Political Tourism: An Appeal To My Dear Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Political Tourism: An Appeal To My Dear Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

  By Dele Momodu My dear Asiwaju, I pray my letter meets you and yours in fantastic spirit. It has almost become a tradition for me to write, or openly express my More »

SENATOR ITA GIWA, BANKY W AND OTHERS VISIT THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM STAND AT AKWAABA AFRICAN TRAVEL MARKET 2018

SENATOR ITA GIWA, BANKY W AND OTHERS VISIT THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM STAND AT AKWAABA AFRICAN TRAVEL MARKET 2018

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

Travelogue to thrill with Music Adventures of a Nigerian Mandopop Singer in China

Travelogue to thrill with Music Adventures of a Nigerian Mandopop Singer in China

  By Godfrey Igboin  In line with its culture at the Ministry of Travelogue where the rendering of tourism delights has no strictures, Travelogue takes you to a culture-first-destination—where the practice of More »

CELEBRATORY: Travelogue wishes Madam Tourism a happy new year!!

CELEBRATORY: Travelogue wishes Madam Tourism a happy new year!!

    By Godfrey Igboin   Tourism in Nigeria was dead in absolute-before eighteen years ago, in the year 2000 when Mrs. Omotayo Omotosho, MFR , who on the strength of her More »

Women of Fortitude: South Africa National Women’s Day Celebration

Women of Fortitude: South Africa National Women’s Day Celebration

The joy and thrills of the people of South Africa was brought to Lagos on the 6th of September as the South African Consulate in Nigeria celebrated South Africa’s National Women’s Day More »

 

Political Tourism: An Appeal To My Dear Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

 

Tinubu and Momodu

By Dele Momodu

My dear Asiwaju, I pray my letter meets you and yours in fantastic spirit. It has almost become a tradition for me to write, or openly express my views, to you periodically on political issues, since about 2007. Before I go into the meat of my epistle, kindly permit me to establish some protocol, or preamble. I always choose to write to you in this manner, in moments of great concern and uncertainty such as this, because these words must be kept for posterity. It is not easy to advise someone much older than oneself in our clime. An elderly person can do no wrong, according to our tradition, particularly, if such an elder is respected and revered as you are. It is even much tougher to offer advice to someone as powerful as God has made you to be. You are a man of destiny, and miracles. Yours is a fairy-tale. A real grass to grace story that many applaud and seek to emulate. But at the end of the day, Sir, you are very human. You are a very kind and generous man. You are exceptionally brilliant and smart and everyone, including your foes, admit and acknowledge that fact.

I have known and seen you at your lowest ebb, when we were in exile in England. You rose stoutly to the occasion then like a true generalissimo. We didn’t see the type of crowd that currently mill around you now. You were focussed on dismantling the military junta under the command of General Sani Abacha. I remember with nostalgia how Tokunbo Afikuyomi and I used to stroll into your apartment around Cavendish near Regent’s Park, as if we were the owners of the beautiful flat that you still own till this day. I could go into your kitchen and cook whatever food I wanted and later do damage to your wine collection. I recollect the NADECO meetings at the Quadrangle, God bless Lt. General Alani Ipoola Akinrinade, for his inspirational leadership. Some of the faces I used to see are staring at me as I type this letter to you, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Reverend Peter Obadan, Hon. Wale Oshun, Dr Amos Akingba, Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chief Ralph Uwechue, just to mention a few. I remember you as a good dancer at our occasional discos at Mill Hill. I also recognise two good names, Mr Ibukun Fakeye and Mr Bola Opaleye. We were under pressure, but you made things easier for most of us because of your natural gift of giving. Mama Calabar restaurant at Hendon Central was a good place to rendezvous then for good home food.

