Beverly and Derreck Joubert receing an award

Beverly and Dereck Joubert receive Melvin Jones Award for outstanding humanitarian work

Botswanan wildlife duo are bestowed with the highest achievable recognition from Lions Club International for their works with local communities.
Botswanan citizens Dereck and Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic explorers and founders of the Great Plains Foundation, a wildlife conservation organisation, have been presented with the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honour conferred by service organisation Lions Clubs International for outstanding humanitarian work.

Through their associated companies and the foundation, they have donated $2,000,000 (20 million Botswana Pula) in 2018, half of which went to assisting the poorest of the poor in Botswana, the landlocked southern African country best known for its wildlife.

Despite rapid growth and significant improvements in the country, half of Botswana’s population remains either poor or vulnerable, with 46.2% of them children under 15, according to the World Bank. The Jouberts have long been committed to the concept of shared prosperity, and have contributed much to job creation, education and community upliftment projects.

Every Melvin Jones Fellow is recorded for posterity at the Lions Clubs International headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois, on a special board set aside for this purpose. Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton who were recognised for their contribution to the human rights, their fight for equality, and for giving to the people of Africa.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert, although better known for their work in wildlife conservation, perform outstanding behind-the-scenes work in local communities in Botswana. They have been giving steadily for decades through education grants and support, through children’s programmes, solar lantern projects and now in establishing an academy.

In a moving acceptance speech, Dereck said that with only 4% of the planet’s animal biomass being wildlife it the collective job of all humankind to protect them, and not to squabble over how to kill the last of them.

“To achieve that, we need humanity to join hands. In cooperating we achieve collaboration,” he said, “but we must first find ways to uplift the poor, to educate, to create jobs and to raise basic minimum wages across the board. Only when all people have the relative luxury of safety, food security and freedom to determine their own futures will we achieve the harmony with nature that we all seek. That is why we believe it is critically important to invest in the future we all want.”
Beverly said it was heart-breaking for her to witness people’s homes burn down because children doing their homework by candlelight had fallen asleep.

“The introduction of solar lanterns to hundreds of households has not only helped put an end to this tragic situation, but it’s also had an additional positive outcome,” she added.

One school principal reported that test scores had improved and pass rates were nearing 100% because children can now spend more hours after dark studying. It’s still a novelty so they really enjoy the lanterns, charging them in the sun and also learning about solar technology.

Lions Clubs International is an organisation with more than 1,7 million members worldwide (nearly the population of Botswana), across 200 countries, underscoring the significance and import of the Melvin Jones Award. The Jouberts say the doors to further collaboration with the Great Plains Foundation have been opened and the two organisations are in discussion about collaboration in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya to help communities in the most need.
Lions Club International was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, in whose name the humanitarian award is given. It was established to transcend politics and religion, and to be a consistent in encouraging caring and giving globally, which it has been doing for more than 110 years now.

“It is a great honour to receive this award, but one we are shy about accepting because our policy has always been to give quietly and anonymously, but it seems we have been found out,” said Beverly.

However, we are thrilled to accept the award on behalf of our team, including one young man named Gobotswang Mokgathong, who gave up his life and career in tourism to go and care for others in a village, and those who dedicate their lives to working in nature, because they have their eye on the future.

The Vice President of Lions Club International, Brian Sheehan flew in from the USA for the week-long event. He pointed to the incredible ability of so many who lead by example and go out to raise money, giving of their time out of pure kindness and a desire to give to those that quite simply would not survive without a helping hand.

“When the goals of two organizations and people align like this, we should and will find ways to work together so we can make the lives of the less fortunate better,” he said. “As Lions, our actions and service inspire others. We provide courage and a unique sense of empowerment to our communities and to the world. To do this, we depend on great leadership. And that takes great leadership development from our members.”

Sheraton Abuja Hotel Marks The Holy Month Of Ramadan In True Style

Sheraton Abuja Hotel Marks The Holy Month Of Ramadan In True Style

Abuja, April 30, 2019 Sheraton Abuja Hotel will embrace the spirit of the Holy month of Ramadan with patrons, friends and families. The hotel will pay homage to a variety of Iftar culinary tastes and traditions at its renown Papillon Restaurant.

