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As part of the countdown to the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market, the Ooni of Ife, HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has been presented with the African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities Award during the launch of the Oduduwa Museum at the Brazilian Embassy in Lagos recently.  

The Ooni of Ife who is the Custodian of 15 famous festivals among which is the world famous Olojo Festival scheduled for October, is the Special guest of honour for the 1st African Diaspora Tourism Conference which is part of the line-up of events at this year’s AKWAABA African Travel Market. Now in its 18th year, the Africa Travel 100 Awards has recognized leaders, industry practitioners and the government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.

The African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 is a commemoration of the 400 years of slavery, with specific reference to arrival of the first slave ship docked in America with slaves from Africa in 1619; hence the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Return. The African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards and the African Tourism Diaspora Conference will take place on the second day of AKWAABA 2019 (September 23, 2019) at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market promises to be bigger and better than ever with confirmed participation from several countries and organisations such as, Ghana, Benin, Togo, The Gambia, Nigeria, Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, AU CIDO, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

The 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market is about three weeks away, and the excitement is already gathering momentum towards the biggest conglomeration in West Africa of the finest travel and tourism professionals from around the world.

Scheduled for 22nd – 24th of September at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, Akwaaba African Travel Market is an annual B2B travel expo organised by ATQNews.com.

Here’s a list of 10 things to look out for at Akwaaba African Travel Market 2019.

  • 1st African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019

This year’s expo will witness the 1st African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 as part of the commemoration of 400 years – when the first slave ship docked in America with slaves from Africa in 1619.

First on the list of confirmed speakers for the Conference is the Ooni of Ife, HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II). Others include: Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (Executive President), African Business Roundtable; Prof. Godfrey Nzamujo (Songhai Integrated Agriculture); Thomas Mensah (Creative Fibre Optics); Alain St. Ange (former Minister of Tourism, Seychelles); Carol I. Hay (Caribbean Tourism Organization); Fabien Anthony (Pan-African Council); and Sharon Palacio (Belize). The event is slated for the second day of expo September 23, 2019.

  • The African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities Awards

Also slated for Day 2 of Akwaaba African Travel Market 2019 is the African Travel 100 Global Tourism Personalities Awards. The award is designed to honour personalities who have exemplified themselves immensely and contributed to the growth of the travel and tourism industry in Africa and the Diaspora. For a list of some of the winners click here.

  • The 3rd Jollof Rice War

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 ATQNews.com with the prominent Nigerian woman of many parts Senator Florence Ita-Giwa (Mama Bakassi) as celebrity chef.

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

  • Aviation Conference 2019

AFRAA’s Director (Government, Legal & Industry Affairs), Aaron Munetsi is the lead speaker at the Akwaaba 2019 Aviation Conference which has the theme: Impact of Airport Development & Airlines on Tourism Growth. Other speakers for the conference slated for Day 3, Sept. 24, 2019 include: Nick Fadugba (African Aviation Services), Sean Mendis (Africa World Airlines AWA), Alice Katiti (RwandAir), Ohis Ehimiaghe (South African Airways SAA), and Hafeez Balogun (Kenya Airways KQ).

  • Youth Tourism Conference 2019

The Youth Tourism Conference has been a part of the Akwaaba African travel Market line up since 2017. The topic up for discussion this year is: Is Tourism a Sustainable Business for the Youth? and it will feature the likes of Chiamaka Obuekwe (Social Prefect), Odion Chigbufue (Tour Brokers Int’l), Oludayo Taiwo (Aeroport), Tina Nwanya (NjeTours), Segbenu Olusola (TravelAfcon), Tosin Lawson (African Things), Derin Shotunde (Deerin Meat Food Products) and Ezekwe Christopher (DIP Tours). The session will be moderated by Wonuola Olatunde-Lamidi (Diamonds & Pearls Travel).

  • Catch A Glimpse of Dubai

While several destinations have been part of Akwaaba African Travel Market to showcase what they have, Dubai Tourism has always gone the extra mile to enthral and dazzle the Akwaaba audience. They are back again this year, bigger and better with the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria, Fahd Obaid Mohammad Al Tafaq schedule to make his very first appearance at Akwaaba. A Glimpse of Dubai (featuring Breakfast, Presentation & Updates, Q&A and Raffle Draw) is scheduled for Sept. 23, 2019 between 9:30 and 11:30 am.

