FELABRATION 2018 APPOINTS FLYBOKU AS EXCLUSIVE TOURS PARTNER

Felabration Organizing Committee has announced FLYBOKU as the “Exclusive Tourism Partner for Felabration 2018”. This was recently announced by the Founder/CEO of the Felabration Brand Ms Yeni Kuti represented by the Project Manager for Felabration 2018 Mr Peter Clarke during a round table meeting between the two organizations. Both FlyBoku and Felabration team have been working together to ensure a great Felabration tours experience for all guests.

As part of this year’s edition of Felabration, the committee also emphasized that in celebrating the Afrobeat icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s 80th posthumous birthday an exclusive tour will be dedicated to exploring the life and history of Fela. These tours will be handled by FlyBoku and the Tour includes:

  • Tour to Freedom park which is the historical prison where all the notable leaders of Nigeria were imprisoned and the history of Nigeria
  • Tour to Kalakuta republic which was Fela’s personal house before he died which is also now a museum show casing all of the icon’s history and musical instruments as they were when he died
  • The Ransom-Kuti family house in Abeokuta which has now become a museum showing all the works of all the Kuti children including Fela’s history as well.
  • The Africa Shrine which the headquarters of most of Fela’s performances

The Felabration 2018 which is commencing on the 15th of October ends on the 21st of October, 2018. The week long events will include:

  • Symposium themed African Leadership in the Millennium with notable speakers across the government.
  • Musical concert with star performance by Yemi Kuti
  • Art competition
  • Afrobics competition
  • Tours (organized with FlyBoku)

The CEO/Founder of the Felabration Brand; Ms Yeni Kuti said “I am really excited and proud to be associated with the FlyBoku brand. A brand that is notable for providing top notch tourism services and promoting African culture both within Nigeria and globally. I am convinced that FlyBoku team will make the Felabration Tour an adventure that would not be quickly forgotten.”

Also, the Chairman of FlyBoku Mr Abiola Lawal (AKA Mr BOKU) said “I am indeed honored to be associated with the icon Fela Kuti and also the Felabration brand and organizing committee. Just as Bob Marley is to Jamaica and the world; an unforgettable figure, so is Fela Anikulapo Kuti to Nigeria and the world. He meant a lot to all of us which are the reasons Felabration is organized and recognized globally”. Furthermore he says that “with Mr Boku and his team joining force with Felabration, we will continue to tell the story of this great icon to the world.”

To celebrate the Afrobeat Icon, the FLYBOKU team has put together an adventurous Felabration packages for everyone to partake in, which includes:

  • Full Day Lagos Tour
  • Full Day Abeokuta Tour
  • Full week Lagos tour package for international guests
  • Full week combo tour (Lagos and Abeokuta) tour package for international guests as well.

In addition, FlyBoku has also declared a special Felabration discounted rate on all of their services during the week. Customers are expected to quote “Boku Felabration” to be eligible for the 5% special discount on their invoice for FlyBoku service exclusively during the Felabration week(October 15th – 21st 2018). The services are:

  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car hire services
  • Hotel Bookings
  • Visa Services
  • Tour Packages

Mr Abiola Lawal has promised that all attendees of Felabration 2018 will have an unforgettable Adventure experience with Mr Boku and Felabration.

#Mr Boku will take you there and must surely bring you back.

EFInA Launches Capacity Building Porgramme for Media to Increase Financial Inclusion