From your home, you coordinated many things, linking up with Papa Anthony Enahoro, Professor Wole Soyinka, the Afenifere Group at home, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the main man at Radio Freedom (later Radio Kudirat) and several other distinguished refugees. We had young but active journalists like Richie Dayo Johnson, George Noah, Greg Odo and Ike Okonta. I will readily attest to your uncommon courage and unassailable commitment to the struggle for democracy in our dear beloved country Nigeria. Nothing would ever scare or rattle me like the day you and I sat alone, in a coded location, with some German mercenary, who told us his organisation could rescue Chief M.K.O Abiola from detention. Many more personalities who are now sojourners in your various homes, who have made fame and fortune through you, were not part of the beginning no matter how much they now try to demonstrate that they were. Some of those who planned and plotted at that time joined you in your political forays, especially, a perfect gentleman like LT. General Alani Akinrinade who chose to observe from the back seat and make occasional contributions as the exigencies of our political situation dictated. I have gone through this tale to soften the ground a bit for what I’m about to tell you.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since those London days. Please, Sir, cast your mind back to the day you boarded the British Airways flight back to Nigeria a free man, about 20 years ago to the minute, in October 1998. God has been extremely kind, in all ramifications. If anyone had predicted you would ever be this big, you would have dismissed the person pronto as insane. You never prepared to be the Governor of Lagos then.

Perhaps, you thought of returning to the Senate. The name on everyone’s lips was Dr Wahab Dosunmu. But the ways of God are permanently mysterious. All in a jiffy, things turned around for you and you became first the Candidate and later the most powerful Governor in Nigeria. You know those who helped you achieve that status and assisted in ensuring that you ultimately became the most powerful man in Nigeria after the President of Nigeria, even after you finished your term of office. It wasn’t all rosy-rosy as you had a running battle with President Olusegun Obasanjo who, for whatever reason, chose to starve Lagos of its statutory funds. You assembled a fantastic team of technocrats and, with them, you set out on a beautiful voyage to create a new road-map and gargantuan master-plan for modern Lagos. You survived every challenge or attack on your person, including plots to impeach you. After a turbulent first term, you coasted home to victory during your second term. By then your eminent position in the pantheon of Nigerian icons was assured.

You were not yet done. Out of the blues, you gave Lagos a superlative retirement gift in Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, a gentle colossus, who took Lagos to a new height of excellence. Many people never knew Fashola had such incredible talent. But towards the end of his first term, tragedy almost struck, when news broke out that you were not going to endorse him for a second term in office. I remember writing you a letter, in this same Pendulum column, asking you to perish the thought. I remember saying emphatically then that the marriage between you and Fashola was consummated in heaven and any attempt to seek a divorce by either of you would end up in monumental disaster for both of you and your great party, ACN. I have no idea how many important personalities appealed to you before you calmed down and embraced your godson, warts and all, but you did the needful, and despite rumoured friction between both of you today, Fashola remains a great pride of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.

Thereafter, I also had occasion to beg you not to get involved in certain battles at the beginning of the Buhari administration because I was aware some people were out to use and dump you, but your new acolytes frowned at my humble suggestion and went to town with blistering insults and abuses. Over three years after, I’m sure you’ve seen the futility of your great effort at helping your party get its bearing right. Even the reconciliation committee which you headed was never allowed to flourish for one day. It has been one crisis after the other. But let’s leave that and move forward to the crux of the matter today.

Let me say categorically that no one has sent me to you because what is fashionable these days is the web of conspiracy stories on social medial. You must have guessed what this is all about, already. My appeal to you, openly and frontally, is to plead with you to handle the Akinwunmi Ambode debacle with utmost care and tact. Until you brought him out from retirement, not many people ever knew him and his achievements as the Lagos State Accountant-General. He was obviously a young, shy but brilliant man who knew how to get results. Your unusual sagacity and prescience in unearthing gems like Fashola and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President birthed another genius of an administrator in Ambode. He has succeeded in following and emulating the glorious heights set by you and Fashola and Lagos State has again been better for the choice you made. I have read all sorts about how power changed him and how he has not been too grateful and appreciative to all those who gave him this uncommon favour and the seat of power that he currently occupies. I have also sat with people who swore never to forgive him even if you do. We all know though, that once you give direction, all the sabre-rattling by these political journey-men will cease and they will abide by your decision. Hmmm, Asiwaju, at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you would be held responsible for the plight of your party, APC and Lagos State, for good or for bad.

