All About the Upcoming Creative Nigeria Summit 2018

All is set for the Creative Nigeria Summit 2018, a 2-day summit held annually to bring together international and indigenous experts, thought leaders, industry players and renowned professionals within the Nigerian Film Television Industry to discuss issues affecting the Industry.

Topics will address the growing changing TV environment in Nigeria; discuss available technologies; highlight the latest trend in TV services and OTT solutions in the industry; focus on the essential elements necessary for providing excellent content, content marketing, acquisition and distribution.

Some speakers at the event include:

 

  • BADA AKINTUNDE-JOHNSON (MEDIA AND CREATIVE EXPERT)
  • SANJAY SALIL (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • MO ABUDU (MEDIA PROPRIETOR AT EBONYLIFE TV&FILMS)
  • JEFF KALLIGHERI (ENTREPRENEUR & TV / FILM PRODUCER)
  • ANAHITA KHEDER (SNR VP, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, SOUTH EAST EUROPE AT FREMANTLEMEDIA)
  • EMMA SMITHWICK (OF 40 PARTNERS UK)
  • ED WALLER (EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT C21)
  • LINDSEY OLIVER (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • ODIRI IWUJI (FOUNDING PARTNER & COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR C21 MEDIA)
  • KUNLE FALODUN (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • OBI ASIKA (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)
  • NEIL G. OYENEKAN (MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR)

Is this Event for you?

If you fall within any of the under-listed categories, then this summit is expedient for your appropriate perception, comprehension and leveraging of the Media Industry. Television, Film Music Professionals Producers Bankers Production & Post-Production Executives Entertainment Attorneys Owners and Executives Finance & Tax Executives Digital Distribution Executives Film Distributors Studio Executives Filmmakers Channel Owners Advertising Agencies Artists and Media Artisans And Students in the Creative Industry.

Who are the Organizers?

This event is brought to you courtesy the Ministry of Information and Culture, in conjunction with Think Tank Media and Advertising in a bid to build a structure which leaves behind a sustainable legacy as an initiative of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s efforts to develop the creative industry and diversify the Nigerian economy.

What Should You Expect from this Summit?

At the end of the summit, it is expected that the discussions and workshops will trigger relevant ideas, strategies and recommendations to build policies, drive actions for building proper structures; and help businesses within the Nigerian Television Industry to clearly understand and adjust to the realities and dynamics of content for building viable TV and media production businesses.

The Event will hold at EKO HOTEL & SUITES, 1415 ADETOKUNBO ADEMOLA STREET, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS from 16th to 17th of July, 2018.

This 2-day Summit is absolutely free to register and attend!

L-R Wunmi Aboderin. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, British Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils, Mrs Sola Salako Aluko, and Hon. Nkoyo Toyo.

Women For Women: British Deputy High Commissioner hosts Sola Salako, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Nkoyo Toyo, Prof Remi Sonaiya, Dr Elishamah Ideh to conversation on women’s participation in politics.

British Deputy High Commissioner facilitates brainstorming session between business, civil society and media stakeholders on barriers to women’s participation in politics

O Monday evening at the British residence in Lagos, the Deputy High Commissioner hosted a diverse array of stakeholders to a conversation on the role of women in politics. The event began with a panel of 4 women: Sola Salako; founder of the Consumer Advocacy Forum, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji; a political activist and CEO of Rise Networks, Honourable Nkoyo Toyo; founder of the Women for Women movement, and Wunmi Aboderin; chairperson of Wimbiz. The discussion was moderated by the Deputy High Commissioner who posed thematic questions to the panellists based on the areas in which they worked.

 

L-R Dr Elishamah Ideh and Professor Remi Sonaiya

Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji, a youth and civic rights campaigner, on why women and youth matter said  although in their rigorous domestic training they have learnt valuable leadership and management skills, women often have to be 10 times better than the men to get what they are due. Speaking on the importance of male allies especially in intimate relationships, said ‘the best career choice a woman will make is the man she marries, because when she has someone who can validate the dreams she has at night, it gives her the confidence to go out into the world to make it happen.’