Guests are guaranteed an enriching dining experience, for those breaking the fast or friends joining in, you are sure to enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet served from live cooking stations and an inspiringly delicious Suhoor menu throughout the Holy month.

According to the General Manger of the hotel, Nouman Irshad “each year our hotel teams work passionately to curate an environment that reflects the mood and ambience of the fasting season. We have created great ambient spaces for relaxation and prayer where our guests will be able to view live proceedings from Mecca. We also have discounted Shisha on demand.

Our all day dining intercontinental restaurant- Papillon will feature traditional selections of Arabic and African Iftar favorites alongside a global variety to accompany the theme of the season. Our special buffet is priced at NGN9,500 Per Person. We look forward to marking each day with families and friends. Meals for children under 6 years of age are complimentary per paying adult while kids from 7 to 12 years old can dine at half price.

Throughout the month of Ramadan, our guests can relax, rest , unwind and reflect at Sheraton Abuja Hotel with room rates starting from just NGN49,999 inclusive of taxes and breakfast while Suhoor commences from the 5th of May till the 4th of June 2019.

We truly have “gone beyond” in our efforts to ensure that there is something for everyone this Holy season. We look forward to welcoming all our clients to share this special month with us and enrich the spirit” says the General Manager.

Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2019 South Africa

Sun 16 June 2019 – YOUTH DAY – Mandela Capture Site Howick KwaZulu-Natal

 

The Concept: Invite YOUTH of the WORLD

  • to commemorate an incident 57 years ago that changed history : Sun 5 Aug 1962
  • to celebrate Mandela’s life and those legendary leaders that made a difference
  • to learn from Mandela’s teachings and life lessons
  • to set a tone by endorsing truth, humility and perfect self belief.
  • to globally join hands for peaceful co-existence of the nations.
  • to venture on the rocky obstacle ridden path to victory.
  • to motivate the Youth to become the next Legendary World Leader
  • to extend invitations to youth worldwide: USA, Canada, UK, Western Europe, Australia, Nordic Countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark), Middle East, Africa
  • to invite worldwide student leaders as guest speakers and facilitators at the summit from confirmed attendees
  • to present a world class global YOUTH Summit

 

The Partners

  • to partner with International organisations:
    • Mandela Foundation South Africa
  • to partner with South African organisations:
    • Gandhi Committee Pietermaritzburg
    • Umsunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg)
    • Apartheid Museum Johannesburg
    • 100 Young Mandelas of the Future : A NEWS.24 initiative
    • South African Tourism
    • Nelson Mandela Capture Site
    • Nelson Mandela Foundation Johannesburg
Bobby J. Moroe - Acting High Commissioner; South African High Commission

Statement by the Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr Bobby J. Moroe

The recent acts of criminality that resulted in the displacement of foreign nationals in the  KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Limpopo Provinces are regrettable. Our government believes that no amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops. The Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster (JCPS) is working tirelessly on the issue of attacks on foreign nationals. To this end, three people have been arrested for the recent incidents in KZN and Limpopo and law enforcement agencies remain steadfast to bring perpetrators responsible for these crimes to book.

The government of South Africa strongly condemns the violent acts in the strongest possible terms. These attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu. Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism. We wish the injured a speedy recovery, and appeal for calm, and end to violence and restraint.

It is our view that criminal elements should not be allowed to take advantage of the concerns of citizens to sow mayhem and destruction. Any problems or issues of concern to South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue. The police have been directed to work round the clock to protect both foreign nationals and citizens, and to also arrest looters and those committing acts of violence. The government has urged communities to assist the police by providing information on the incidents that have taken place so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Our government would also like to caution that the spread of misinformation, fake pictures and videos on social media,  as well as fake websites may be fuelling tensions in the communities between South Africans and foreign nationals. Certain messages and images that appear on social media are old and unrelated to any of the reported incidents of alleged attacks on foreign nationals over the past few days. For instance, a message being circulated about foreign nationals burning South African owned trucks in Limpopo Province is not true.

