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.

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

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.

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

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.

The Voice Achievers Award, The Netherlands, Releases List Of 2018 Awardees

Almere, The Netherlands – 20th September 2018 – The Voice Magazine, the organizers of The Voice Achievers  award has released the official list of the 2018 winners as part of activities to mark the Magazine’s 19th year anniversary. The Award is an appreciation of individuals, organizations and professionals that have made exceptional contribution towards the advancement of Africa and her people in various fields of human endeavour. This year’s list contain multi-facial recipients drawn from around the world.

The awardees will be recognized on November 23rd at the annual “The Voice Achievers Award” holding in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Preparations are underway to celebrate the winners at African’s most elegant ceremony in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

It is a two-day event commencing from 22nd of November with a round table discussion/business networking on the theme: “Reinventing the future of Africa now”. A panel of discussants will interrogate this subject in an interactive session with the audience. There will be an exhibition of goods and services across the hall, thereby creating a window for the exposition of your goods and services. This is a strategic opportunity to promote your businesses and services to a unique audience.

The 2018 Award Committee, rigorously and meticulously chose from a pool of prominent nominees for their notable accomplishments in various fields of human endeavour – businesses and service to humanity.
As it is in our tradition, the unblemished and conscientious work of our Award Committee bears its testament to these wonderful set of awardees for 2018.
Below is a complete list of 2018 Awardees.

(1) Governor Godwin Obaseki, (Nigeria)
(2) Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (Nigeria)
(3) Dr. Osahon Enabulele (Nigeria)
(4) Miatta Fahnbulleh (USA/Liberia)
(5) George Wachiuri (Kenya)
(6) Gloria Jones (USA/Sierra Leone)
(7) Patti Boulaye, OBE (United Kingdom)
(8) Eyo Bassey (Nigeria)
(9) Emeka Okonkwo (E-money) (Nigeria)
(10) Her Excellency, Ambassador Vestine Nahimana (Burundi)
(11) Princess Tokunbo Adenike Ajayi (Nigeria)
(12) John Bunyeshuli (Rwanda)
(13) Pastor Chuks Anizor (Nigeria)
(14) Margaret Anizor (Nigeria)
(15) Terabel Marini (Cameroon/Italy)
(16) Don Ceder (The Netherlands)
(17) Abada Iwuchukwu (The Netherlands/Nigeria)
(18) Patrick Ngambi (Cameroon)
(19) Ambassador Charles Onyebuchi Onyieke (Nigeria/Germany)
(20) Funke Oshonaike (Nigeria/Germany)
(21) Owuor Jakano (DJ) (Kenya)
(22) Tony Airhenbuwa (Germany)
(23) Uche Nwatarali (Nigeria/The Netherlands)
(24) Christine Among (Uganda)
(25) Sunday Eromosele (United Kingdom)
(26) Mary Tataw (Cameroon)
(27) Princess Tina Amuziam (Nigeria)
(28) Joy Zenz (Germany)
(29) De Cardinals International Friends Club (The Netherlands)
(30) Assumpta Gahutu (Angola)
(31) Eve Pamba (France)
(32) Dr. Angela Okemena Unufe-Kennedy (United Kingdom)
(33) Gideon Boateng (Belgium/Ghana)
(34) Lilian Ogechi Esoro (Nigeria)
(35) Shan George (Nigeria)
(36) Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero (Nigeria)
(37) Iwan Wilfred Leeuwin (Surinam)
(38) Dennis de Almeida (Ghana)
(39) David Smith (United Kingdom)
(40) Prince Afolabi Obasuyi (Nigeria)
(41) Muzaffer Kosan (Turkey)
(42) Shirley Ogechi Igwe (Nigeria)

The Voice magazine has been a trusted media name for almost two decades, communicating news, events, promoting businesses and connecting consumers to top-rated services across the Diaspora. We provides unique media tools and support business activities to improve the local service experience for both clients and consumers.

“The award honours top on the ladder of success stories and recognizes upcoming individuals whose ambition is to make it to the top. It is a blend of the young and the older generation to share experiences and exchange ideas and network for future advancement of their services.

The Publisher and Chairman of The Editorial Board of The Voice Magazine, The Netherlands, Elvis Iruh, sums it up: “It is our belief that the Award winners will continue to have significant effect on the advancement of Africa and her people. Through the support of their businesses, hard work, social activities, philanthropy, service to humanity, academic and personal development skills, we are simply encouraging you to continue the good work because one day you will be publicly appreciated and acknowledged. It is our obligation to empower and inspire the younger generation coming behind to improve the life experiences of others through their career and other works”.

The Voice Achievers Award will host ‘a dress to impress’ Award Gala Evening at De Koning Party & Event center, Amsterdam. The event will showcase the awardees and celebrate their success stories.