Sola Salako, a consumer protection and civic engagement campaigner, on the underestimated impact of civic engagement said ‘In Nigeria they don’t let you do anything except you are from that place. Go to your hometown, gather the women there and listen to their needs. It costs very little to solve these needs for them, but the social capital you acquire from that goes a long way.’ Addressing the fact that many women’s political ambitions are hampered by lack of funding, she stressed the potency of social capital as an alternative to monetary capital.

Hon. Nkoyo Toyo, a veteran women rights activist and Founder of the Women for Women movement gave the room a crash history course in the evolution of women movements dating from the military era. Speaking from her decades of experience she stressed the importance of women joining the current political system however unsavoury it seemed to bring about change from within.  ‘Every existing political party is like a family. You need to understand the nuances to make them work to your advantage.’ she said, also calling on women never to say that politics was not for them.

Wunmi Aboderin, on the role of business in supporting women highlighted the importance of support structures whether through finance, networking or administration. She also gave an account of programmes Wimbiz had implemented in the past to support women in politics.

Asides from the panellists, two women germane to the topic;  Professor Remi Sonaiya, and Dr Elishama Ideh, the first and current female presidential aspirants in the 2015 and 2019 elections respectively, were asked to comment on their experiences.  Professor Remi Sonaiya, who made history in 2015 as the first woman to run for the highest office in the land started by requesting the audience to rise up and give a  minute of silence for the victims of the Plateau massacre on Sunday. Reflecting on her decision to run for office, she said that it was the repeated barrage of tragedies like this drove her out of the university and into politics, because she realized that ‘politicians are the people who determine our quality of life as a nation,’ She concluded by saying that the race never ends, and she is and will continue running.

Dr Elishama Ideh, who is a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming elections, commented on the unique traits women possessed that made them better leaders. She admitted that it could sometimes be intimidating when in the company of male politicians, even though they were often louder, she often had a perspective that enabled her see aspects of problems they could not.

L-R Dr Elishamah Ideh and Professor Remi Sonaiya

The discussion was then thrown to the floor, where members of the audience including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, gave their perspectives on the topic. In her closing address, the Deputy High Commissioner charged the audience not to feel powerless, reminding them that they didn’t need to look to the West for inspiration but Rwanda, a fellow African country. She thanked the panelists and audiences for their passionate contributions, noting that it was clear that what was needed was a way harness the energy through strategic organization. She also expressed hope that the coming elections would bring a new tide for the plight of women in Nigerian politics.

UPBEAT Centre – Fitness & Fun recreation in Lagos

Have you heard of the new wave in Fitness & Fun recreation in Lagos? A world class infrastructure with modern facilities that give you an out of the world experience. Let’s tell you about UPBEAT Centre.

 

UPBEAT Centre is West Africa’s first trampoline park and recreation centre in Nigeria. Located at 11 Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, UPBEAT Centre was conceptualized by Moyo Ogunseinde; creative director and developed by Uraga Real Estate limited. UPBEAT was borne to fill a gap in the market, establishing a world class, fun sports and fitness recreation centre in Africa for the benefit for all in the community.

The Upbeat Centre amenities include an indoor trampoline park, an outdoor basketball court, a Five-a-Side football pitch, retail spaces for lease and other fun and fitness facilities for leisure and training. Daily, we deliver a unique experience through our Facility, our people and our products, to make UPBEAT your number one destination for fitness and fun. We provide excellent quality service in a safe environment.

The quality and design of the UPBEAT facility include sustainability and world class safety measures as well as the various activities which set it apart from any existing recreation facility in Nigeria and West Africa.

At UPBEAT, we host parties, corporate team bonding sessions, events and gatherings, themed to your taste and requirement for an unforgettable & eventful experience.

UPBEAT Centre has hosted several events and also partnered to bring some events to life. The Ball-Off Homecoming soccer event, Adekunle Gold’s “About 30” listening party, Society of Petroleum Engineers Charity walk, just to name a few have been held at the UPBEAT Centre. Multinationals like Shell, Chevron, Mobil, KPMG & Stanbic trust us with their corporate team bonding sessions, with great reviews too.

UPBEAT is set to be a household name in Fun & Fitness recreation in Nigeria and West Africa, with plans of spreading across the country to bring the experience closer to people and families outside Lagos. The future is bright, the future is UPBEAT!

