Indaba 2018 – The Story

Tourism in Africa is being geared towards new heights as West African delegates alongside others from 80 different countries were recorded present at Africa Travel Indaba 2018.

Tourism in Africa is being geared towards new heights as delegates from 80 different countries were recorded present at Africa Travel Indaba 2018. The annual event which was once again held in Durban; Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa from the 7th to the 10th of May experienced a significant rise in participation from last year’s event with 23 African countries in attendance this year. The overall registrations saw an increase by 4% from last year’s figures reaching the 7000 mark. Total registered buyers increased by 14% from last year bring it to a total of 1747 registered buyers. With 200 first time exhibitors, there were over 1100 registered exhibitors, leading to a 57% increase from last year.

Indaba 2018 was position as a call to action to focus on the success of the continent as a whole, urging its people to go out and tell Africa’s story to the world. The event was rebranded from simply “Indaba” to “Africa’s Travel Indaba” highlighting a passion for Africa. This was announced by South Africa’s newly reinstated National Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom.

The Minister in his message at the official Welcome Networking Function said, “Tourism growth, and sharing the benefits of tourism, contribute to replacing poverty and despair with prosperity and hope. Africa’s Travel Indaba is the ideal springboard for further growth” he further spoke about Travel and Tourism being the fastest growing sector in the world “Tourism already contributes about 8% to Africa’s Gross Domestic Product and employs 6.5% of the workforce. Imagine the impact it will make on growth, jobs and livelihoods if, or rather when we double or quadruple that! We can exponentially increase the value that tourism brings by collaborating to make tourism work for everyone.”

Africa’s Travel Indaba gave qualified buyers who are really interested in selling Africa the opportunity to access the biggest variety of products on the continent, from the hidden gems in South Africa to the luxury experiences across Africa as a continent. It is not only about showcasing destinations, but the value-rich interactions that can lead to partnerships and trade agreements. These are the hallmarks that contribute to growth across the sector, rather than the success and growth of individual businesses.

To further strengthen existing partnership and collaboration within the continent, South African Tourism’s West African arm hosted 26 delegates from Nigeria and Ghana at the Africa’s Travel Indaba. Among the West African tourism delegations were Hajia Barkisu, President of the Tour Operators Association in Nigeria, Mr Kwesi Eyison ,The President of the Tour Operators Union in Ghana, Alhaji Rabo Salih, Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria ,The President of The Travel Agents of Nigeria , Mr Bankole Bernard, The Chief Editor and Publisher of Africa’s leading Travel and Tourism Magazine ATQ, and Founder of West Africa’s biggest tourism expo, Akwaaba Nigeria, Weizor Accra, Mr Ikechi Ucko, Mrs Nancy Sam the President of Women in Tourism Ghana , Mr Abeiku Aggrey Santana , CEO of Kaya Tours Ghana , Ameyaw Debrah, Francis Doku were among the 26 West African Delegation drawn from Ghana and Nigeria. The West African trade and media delegates who arrived South Africa days earlier, were treated to an incredible, activity filled exploration of South Africa. The were treated to some of the finest luxury South Africa has to offer at the Oubaai Gold resort The delegates enjoyed a variety of experiences including, quad biking, power boating on the Kysna lagoon, and picnics at Cape St.Francis. They explored Tsitsikamma Nature reserve and the very brave went bungee jumping. experienced

Mr Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South Africa Tourism, praised the Africa delegates for cooperating to promote and integrate the continent as one destination through tourism.

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SHERATON ABUJA HOTEL COMMEMORATES RAMADAN

Marks the Holy Month with exceptional Offers

Abuja, April 30, 2018 Sheraton Abuja Hotel  is glad to unveil its exceptional Ramadan offer for loyal guests and customers.

According to the General Manager of the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our enriching package during this holy month embodies a special celebration of food and culture inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing”. This is the reason we have organized an elaborate Iftar spread at our Papillion Restaurant with full Iftar buffet varieties and favorites at our Iftar table”.

“Our special Iftar menu will consist of delicious original traditional recipes as well as a live cooking station where our diners will enjoy the privilege of seeing firsthand their food being cooked to their desire”.

“We have also come up with a compelling Iftar buffet offer for just NGN9, 999 per person, while our customers may equally enjoy an early bird discount on tickets purchased before the 31st of May 2018”. Purchased tickets will be valid throughout Ramadan and Tickets sales will last until the 31st of May 2018”.

