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JANUARY SWEET TREATS: SHERATON LAGOS HOTEL CELEBRATES A SWEET JANUARY

LAGOS – Jan 03, 2019 – Sheraton Lagos Hotel is excited to announce the start of the New Year with their indulging array of sweet treats to delight Patrons and Customers.

The hotel will activate their offerings from the 27th of January 2019 with the celebration of International Chocolate Cake day at the Pumpkin Leaf Restaurant.

According to the Deputy General Manager equally in charge of Food & Beverage – Mr. Farrukh Maqbool “Everyone will agree that chocolate cake is a rich and good for the soul. We are happy to give all our diners the opportunity to savor our delicious desert during our Sunday brunch and dinner”. Chocolate cake will be served all through in its variations”.

“We trust that both children and adults alike will enjoy this and leave very satisfied with what our experienced pastry chefs whip up”.

“Our second sweet treat will be available on the 30th of January, 2019. This will be in celebration of ‘world croissant day’.

Sheraton Lagos is known for its tasty varieties of croissant options and to celebrate; everyone who orders a cup of tea or coffee at the lobby bar will get a free croissant of their choice.

“This crescent shaped pastry known for its buttery and flaky feel is enjoyed by many and with the new additions to the croissant menu we trust it will be a hit with our guests.

“Our Sheraton Lagos teams are geared up to ensure that every bite is a delicious memory” Says Maqbool.

“At Sheraton Lagos Hotel we go beyond in being innovative when it comes to food and it delights us to offer something to our loyal customers which is eclectic and not currently in the market”.

By doing this, the hotel believes that it will be cementing its place as a hotel not just for business travelers but also as a venue that creates experiences for leisure seekers too.

With the hotel’s proven success and exceptional reputation in culinary expertise, The Sheraton Lagos Hotel looks forward to celebrating January with everyone.

Preparations heighten for Amuwo Carol 2018

Preparations for the 13th edition of the annual Amuwo Odofin Community Carol tagged Newness has gained momentum as the event comes up in few days.

The theme ‘Newness’ for this year’s edition was gotten from Isaiah 43:19 according to the SOP Initiative President and chief host of this event – Seun Ayeni.

Banners will start appearing in nooks and crannies of Amuwo Odofin estates while we sponsor social media posts to take care of those who may not come around before the D-day, Dare Ayeni, the Corporate Affairs team lead explains.

This year, we also plan to broadcast the event live, just to make sure those who no longer live in or those who by chance are not going to be in the area on the 24th of December are carried along.

The new set of SOP Initiative EXCOs who were just sworn in at the beginning of this year are excited with the challenge ahead and they hope to make the best of it says Funmi Amugo – Vice President of the group also known as the True Worshippers Family.

Details of the event which hopes to features resident ministers and guests like Adeyinka Praise, Praise Aglow, Osho shot and many more can be gotten on the official website of the event (amuwocarol.sopinitiative.org) and it’s social media pages – @amuwocarol.

Adekunle Gold, Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor, Stephanie Coker, Joselyn Dumas, Kemi Adetiba and more Experienced Gauteng, KZN and the Free State in Style With Great Wave of Excitement For the Global Citizens Concert

There is something about South Africa that makes each experience worth the trip… the scenic beauty of its landscape, the ever welcoming people, their rich cultural heritage and the variety of wines and cuisines. Best believe it is the perfect holiday destination. Need extra proof?
South African Tourism in partnership with Inifinix Nigeria hosted, Nigerian Singer, Adekunle Gold, Nigerian TV Presenter and Influencer, Stephanie Coker, Ghanaian Actor and Actresses, Joselyn Dumas and Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor critically acclaimed Nigerian Filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba, Bloggers and OAPs from Nigeria and Ghana, Tosin Ajibade, Noble Ezeala, Ono Bello, Ameyaw Debrah, Osi , Kemi Smallz, Lexis Bill, Eugune, and Francis Doku and Media Guru, Colette Otutesho on a 10 day trip to explore the offerings of South Africa.


One thing you are sure to experience in South Africa is luxurious accommodation with views that just starts your days right. From the Drakensberg Sun Resort in Drakensberg with the mountain views to Protea Hotels in Clarens with the swimming pools and the Davinci Hotel in Nelson Mandela Square – J’Burg which is perfect for shopping.


In South Africa – there’s something for everyone, you can relax, stay in beautiful properties, as well as experience wines and cuisines that will leave you coming back to South Africa again and again.
With South Africa only 6 hours away, the group arrived Johannesburg and set off on a road trip to ‘home’ for the next few days; Drakensberg Sun Resort. With fresh mountain air and awestruck views, the resort is situated high in the dramatic landscapes of Drakensberg also known as ‘the dragon mountain’.


After time spent on a plane and on a bus, rejuvenating spa sessions with complimentary drinks at the Champagne Sport Resorts was the perfect welcome to kickstart the vacay. After the pampering, came the food; the in-house cuisine at the Drakensberg Sun Resort was absolutely amazing and quintessentially South African.


What better way to take in the awe-inspiring and truly magnificent landscape of Drakensberg than going on a horse ride through the area. The group was definitely excited about the horse-back riding experience and was even more thrilled to go on a canoe ride on the Drakensberg’s lake.


Next stop for the group; Cathedral Peak Wine Estate. A must do when in South Africa is wine tasting, and when in Drakensberg, a must visit is the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate – the vineyards of this wine estate is simply magnificent, and the view is even more magical. The group got to sample some of the best of South African wine served with cheese and grapes over happy talks and bonding. For Adekunle Gold and Stephanie Coker, the wine tasting was the highlight of their trip.