So, are you looking for that UPBEAT experience? Come let’s UP YOUR FUN, YOUR FITNESS & YOUR LIFE!

South African Airways awarded 4-Star Skytrax ranking for 16th consecutive year

Confirming the airline’s status amongst the best airlines in the world

South African Airways (SAA) has maintained a 4-Star Skytrax ranking, in both Business and Economy Class, for a 16th consecutive year.

“This win will surely strengthen our global position for once again being awarded a 4-Star ranking. Awards demonstrate that SAA is standing its ground as one of the leading airlines in the world,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson.

The SAA stations audited this year were South Africa: ORTIA, Durban, and Cape Town; regional – Mauritius and international: Hong Kong, UK, Perth, and São Paulo. “We were also fortunate to have had our new Airbus A330-300 audited this year amongst our aircraft fleet. The A330-300s are state-of-the-art aircraft and the latest acquisition in our fleet,” said Tlali.

The Skytrax 4-Star ranking is a seal of quality approval awarded to airlines supplying good quality performance across a range of product and service-delivery rating areas. Skytrax assessed the rating after detailed product and service standards audits for each featured airline and not connected to any customer ratings.

A 4-Star Airline rating signifies airlines providing a good standard of product and staff service across all travel categories, including cabin seating, safety standards, cabin cleanliness, comfort amenities, catering, tax-free sales, reading materials, in-flight entertainment, and staff service.

Skytrax, an independent, global airline-rating organisation, awarded the 4-Star rating placing the airline amongst other international and partner airlines. SAA has maintained quality levels throughout what has been another challenging year for the airline, delivering an excellent product and service standards to our customers, making this 4-Star Airline ranking well deserved.

Skytrax commented: “The South African Airways product and service standards continue to perform at a standard that is meeting 4-Star levels and this applies to long-haul, regional, and domestic flights.”

“SAA operates in a highly competitive environment with other African airlines such as Air Mauritius, Royal Air Maroc, Air Seychelles, and Ethiopian Airways also achieving 4 Stars. Winning awards inspires us to seek further opportunities for service excellence and act as an important motivation for employees to keep doing their best and further improve the travel experience of the millions of customers who choose to fly with SAA,” said Tlali.
SAA recently also won four of the six APEX Regional Passenger Choice Awards (PCAs) for Best Seat Comfort, Best Cabin Service, Best Food and Beverage, and Best Overall in Africa for airlines operating in the Africa region. The airline won the Best in Region – Africa award twice before, in 2012 and 2011.

 

Major awards SAA received in 2017:

  • SAA retained a 4-Star Skytrax rating in both Economy and Business Class for 15 years in a row. The airline is the proud holder of the Skytrax award as Best Airline in Africa for 14 years running.
  • SAA’s in-flight magazine Sawubona won the award for Africa’s Leading In-flight Magazine for the third year in a row at the World Travel Awards™, voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide.
  • A Voyager member, Dr Sheng Chun Wen, with Gold status, won one million Voyager miles with his composite image as part of the Star Alliance competition offering one million miles from each of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes. The competition was in celebration of Star Alliance’s 20th anniversary.
  • Readers of the Business Traveller magazine chose SAA for the 11th consecutive year as Best African Airline at the Business Traveller Awards 2017.  The awards are widely regarded as the market’s benchmark for excellence.
  • SAA was named winner in the African Long-Haul Airline category at the Business Traveller Africa Conference and Awards in September, an event for the South African business travel trade, which is held in association with Business Traveller magazine.
  • SAA again took first place in the Domestic Airline category at the Sunday Times Top Brand Awards, which are based on research conducted by leading market research company, TNS, and reflects consumer and business perspectives on brands in South Africa.

 

Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs

About South African Airways:

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low-cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Africa category; this shows that our customer-facing employees are our true brand ambassadors who made a difference to millions of travelling customers.

BREAKING THE SILENCE AND CHANGING ATTITUDES; BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSION HOSTS WARIF, STAKEHOLDERS, TO RECEPTION ON SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

As the first of a 2 week span of activities to mark International Women’s Day, the British Deputy High Commission hosted WARIF and a diverse selection of stakeholders from government, the entertainment industry, and civil society to a reception on Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls, on Tuesday evening. The event, organized in collaboration with the Women at Risk Foundation WARIF; held at the British residence served as a platform for stimulating conversation from various perspectives on the topic of violence against women, but also how individuals and corporate bodies could play their part in its prevention and eradication.