“To further inspire our diners, our Hotel team has organized a grand raffle draw were those participating at our Iftar venues will be eligible on the day of the event to win a selection of prizes ranging from a two nights stay with breakfast for two at the Sheraton Lagos Hotel or a two nights stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Lagos for two with breakfast for two or even a dinner for two at Sheraton Abuja”.

“Families and Friends will be inspired by our dedicated Ramadan spaces where our customers are sure to experience the true ambience of the Holy Month; within a relaxed atmosphere for meditation and prayer”.

“Live proceedings from Mecca will be viewed on a flat Screen Television.

“For those visiting Abuja, our Ramadan room rates will start from as low as NGN39, 999 all-inclusive of taxes and a complimentary Breakfast (Suhoor) alongside free Wi-Fi and access to our pool and Fitness Facilities”.

“We encourage all our loyal Patrons and Customers to a transformative Ramadan Experience at Sheraton Abuja Hotel  as our teams go beyond to make this Holy month truly exceptional” Said the General Manager.

Sheraton Abuja Hotel is located at 1 Ladi Kwali way P.M.B 143, Maitama Abuja, F.C.T Nigeria. T +234 9 461 2000 F +234 9 460 1510 sheratonabuja.com

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Post Event Press Release – Bellafricana ACE Awards 2018

The second edition of the African Creative Exhibition and Awards (ACE Awards) powered by Bellafricana held on Saturday, the 28th of April at DVenue, Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde, Lagos, Nigeria.

It was an awesome one day event which kicked off with an Exhibition display of 70 Creative brands in the Arts & Craft, Fashion, Home & Lifestyle, Health & Beauty and Food Produce and Snacks sectors.

Thanks to the support from Boulos Enterprises & Suzuki, a winner went home with a brand new Suzuki Hayate Motorcycle.

The Conference Key note remark was made by Mrs Ini Abimbola who gave a remarkable speech on “Creativity and Innovation in Nation Building” with 10 Experts; Mr Tobi Asehinde, Ms Sade Bembatoum-Young, Tricia Ikonwonba, Ms Geraldine Oku, Mr Lanre Adisa, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, Mrs Olanrewaju Oniyitan, Mr Adedunmade Onibokun, Mr Babatunde Faleke and Mrs Teju Abisoye.

You can almost still feel the exhilaration in the air resonating from the crowd on the day to witness this laudable event.

The peak of the event was a white carpet awards dinner which was opened by Honourable Commissioner of Commerce Ogun State, Otunba Bimbola Ashiru, represented by His SA Ms Sola Arobieke. There was Live music, poetry, comedy and much more. In attendance were 300 beautiful and distinguished guests, from art creators, art collectors, Executives, Delegates, Captains of Industry and stake holders.

The second edition was a bigger success with over 4000 overall attendees, 70 exhibitors from all over Nigeria showcase their creative and innovative Quality Made-in-Nigeria works to the amazement of the audience.

Several awards were given out at the gala event. Mimiremi Textile won “Best Indigenous Textile Designer”, Inner Beautee won “Best Beauty Brand”, 313 Eko won “Best Fashion Brand”, Zivanora won “Best Accessories Brand”, Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi won “Start-up of the Year”, Cyrus 45 won “Best Eco-friendly Product”, Creative Safari won “Best Innovative Product of the Year”, Morin O “Best Pioneer Craftswoman of the Year”, Tigernuts Republic won “Best Food Produce Innovation”, Daniella Art Studio won “Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur”, Dream Catchers won “Best Creative Social Enterprise of the Year”, Maison Loulabelle won “Best Creative Kids Brand”, Kachi Irondi won “Best Arts and Crafts Person”, Ile-Ila won “Best Home & Lifestyle Brand”, Roots in Style (Ethiopia) won “Best African Brand”.

(See their videos at event.bellafricana.com/acewinner).

With this second edition, Bellafricana ACE Awards continues being the most prestigious gathering of Enterprising Creative Afrocentric Brands in Nigeria (Africa). This leaves us looking forward to the next edition of ACE Awards 2019.