It is normal for every mortal to feel let down. It is even always tempting for humans to get angry and seek vengeance but after every war, the gladiators often come together on the table to start a new life as if they were not killing themselves in recent past. I can’t claim to know all the sins Governor Ambode committed to warrant his present predicament. But whatever it was, we are told he has begged and pleaded, his wife has apologized, many distinguished Nigerians have beseeched that you forgive and allow him to complete his good work. I have read the complaints of many of your foot-soldiers, Sir, the reasons and excuses for dumping Ambode are very similar, he has not looked after anybody, he has been standoffish, who does he think he is, and so on. These are at the very worst, personal issues that could naturally lead to bickering and animosity. I doubt if the issue was more about lack of performance in accordance with the mandate of improving Lagos which you gave to him. Not even uncharitable persons would accuse him of that. Politics is indeed a delicate and dangerous game. A few months back, no one would have envisaged this type of strife or brouhaha to visit a man everyone called the most hardworking Governor in Nigeria. If I want to sound superstitious and to put it the African way, this is the handiwork of witches and wizards.

I’m aware that my very dear Brother, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, incidentally, I’m 20 times closer to him than Ambode, has been dragged into the cauldron of intrigue and power struggle in Lagos State. I will love him to be Governor, because he is undoubtedly qualified, but not in the manner many of your supporters are going about it. If he is so destined, he may still be Governor, some day. This is my reason for saying that the apparent unnecessary and unwarranted humiliation of the current Governor is bizarre and definitely uncalled for. The giddiness of the moment must urgently give way to sobriety. If care is not taken ‘kata kata’ may burst! It seems that the Lagos electorate is being taken for granted and that it is assumed that they are merely dogs that can be controlled by the whistle of the dog handler. Asiwaju, you never know, the unpredictable may happen and it has happened before. I do not pray that history repeats itself within a short time, at a time when you hold sway as the undisputed power broker. If that happens, God forbid, most of those saying there is no one like you today, will swiftly disappear before you can blink an eye. I venture to say that most of them do not personally like you.  They live in fear of you and not in awe of you. I hear and know what many of them say behind you. If one asks them, why haven’t they told you face-to-face, the usual answer is “you will be called an enemy once you tell Oga the truth…”

I remain your dear younger one who will not shirk from telling you the plain truth!
These are people very close to you, but do not have your interest at heart.  They are only concerned with their selfish interests and self-preservation.

What would be worse is for this grave matter not to be settled and Babajide’s head is used to break coconut. This would be sad. Everything must be done to bring your team together again as one. Both of them can still work perfectly for the good of the State.  There is nothing wrong in having two brilliant, diligent and industrious people on the same ticket to advance the prospects of the State, with the recognition that the deputy is already anointed to take over. I believe that this may be a veritable solution to the present imbroglio and that it can work to assuage the feelings and aspirations of all concerned.

The present situation is sad and unfortunate. I seriously pity those who think you and Ambode cannot be friends again. I know from your antecedents that you do not practice politics like that.  You are much more astute. You are buoyed by the philosophy of ‘itesiwaju Eko’. That demands sacrifices for the Lagos State you envision.  I believe this is one sacrifice that is necessary to make. It is difficult but not impossible. You must forgive and make up, before it is too late. All those who have intervened are waiting, and watching, to see if you would disregard, and disrespect, them all collectively. That would be truly unfortunate.

Finally, Asiwaju, you have shown your power and demonstrated the ability to squash and rout, but, please, don’t fire the bullet. Ambode deserves a second chance.

SENATOR ITA GIWA, BANKY W AND OTHERS VISIT THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM STAND AT AKWAABA AFRICAN TRAVEL MARKET 2018

 

