Winners of Balafon Award for Tourism in West Africa to be honoured at 5th Accra Weizo

African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) has released the list of winners of the prestigious Balafon Awards to be recognised at the annual West African tourism and travel fair, Accra Weizo.   The award winners are the best performers in the industry chosen by the publishers of Atqnews.com. ATQnews.com a member of Travel Media Group. It is the online platform for African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) and Travellers magazine , the first Travel magazine in West Africa which solely focuses on travel and tourism issues. It started publishing offline about 30 years ago.…

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Bobrisky not cultural Ambassador, Runsewe warns Nigerian youths

The director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture has lambasted the controversial Nigerian Internet personality and cross dresser, Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju popularly known as Bobrisky. Otunba Segun Runsewe insisted that Bobrisky, whose contentious gender and amorously weird dress sense totally negates the true Nigerian culture which is respected and admired all over the world. Runsewe who was speaking at an event marking the World Handcrafts Day at the NCAC headquarters in Abuja observed with dismay the bastardisation of our noble culture and values by attention-seeking characters such as…

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Runsewe commends CBN Governor for Creative Industry Financing Initiative

The director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has commended the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emiefele for developing a Creative Industry Financing Initiative. Runsewe who gave this commendation in Abuja said that the Initiative will allow Investors in the Creative Industry access loan up to Five hundred million naira (₦500,000,000) with nine percent (9percent) interest rate. He noted that this initiative will greatly boost the Industry and enhance the capacity of key players in the sector to optimize their potential. The NCAC boss added…

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Garbati: The last Supper

By Frank Meke The news about the death of Mrs. Fati Garbati was devastating yet profoundly instructive in a lot of ways. Indeed, the death of anyone or that of anyone close to me processes the realities of certain hubris of mankind, the dreams, the fights and wars, fear, pride, ego, riches poverty, achievements as lack of it and above all the power of God to recall man or woman to himself. Garbati while she lived cuts the mother figure image and goes about her business in such a way…

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National Troupe workers protest poor leadership, want Tar Ukor removed

The workers of National Troup defied heavy rains in Lagos this morning to protest the draconian regime of its executive director, Mr Tar Ukor. The workers accused their boss of absenteeism and neglecting their welfare and also intimidating those who draw his attention to the failure in the system. One placard on display by the workers described Ukor as revolutionary without any known achievement since he was appointed to rescue the national dance Troupe from collapse. Source close to the workers described Tar Ukor’s administration as the worst since the…

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ATQ to recognise top conference centres in West Africa

African Travel Quarterly (Atq) has opened nominations for 2019 Balafon West African Travel and Tourism Awards. As part of the annual travel event Accra Weizo, Atqnews is set to host the 2019 edition of the awards in grand style. In 2017, it hosted the awards for ‘Top 100 Tourism personalities in West Africa’ and at the  2018 edition it hosted the ‘Top 100 Hotels in West Africa’. Beside its annual Balafon award in 2019, atqnews seeks to position in positive light the leading conference centres in West Africa. The winners…

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2019 AGM: NATOP x- rays impact of culture, partnerships, governance on Nigeria tourism

By Franklin Ihejirika The impact of culture, partnerships and governance on Nigeria tourism development was the focus of the just concluded 2019 Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Ile Ife, Osun state with the aim of promoting co-operation and collarborations among the culture and tourism stakeholders. In view of the fact that the tourism industry lacks the culture of trust and partnerships, the theme of the AGM becomes apt to see the stakeholders collaborate and work together through partnerships that will help the industry…

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Extradition to USA: Court fixes June 6 for hearing of Kashamu’s motion

The Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Justice Chukwujekwu Joseph Aneke, has fixed June 6, for the hearing of an application filed by Mr. Buruji Kashamu, the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district of Ogun State, at the National Assembly, asking for the reopening of his suit against the Attorney General of the Federation and six others aimed at stopping his extradition to the United State of America (USA) to face drug related charges. Senator Kashamu is currently fighting federal government’s bid to extradite him to the USA where he…

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Ooni of Ife commends Runsewe’s cultural tourism revolution in Nigeria

Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife has described the high value and premium promotion enjoyed by Nigerian culture under the watch of Otunba Segun Runsewe as revolutionary and unprecedented. The Ooni who bestrides the cradle of the Yoruba race and sits on the oldest traditional throne in Black Africa nay the human race, commended Runsewe for pushing the quest for a new culture economy to the front burner of national discourse, making Nigerians very proud. “I can see everything turning around for culture and tourism in nigeria very…

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WABIO Place opens amid pump, pageantry in Lekki

WABIO Place, an upscale beauty centre opened its doors to customer over the weekend in a beautiful and colourful ceremony in Lekki, Lagos. Speaking during the opening ceremony, the chief executive officer of WABIO Place and former Mrs Tourism United Nations, Mrs Ebele Enemchukwu stated that the upscale beauty place will offer top notch services that is second to none to customers. The former Mrs Tourism United Nations disclosed that the services to be offered at WABIO place would be that which meet up with international best practices in the…

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