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), Nigeria’s leading financial sector development organization organized a media forum to discuss the role of media in driving Financial Inclusion.
As part of its mission to promote financial inclusion in Nigeria EFInA desires to improve the existing financial awareness and literacy of the un(der)banked through the existing media infrastructure so that  Media can play  an increasing role in the efficient adoption of financial services in Nigeria.
Giving the welcome address, EFInA Board Chair, Segun Akerele, emphasized the importance of collaboration amongst all stakeholders including the media to reduce the rate of financial exclusion.
Temitope Otumara, Communication Specialist for EFInA said that financial inclusion and inclusive growth aren’t just policy choices, but are policy imperatives, which determine the long-term financial stability and sustainability of the economic and social order, going forward. Temi further explained we need to ensure that all of us are collectively willing to walk that extra mile to ensure that our fellow countrymen get easy access to the financial system by leading the initiative and spreading our message far and wide.
EFInA Grants Manager, Suzanne Adeoye said no organization can drive financial inclusion alone so EFInA will be working with the media to increase financial services awareness and literacy to the un(der)banked during her presentation on “Introduction to EFInA” .
During a presentation at the event Nimi Akinkugbe laid emphasis on the 3 core purpose of the media is to inform, influence and entertain. She further explained that an improved Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy effort from the media could result in more discerning choice of investment and other financial products by consumers which would make financial institutions respond innovatively to consumer demand, leading to a more efficient financial system.
Nimi Akinkugbe, Money Matters with Nimi
Nimi concluded her presentation stressing the fact that a better-informed public will exert greater scrutiny over the risks of financial institutions and the quality of their products and services.
Presenting on the Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion, Editi Efiong, Ceo of Anakle educated the Marketing managers of different banks, fintechs and journalists from different platforms including Channels TV, Wazobia, Businessday, EbonyLifeTv, CNBC, Naira-Metrics amongst others about the essence of simplifying the message for the un(der)banked. Editi further explained that the messaging will need to be localized on a community basis to drive adoption in the rural areas as most of these people still have low trust in the financial system based on little or no understanding on how it works.
The event involved a panel session where panelists including Nimi Akinkugbe, Aisha Isa- Olatinwo Head Banking & Payments CBN; Arese Ugwu; Founder SmartMoneyAfrica, Adia Sowho; Managing director Mines, Ugo Dre Okechukwu; founder NairaMetric, Lehle Balde; Businessday strategist and Folasade Agbejule; EFInA Payment Specialist  discussed issues relating to: The Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion.
The panel, moderated by Tunji Andrews and Temi Otumara identified improved Trust, financial awareness and literacy as forces affecting adoption of financial inclusion that can only be changed by the media.
L-R: Aisha Isa Olatunwo, Nimi akinkugbe, Temi Otumara, Folasade Agbejule
ABOUT EFInA
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organization that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria. Established in 2007, its vision is to be the leader in facilitating the emergence of an all-inclusive growth promoting financial system. EFInA is funded by the UK Government’s department for International development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

The bond between South Africa and West Africa is historic – South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Andre Hanekom

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Commission for Africa held its 61st Regional Tourism Conference in Abuja, capital of Nigeria between June 4 and 5, 2018. The South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Andre Hanekom, who was visiting Nigeria for the first time, was one of the more than 20 ministers and 500 delegates from 34 countries who attended the conference.

On the 6th of June 2018, the minister, on his way back to South Africa, stopped by in Lagos and hosted some members of the media, trade &and other stakeholders to an exclusive dinner at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The South African Tourism Trade Relations Manager (West Africa), Mr. Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa, who stood in for the Hub Head, Mr. Hloni Pitso, who was on study leave at the time, welcomed the guests and introduced the Minister and his wife as well the Consul General of South Africa in Lagos, Ambassador Darkey Africa, who accompanied the Minister to the dinner.

The honourable minister, underscoring the pivotal position that Nigeria occupies in South Africa’s tourism marketing plan as well as the historical bond between West Africa and South Africa, opened the discussions. He requested for an open and transparent dialogue on the tourism sector with focus on the flow of traffic between West Africa and South Africa.

Guests enjoyed a savoury South African inspired three-course dinner, though the Minister had insisted on a local Nigerian dish. Going by the pleasant experiences and stories shared across the table that night, it was unanimous that South Africa is a world-class tourism destination, rich in taste, culture and experiences.