 

For more information & Media Contact:
The Voice media department
Elvis Iruh: +31648519292
Abeka Salmin Abdallah: +31629340503
info@thevoicenewsmagazine.com
https://www.thevoiceachieversaward.com
www.thevoiceachieversaward.com

South African Tourism Partners With Sun International And South African Airways To Reward Upcoming Travel Agents

In support of Small and Medium Scale Business in the Travel Industry in Nigeria, South African Tourism (SAT) partnered with South African Airways (SAA) and the Sun International (SI) to give 9 small and upcoming travel agents (trade) executives an opportunity to explore South Africa and have their products at a Brand Expo which took place on 29th & 30th June 2018 at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. The 9 travel agencies taken on the trip includes Crew Training Institute, Greater View Travels, Saffron Travels, Apeiron Travels, Vectra Travels, Foshizi Tours, Teeysz Tours, Akenn Tours and Nje Tours.

Taking off in the brand new South African Airways Airbus A330-300 series from Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and led by Trade Relations Manager, South African Tourism West Africa, Mr Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa and Mrs Motunrayo Ajomale of South African Airways Nigeria, the trade executives were prepped ahead of the two-week power packed and exciting trip to South Africa. Arriving at the O.R Tambo International Airport in the early hours of the 2nd of August, the travel agents were whisked off on a 30-minute drive to the Maslow Hotel in the heart of Sandton.

While SAA was responsible for providing the flight to South Africa, Sun International provided the befitting accommodation at Maslow for the travel agents and SAT provided the experiences & ground logistics throughout their stay in South Africa. The experiences were specially curated to give the agents a chance to experience that culture and the variety of memorable attractions that South Africa offers in & around Gauteng (Johannesburg & Pretoria) & North West (Sun City) provinces which was the coverage area of the fam trip while they sell the beautiful country as a top travel destination.

Unaware of the many robust attractions and world-class locations in South Africa, many tour operators have been limited in offering South Africa as a potential holiday destination to their clients due to negative mind-sets about the country. Through the hosting, the travel agents who went on the trip were able to see a different side of South Africa and also experience the warmth and diversity of her people. From the visit to the Lesedi Cultural Village to the trip to Soweto, home of the legend, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the travel agents had an opportunity to interact with South Africans who welcomed them with warm smiles and were also eager to share their culture with them.  At the Lesedi Cultural Village, less than one-hour drive from Jo-burg, they encountered people of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho origin. From listening to individual cultural stories of the people, to tours of the local houses, the travel agents received a fuller picture of the South African heritage.

While exploring top tourist destinations like Gold Reef City theme park and Sun City Resort, a world-class resort that offers a wide variety of hotels, attractions and events, including the luxurious Palace of the Lost City where they stayed, the travel agents were also able to witness, first-hand, the fun side of South Africa. Boasting of many top tourist attractions with exciting activities, South Africa is a place to go and let your hair down, either alone or with family or friends. Individually or in a group, South Africa has something for everyone. There are also a wide variety of activities from mountain climbing to zip lining to suit different interests and passions. The travel agents were able to take part in these activities as they continued to explore South Africa during their the one-week visit.

Aside from the places visited and the activities they were involved in, the trade had a taste of indigenous South Africa food bursting with flavours and richness in palate. At Maboneng, which boasts of a wide selection of restaurants and artistic stores for visitors to enjoy, the trade tucked into sumptuous meals and they also had an opportunity to experience foot tour of the artistic environment, South African style.

Seeing the beauty in the natural landscape in South Africa while taking a tour of Johannesburg, the trade was convinced that South Africa is the top travel destination which everyone should experience. Conversations throughout the trip was centered around building the capacity of the trade and giving inputs to help them scale their travel business and offer competitive services to their clients.

According to Victoria, MD, Akenn Travels, “This was a huge privilege given us even as a relatively new business, we have taken this with both hands and commit to delivering on the purpose for which this hosting was put together.” while Ms Tina Tinachi, MD, Nje Tours says “The trip was amazing, fun & informative”

On a similar note, Mrs Folasade Adegboyega of Apeiron Travel & Tours confessed “I have been to SA a couple of times, but this experience was exceptional. There was so much to do & see that time didn’t permit us. South Africa is an AMAZING destination. I will sure visit & sell again and again.”

With South Africa as a top travel destination in their minds, the travel agents now understand the key highpoints of the country that their clients must encounter. What better way to sell a location as a potential holiday destination than to have first-hand experience of the fullness of what the location has to offer? The travel agents ended the tripped equipped to increase and diversify their offerings to their clients and curate the best experiences in the travel packages they offer to them.

 

 

 

Senator Ita Giwa, Banky W And Others Visit The South African Tourism Stand At Akwaaba African Travel Market 2018

It was a delightful experience for all attendees at the 14th AKWAABA African Travel Market held at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos from the 9th to the 11th of September 2018.

AKWAABA – African Travel market is the biggest Travel & Tourism Show in West Africa hosting exhibitors and buyers to meet with airlines, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, travel agents, state tourism boards, foreign trade and tourism sectors from over 20 countries in Africa and the UAE.