Government has consistently condemned  fake news websites masquerading as authentic news websites.  We call for greater efforts of awareness in society about fake news and fake social media posts.

Government respects the right to freedom of press and freedom of expression, but fake news stories are a slanderous attempt against the brand of South Africa with no interest in respecting the Constitution of South Africa.

Accordingly,  we urge everyone to be vigilant and not spread fake information and images that may give   an impression that these are attacks on foreign nationals.

The engagement by the Minister of International Relations and Corporation, Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Police, Hon. Bheki Cele, Minister of Home Affairs, Hon, Siyabonga Cwele and the African Diplomatic Community in South Africa is a step in the right direction. This meeting has been convened twice already, on Monday, 01 April 2019 and Friday, 05 April 2019, to discuss the current spate of violence against foreign nations and their properties. Once a full report has been issued on the outcomes of these meetings , it will be shared accordingly.

Government calls on all community organisations to stand up and be counted among those who actively discourage attacks against foreign nationals or our citizens.

We call on organisations and individuals who have information regarding threats of violence to report to the police. South Africans and foreign nationals residing in the country are afforded the same protection under the Constitution.

The freedom Charter says there shall be peace and friendship. Our responsibility is to promote this legacy of peaceful coexistence and take it forward. To this end, the South African government reaffirms its responsibility to contribute to a better Africa.

Bobby J. Moroe
Acting High Commissioner.
South African High Commission.
Abuja, Nigeria.
Saturday, 06 April 2019.

AFRICANS HAVE THE POWER TO REHAUL AFRICA’S STORY

In a bid to boost tourism in Africa, it is time that we change our narrative from a continent that needs saving to one that is thriving. This was the key insight at Africa’s Travel Indaba Media Launch held at The Plant Venue Co., Durban on 3rd April 2019.

The media launch provided the opportunity for two of South African Tourism’s Hidden Gems, Jotham’s Place and Discover Durban Tours and Transfers, to tell their success stories. Other speakers included Acting Head of the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Siza Sibanda and Councillor at eThekwini Municipality, Sipho Kaunda.

Keynote speaker of the day, Chief Convention Bureau Officer of South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, elaborated on this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba theme, Africa’s stories, your success, saying Africans must own their narrative so that they can embark on the journey of changing the continent’s story. “We no longer look to the world for affirmation or inspiration, the world looks to us. We are real, vibrant and driven to succeed. So, we invite the world to journey with us and tell the new story of Africa.”

Kotze-Nhlapo added that the responsibility of safeguarding Africa’s narrative is not only up to its storytellers but all Africans. “In this post-truth world, it is up to each of us to be vigilant about the way Africa is depicted. We can be the watchdogs of misrepresented stories and best of all, we have the digital tools to keep the narrative truthful.”

She said social media gives everyone the power to engage with media, influencers and other prominent individuals so that “we can change the narrative together and basically set the story straight”.

Her insights were backed up by South African storyteller, Victor Kgomoeswana, whose presentation ignited what is the new African narrative.

“The greatest story for us to tell is our own; the most effective way to tell it is the African way – because the centre of the universe, literally and figuratively, is in Africa,” he said.

For the first time in Indaba’s history, it will host the Green Stand Awards.   These awards have been successful at Meetings Africa in recent years and is now making its way to Indaba. It recognises exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

Key numbers for Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019

  • 1,110 – Number of local, regional and international buyers already confirmed.
  • 890 – Number of exhibitors already confirmed.
  • 104 – Number of African exhibitors from 19 countries already confirmed.

“The above numbers clearly demonstrate that Indaba continues to grow and be the sought after platform for African tourism products,” concluded Kotze-Nhlapo.

 

Tourism in Africa – facts

According to 2018 reports from the United Nations World Tourism Organization and World Travel and Tourism Council:

  • The continent’s total foreign receipts in 2017 amounted to US$ 177,6 billion, contributing 8,1% of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • In 2017, Africa’s share of investment in travel and tourism was US$ 28,2 billion, or 5,7% of total investment in the continent.
  • In 2017, direct travel and tourism employment in Africa rose to 9,3 million, the equivalent of 1 in 11 jobs. This is an 11,2% increase from 2016.

