than two years after, the road has become impassable again. The East-West Road is a Federal Government trunk ‘A’ road, intended to link the South-South, Southeast and Western parts of the country together

By: Tolulope Lawani
Culled from: The Nation Online
Image Source: Nairaland

Delta to launch nonstop service from Lagos to New York

Airline now serves two cities in United States from Nigeria, introducing Airbus A330-200

LAGOS, August 20, 2017 – Delta Air Lines [NYSE:DAL] is launching three weekly nonstop flights from Lagos to New York-JFK, effective March 25, 2018. When combined with the existing four-times a week nonstop service to Atlanta, Delta will offer a daily operation from Nigeria to its U.S. hubs.

The announcement comes as the airline prepares to celebrate 10 years of service to Nigeria in December and remains the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Nigeria and the United States. Delta will operate both its New York-JFK and Atlanta routes using Airbus 330-200 aircraft, which are equipped with Wi-Fi and feature 34 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin.

“Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and a mainstay in our African network,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President Transatlantic. “As we look ahead to the next decade, we are improving the product offering with the A330 and increasing the number of seats from Lagos.”

Delta’s Lagos to New York-JFK flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and the return on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Night-time departures from Lagos have been scheduled to offer customers easy connections to more than 60 onward destinations via Delta’s New York-JFK hub including Boston, Washington, Baltimore and Chicago.

“We’re proud to be the only airline to offer service to multiple U.S. destinations from Nigeria. Nigeria is an important market for Delta and this new flight reflects the increased demand for travel between the U.S. and Lagos,” said Jimmy Eichelgruen, Delta’s Commercial Director for Africa, the Middle East and India. “Alongside the increased number of travel options, our service is tailored for our Nigerian customers, offering regional cuisine using local ingredients and showing popular Nollywood blockbusters as part of our inflight entertainment.”

Highlights of Delta’s Lagos to New York-JFK and Atlanta on-board service include:

  • Fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin, arranged in a ‘herringbone’ configuration with individual aisle access.
  • Chef-curated meal options in Delta One, featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally-inspired meals in the Main Cabin, served with complimentary beverages.
  • TUMI amenity kits in Delta One, plus a sleep kit with travel essentials for passengers in the Main Cabin.
  • Complimentary in-flight entertainment with Delta Studio at every seat, featuring Nollywood movies as well as Hollywood titles, hundreds of hours of TV, music and games.
  • Wi-Fi available for purchase
  • RFID checked bag tracking updates direct to mobile devices

Delta is the leading U.S. airline in Africa and flies to four African cities:  Accra, Ghana, Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Lagos. The airline also has sales offices in a number of additional markets, including Kenya and Uganda.

 

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 329 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

 

 

UK Department of International Trade Announces Arrival of new Trade Director for West Africa

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) in Nigeria, and the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, is delighted to welcome the new West Africa Trade Director, Kate Rudd, to spearhead bilateral trade activity in the region. Kate is based in the financial capital, Lagos, covering UK-Africa trade in the coastal countries from Senegal to Gabon. She’s looking forward to become more acquainted with the culture and business of Nigeria and the wider region.

After beginning her career in the private sector at KPMG, Kate has served in Her Majesty’s Government for over 14 years and comes to Lagos directly from Khartoum where she was Deputy Ambassador.  Prior to that Kate was HM Consul General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was head of the British trade team in Baghdad, Iraq. While at KPMG in London Kate specialised in the telecom industry and completed a Masters in International Business.  She has also worked and studied in Japan and Hong Kong.

On her arrival, Kate said “I’m delighted to have arrived in vibrant Lagos to increase bilateral trade and investment in Nigeria and the coastal countries from Senegal to Gabon.  Until last month I was Deputy Ambassador in Khartoum, Sudan and have worked and travelled in Africa.  West Africa is new to me, so I very much look forward to exploring this fascinating part of the continent alongside forging new business relationships and growing bilateral trade

The Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting Britain’s exports abroad, attract inward investment, formulate trade policy and protect the UKs closest trading relationships.

Follow Kate on Twitter @KateElmesRudd, HM Government profile:  https://www.gov.uk/government/people/kate-rudd

 

For further information contact:

Gbemi Sikuade| Engagement & Communications Officer, West Africa | Department for International Trade | Nigeria | 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos| Tel: +234 (0)812 810 8740 +234 (1) 277 0780-2 Ext – 326 2287 |E-mail: gbemisola.sikuade@fco.gov.uk

 

Looking for a Perfect Vacay Spot? 6 Reasons to Visit Durban

Feeling stressed and you’re looking for the perfect getaway without breaking the bank? A lot of people don’t know the potential that African tourism industry has to offer and we have to be able utilize what we have to make Africa great. Known for its warm climate and luxurious beaches, Durban is the busiest and largest urban area in the South African province of KwaZulu – Natal. The Durban experience offers one of the best dining, entertainment attractions and hospitality centres in Africa.