 

Making a mark this year at AKWAABA was South African Tourism, with its alluring  and fascinating destination stand where it engaged with Trade, Consumers and Exhibitors alike, sharing information on the amazing offerings the destination has to offer in line with the focus of the event for this year 2018 which included; introducing and encouraging African tour operators who promote African destinations to Africans, growing future of Aviation in Africa, showcasing wining and dining as a key element of tourism through food fair, wedding destinations, SPA and Wellness across Africa and engaging youths in Africa Tourism & Travel.

At the opening, Trade Relations Manager: West Africa for South African Tourism, Mr. Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa received the DG, Nigerian National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Chief Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who declared the exhibition open alongside other top dignitaries from across the continent at the South African Tourism Destination Stand. The DG expressed his admiration saying “We are very proud of South Africa as they made the whole of Africa proud during the World Cup 2010 as the first African Country to host the World Cup”

   

 

One of the key game changer at Akwaaba Travel Market this year was the inclusion of the Local & Small scale Tour Operators & Travel Agents to exhibit as it attracted more foot fall from their own clients & followers.” Kwajaffa extended a huge appreciation to the founder of AKWAABA, Mr. Ikechi Uko for organizing a good event this year and also thanked Stakeholders from National Association of Nigeria travel Agency, Nigeria Association of Tour Operators & Tour Operators of Ghana who visited the stand to show their continued support and partnership “this gave us opportunity to showcase destination South Africa to more than the usual clientele hence reaffirming SAT’s commitment to supporting such initiatives & activities in the market. Congratulations to all the award winners of the Top 100 Africa Tour Operators and the organizers for a well-organized event – he further said.

Also in attendance, NANTA BOT Chairman, Mr Steve Isokarie, NATOP President, Hajiya Bilikisu Abdul, FTAN President, Alhaji Rabo Kareem, HATMAN President, Mr Badaki Aliyu Ajayi, NANTA National VP, Mrs Susan, NANTA VP Lagos Zone, Mrs Lola Adewale, NANTA VP Western Zone, Mr Dagunduro Tokumbo all of Nigeria and from Ghana TOUGHA President, Mr Kwesi Eyison, GHATOF Rep, Mr Ahmed Naaman, and celebrities such as Ghanaian famous actor, Van Vicker and Nigeria’s famous Singer, Producer, Actor, Banky W, resounding Nigerian Contemporary Vocalist & Chanter, Ire ‘D’ Stage Diva and many more who visited the South African Tourism destination stand.

AKWAABA was a valuable opportunity for the African Trade Market to network and discuss, trade businesses with others across the continent.

MANDELA DAY TURNS “MANDELA WEEK” IN HONOUR OF MANDELA CENTENARY 2018 CELEBRATIONS IN NIGERIA

It was a week-long of activities in Lagos & other parts of Nigeria in commemoration of the goodwill and life of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s globally recognized Nobel Peace laureate and the first democratically-elected President of South Africa.

The Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, led by the South African Consulate Lagos was in collaboration with South African Tourism West Africa, United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) both in Nigeria.

The week began with a press briefing on the theme of this year’s Mandela Centenary celebration “Be The Legacy” and upcoming events planned to keep the legacy alive. South African Tourism had major media houses, trade partners, stakeholders and associates in attendance throughout the various activities.

CG, SAHC with SAT TRM WA & ushers in Xhosa traditional attire

 

The Consul General SA Consulate in Lagos, Ambassador Darkey Africa said: “This year is to celebrate and highlight the key role Mandela played in securing freedom of the South Africans, on how Mandela pushed for peace, embraced people of various races and sort for reconciliation despite been imprisoned for 27 years.”

A lecture in honour of Mandela Centenary was held at the NIIA Office with renowned Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka as the keynote speaker alongside UNIC Nigeria Director, Mr Roland Kayanja and Prof. Modupe Faseke all emphasizing the numerous learnings worthy of emulation from the life of Madiba. As a highlight, Prof. Wole Soyinka recited a beautiful poem he penned in honour of Nelson Mandela titled: “And He Said No” following his personal encounters with Madiba. The lecture was followed by a photo exhibition of the life & times of Nelson Mandela at the NIIA Library with a cultural highlight of a fully dressed Xhosa man & woman representing Nelson Mandela’s traditional attire.

On July 18th, to celebrate Mandela’s birthday, the SA Tourism West Africa Hub office participated in a 67-minutes cleaning exercise of the Freedom Park Lagos, done with other partners, stakeholders and students from various schools in attendance. A lecture on the centenary was also held alongside cultural activities that included “The Mandela in You” drama on the life of Mandela acted by local students.

In Asaba Town of the Delta State, there was a tree planting activity at the Mandela Garden where five additional trees were planted, to add to the 95 trees previously planted on Mandela’s 95th birthday in 2013.

The week came to an end with an elegant South African dinner in honour of Madiba’s 100 Years with the guest of honour, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary General of Common Wealth of Nations who had very close interactions with Mandela and shared so much of his legacy to be emulated.

South African Tourism West Africa Hub used the opportunity to share some of the amazing content of the Mandela Centenary assets such as the Mandela Centenary AV, indoor & outdoor banners to mention a few throughout the various events.