It started with the screening of a theatre performance, a medium found by the WARIF centre to be an effective way of communicating to youth about the problem. This was followed by a sobering video testimonial of Brenda Uphopho, a rape survivor who after multiple incidents of sexual assault, was speaking for the first time about the experience on camera. In her video, she stresses the importance of the medical, legal and psychosocial support provided by centres like WARIF in helping survivors heal after such incidents. Another emotional moment was the address given by Kikelomo Woleosho, a young sexual assault survivor who overcame the negative history to write a book; ‘ Kikelomo ;The Memoir of an Abused Girl’,  and uses her experience to educate people who work with youth, on spotting the telltale signs of abuse.

In her address, the Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils, acknowledged that it was often a difficult subject to talk about, but stressed the importance of breaking the silence around the topic, so that more dialogue and progress could be made. ‘I want to thank guests for coming as it is an issue that is a priority not just for the UK Government, but for me personally; especially the men present today. It is vital that we have male allies to amplify the voices of the inspiring people who are working in this regard, so we can record greater impact’

Other emerging themes from the reception included the fact that it was a problem faced not only by the poor but wealthy members of society, as highlighted by an instance given by Mrs Toyin Saraki, the wife of the Senate President. Dr. Joe Odumakin reflecting on her experience of dealing with over 1,000 rape cases said that despite the stigma and awkward around the topic, survivors who managed to speak up always found it incredibly cathartic, which had the ripple effect of encouraging more people to do the same. Uzoma Dozie, the MD of Diamond Bank and a supporter of WARIF, spoke about the importance of including and communicating zero tolerance for sexual assault into corporate policy, adding that the only way to be sure of the future was to invent it. Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru also revealed that although disproportionately affecting girls, statistics show that it was is an issue that affects boys as well. According to these figures, while one in every 4 girls where affected, one in every ten boys were victims as well.

Dr. Ibru, Founder, WARIF said ‘The WARIF organisation has observed the great empathy and commitment for social change shown by the British High Commission; specifically Ms. Laure Beaufils and her team to the plight endured by the disenfranchised group of women and children subjected to acts of gender based violence and sexual abuse across communities in the country every day. We hope this event will galvanise those present and beyond to our call to action  which is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – to ‘Press for Progress’ in decreasing the prevalence and preventing  these issues; thereby changing the lives of the may affected young girls and women across Nigeria.”

It was an evening of frank, action provoking dialogue, and harnessing that momentum, the Deputy High Commissioner asked guests to write down on commitments cards, what they would do henceforth to help eradicate sexual violence.

 

ABOUT BDHC’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ACTIVITY

International Women’s Day, which has as its theme this year ‘Press For Progress’  is an opportunity for the UK Government to promote gender parity in different spheres of life. This year, the British Deputy High Commission, Lagos has planned a series of activities dedicated to the International Women’s day which will cover a range of topics from sexual violence, to women participation in politics, quality education for women, women in business and domestic violence. In the evening of the 6th of March, the British Deputy High Commissioner will host a reception on Sexual and Gender based Violence. On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day itself, a joint video address by The Deputy High Commissioner and High Commissioner Paul Arkwright on the importance of IWD to the UK government will be shared on social media. On the 12th of March, the BDHC’s Deputy Head of Mission, Andrew Davidson, Political adviser in Lagos, Adewale Adebajo alongside with Prof Pat Utomi, and Toyosi Ogunsiji, will be speaking on radio about the importance of the participation of women in Nigerian politics.On the 13th of March, the Deputy High Commissioner will be launching ENGINE II, Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises programme. This is a 3 year) Adolescent Girls’ Education Programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through its Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) Fund. And to wrap up the on 21st of March, an event on Modern Slavery will be held at the Residence with the launch of a book called: Bilateral Cooperation and Human Trafficking written by Dr. May Ikeora.