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

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

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

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

Mohammed Kwajaffa, explained the huge impact AKWAABA has brought to Africa ‘s travel trade and tourism saying One of the key game changer at Akwaaba Travel Market this year was the inclusion of the Local & Small-scale Tour Operators & Travel Agents to exhibit as it attracted more foot fall from their own clients & followers.” Kwajaffa extended a huge appreciation to the founder of AKWAABA, Mr. Ikechi Uko for organizing a good event this year and also thanked Stakeholders from National Association of Nigeria travel Agency, Nigeria Association of Tour Operators & Tour Operators of Ghana who visited the stand to show their continued support and partnership “this gave us opportunity to showcase destination South Africa to more than the usual clientele hence reaffirming SAT’s commitment to supporting such initiatives & activities in the market. Congratulations to all the award winners of the Top 100 Africa Tour Operators and the organizers for a well-organized event” he further said.
Also in attendance, NANTA BOT Chairman, Mr Steve Isokarie, NATOP President, Hajiya Bilikisu Abdul, FTAN President, Alhaji Rabo Kareem, HATMAN President, Mr Badaki Aliyu Ajayi, NANTA National VP, Mrs Susan, NANTA VP Lagos Zone, Mrs Lola Adewale, NANTA VP Western Zone, Mr Dagunduro Tokumbo all of Nigeria and from Ghana TOUGHA President, Mr Kwesi Eyison, GHATOF Rep, Mr Ahmed Naaman, and celebrities such as Ghanaian famous actor, Van Vicker and Nigeria’s famous Singer, Producer, Actor, Banky W, resounding Nigerian Contemporary Vocalist & Chanter, Ire ‘D’ Stage Diva and many more who visited the South African Tourism destination stand.

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

Travelogue to thrill with Music Adventures of a Nigerian Mandopop Singer in China

 

By Godfrey Igboin 
In line with its culture at the Ministry of Travelogue where the rendering of tourism delights has no strictures, Travelogue takes you to a culture-first-destination—where the practice of culture is still very chief in their ways of life:food—it’s taste and how they eat, Fashion—their traditional attires are still envogue, music and movies toe the same vein in the middle country—China. The modern-day China is a mix of the old and new with lots of Western influence but still retains their ancient beliefs and culture. Home to martial arts, China is chief in the mentions of countries with  wide offerings of music tourism and has one of the best nightlifes in the world.
 
 
On the strength of upping its offering of tourism delights, the active promoter of tourism in Nigeria looked to the middle country and bring you the Music Adventures of a Nigerian Mandopop Singer, one who is very much one of our own, Emmanuel Uwechue popularly known as Hao Ge—who serenades the Chinese audience, the entirety of Asia and Chinese communities across the globe with his music, is giving a tremendous representation of our home Country, Nigeria, projects a sterling image for it, strengthening ties between the two countries that share great similarities in population, ethnicity, and demographics and also represents Africa with his very valid personage.
In this episode, Hao Ge who is the Cultural Ambassador for Nigerians in Diaspora, will have you engaged by singing from  his soul, wow you with his unique rendering of Chinese music where you will also find his beautiful fluency in a language that seems strange to many.

CELEBRATORY: Travelogue wishes Madam Tourism a happy new year!!

 

Mrs Omotayo Omotosho (MFR)

 

By Godfrey Igboin

 

Tourism in Nigeria was dead in absolute-before eighteen years ago, in the year 2000 when Mrs. Omotayo Omotosho, MFR , who on the strength of her appointment as the Director- General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) lit up the industry that was in the dark with the advent of creating tourist attractions and having attractions reeking of abandonment brought to life and made tourism relationship with the media likened to that of twins. Before her appointment she has been on the purpose in pursuit of promoting Nigeria with a platform – Towards A Greater Nigeria (TAGNigeria).

The voice and face tourism has in Nigeria today is her making (owing to the foundation she laid as the Director- General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, in 2000 – 2004) through her valid efforts – so if you are wondering who is or why is she called Madam Tourism, just mentioned are a token of reasons from the wealth of evidence why Mrs. Omotayo Omotosho,( MFR) is ‘Madam Tourism’ who celebrated her birthday on Sunday, September 16, 2018 with friends and family at her place of residence.

Travelogue Communications Ltd, a tourism organization promoting the development of tourism in Nigeria, joins her in celebration of life – we celebrate this tourism icon, a pathfinder, sublime, quintessential, an Executive Producer of Towards a Greater Nigeria and CEO, Pacesetter Communications Ltd, Mrs. Omotayo Omotosho, (MFR) on her tourism birthday celebration. We wish her many more years of adventures in health, prosperity and life itself. God Bless your new age Madam Tourism!