 

South Africa at a glance

  • South Africa saw 10.5-million international tourist arrivals in 2018.
  • It translates to a growth of 1.8% compared to the previous year.
  • The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) had recently announced that South Africa has the largest tourism economy in Africa having contributed 1.5 million jobs (9.2% of South Africa’s employment)
  • Tourism contributes 8.6% to the South African GDP.
  • 44% of the tourism spend came from international travellers, amounting to R128-billion.

56% of spend came from domestic travel, which translates to R163-billion.

AN EXCITING EASTER AT SHERATON HOTELS IN NIGERIA

Special offers for an Egg-citing Easter celebration

Abuja, April 1, 2019 With Easter fast approaching, The Sheraton Hotels in Lagos and Abuja will spark off with an array of Eclectic and classic Easter treats and offerings making it the ideal place for families and friends to dine together.

The Area General Manager for Marriott Hotels in Nigeria, Barry Curran says “Our aim is to create truly exciting experiences for everyone this Easter Holiday.

For those Visiting Sheraton Lagos Hotel, we have put together a compelling package on our rooms starting from N63, 600. Those who book these rates are entitled to 20% off brunch on Easter Monday. Kids under 12 will eat breakfast free (max 1 with a paying parent).

On Easter Sunday, we are offering a special brunch for just N16,500 per person, inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages and kids 12yrs and below will be entitled to eat for half the price (With paying adult).

Our Guests will enjoy an enriching experience during brunch with a live band which will create the perfect ambiance for a relaxing day. We have also put together a special Voucher for 20% off at our Italian Restaurant to be given to every family and couple that brunches with us on that day.  A set menu will also be available at the Italian Restaurant for lovers of fine dining at N16, 000 only per person.

We look forward to having families and friends engage with kids over an “egg-citing Easter egg hunt with exciting prices to be won.

While on Easter Monday, we will prepare a delightful barbecue where guests can arrive, sit back and listen to feel-good music while they enjoy everything on the menu for the day for just N11,000 per person.

From the 8th of April, sales of Easter cakes and Easter eggs will commence at discounted rates for all to savor with the family.

At Sheraton Abuja Hotel  our teams have created inspiring packages with a range of activities and offerings to keep the whole family connected this Easter.

Our Food & Beverage teams at our Hotel’s Papillon Restaurant will be happy to welcome you to a delicious Easter Buffet spread with family centered offerings for just N10, 000 Per Person on Easter Sunday. Kids are not left out as 0-6yr olds will eat for free while 7-12 year olds will eat for only half the price (per paying Adult).

The Hotel has additionally planned an exciting and engaging egg hunt with an Easter Bunny where two kids (per paying adult) get free Gift Bags alongside Cotton Candy treats.

If you are looking for a short break over the Easter holiday our unbeatable Easter Room Package starts at just NGN49, 999 Per Night, valid from 18th – 23rd of April 2019. The Rooms package is all inclusive of complimentary Breakfast, access to our Sheraton Fitness Facilities, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Fruit Basket and a Box of Chocolate Cupcakes for you to indulge in.

We are very eager to celebrate this Easter season with all our friends and families and we assure all our customers that our carefully thought out activities and offerings will provide an elevated experience which will linger in memories for a long time.

 

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Tim Mapes named Delta Chief Marketing and Communications Officer effective May 1

Delta announced that upon John E. “Ned” Walker’s retirement on May 1, Tim Mapes will assume the role of Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, leading the company’s global marketing and communications strategy.

“Tim is a world-class communicator. His more than 30 years of brand, marketing and communications experience inside and outside of Delta make him a strong leader to continue to elevate the momentum we have today,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

Mapes’ scope of responsibilities will include Delta’s internal and external corporate communications and marketing functions, including advertising, corporate brand management and community engagement. He will also continue to serve as president of the Delta Foundation.

Walker returned to Delta as Chief Communications Officer in December 2016 during a period of leadership transition. He had served Delta in the role from 2008 – 2014. He has more than 35 years of airline industry experience, and prior to that served as a news anchor.