About Bellafricana

The online platform (www.bellafricana.com) was launched to showcase, promote and celebrate creative local Creatives of Afrocentric brands in Nigeria (Africa). Starting with Nigeria her home-land, the goal is to take it one African Country at a time.

Bellafricana is an initiative with a focus on Made-in-Nigeria Non-oil products development where customers and suppliers engage and transact to bridge the buyer-seller gap and create a wider outreach for Nigerian (African) products locally & globally.

She created a platform to enable creative MSMEs thrive, whilst doing all it takes to bring the quality products to the forefront of the market.

 

Here are some pictures from the event

 

Africa’s Travel Indaba gets a taste of Madiba Magic

In celebration of African art, song and memory, renowned South African playwright and artistic director of the Market Theatre, James Ngcobo, has produced a stellar showcase of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in celebration of the former statesman’s 100th birthday.

This forms part of the official opening of Africa’s Travel Indaba hosted by South African Tourism at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.

The theatrical showcase is also a celebration of the partnership between South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation who have come together to commemorate the centenary celebrations of former president, Nelson Mandela.

Describing the two 20-minute performances, Ngcobo called the production “a festival of our continent’s iconic songbook – inspired by our collective beauty and victories; some of which Madiba inspired and contributed to”. Without giving away too much, Ngcobo excitedly shared how the many faces of Madiba, some familiar and others less so, are set to tantalize audiences as they share in his legacy. From uTata the father, President Mandela the head of state and Rolihlahla, the young man born in Mvezo, rural Eastern Cape, the performances uncover the quintessence of the man who became a global icon.

Ngcobo revealed he is inspired by bodies of work that were written by some of Africa’s literary giants, elaborating that he is “always looking for opportunities and platforms where, as I curate, I am able to balance emerging voices with more prominent ones”. Local talent from the host province of Africa’s Travel Indaba – KwaZulu-Natal – form part of the production’s cast. The music ensemble has been influenced by tastes from across the continent, making it an authentically African offering. This, concludes Ngcobo, is “part of constant efforts to collaborate with and empower artists working in the creative industry”.

Delegates attending Africa’s Travel Indaba can also expect to be immersed in Madiba’s legacy by way of various installations situated throughout the iNkosi Albert Luthuli ICC. Activations located throughout the exhibition will all bear testament to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

South African Tourism has also collaborated with South African Airways and Mango Airlines to create excitement ahead of tomorrow evening’s performance at Africa’s Travel Indaba.

Passengers travelling to Durban from OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Lanseria airports have received a Nelson Mandela book at the check in counters.

The showcase of South Africa through Nelson Mandela’s memory can be found on the Madiba’s Journey App, which allows users to view the attractions on a map, build their itineraries and share their own journeys on social media. Visitors can also experience the emotion and relevance of each location through audio, text and image galleries. The app also offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions. The Madiba’s Journey app can be downloaded here.

NEW CULINARY EXPERIENCE: SHERATON LAGOS HOTEL WELCOMES NEW CHEF

Sheraton Lagos Hotel happily welcomes chef Johan DePrins to the family. This adds an exciting dimension to the culinary experience of loyal Guests and Customers.

Chef Johan has gained over 40 years combined experience in the kitchen. He began his career as a culinary teacher; he practiced for 10 years then established as an executive chef. He has worked in various countries such as Belgium, Congo, Djibouti, Oman, Qatar, Tanzania, Algeria and Nigeria.

The Executive Chef is not new to the Nigerian market as this is his third Nigerian hotel. Having won three awards, Chef Johan brings a unique spin and creativity to his kitchen.

The General Manager of the Hotel, Barry Curran mentions, “Sheraton Lagos Hotel will become the go to place for diners as Chef Johan is worth his salt. His creativity in the kitchen is second to none and we can’t wait to show everyone his craft. Asides from the creativity, his food is equally delicious which is just as important.”

“We look forward to showcasing our new menus and compelling dining experiences to our Guests and loyal customers while bringing fresh new exciting culinary concepts across our three restaurants”.

“At Sheraton Lagos, we go beyond for our Loyal Guests and Customers and by doing this; we believe we are curating experiences for leisure seekers too”.

With the hotel’s proven success and exceptional reputation in culinary expertise, Sheraton Lagos Hotel looks forward to inviting all food lovers and enthusiasts to taste Chef Johan’s expertise.” Says Barry Curran.