Women of Fortitude: South Africa National Women’s Day Celebration

The joy and thrills of the people of South Africa was brought to Lagos on the 6th of September as the South African Consulate in Nigeria celebrated South Africa’s National Women’s Day 2018 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. The consulate hosted dignitaries, media partners, stakeholders and Consuls General including Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and several other countries to a night of centenary celebrations.

The National Women’s Day is an annual South African public holiday which commemorates the 1956 women’s march in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass law and this year, South Africa remembers Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu; a political activist, a nurse and one of the important leaders of anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa. She amongst other women spear-headed the march of 1956 and this year, South Africa celebrates her centenary.

Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu who was often referred to as the “Mother of the Nation” lived with the people and lead them to rise against the abominable system of Apartheid and misogyny. From Cape Town, Soweto to Huhundi and Galeshewe, she was known for her warmth as a leader, whose love for freedom was unwavering.

Mr. Oluwaseyi Adegoke Adeyemo of Inside Watch Africa alongside Mrs. Poppy Ravhura compered the event, taking the guests down memory lane back to the march of 1956, explaining the meaning of the words they chanted as they walked to the Union Building

wathint’ abafazi,

wathint’ imbokodo, uza kufa!

[When] you strike the women, you strike a rock,

you will be crushed [you will die]!

— Rallying call for Women.

 

In a welcome address by Mr. Darkey Africa, Consul General of South Africa, talked about the legacy Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu left behind “We learn about leadership, through her suffering, we learn about the patience of a nurse to conquer pain. We learn about her burning desire to release her people from the pain of oppression. We learn about selflessness and service to humanity”.

To close his welcome address, Mr. Darkey made a call-to-action for us all to emulate the life and times of Albertina Sisulu by intensifying our efforts in the society against subjugation of women. “Mama Sisulu calls on us to forever strive for this ideal, to emancipate women so that Africa can prosper. We must now begin to nurture a 100 more Albertina Sisulus. None amongst us can be her, but we can emulate her example, know her story and attempt to help humanity”.

The event ended with a closing remark by Ms. N Koni, reminding everyone why August 9th is an celebrated day. “We mark this day to remind ourselves of the great contributions women have made to build our societies, while at the same time recognize the challenges that women still face in fully enjoying their fundamental human rights”.

This year is of special significance as it commemorates the birth of Albertina Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and the formation of the Bantu Women’s League – the Bantu Women’s League was the first women’s organization in South Africa which was founded in 1918.

South African Tourism alongside South African Consulate thanks partners and friends on the continued support of the now annual celebration: a wonderful opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements.

 

Destination Tourism Night is now to hold October 28

Westown Hotel: Impressive Chapel of destination…Pride of Hospitality 

 

 

By Godfrey Igboin 

Like a Chapel in a Cathedral so is hospitality in the tourism industry and Lagos is a tourism-cathedral housing beauteous chapels that are valid hospitality destinations of great awe—Westown Hotel. 

Having explored Westown Hotel which is an impressive Chapel of destination class sitting on number 7, Sheraton-Opebi Link Road, Travelogue brings to its readers a hospitality delight of magnificent comfort where you can have a unique view of the economic Capital of the West African sub-region.

From a software enabled reception (powered by business.com to ensure everything about guests is  captured in no time) to Oshe Continental Restaurant homing ten bars where varietal drinks are available for guests to explore if they so choose and lest I forget, a piano to garnish the aura of the bars with soothing tunes stands by.

Westown Hotel’s magnificence is esteemed with various rooms for your choice of comfort and they are  Superior and Deluxe rooms, Junior, Executive, Governor, Diplomatic and Presidential Suites and also a loft room where guests can connect with romance.

The thrills of exploration here is upped by the Rooftop Arena where you have a Sandpit Bar and a Swimming Pool.

In this pride of hospitality, there are halls namely : Eko, Osun, Jummy, Beatrice, and the Marquee Hall. According to Samuel Osho, a staff of Westown Hotel, Eko hall’s capacity is 30 while Osun Hall is a Board Room capacity of 15, Jummy  hall is 100 capacity for Theatre and Banquet 70, Beatrice hall capacity for banquet is 110—theatre is 200 and the Marquee hall is where the Kings Church holds their service and it is 350 capacity for banquet settings and 500-700 for theatre.

