Edo hosts first ever NAFEST in 40 years

After 31 editions, the ancient city of Benin finally played host to the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture(NAFEST) with a colourful opening ceremony. The Governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki along side members of his EXCO and director-general, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe symbolically opened a cultural calabash to declare the festival open at the University of Benin Sports Complex. The opening witnessed a string of captivating performances by veterans such as the legendary Guiltar Boy, Sir. Victor Uwaifo and…

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Nka-Dioka Festival: Heritage through knowledge and modernity

Today is Thursday, three days into the week long 32nd National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) ongoing in Edo state, a unity festival that has kept our dying fire of culture, heavily lit up, refocusing our heritage value chain and strengthening call for skill acquisition and its driving advantage to reverberate the call for home grown solutions to our many socio economic challenges. Indeed, NAFEST seems to have the frontal effect to trigger various festivals across Nigeria, from the North, South, East and West, opening Nigeria to both local…

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Carnival Calabar partners Fire Service on safety, as Joint Stakeholders approve routes for event

As part of the strategic measures put in place to guarantee safety of lives and property during emergencies at the 2019 Carnival Calabar, Cross River State government has introduced fire fighting mechanism and strategic partnership in preparation for the Global event. Carnival Calabar which started in 2004 has grown year in year out and the global audience increases every year, hence the need to improve on safety and consciousness of the fiesta. The International Consultant to the Carnival Calabar, Mr Ikechi Uko made the new desire for the 2019 event…

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ANJET honours Runsewe, Alabi, Ogbeni Awe, Uko, inaugurates executives, patrons

It was celebration time at the recently held tourism seminar by the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) in Lagos, when the umbrella body for travel writers in the country honoured some of the operators in the tourism sector, and inaugurates its new executives as well as patrons. On the honour list were the director general of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, a patron of the association; and Chief Samuel Alabi of Eko Hotels and Suites, who is also a patron…

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Dubai reveals multi-generational offerings for families

With a wide range of attractions for all ages, family-friendly hotels, and a geographically central location, Dubai is an ideal destination to visit with a multi-generational family and reconnect as one. Those looking for adventure in a truly memorable destination ahead of the yuletide need not look further than the beautiful Emirati city which has everything for infants and toddlers right to parents. Infants and toddlers Dubai ensures a hassle-free trip for parents with little ones. In addition to easy access to baby-changing stations and strollers or push cars in…

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Dubai underlines commitment to Nigeria following successful participation at Akwaaba 2019

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has reported a stellar incline in tourism volumes from Nigeria, Africa’s largest source market for inbound traffic to Dubai, welcoming 113,000 overnight visitors in the first seven months of 2019. With impressive double digit growth, inbound traffic from Nigeria to the Dubai grew by 28 per cent year-on-year, cementing its position as the Emirate’s 17th largest source market. Dubai’s diverse portfolio of attractions has experienced sustained interest amongst Nigerian travellers through ongoing strategic trade partnerships, bespoke integrated marketing campaigns, and always-on…

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Olota of Otta, Akinboboye, Olowo, others charge govt on tourism to accelerate development

Photo captions L-R: President La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye; The Olota of Otta Kingdom, Ogun State, Oba Prof. Adeyemi Obalanlege; President, Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET), Andrew Iro Okungbowa, and former President, ANJET, Tope Ogbeni Awe at the annual tourism seminar 2019 “Tourism and Jobs: Better future for all” in Lagos…yesterday Stakeholders and operators of Nigerian tourism sector have charged government at all levels in the country to focus more on tourism in order to achieve accelerated development of the country as the…

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FG sets legal framework for launch of National Policy on Culture, Tourism

The federal government has set the necessary legal framework for the information and culture sector which would finalise plans for the launch of the National Policy on Culture as well as the National Policy on Tourism. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Sunday October 6, on the plans and programmes of the government for the sector in the next four years, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed that the government has conclude works on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill and has…

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Dubai 2020 Expo is opportunity for Nigeria to showcase potential to the world -Stella Fubara

The director of International Operations with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Stella Fubara has said that the Dubai 2020 Expo is a great opportunity for Nigeria to showcase what she has to offer to the rest of the world and thereby making people come to Nigeria for a visit. Speaking in an interview at the recently concluded Akwaaba Travel Market in Lagos, Stella stated that though Nigeria is among the 190 countries participating at the expo, she expects the country to make the best use of the…

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Mohammed, Runsewe, Air Peace boss, Olowo, Coker, Momoh to grace ANJET’s tourism seminar

Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) has unveiled the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as Special Guest of Honour, ahead of its October 8 Tourism Seminar, billed for the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. The event will also witness the inauguration of the association’s new executive council and patrons. A statement released by the tourism writers’ body, said the theme of the seminar is; ‘Tourism and Jobs: Better future for all,’ in line with the annual yearly World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations by the…

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