 

ABOUT WARIF

Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-profit organization that was incorporated in December 2016 in response to the high incidence of sexual violence, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria. WARIF was founded by Dr. Kemi Dasilva Ibru, who is an obstetrician and Gynaecologist and has worked in Lagos State in this space for over 10 years. The Foundation was established to raise awareness and address the prevalence of rape and sexual assault, through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of these affected women, as well as providing preventive measures to reduce the prevalence of this problem. The hallmark of all our initiatives are “Impactful”, “Measurable” and “Sustainability” even after we leave the communities we serve.

PHOTOS: New 100% Nigerian Event Solutions mobile app ‘BIZZYBODY’ Launches in Style

techA 100% Nigerian Event Solutions mobile app ‘BIZZYBODY’ launches in grand Style in Lagos over the weekend. The BizzyBody Mobile App is now available for download on App Store and Google Play.

With the app:

For Event Owners (Producers, Promoters, Organizers, Artistes, etc.):
– Publish and Promote your own event
– Sell Event Tickets and Monitor Sales
– Interact in new ways with your audience
– Get valuable feedback about your event

For Event Attendees (Average Nigerians):
– Find and attend events around you
– Chat in real time with other event attendees
– Get deals on event tickets

Check out exclusive photos from the launch event below:

NTDC Tour Nigeria brand gets international recognition

– South Africa Kaya FM visits

Recently, a delegation from South Africa’s Kaya 95.9 FM visited Nigeria in what CEO Greg Maloka described as “a bid to know our backyard a little better.” Maloka and his team spent the better part of a week in Lagos where among other activities, they were hosted to lunch at the Lagos Motorboat Club, Ikoyi, by the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation’s ‘Tour Nigeria’ brand.

Folorunsho Coker and Makola
Folorunsho Coker and Makola

Kaya FM is the biggest independent radio station in Guateng, South Africa’s most populous province which includes Johannesburg, Pretoria and other cities, and reflects the experiences of the predominantly black, urban listener between the ages 25 to 49 living in the province.

David O'Sullivan
David O’Sullivan

The decades-long apartheid policy previously practiced by European minorities in South Africa meant the country was isolated from the comity of nations including neighboring African countries for years.

So despite over two decades of democratic rule, the process of assimilation for South Africa and its citizens into the international is still ongoing. Currently, many South Africans still say they are “going to Africa” whenever they step out of their borders and travel to neighboring countries.

Greg Makola
Greg Makola

According to Maloka, “To accept you’re part of a continent, you need to understand the continent not just by geography, but its heart.”

And rather than depend on Western media for news and happenings in Nigeria, the Kaya FM team decided to discover Nigeria by themselves and give first-hand information to their considerably large base of listeners.

With one million weekly views on Youtube, Kaya FM is in a great position to help advance South Africa’s integration with the rest of the continent.

“Our responsibility is to shape people’s opinions and where there is prejudice, to change people’s opinion as well. We are here in Nigeria to see things through our own eyes , I mean African eyes . We do not want to report from the colonial eyes which has been the order of the day and which is not only subjective, but only sees and magnifies the amenable negative occurrences in Nigeria.’’ Maloka revealed.

Already, there’s a healthy business relationship between Nigeria and South Africa, with many South African brands now household names in Nigeria. On the leisure front however, the trend has been for Nigerian travellers to explore the tourism attractions that the South African economy hugely benefits from. Our organisation was endeared to Nigeria by the professional approach adopted by the Director – General , NTDC , Mr Folarin Coker at selling Nigeria and placing her tourism potentialities on the international market with territorial finesse , African cosmopolitanism as regards identity appreciation and sincerity of purpose through its successful Tour Nigeria brand.

However, the visit of Kaya FM executives is an indication that South Africans are curious about – and willing to explore – Nigeria and its unique culture expressed through film, music, art, fashion, food and more. This coincides with a renewed drive by the Nigerian government to explore tourism as a vehicle for economic empowerment.
“We were able to venture out by ourselves. This is not such a structured visit,” Maloka explained against the backdrop of negative perceptions regarding security peddled by some sections of the Western media.

“A lot of South Africans are coming on a steady basis and are clued into the vibrancy of Lagos,” he explained going further to enunciate the team’s appreciation for Nigeria’s culinary offerings, including the sumptuous dishes on offer at the Boat Club.

There was a special mention for the Nok by Alara restaurant in Victoria. The team was so impressed, they had to go back for more.