However, the major trust of contributions made by the majority of the media and key trade travel partners at the dinner centered on the recurring challenges that applicants encounter when processing South African visa.

Responding, the minister assured all present that considering the importance of the West African market to South African Tourism, a lot was already being done to address the issue.

He said: “We are fully aware of the situation and have set several things in motion to ease the processing of South African Visa in Nigeria. We are working towards eventually having an e-visa regime.  We want to modernize the systems and ease the burdens. We are also working on a way of using the fact that someone has a valid visa of countries like USA, U.K. on his or her passport etc.  as a criteria to speed up the visa application process for such a person.”

In his contribution, Ambassador Darkey Africa, said as a consulate they were also aware of the visa situation and on their part, they are working determinedly with their colleagues in the Home Affairs Ministry in South Africa to ensure that Nigerians enjoy better and more seamless regime of processing South African visa at the shortest possible time.

He, however, advised that applicants should always submit their applications on time and with the appropriate supporting documents as this will make it easier for the process to be more seamless for everyone’s good. The need for more socio-cultural exchanges between South Africa and the countries in West Africa was suggested by Mr. Obinna Emelike of The Business Day Newspaper and it was generally agreed that such exchanges will go a long way to strengthen the historical bond between South Africa and West Africa.

One of the major highlights of the evening was the appreciation expressed by Nigeria travel agents to Ambassador Darkey Africa for the open-door policy that he had operated since his assumption of office and the very kind gestures that he has continued to express towards the travel agents in Nigeria. The Nigerian tour operators also presented Mr. Hanekom with a Nigerian artifact.

In closing, Minister Hanekom called for greater regional cooperation and for Africans to work together to ensure ease of travel and the continued growth of tourism across the continent.  He also promised that the short visa duration currently being given to frequent travellers will be looked into and reviewed. Mr. Mohammed Tanko Kwajaffa gave a vote of thanks and the dinner was brought to an end, after which group pictures were taken with the ever cheerful Mr. Derek Hanekom and his wife.

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.”

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.

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.

Seun Ayeni Declares AmwuoGames Open in 2017
Seun Ayeni Declares AmwuoGames Open in 2017

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.

East-West Road collapse threatens $50b investment

The collapse of a section of the East-West Road in Eleme in Rivers State has paralysed investments estimated at more than $50 billion in the Eleme-Onne axis of the industrial hub of the state. That section of the road had been virtually impassable for about two years but it became a real logistic nightmare last week following the collapse of the bridge that allows access to the two petroleum refineries in Eleme, the Onne Port complex, including Onne Free Zone; the Indorama/Eleme Petro-chemical Plant, Notore Petro-Chemical Industries and many businesses within the corridor.

 

Head of Operations and Technical Services at the Oil and Gas Free Zones (OGFZA), which is the regulator of the Onne Free Zone, Mr Adekunle Ajayi said businesses cut off by the collapse of the East-West Road in Eleme are collectively worth more than $50 billion. Those businesses include Intels, which is the Onne Free Zone developer, the West African Container Terminal (WACT), Brawal Shipping Company, all the IOCs represented in the free zone.

Among government establishments that are equally cut off by the collapsed road are OGFZA, the NPA, Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Naval College, and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Besides these investments, there are lots of sundry businesses and government establishments along the corridor up to Ogoni that are also no longer accessible from Port Harcourt because of the failure of the road.

Commenting on the condition of the road, the Managing Director of OGFZA, Mr Umana Okon Umana, said apart from its adverse impact on existing businesses in the axis, the logistic crisis caused by the failed section of the road constitutes a serious deterrence to foreign direct investment which the Federal Government has been campaigning for. “No foreign investor wants to stake his money where he cannot have access to,” Umana said.

The OGFZA chief said he has drawn the attention of the Minister of the Niger Delta and the managing director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the condition of the road, commending the NDDC for its intervention. Umana however added that what is needed is a holistic and permanent solution to the bad state of the road.