“Since his return, Ned has led our Corporate Communications team as they’ve shaped the global narrative of Delta’s achievements, driven by our unique culture,” Bastian said. “Ned’s leadership and service to Delta have helped position us to continue building the strength of our brand, reputation and mission, while growing the effectiveness and impact of our internal and external communications.”

Mapes will report to Bastian and serve as a member of the Delta Leadership Committee.

2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba Date Brought Forward

The 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba will take place from 02-04 May 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

This means that Indaba has been brought forward by four days.

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced in his state of the nation address that the national election will take place on 08 May 2019. This would have coincided with Indaba.

A task team was set up by the CEO of South African Tourism (SA Tourism), Sisa Ntshona, to explore all available options and it was decided that moving Indaba forward was the best possible option.

The task team comprised of representatives of the following organisations:

  • SA Tourism
  • Department of Tourism
  • Durban ICC
  • Tourism KZN
  • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)
  • eThekwini

The task team took into account various factors and permutations in reaching the new date.

“The national election is the cornerstone of our democracy and is a celebration of our freedom in South Africa,” says Ntshona.

“It’s an important date and occasion for all South Africans and we need to acknowledge and respect the date.”

“At the same time, I must express my heartfelt gratitude to the Tourism industry for their understanding of the situation, I have received many calls, emails and texts with advice and support. I am really impressed to experience how the tourism sector gets together. I also want to thank the Indaba Organising Committee involved with Indaba – they are Tourism KwaZulu Natal, ICC and eThekwini (Durban Tourism) – for being accommodating with regards to the change,” added Ntshona.

“From a Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) perspective, we presented comprehensive views of the sector to the task team and ultimately the key thing for us was to get a new date as quickly as possible,” commented Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO at TBCSA.

“We will now work with all our trade partners to ensure that there is smooth transition into the new date as many would’ve had plans in place already for the previous date. We still have a key role to play in achieving Indaba’s objectives of selling South Africa and the continent to the rest of the world.”

Indaba is the African continent’s biggest travel exhibition show.

Last year over 7 000 delegates attended from 80 countries.

Registrations for buyers and exhibitors are still open. For more information, visit www.indaba-southafrica.co.za

South Africa Tourism Gives Back To Travel Trade By Curating Specialist Hosting

In the business of travel, tour operators, DMC’s, travel agents, and online retailers play a significant role in attracting international visitors to South Africa. Most travelers across Nigeria & Ghana use the services and expertise of Travel Agents & Tour Operators to assist them with their travel arrangements from decision of the best destination to travel to specific travel logistics such as flights, accommodation, transfers, tours, etc. To this end, South African Tourism has consistently invested in Training & Development of Travel Agents & Tour Operators in the markets it operates in order to equip them (Travel Agents & Tour Operators) with the knowledge and experience of selling the amazing destination and providing professional services and memorable experience to their clients.

These objectives were part of what South African Tourism set out to achieve with the South Africa Travel Trade Specialist Hosting for industry graduates of the SAT owned SA Specialist Online Course winners during the 2018 Trade Training & Graduation Ceremony that took place between the 18th to 26th of November 2018 across Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja & Porthacourt) & Ghana (Kumasi & Accra). By working to support both local and international travel trade partners through education about South Africa, tools to assist with the marketing of South Africa and South African products, SAT strives to unlock opportunities for more business in the tourism value chain.

The 26 guest, representing various travel agencies, tour operators, wholesalers, media, and a Trade influencer to spice the group was an engaging mix of distribution partners, from Nigeria and Ghana who were treated to 9 days of lots of fun, food, and frolic! The team, led by Trade Relations Manager, South African Tourism West Africa, Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa departed Lagos and Accra on the 18th of November for Johannesburg; arriving at the O.R Tambo International Airport in the early hours of the 19th. Thereafter, the guests were taken to lovely Mount Grace Resort by Marriot Hotel Group, which is quite simply, a dream as they were warmly welcomed and treated to “Spa treatments” to calm their jet lag. Barely an hour drive from the O.R Tambo Airport to Mount Grace resort just outskirt of Johannesburg still within the Gauteng province, a picturesque heavenly countryside resort that boasts the perfect retreat to get away from the crazy hustle and bustle of Joburg vibrant city life.