1. Explore the array of dishes at the Roma Revolving Restaurant.

Known for its classic elegance, it’s located on the top of John Ross House and designed to rest on top of a revolving platform. The restaurant offers panoramic 360 degree view of Durban city and has this old school feel and design. The extensive array of dishes, specialities and wine list earns an A+ for the restaurant. It will cost about 400 rands (9000 naira) for a table for two, depending on the menu items.

2. Place a bet on your horse at Durban July.

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If you love betting, then this is for you.  Durban July is one of the largest horse racing events held in Greyville racecourse annually. The entrance tickets or the event is 220 rands, (6000 Naira) packages are usually given out at different hospitality centre at the events. When the event is not happening, the entry into Greyville is free and you can book a table for 180 rands. (4800 Naira)

 

3. Take part of the luxurious lifestyle at Wild Coast Sun

Wild Coast Sun offers so many family friendly activities and attractions inside the resort; there are some of the best water ride parks at the Wild Waves Water Park, The Magic Company at Aloha offers interactive video games and you and your kids can try your hands at bowling at the Cosmic Ten Pin Bowling. There are also activities offered to adults i.e. Quad biking, the casino and others. The room rate starts as low as 1570 rands (4000 Naira) and features free Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, spa and shuttle buses to attractions.

4. Take in the local life at Victoria Street Market.

Do you want to experience Durban’s culture and people? This is the perfect place to spend the day, there are over 170 stalls that showcases different aspects of the Durban culture they have saris, scarves, arts and crafts, woven blends for reasonable prices, and what makes the market so special is the array of African and Indian spice blends. The market makes you appreciate the beauty of the culture.

5. Go on a boat cruise at Durban North Beach

You can enjoy the boat cruise with family and friends at the Durban North Beach, there is also a booze cruise, if you’re into something like that. The promenade is a paved walkway linking Blue Lagoon in the north with Addington in the South. Apart from the boat cruise, you can also take a rickshaw ride around the beachfront.  The beach also allows skateboarding, surfing, body boarding, swimming and sunbathing – an all-in-one package.

6. Shop till you drop at Gateway Mall

Welcome to Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the largest mall in Africa! Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Gateway is a shopping centre located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It has been twice hailed as the shopping centre of the year. Check out their latest sales and discounts at the various stores in the Gateway Mall.

 

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10 Days in Sun City premieres in South Africa

The much celebrated 10 Days in Sun City movie filmed in world class Sun International, Sun City Resort, South Africa is set to be showing in South African cinemas after a VIP premiere at Sun Central in Sun City which hosted celebrities from South Africa and across Africa.

The South African premiere of the movie is preceded by the earlier tremendous successful premiere in Lagos, Nigeria couple of months ago where the movie maintained the number one spot for several weeks on the Nigerian Box Office.

AY, producer of the movie has confidently mentioned that Sun City became the location of the movie after his exciting experience at the resort.

“Initially this movie was supposed to be shot in Paris. However, after my very first visit to Sun City I changed my mind and recrafted the script to be in tune with what I saw at the resort. I bet you, go see this movie which is currently making waves in Nigeria and Ghana cinemas and will be showing in the South African cinemas from 25 August this year, Sun City will definitely be your next holiday and celebration destination,” AY stated.

The 10 Days in Sun City movie showcased Sun International, Sun City Resort luxury which holds excitement and fun activities in an action-comedy movie starring super stars including Richard Mofe-Damijo; AdesuaEtomi; AY; FalzThe Bad Guy and a host of other Nigerian actors. American famous comic actor, Miguel Nunez Jr. and South African actors Amanda Du Pont; Thenjiwe Moseley and Celeste Ntuli also feature in the movie.

According to, Sun International, owners of Sun City resort where the movie was shot, 10 Days in Sun City provides another veritable platform to showcase the wonders of the resort to Africans and beyond.

Jennifer Beattie, Group Manager, Africa Sales and Marketing at Sun International said, “Sun International superior hotels and resorts profile makes it a recognized premium brand. The Sun International Group has a diverse profile of assets including world class five-star hotels, modern and well-located casinos, and some of the world’s premier resorts. Our destinations offer experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure, supported by an authentic dedication to personal service.”

“Our approach has been to differentiate our hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for our guests and customers is a core part of our DNA. We’ve created some of the world’s most iconic hotels from The Palace of The Lost City at Sun City to The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. The creative architecture of these properties and the blending of their designs with their local environment make each property unique,” Jennifer explained

Raul de Lima, General Manager of Sun City describes the resort as a fun filled one-stop destination that caters for every need of the traveller.

“Sun City is known as a world within a city because the resort ideally caters for all the needs of a traveller offering tailor-made experiences that last a lifetime,” Raul mentioned.

The movie 10 Days in Sun City will make you want to experience Sun City at its best! Watch the movie and then experience a life time of memorable moments when you visit the resort and other Sun International properties.