 

 

About Sheraton Lagos Hotel

The Sheraton Lagos Hotel delivers effortless travel experiences so guests can in turn experience more combining international facilities with the warm and welcoming spirit of Nigerian hospitality. With 332 guest rooms and suites of which, all furnished with the signature Sheraton Bed to provide a premium sleep experience, 4 meeting rooms, a ball room, 5 F&B outlets, a world class gym and a swimming pool; the hotel provides services aimed at creating personalized and effortless experiences ensuring that guests whether on business or on leisure can always experience more. The recently renovated 107 club rooms and suites are today elegantly furnished with refreshed and modern interiors and enhanced amenities. A new Sheraton Club Lounge combines intuitive design with a higher level of comfort and access, providing Club guests with added privileges and personalized services. The hotel’s close proximity to the international airport makes it a safe haven in the commercial capital of Nigeria.

To learn more, visit http://www.sheratonlagos.com/.

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BizzyBody NG to Launch ‘The BizzyBody’ Social App on the 1st of March

To mark her 2nd anniversary, Nigeria’s largest online event directory and event multimedia solutions outfit – BizzyBody NG has decided to take Nigerians by surprise again! This time, they will be launching a new mobile app into the market called ‘The BizzyBody’.

According to the founder – Ayeni Oluwaseun, this mobile app hopes to be the best thing that will happen to the Nigeria Event and Entertainment Industry this year, as it hopes to bridge an enormous gap in the event business value chain. ‘The BizzyBody’ also hopes to be the average Nigerians phone buddie with interesting features that will get every prospective event attendee glued to the app.

The BizzyBody App Advert

Early subscriptions have begun for the app and has since gone viral, with already over 1000 subscriptions since the announcement on February 18, 2018, probably due to the reward program attached with ‘sharing the message’, and their promise to allow access to exclusive features of the app to early subscribers.

You may want to participate in this and get some cool prizes too.

Click here to sign up as an early bird: http://app.bizzybody.ng

Full details of The BizzyBody app features will be unveiled at launch date on March 1, 2018.

We are anticipating, and we hope you are too.

Registrations for Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018, rebranded to focus on continent’s world-class tourism businesses, now open

Registration has opened for Africa’s Travel Indaba, which will transform Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre into a lively hub of activity from 8 to 10 May 2018 under the banner Africa’s Stories, Your Success.

Owned and managed by South African Tourism, Africa’s Travel Indaba has over the past 37 years established itself as the continent’s premier tourism trade show.

“We are excited to be moving into 2018 with renewed energy and focus following the rebranding of the show as Africa’s Travel Indaba. This new positioning affirms that the show belongs to the entire African travel industry, and that at its heart is stimulating tourism and inclusive economic development on our continent,” said South African Tourism’s Chief Executive Officer, Sisa Ntshona. According to Ntshona, participants have many enhancements to look forward to at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018.

Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts about 7 000 delegates from all over the world, and last year the trade show bustled with more than 1 000 exhibiting businesses from 18 African countries, showcasing an array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1 500 local and international buyers.

Evelyn Mahlaba, General Regional Manager looking after the Africa region at South African Tourism, added that Africa’s Travel Indaba is an important business to business marketing platform that facilitates business growth for travel trade partners across the continent. Last year’s group of buyers achieved admirable business successes that we hope to build on in 2018 for the benefit of not only South Africa’s tourism industry but also for the continent as a whole.

“We have managed to put together excellent educational for our sales staff with Sun International as well as all-inclusive travel packages that did so well that we sold them all. South African Airways gave us their ITX Fares for packaging and we managed to do an incentive trip for Standard Bank of 104 people to Durban – thanks to Indaba,” says Rob McConaghy, Managing Director at Ulendo Travel Group in Malawi.

Love for Africa, Southern Africa Travel Specialist, operating out of Zimbabwe stated that business picked up because of their participation in last year’s INDABA. “Our business for 2018 is looking phenomenal and our bookings are up. We’ve signed deals with a few more properties in South Africa and have had quite a few of our current clients add South Africa onto their itineraries,” says Erica O’Donnel, Executive Director at Love for Africa.

According to the Business Development Manager, George Ogola, The Continental Travel Group in Kenya was able to confirm a significant amount of bookings in 2017, across hotels, transfers, and excursions, which generated substantial profit for the company.