The days after rolling out the robust itinerary filled with new adventures and experiences  within the proximity of the resort for the guests specially curated to give them a chance to experience firsthand what they learnt from the online course in the most gratifying way such as meting the locals of South Africa who were extremely welcoming to them as foreigners who came to experience their rich culture and history. They further immersed themselves in the evolution of life by visiting the “Sterkfonein Caves” (where life is said to have begun) and at same location the “Cradle of Human Kind” museum to complete the historical experience back in time with lunch at the lovely Maropeng Hotel.

While the team lodged at Mount Grace, they got to visit the Lesedi Cultural Village which celebrates the diverse cultural traitions of Southern Africa. From Zulu people to those of Xhosa origin, Pedi, Basotho, and so on. South Africa has a rich diversity of people and cultures and 11 official languages. Lesedi Cultural Village allows visitors to really explore the glorious diversity of the people of this mazing land that is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation”. While they dinned diversely enjoying great South African cuisines, the group dared their hearts on Zip Line at Ama Zwing Zwing Adventures and speed boat cruise around Hartebeesport Dam, the biggest dam in the Gauteng & North Western area supplying water for Johannesburg and surrounds.

From Mount Grace Resort in Gauteng Province, the team flew to “The Mother City”, Cape Town and got to soak themselves in the beauty of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. This waterfront is so incredible in the sense that it’s not just a canal city but the actual sea meets the city to create a natural convergence of land and sea, where the city is built around and on the ocean. The guests got to learn a lot about the history of the Waterfront and of Cape Town and enjoyed leisurely activities such as, riding the Big Wheel at the Waterfront for less than a R100 and walking through the mall, which is in itself, an experience which ended with a high as they settled in the magnificent Marriot Crystal Hotel at Century City in with its spectacular rooms and next to Canal Walk Mall providing opportunity for per minute shopping.

The days following included hoping onto the Red Bus for a detailed Tour of the Mother City all the way to the Table Mountain for an amazing view of the charming city from above 3500ft above sea level. As the group came down, there was an arcade of Side Cars waiting to take them on a thrilling race to Oudekraal Picnic Beach for a South African picnic with a lot of dancing and later another full on african dinner at the Gold Restaurant. The Wine Tram experience in the Franschhoek Wine Farm with a Champagne Sabrage. The evening was sumptuous dinner at the glamorous Southern Sun Cullinan with a surprise Jellof rice by the Chef and ended up at the popular Cubana to dance off the over feeding.

The day before departing Capetown, the group had a closer connection with the locals during a foot tour of Boakap Village and the Township which ended up with a typical traditional South African Shisanyama lunch at the “RANDS” lifestyle outdoor lounge, eating, drinking & dancing with the locals. Later that evening, it was a quick stopby at “Aarons Place” Nigerian restaurant for some pepper soup, Eba & others delicacies. The next day at the departure after one last sumptuous breakfast at the Marriot Crystal Hotel, the group stepped out hopping to jump into their regular luxurious bus only for them to find the iconic “Haley Davidson” bikes waiting to take them on the ride of their lives to the airport………. What a closing!

There is no doubt that the travel agents and media were astounded by the richness of this country. They used every sense: smell, sight, taste, sound, and touch, to really experience and appreciate the plethora of culture and history in South Africa. Their taste buds also got introduced to a variety of food and South Africa offers a vibrant cuisine that is sure to excite the palate!

“We really enjoyed every bit of the tour and the hosting and the Host are very very friendly and caring, in fact we are happy to be associated with such wonderful people & land (Musa Muhammed Tahir – Abeer Travels & Tours Abuja)

On the whole, the program was interesting, and the tourist sites are just superb. (Chidozie – The Afritraveller)

The participation and diverse category of the specialist hosting group, increased engagement amongst travel agents and stakeholders on the trip opening their eyes and minds to the beauty of South Africa.

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