The terrible condition of the road attracted the attention of the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike in 2016, who met with investors and government establishments within the axis. On the prompting of the state governor, the investors and the Rivers State Government contributed N3 billion to assist in the repair of the failed section of the road, which measures about seven kilometres. A member of the committee that was set up to implement the intervention on the road from the N3 billion collections said the money was disbursed to RCC to carry out repairs of the road.

However, less than two years after, the road has become impassable again. The East-West Road is a Federal Government trunk ‘A’ road, intended to link the South-South, Southeast and Western parts of the country together

By: Tolulope Lawani
Culled from: The Nation Online
Image Source: Nairaland

CNN Stephanie Busari Is Moderator At Luxury Lifestyle Summit

CNN Stephanie Busari Is Moderator At Luxury Lifestyle Summit

TOPCOMM PR and The Luxury Reporter, organisers of The Luxury Lifestyle Summit have confirmed CNN Africa Editor, Stephanie Busari as the moderator of the panel discussions at the inaugural Summit billed to take place on September 06 and 07 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Stephanie Busari is coming with her wealth of experience working for CNN, the most viewed international news network in Africa. She will be engaging panelists on various issues on the Nigerian and generally African luxury sector.

According to Busari: “The luxury sector in Nigeria is fast growing and it is important to have a conversation about how the industry can scale and grow. I think the Luxury Lifestyle Summit will have some very interesting talking points and I am looking forward to engaging the panelists at the Summit.”

With the theme of the summit, Digital Inside – Get Wired to Deliver the Ultimate Luxury Experience, panellists from different sectors of the luxury market will discuss relevant topics aimed at creating important discourse to improve the luxury brands and promote consumption of the Nigeria luxury market.

Earlier, Paul Andrew, Founder and Chief Responsibility Officer, African Wealth Report, a research and intelligence publication of Blackpace Africa has been confirmed to spearhead the array of other notable speakers to discuss key issues affecting the growth and development of the Nigerian luxury industry.

With over two decades of global investments and wealth advisory experiences, Andrew who is based in Geneva, Switzerland, brings an exceptional knowledge of African and global luxury practice to The Luxury Lifestyle Summit in Lagos.

Also, Daniel Weihrauch, CEO of Lions&Gazelles and RAIN’s group consulting partner for Middle East and Africa, will be speaking at the summit. The German born global traveller, will bring his wealth of experience in the luxury hospitality industry to the summit.

Other speakers confirmed for the summit include: Oliver Williams, CEO, Firebreak Group and a founding member of Wealth Insight, a leading wealth consultancy advising clients in over 15 countries; and Funmi Onajide, Founder, Regalo African Luxury Store, a concept store which stocks high end leather goods, tea range among others sourced from Africa will also be speaking at the Luxury Lifestyle Summit in Lagos.

The summit will provide a veritable platform for diverse retailers of jewellery, beauty, motor, watches, private equity, investment Banking, private banking, investment / asset management, architecture, travel companies, luxury Hotels, luxury Event Management companies, luxury service providers, airlines and others to showcase their products and discuss how to maximise the online market.

Other discussants at the summit include: Mr. Abiona Babarinde, Group General Manager, Marketing and Communications, Coscharis, Mrs. Kavita Chellarams, CEO, Arthouse Contemporary, Mr. Ejiro Onobrakpeya, expert in African art, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, KPMG, Mr. Kayode Kasunmu, the Executive Director, Beauty Bar and Essenza who has been a player in the Luxury Industry in Nigeria for over 30 years.

The summit is the brainchild of The Luxury Reporter, publisher of the e-magazine, TLR in partnership with TOPCOMM PR Concept & Events, an integrated marketing communication and events management company with sponsorships from Balmoral, African Wealth Report, BlackPace, Lions&Gazelles, Regalo African Luxury, FireBreak Group, Access Bank, Sun International, Delta Air Lines, South African Airways, GHI Assets.

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