Niyi David


After announcing flights to Luanda, Angola (December 9, 2019), Porto Alegre, Brazil (December 11, 2019) and Washington DC, USA (December 11, 2019), Cabo Verde Airlines has now announced flights to Lagos, Nigeria as a new route for the Winter 2019-2020.

The connection between Sal and Lagos will be operated five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with 161 economy class seats and 22 executive seats.

The inaugural flight is scheduled for December 9, 2019 departing from Amílcar Cabral International Airport (Sal) at 20:50 local time and arriving at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos) at 02:10 local time.


As the countdown to the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market gathers momentum, organizers of the leading tourism expo from this side of the continent have unveiled a more comprehensive list of winners of the African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities Awards. The organizers have also revealed plans for the launch of a global African Diaspora tourism association during the expo.

The 2019 Akwaaba African Travel Market is set to host the 1st African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 as part of the celebration of the Year of Return in commemoration of 400 years when the first slave ship docked in America with slaves from Africa in 1619. The conference will feature notable African and African Diaspora speakers and will precede the award ceremony which is scheduled for September 23rd 2019 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Below is the list of some winners of African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities


  • Edmund Barlett – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism
  • Rosemary Sadlier – Promoting Black Cultural Heritage in Canada
  • Dr. Eugene Franklin – Chairman, Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute.
  • Diallo Sumbry – First Ambassador of African-America Tourism to Ghana.
  • Carol Hay – Director of Marketing Caribbean Tourism Organisation, UK & Europe.
  • Prof. Thomas Mensah – Pioneer in fibre Optic technology, Author “The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too”
  • Fabien Anthony – Chairman & Co-Founder Pan-African Council
  • Kitty Pope – Creator, Africa Diaspora World Tourism Awards
  • Eric Martin & Kent Johnson – Founders, Black and Abroad
  • Cherae Robinson – Founder Tastemakers Africa
  • Macaulay Kalu – Chairman, African Union 6th Region.
  • Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao – African Union Ambassador to the U.S
  • Carolyn Anderson – Founder, Beyond All Borders.
  • Danny Rivers Mitchell – Founders Black Girls Travel Too
  • Kumi Rauf – CEO, I Love Being Black
  • Jessica Nabongo – Founder/CEO, Jet Black
  • Rozan Ahmed – Cultural Institute Creative Writer


  • Rohan Vos – Owner of Rovos Rail (South Africa)
  • Frank Nneji – Owner of ABC Transport (Nigeria)


  • Tewolde Gabrielmariam – GCEO of Ethiopian Airlines
  • Rahel Assefa – VP Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s Top Ranked Lady Aviator
  • Chief Allen Onyema – Chairman Air Peace, Africa’s biggest Privately Owned Airline.
  • Captain Solomon Quianoo – Africa’s Top A380 Pilot (Ghana)
  • Chief Togbe Afede – Chairman Africa World Airlines
  • Girma Wake – Former CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Mr. Valentine Tongo – CEO, Allied Air
  • Captain Edward Boyo – MD, Overland Airways
  • Captain Ado Sanusi – CEO, Aero Contractor

Past African Legend of Travel Winners

  • Waturi Wa Matu – Travel Professional (Kenya)
  • Captain Desta Zeru – First African Captain of B787 Dreamliner (Ethiopia)
  • Captain Irene Koki Mutungi – Africa’s Top Female Pilot (Kenya)
  • Kumnegger Teketel – MICE Promoter and Event Organiser (Ethiopia)

Tourism Media

  • Wolfgang Thome – online Publisher, ATC News
  • Jason Njoku – Publisher & Promoter, IROKO TV Nigeria
  • Nick Fadugba – Publisher, African Aviation

Tourism Administration

  • Najib Balala – Tourism Minister Kenya and CAF UNWTO President
  • Elsia Grandcourt – Africa Representative UNWTO. (Seychelles)
  • Alain St. Ange – Former Minister of Tourism Seychelles
  • Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett – Head of Mission Diaspora African Forum
  • Eiman Kheir – Head of Diaspora Division, Citizens & Diaspora Organisations, AU.
  • Stella Fubara – Director, International Operations Africa, Dubai Tourism
  • Adama Bah – Founder, West African Branch, International Centre for Responsible Tourism