Reflecting on the uniqueness of Africa’s most populous country, Maloka noted that “everything in Nigeria is Nigerian” and the citizens need to be proud of that. “If you ask a South African what is really South African, we struggle.”

Leading on from that, the team was asked to point out the uniquely Nigerian attributes that would attract a tourist from South Africa.

“I am no tourism expert but what I would say is that we have an opportunity to create a totally new way of selling Africa,” Maloka proffered.

“If we take the Western way which has always been in existence, we are not going to win because it isn’t our system and because it is infrastructure based, like selling a beach, selling a hotel, selling tangible things that people touch and feel.

Mr Maloka said that Kaya FM, South – Africa ‘Is creating an intra-continental business tourism unity and relationship which will be a win – win for the two countries
“It will be very difficult to sell infrastructure. What we have to sell is the soul of a place. How do you package the soul of a nation and present it? I don’t want to come to Nigeria to come and view the buildings, or drive on the highways but I want to come to Nigeria because I want to be Nigerian for a week.

“I want to leave with a new name like ‘Oga Chairman’. I want to leave with new clothes (I had these made here). I want to leave with new friends, new memories. If I meet anyone of you anywhere in the world, I need to be able to be Nigerian with you because I have lived with you, rather than visit your infrastructure.”

Brenda
Brenda

For him and the rest of the team, leaving with the conversations, with dance, with music, with culture, with artefacts, are the things that make memories indelible.

There is a thirst for more things Nigerian in South Africa, according to the delegation. So despite Nigerian music ruling the airwaves in South Africa, there’s room for more.

“We play a lot more Nigerian music now than we did before. We’ve played so much of it, we’ve started to want something else within the Nigerian space. For instance, I want the jazz scene of Nigeria. I don’t know it.

“If I represent a station like Kaya that has jazz as its essence, and someone from New York came to me and said, ‘tell me what the Nigerian jazz scene is like’, I would be lost. We would like to see other forms and other genres of music from Nigeria.”

The Kaya tour of Lagos could not have come at the better time, ahead of the Christmas celebrations which Lagos – the entertainment capital of Africa – is famous for. With conducive weather in December and a medley of concerts featuring Nigeria’s topmost entertainers (who also double as the continent’s leading lights), December is a great time for other African’s to feel the city’s pulse.

David O’Sullivian, a member of Kaya’s delegation to Nigeria said; “We are here on a voyage of discovery, a voyage of obtaining firsthand information for a better perspective. A voyage that will lead to perception modification and correction. We are committed to ensure a phenomenal rise, leap and increase in tourists’ traffic from South – Africa to Nigeria. We want to reverse the Nigeria – visit South – Africa without a corresponding positive story of South – Africans visit Nigeria . This is unbalanced cultural – economic scenario which cannot foster sustainable and lasting economic relationship and brotherhood hood between the two countries.’’

Brenda Modibane, the station’s Business Development and Marketing Manager, pointed out: “From my short stay in Nigeria, it is evident that South–Africans have a lot to see, to gain and to learn from Nigeria . Our incursion into this wonderful country is an eye opener to the vast opportunities open for South – Africans which we shall properly market to them.”

The Director General of the NTDC, Folorunso Folarin-Coker said “It takes a great mind to understand the socio-cultural international conspiracy against Africa which is being perpetrated through some intercontinental mega media. It is also a matter of great valour for another media giant to rise swiftly and embark on positive intra-continental perception reengineering that is of sustainable mutual benefit.

Folorunsho Coker presenting one of NTDC Coffee books on Nigeria tourism to Makola

“On this, I give a warm African kudos and salute to Kaya FM 95.9 for rising stoutly in a rare Pan African information balancing stride between two most distinguished African countries,’’ he said.

He revealed that ‘Tour Nigeria’ was as a result of a painstaking deliberation and deep thinking of how best to enhance and add value to domestic tourism and thankful that Tour Nigeria has not only been embraced by Nigerians, but has been acknowledged internationally. I assure you of our impregnable and profitable support by opening and oiling the corridor of tourism business network , collation of meetings , facilitation of constructive interaction with sectoral leaders of thought and means , movers of the creative industry , leaders of night factories and those whose business and concerns will be of interest to South–Africans.”

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.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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