Steffi Presske, Senior Travel Consultant/Director at Gondwana Tours and Safaris in Botswana expressed an interest to participate in Africa’s Travel Indaba again this year because it is the most important trade show for the company. The company was able to make many new contacts last year and deepen existing partnerships. They have grown immensely since 2017; almost doubling turn over and employing 2 more sales agents.

Buyers from the following countries attended and participated at INDABA last year, Angola, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Significantly, said Ntshona, the 2017 event saw more than 20 000 confirmed business matchmaking meetings taking place between businesses and travel buyers – up by 47% over the previous year’s figure.

“This indicates that businesses are extracting value out of their participation in Africa’s Travel Indaba, with an online matchmaking system that closely pairs buyers’ needs with exhibitors’ offerings. This saves time and makes for a more efficient and productive trade show, where networks are expanded and business deals are sealed,” said Ntshona.

“Taking pride of place will be our Hidden Gems pavilion, which will again showcase excellence among tourism businesses from all nine provinces in South Africa.  These businesses may be small in size, but are big on authentic, unforgettable travel experiences. We will also be building on the success of last year’s Lap of Luxury pavilion to roll out the red carpet for a selection of South Africa’s exclusive five-star accommodation offerings, hosted by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA),” Ntshona added.

In light of the water shortage currently affecting the Western Cape (including the iconic city of Cape Town), Ntshona said: “For our industry specifically, we are taking charge and showcasing how we can meet the future now and create the ‘new normal’ in how we do tourism, sustainably and responsibly –  something we have focused on for years. Even with the drought situation in the Western Cape, Cape Town and South Africa are still very much open for tourism business.”

He said the country’s and the continent’s many tourism jewels would be on proud display at Africa’s Travel Indaba. “We invite everyone who is passionate about African travel and tourism development to come and see, meet, network, do business and be inspired at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018. We look forward to being partners in propelling our continent’s tourism industry forward, together.”

South African Airways promotes corporate travel with incredible rewards

L-R: Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo and Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics, Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

South African Airways (SAA) Africa’s most awarded airline has urged corporate travel managers in Nigeria to take advantage of the airline’s incredible new Voyager – SAA frequent flyers’ reward system in flying from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa and beyond.

South African Airways recently held a Corporate Travel Managers forum in Lagos during which Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways explained the new Voyager reward system to credit passengers with miles based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class.

According to Kemi, “South African Airways is always prioritising the welfare of its passengers hence, our new Voyager reward is now based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. For every N48 you spend flying South African Airways, you are guaranteed 1 Mile.”

L-R: Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo; Stella Aghedo, Sales Executive, South African Airways; Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics and Olorunloba Koleosho, Travel Desk Officer both of Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

“In addition, South African Airways also offer corporate travel managers super corporate deals up to 14% with seamless upgrades, priority boarding, priority waitlist and lounge access as part of the many rewards attached,” Kemi added.

South African Airways opened its doors for corporate travel managers to leverage the incredible advantage of flying the airline through either a tripartite partnership which involves the airline, the corporate and a travel management company or otherwise a direct partnership between the airline and the corporates.

The airline reminded the corporates aside flying the Lagos-Johannesburg route with the new A330-300 aircraft with exceptional configurations in both the Business and Economy cabins, passengers do not also require transit visa travelling beyond South Africa to other Southern Africa countries including Mauritius, Maputo, Harare and more where South African Airways has route network.

Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo, a subsidiary of South African Airways highlighted the functions of SAA Cargo to include the air freight of general, specialised cargoes and courier services from Lagos across the world.

Mohammed Kwajaffa, Trade Relations Manager, West Africa at South African Tourism showcased South Africa as a fun and adventurous destination rated as the 5th most beautiful country in the world by a recent international ratings report.

South African Airways presented amazing rewards to corporates at the forum which includes a Business Class ticket and free upgrade from Economy to Business Class from Lagos to any destination in South Africa.

SAHCOL WINS GNPN AWARD AS BEST AVIATION HANDLING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company limited, SAHCOL has been honoured with the Grassroots Newspapers Publishers Network Award, as “Best Aviation Handling Company of the year 2017.”

The award was presented to the Managing Director of SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, in his office, by Comrade Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer of the Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network (GNPN), who represented the National President, Dr. Dan Awana.