Hospitality/Facility owners

  • Ato Tadiwos Belete – Kuriftu Resort (Ethiopia)
  • Tony Elumelu – Chairman Transcorp Hotels (Nigeria)
  • Oskar Ibru – Ibru Organisations leading Hospitality investor (Nigeria)
  • Professor Nzamujo – Proprietor Songhai integrated Agricultural Centre (Benin)
  • Mr. Samih Sawiris – Proprietor El Gouna Resort. (Egypt)
  • Joe Osawaye – Managing Partner, KIZA Tomorrow Africa

Travel Business

  • Julie Dabaly Scott – Managing Director, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Femi Adefope – Nigeria Travel Business Owner (HRG, CWT, GHI, APG)
  • Richard Akerele – Logistics and Airlines Support Services (ASL Newrest)
  • Taiwo Afolabi – Chairman, SIFAX Airport Logistics
  • Sijabuliso Thabani Biyan – Board Chairman, Rainbow Tourism Group

Tour Operations

  • Zainab Anseil – CEO, Zara Tours Tanzania
  • Uloma Egbuna – Tour Brokers International, Emirate Holidays, Royal Caribbean (Nigeria)
  • Amos Wekesa – MD, Great Lakes Safaris Limited

MICE Promoters

  • Governor Ben Ayade – Organizer Carnival Calabar
  • Rick Taylor – MICE Expert (South Africa)
  • Rabbi Kohan – Executive Director Panafest (Ghana)
  • Tom Kunkler – Organiser Kilifair and S!TE (Tanzania)
  • Senator Florence Ita-Giwa – Band leader, Carnival Calabar

Heritage & Culture

  • Professor Zahi Hawass – Egyptologist and Former Curator of the Heritage of the Pharaohs
  • Ooni of Ife, HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi – Promoter of Olojo Festival
  • Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – Custodian of Kano Walls and Durbar Festival
  • HRM Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ewuare II – Custodian of Benin Moat and Igue Festival
  • Obi of Onitsha, HRM Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe – Ofala Festival
  • King of Eswatini, HRM Mswati II – Reeds Dance Umhlanga Festival
  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II – AKwasidae Festival (Kumasi, Ghana)
  • Otunba Olusegun Runsewe – Director-General, National Council For Arts and Culture (NCAC)
  • Stephen Rwangyezi – Founder, Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda
  • Ms Sthembiso Dlamini – COO, South African Tourism


Prominent Nigerian politician Senator Florence Ita-Giwa (Mama Bakassi) is set to make a grand appearance as celebrity chef at the 3rd Jollof Rice War which will take place during the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market in September 2019 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Senator Ita-Giwa who celebrated her 73rd birthday earlier in the year is a woman of many parts. She leads a band at the annual Carnival Calabar, Africa’s biggest street party; and is also the proprietor of Echoes of Calabar, a restaurant which was opened in Lagos earlier in the year.

The Jollof Rice War made its début at Akwaaba African Travel Market 2017 as a subtle campaign for culinary tourism and the cooking contest was won by the Orange Cap Chef from Nigeria. This year’s gastronomic slugfest promises to be a bigger tantalizing delight as a shortlist of twenty chefs from four countries have been released by

The judges for the event include: Didier Bayeye (Sun International) and Safie Ali (CEO, Sathco African Safaris), with Charity Githinji (Tandanza Africa) as chief judge. The event is billed for the opening day of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Sept. 22, 2019.

Ghana‘s Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC) is set host the media launch for the AviaTour 2019 Conference is scheduled to take place on the 19th of August 2019.

AviaTour Conference is an annual event seeks to “bridge the gap between Aviation and Tourism for sustainable development.” Organized by GH-Aviation a leading media and events management, the conference held its inaugural edition last year (2018) which saw stakeholders from the two sectors (aviation and tourism) coming together under one roof to deliberate on the issues pertaining to the sectors and how best “both can collaborate in raising the flag of Ghana high in terms of Aviation and Tourism.”

AviaTour 2019 is scheduled to take place at Best Western Atlantic Hotel, Takoradi from October 2nd to 4th. The 3-day event will feature a tour, masterclasses and the conference with speakers and stakeholders from the aviation and tourism industry coming together to discuss “investing in the aviation and tourism sectors for sustainable socio-economic development” 

All media houses and platforms cordially are invited to the media launch, where Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Minister of Western Region – the host region will launch the event. 

Partners for the AviaTour 2019 Conference include: Ministry of Aviation, Ministry of Tourism, Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Ghana Airports Company Ltd, Women in Tourism, Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA)), etc.