This year being the Centenary of Nelson Mandela, the group took a long walk on the path to freedom as they visited the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. In 1952, Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts and a cultural and historical exhibition was set up at the site in his honor. The sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site comprises of 50 steel columns that were laser cut to form an image of Mandela when viewed at the correct angle. The walk to the capture site was a monumental moment for the group as they got a deeper insight on the fight of Mandela for the freedom of the people of South Africa.


Ready for another road trip, the group was back on the tour bus and it was goodbye Drakensberg and hello! Clarens. The small town of Clarens – just a 3 to 4 hours drive from Johannesburg- is situated at the foothill of the magnificent Maloti Mountian. Clarens welcomed the guests with beautiful sun kisses, and something to get the blood pumping – Quad Biking and Zip Lining at Clarens Xtreme. Dear adrenaline lovers, this has got to be your first stop when you visit Clarens and the best part of it is you do not have to break a bank. Most activities are as little as a half-/full day R250/350.


From a time of adventure, to a time with the people of the Basotho Cultural Village. The Basotho Cultural Village, located at the foot of huge sand stone mountains would take you through time, highlighting the lifestyle of the people of South Sotho from the 16th century to the present. The group was welcomed into the “khotla”, the gathering place of men and had a sip of the traditional beer offered as a gesture of the Basotho hospitality.


Ready to explore more, the crew hit the beautiful streets of Soweto, where Adekunle Gold couldn’t help but beatbox to the music of one of the locals… music is a universal and no matter your country, the music always unites us all.
Next stop was the Mandela House, also known as the Nelson Mandela National Museum. The Mandela family’s four-roomed Soweto home houses various memorabilia, artworks, awards and honorary doctorate conferred on Nelson Mandela and his family, as well as photographs of the family dating back to the 1950s. Mandela had lived here from 1946 to 1962, and the now museum houses the history on the life of Mandela featuring his works on promoting human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the people of South Africa. The group couldn’t help but feel the spirit of Mandela still lived on.

This year had been a long walk through history for the people of South Africa as it marked the 100th year of the birth of Nelson Mandela and to further honor his legacy, the Global Citizens Festival put together the Mandela 100 concert at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg as part of one of the biggest campaigns to end extreme poverty across the world. With Trevor Noah as the host and performance by A-list artists such as Beyoncé and Jay Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, and our very own Wizkid, Femi Kuti, D’banj, Tiwa Savage and many more. The ever welcoming and hospitable people of South Africa hosted over 70,000 visitors from different parts of the world for the festival. The guests were thrilled to be a part of such historical event.


No better way to end a fun filled trip than a time out shopping at the beautiful Sandton Mall.
The beautiful moments and memories made on the trip were also captured on the Infinix Zero 6 and we are officially looking forward to seeing South Africa through the lens of the Zero 6 as this ground-breaking device is set to launch in Nigeria January 2019.

See all the adventure on Instagram @travel2Sa @infinixnigeria
#MySAExperience #DiscoverSAwithZero6

Indomix, African China, GT da Guitarman, Seun Ayeni push community service through Battle of the Sounds Amuwo

Artistes, celebrities, influencers and their friends have come together to execute a community service and youth empowerment in Amuwo Odofin via an initiative created by BizzybodyNG – an event tech solutions company headed by Seun Ayeni.
Seun Ayeni delivering the Opening Speech at BOTS2018

             

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The initiative – Battle of the Sounds is a month long music competition which had over 60 contestants battle in five popular and vibrant genres of music including Reggae-Dancehall, Fuji, Afropop, Acapella and Hardcore Rap.
In a statement by Seun Ayeni, he said, “This concept was born out of the same objectives we hoped to achieve with sports when we started the Mini Sports Festival tagged AmuwoGames in 2017. The energy is out there, the youths are ready to dissipate it, we just need to create a positive media to channel this energy. Music is as good as sports when it comes to getting these objectives achieved, and so, here we are”.
The Grand Finale of the Battle of the Sounds held on November 25th at an Amuwo Odofin Community playground sharing borders with the popular Amuwo Odofin Primary School in Jakande Estate, Mile 2.
Resident celebrities like GT da Guitarman, Indomix, African China and Kpeace and their friends were present as judges and special guests at the Grand Finale and on different days of the competition. Faze, who was also a judge at the opening was unavoidably absent at the finals due to logistic reasons. Other celebrities at the closing were Lafup the Comedian, Babahkay, Kobi Mighty and others.

Performances at the ceremony included music acts by Sheun Natural, Runnjozzy, Pablow and many other resident artistes in Amuwo Odofin.
The presence of the Amuwo Odofin LG boss – Engineer Valentine Buraimoh was also felt through out the competition, as he was represented by delegates at different times, especially by Hon ‘Aquarium’ Ojomo who was also present at the closing ceremony which witness a huge crowd of about 2000 persons.
Prizes of N100,000, recording deals given to contestants were further augmented by prizes which also included cash from African China’s – Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the five categories, Indomix and Kobi Mighty’s cash prize for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the Hardcore Rap categories, recording and studio session deals from Indomix, 4th April Beats and Festac Mag’s bosses – Destiny Orimidu and Ameen respectively and free music video shoot for one of the Acapella groups.

Other prizes presented included Samsung Nigeria’s mobile phone gift for three outstanding persons in the competition, Instant cash and t-shirt souvenir prizes by Baudex – a resident social media influencer to freestyle winners on competition days, Globacom’s freebies to audience at the opening ceremony and FestacOnline’s discounted social media promo package for all contestants.
It was indeed a novel initiative and should be replicated in various communities if possible says the Publisher of Inside Watch Africa – Seyi Adegoke-Adeyemo.
For more news, videos and pictures from the event, please visit battleofthesounds.com or just follow @battleofthesounds or @bizzybodyng on social media.

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.