Superior Suite
Superior Suite
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Diplomatic Suite
Diplomatic Suite
Executive Suite
Executive Suite
Governor Suite
Governor Suite
Junior Suite
Loft Suite
Sandpit Bar
Swimming Pool at the Rooftop Arena
A view of Lagos from the Rooftop Arena
Marquee Hall

EXCLUSIVE:Buhari, Okorocha, Lamido, Ambode, Emefiele stunned by Hao Ge 

 

By Godfrey Igboin 

It is a given of great magnitude that the unique positive portrayal of Nigeria by Emmanuel Uwechue popularly known as Hao Ge through music in China and the entirety of the Asian continent cannot be avoided— and it gives a great feeling of pride to Nigerians in Asia and beyond. 

President Muhammadu Buhari who is very much aware of Hao Ge’s pronounce recognition, was stunned in absolute amazement during his interactive session with the Nigerian Community in China as he watched Hao Ge performing a song he wrote specially for Nigeria.

Ambode, Okorocha among the Governors in the President’s entourage were equally stunned. But what is also a given is the pride you feel as a Nigerian which is esteemed by Hao Ge’s positive portrayal.

Hao Ge who has overtime used his influence to strengthen China-Nigeria’s relationship politically and other various aspects, welcomed President Buhari, the Governors and his entourage to the Mainland China for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit.

See pictures below…

Photo courtesy of the Executive Personal Assistant to the Cultural Ambassador for Nigerians in Diaspora, Sarah N U. 

Destination Tourism Night 2018: ARA to headline Music/Cultural segment

 

By Godfrey Igboin 


Is the drum integral to our culture? Assuredly. It varies from one particular area to the other, depicts and shows the type of a people’s cultural heritage and can also be used to make some sort of sound that reflects their dialect.

The significance of drum to our culture is vital in varietal ways that depicts our cultural differences.

Can tourism thrive without culture? Absolute, definite no. Culture drives and promotes tourism. Without it, tourism would be a terrible error.

Destination Tourism Night, a leading tourism event with no cultural activities would be an absolute, definite error  but the organizers Travelogue Communications Ltd ensured there was no such thing as that at the penultimate edition and there surely won’t be any at this year’s occasion given the evidence that the one with a magnificent mastery of the sophisticated instrument, Drum Goddess ARA who lit up the happening in 2017 with rhythmic sounds that brought a tremor of thrill to attendees, is set to headline the music/cultural segment at Destination Tourism Night (DTN) 2018.

Knowing that in the body of culture, drum is the heart and dance is the blood, Aralola Olamuyiwa, popularly known as ARA, the first female talking drummer in the world who is a revered cultural personage, has thrilled, wowed and dazzled Nigeria, Africa and beyond with enthralling sounds from the drum world for over two decades and the multi-billion dollar brand who is also known as the queen of drums, gave a rendition of cultural supremacy at the 2017 edition and attendees lauded the performance as the peak of the event.

Nigeria’s richness in culture, as evidenced by the country’s size of ethnic groups, is diverse.

From Benin ( the cradle of the nation’s culture)  Head terracotta, the ancient Ife Head sculpture, to the historical Igbo Ukwu civilization, the stone age Nok Culture and the Hausa-Fulani cultural heritage, it is evidently a given that Nigeria is very rich in cultural tourism and the Drum Goddess ARA, whose brand depicts tourism, is set to connect would-be attendees of DTN 2018 to the drum-world where rhythmic sounds of culture is abound.

We know that sight is controlled by the optical lobe and sound by the temporal lobe. Surely Destination Tourism Night is a lobe of the world’s biggest industry that can not only help Nigeria in it’s move to tourism but ensure sustainability.

Tourism is the blood of a nation. What blood is to humans is what tourism is to a country.

VIDEO: Dance Dance Dance… at FUGU Festival 2018 

 

 

By Godfrey Igboin 

 

 

Ghana — The first edition of the Fugu Festival was held on Saturday, August 25 – 26, 2018 at the Jubilee Park, Tamale, Northern Region. 

Fugu which means Smock is an attire identified with the region but the festival celebration has brought another thing to be very identified with and attendees of the occasion loved every bit of it.

See the videos  below…