You can register your participation via AviaTour or call +233 20 911 6611

According to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), Dubai welcomed 8.36 million international overnight visitors in the first six months (January-June) of 2019, posting a positive 3% in tourism volume growth compared to the same period last year.

The new figures reinforce the continued strength of Dubai’s tourism sector as a key driver of economic diversification and a reliable catalyst for GDP acceleration through 2020.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism commented: “Tourism is one of the cornerstones of Dubai’s diversified economic growth, and we measure success based on our ability to aggressively advance towards our goal to be the number one most visited and most preferred city as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The consequent rise in value creation opportunities, and more inclusive sector participation are core priorities, as we equally strive to sustainably grow GDP contribution. Our first half results are a particularly encouraging reflection of our progress towards this ambition and underline the effectiveness of our diversified market outreach with holistic ‘awareness to booking’ cycle content amplification and audience delivery, through a deeply networked ecosystem of global partners, industry stakeholders and government enablers.”

India once again led the pack, drawing the highest half year volumes with 997,000 visitors – particularly noteworthy given the severe air traffic and seat capacity challenges due to geopolitical volatilities. At an audience penetration level, travel share of Indian families with children rose by a substantial 10 percentage points from 24 to 34%, directly reflecting higher GDP impact due to party size and spend potential. With more than 30 in-market trade partnerships initiated in the first half of 2019 alone, Dubai Tourism’s confidence in, and commitment to, India is further emphasised by strategic annual collaborations launched with the biggest names in the travel ecosystem – such as Thomas Cook, Cox & Kings and SOTC, as well as OTAs like MakeMyTrip and Goibibo.

Coming in strong as Dubai’s second largest feeder market once again, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) delivered 755,000 visitors at 2% year-on-year growth over six months with a notable 4.9% increase over the Eid break alone – signifying continued stability in Dubai’s attractiveness for Saudi families and millennials.

Staying firmly within Dubai’s top three traffic drivers, the UK delivered 586,000 travellers beating all odds against a significantly devalued British Pound (vs. US Dollar), amidst growing political and economic turbulence surrounding Brexit. Contrary to general dampening in consumer sentiment, Dubai retained high demand from couples – constituting 56% of share – and families accounting for 20%– collectively up three percentage points from H1 2018.

With over 501,000 Chinese visitors to Dubai from January to June 2019, the 11% year-on-year growth from inarguably the world’s most aggressively sought-after consumers is testament to Dubai Tourism’s successful strategies to maintain high conversion appeal for China’s outbound market.

H.E. Almarri added: “Designed to counter unforeseen macro-economic variables faced by the global travel ecosystem and mitigate impediments associated with over-reliance on any one market or region, we have been long-standing proponents of a globally diversified market strategy – which continues to support our resilience as a sector. Our agile and customised strategic programmes also continued to deliver novel and market-centric solutions to strike a fine balance in fuelling more traffic from our traditional strongholds and unlocking the immense potential that exists in the emerging markets.”

Streamlining access to the emirate by establishing hassle-free entry procedures continues to be a top priority for Dubai Tourism. The recent nationwide implementation of a tourist visa fee waiver for children under 18 years of age, who are accompanied by their parents, has augmented Dubai’s position as a leading family-friendly tourism destination.


Unconfirmed reports on social media are claiming a new visa process has been implemented in Tanzania with immediate effect. The reports state that passengers arriving Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi without visa now will need to: (1). Get a Government Control Number, (2). Pay for it at the bank, before (3). Immigration crosscheck and issue the visa.

These new changes requires that the passengers will  have to queue at each phase of the process meaning they may end up spending more than two hours at the airport waiting to get their visa. It is recommended that passengers apply for their Tanzania visa online at in good time, as the online application asks for more information and takes 2-3 weeks to process.

Published 08 August 2019

LONDON—Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, posted Africa’s highest average daily rate (ADR), according to the most recent 12-month data from STR. The market will play host to the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) on 23-25 September at the Sheraton Addis. From July 2018 through June 2019, Addis Ababa registered an absolute ADR of US$163.79 when measured in constant currency, which removes the effects of inflation. That figure was a 1.1% increase year over year. The next closest STR-defined markets in Africa were Accra Area, Ghana (US$160.34) and Lagos Area, Nigeria (US$132.51).   