Maduike Ifeoma of GNPN presenting a Certificate of excellence to Rizwan Kadri, MD/CEO. SAHCOL

In a brief speech read on behalf of the National President of the Grassroots Publishers Network, in the presence of the Executive Members of GNPN, Southern Council, and Management staff of SAHCOL, the Publishers disclosed that, the award to SAHCOL is special and unique in every sense because it is being presented to a very special Nigeria Company that has proved beyond all doubts that democracy is truly improving the lives of the masses.

Dr. Awana said that, Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network represent the vibrant media constituency of Community Newspaper Practitioners {Publishers}.

According to the President, “our mandate is basically to recognize, promote, celebrate and elevate our distinguished personalities in all spheres of life who have brought fame, glory; honour and unity to Nigeria, while at the same time carry out some investigative reports in order to balance our publications.”

He added that the GNPN also disseminate well-researched information, while bringing the policies and programmes of government to the grassroots that they serve and the challenges of the rural community to the government, stressing that they are the ‘BRIDGE’ between the government and the local masses.

Explaining the reason for the choice of SAHCOL as recipient for the 2017 award, Dr. Dan Awana pointed out that, “SAHCOL was selected by all Grassroots (Community) Newspaper as the ‘Best Aviation Handling Company of the Year 2017’ because of the remarkable changes, improvements & value added to aviation development.”

He said, “SAHCOL is emerging as the most highly regarded and fastest growing ground handling company in Nigeria, slowly and steadily, having undergone and received equipment and facilities that matches with the very best anywhere in the world.”

The MD/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Basil Agboarumi, General Manager, Corporate Communications & IT(3rd & 4th from Left), Eseosa Oviawe, Special Assistant to MD/CEO, SAHCOL (1st Right), Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer GNPN, (2nd Left), Maduike Ifeoma, (5th Left), and other Executive Members of the GNPN.

Similarly, the SAHCOL General Manager, Corporate Communications, Basil Agboarumi, was also honoured with an ‘Excellence Media Award Plague’, ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a Medal, for his “Diligent Service to Humanity, and Outstanding Contributions towards the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria.”

In his response, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, thanked GNPN for finding SAHCOL worthy for the awards, stating that, recognition of this form “tells you that you must be serious to tackle more challenges to come, as the expectations from people become more demanding than before.”

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, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services, in all the commercially operated airports across Nigeria.

 

AmuwoGames – The Biggest Community Sports Festival in Amuwo Odofin Ends in Grand Style

The maiden edition of the AmuwoGames tagged AmuwOOOlimpics2017 is done and dusted with the best teams crowned for the year.

After 16 interesting games over a period of one month, we saw various athletes stand on top of the podium to claim the different AmuwoGames titles.

The host team Mile 2 Lions came from behind to win the the overall champions title, with 9 Gold medals, 6 silver medals and 8 Bronze medals, despite their exit from the football competition right from the first day of the games, while the Festac Sharks who beat them at the opening ended up as Champions of the football category after overcoming another strong Mile 2 team – Mile 2 Hawks in the football finals yesterday.

See the final medals table and also details of the winners below:

 

The closing ceremony was a colourful one that ran late into the evening with dignitaries and representatives from the Lagos State Sports COmmission and the Amuwo Odofin Local Government in attendance. Celebrities in attendance also included Lafup the comedian, Sheun Natural of KMR, Run Jozzy and so on.

In his closing remarks, the Chief Organizer of the AmuwoGames and Founder of BizzyBody NG – Mr. Oluwaseun Ayeni described the AmuwoGames as a trail blazing and historic event, being the first of its kind in Nigeria as a whole, and encouraged people all over Nigeria to take a cue and replicate this kind of grass-root community sports initiative through out their localities.

For us, we will be happy to consult with Local governments across Nigeria to replicate these sport festival. Our aim is to replcate this nobel initiative across Nigeria and see the aims of the vision come to life in these places – Communal unity, Talent discovery, sportsmanship and youth development. The AmuwoGames will be held annually, and more versions included in the road-map will be executed as time goes on – He said.

AmuwoGames enjoyed diversity in the participation, as athletes included all genders, many tribes from Nigeria, young and old with age range from 7 to 45 years, and people from different works of life.