Hosting high-profile international meetings like AHIF is one factor that has helped Addis to maintain its position as the city with the most expensive hotel accommodation in Africa

Matthew Weihs, Managing Director, Bench Events (AHIF organiser)

“Addis Ababa continues to maintain high ADR levels when compared internationally,” said Thomas Emanuel, a director for STR. “The city has multiple demand drivers, such as a growing economy, successful airline and its status as the diplomatic capital for Africa. Air connections and ease of access compared with other cities also factor in the equation for strong demand, which provides hoteliers with the confidence to maintain rate levels.   

“With healthy performance comes interest in investment. The market’s pipeline is strong with 22 hotels and 4,820 rooms in active development. We will continue to monitor these new openings to see how the market reacts once these additional rooms open.”     

Emanuel will present the latest hotel performance and development insights on the Tuesday (24 September) of AHIF.   

“Hosting high-profile international meetings like AHIF is one factor that has helped Addis to maintain its position as the city with the most expensive hotel accommodation in Africa,” said Matthew Weihs, Managing Director, Bench Events (AHIF organiser). “Our delegates will be looking carefully to see if the addition of a lot more high-quality accommodation and meeting space will depress room rates or help Addis become even more attractive as a destination.”   

Addis Ababa’s occupancy over the same 12-month time period was 58.4%, up 6.5% year over year. Cairo & Giza was the continent’s occupancy leader at 74.5%. Cape Town Centre, South Africa (65.0%), ranked second in the metric followed by Accra Area (59.7%).

Source: AHIF

On this day in 1956, over 20,000 women of all races, ages, from every corner of South Africa marched towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest against amendment to the Urban Areas Act of 1950 commonly referred to as the ‘pass laws’ which proposed further restrictions on the movement of women.

The pass laws required that South Africans defined as ‘blacks’ under The Population Registration Act carry an internal passport, known as a pass which serves to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.

The song translated “Now you have touched the women; you have struck a rock” became the official anthem of the protest. The phrase, modified in recent years is seen as a representation of the strength and courage of women in South Africa – “You strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

The march was organised by the Federation of South African Women and led by four brave women: Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie Williams who deposited 14,000 petitions signed by women across the country, at the doors of Prime Minister JG Strijdom’s office in the Union Buildings.

After a 30-minute silence, the women erupted in a protest song “Wathint’ abafazi” specially composed for the occasion. The song which is translated “Now you have touched the women; you have struck a rock” became the official anthem of the protest. The phrase has been modified in recent years and it’s seen as a representation of the strength and courage of women in South Africa – “You strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

The first National Women’s Day was observed in 1994, while the holiday was first observed a year later in 1995. In 2006, a re-enactment of the march was staged to commemorate its 50th anniversary with many of the 1956 veterans present.

More Cream Than Coffee® wishes all South African women, especially our beautiful friends a Happy National Women’s Day celebration!

Founder of the Ndere Cultural Centre based in Kampala, Uganda Stephen Rwangyezi has emerged as one of the winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards scheduled to take place on September 23rd at the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market.

We need to be true to these arts, to learn them correctly – not just superficially… But to be honest to these arts, to be authentic, (and) also to bear in mind that Africa is not frozen in a historical museum!

Stephen Rwangyezi

Stephen Rwangyezi who starred alongside Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy in the Idi Amin movie, Last King of Scotland is a strong advocate of African art and culture. He started the Ndere Troupe in 1984 and over time, it has given birth to the Ndere Foundation and the Ndere Cultural Centre which is now regarded as Africa’s dancing encyclopaedia.

We at More Cream Than Coffee say a hearty congratulation to Stephen Rwangyezi!

Zimbabwean cultural activist, Pathisa Nyathi has emerged as one of the winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards scheduled to take place on September 23rd at the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market.

“My view is that we have as an African people to be independent. Africa is too much of a beggar and will never be a respected people when we are beggars – and the danger is that he who pays the piper will call the tune, and I don’t think it’s fair for Africa to be dancing to somebody’s tune when we have got our own drums. Let’s beat our own drums and dance to our music. And then we are going to take our rightful position in the community of nations.”

– Pathisa Nyathi

Mr. Nyathi, a one-time Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Writers’ Union is an author, publisher and researcher. He is a widely travelled Afro-centric apologist across the globe delivering talks about African culture and he is not apologetic about his views. Pathisa Nyathi is the owner of the Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

We at More Cream Than Coffee say a hearty congratulation to Pathisa Nyathi!