  • Carnival Calabar

Akwaaba African Travel Market has never been devoid of fun and entertainment, and the Carnival Calabar dancers have always been around to add colour and spice to the occasion with their vibrant carnival dresses and exciting dancing. This year should be no exception.

  • See Ghana. Eat Ghana. Wear Ghana. Feel Ghana…

Ghana has been at the forefront of the commemoration of the 400-year of slavery with the West African country officially declaring 2019 as Year of Return. Ghana and Nigeria share a certain fraternal competitiveness which sometimes involves table-shaking episodes. Ghana Tourism has been part of the Akwaaba story – for the record the word Akwaaba which means welcome is of Ghanaian origin. There was a time in Nigeria when the story was “Ghana Must Go” but this time around, Ghana Must Return

  • The Smiling Coast…

The Gambia may be mainland Africa’s smallest country, but it is certainly not a pushover as far as tourism is concerned. The West African nation fondly called the Smiling Coast of Africa gets a high influx of visitors each year making tourism one of its major economic drivers. Recently, the DG of the Gambia Tourism Board, Abdoulie Hydara confirmed The Gambia’s participation at Akwaaba stating that Nigeria is a very important market for Gambian tourism.

Trivia: Did you know that The Gambia is the birthplace of Kunta Kinte? The Gambia used to host a biennial Roots Homecoming Festival which brought the African Diaspora to the country.

  • Caribbean Tourism Organization

There is an expected strong presence of the Caribbean at Akwaaba this year following the relationship established between the organizers and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The Caribbean Day is 23rd Sept. 2019 and expected guests include: the High Commissioner of Jamaica to Nigeria, His Excellency Esmond Reid; Director of Marketing CTO, Carol I. Hay; Fabien Anthony and Sharon Palacio. There will be music, provided by DJ Steel Pan with rum cake and rum to share. Yah man! Big things a gwan down at Akwaaba 2019. Maximum respect! Lawd ah mercy!

Much More…

The exhibition stands will be jam-packed with tourism boards and several businesses taking advantage of the occasion to showcase their brands, products and services. You don’t want to miss out! To participate, register here now!

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

AFRICAN DIASPORA 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

Transportation

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

Aviation

  • 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

Source: ATQNews.com

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!

Leading travel writer and publisher of ATC News, Prof. Wolfgang Thome, has emerged as one the winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards scheduled to take place on September 23rd at the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market.

Prof. Thome, a German national arrived in Kenya in the mid 1970s and has lived on the African continent since, spending over four decades. In Kenya, he was active in tour operations, hotel operations and air operations, and after 17 years he moved to Uganda in 1992. Settling in, the Pearl of Africa, he went into academics and consultancy.

He became active in trade politics helping to rebuild the association framework in the tourism industry which had all collapsed after the liberation war. He helped to reactivate the hotel association, form the tour operators association, travel agents association and the umbrella body Uganda Tourism Association, which he served as president for almost eight years.

I always felt as a welcome guest in Kenya, in Uganda I’ve become part of the furniture. …when I came to Uganda I literally became Ugandan – not maybe by passport, but certainly by the feeling in my heart that I belong here.

– Prof. Wolfgang Thome

Prof. Thome is happily married. His wife is Ugandan and they met in Kenya while she was in exile. The genial and witty professor has lived in Uganda for over 25 years and was granted life residency some time ago. We, at More Cream Than Coffee® congratulate Prof. Wolfgang Thome.

An initial shortlist of winners of the African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards has been released by the organisers, African Travel Quarterly ATQNews.com.

The African Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards is expected to honour personalities that have distinguished themselves in the travel and tourism industry and contributed to the growth of the sector in Africa and the Diaspora. The event is part of the First African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 to commemorate 400th anniversary of the slave trade.

The Conference which is expected to draw top tourism personalities from around the world to Lagos, Nigeria is an avenue for Africans and the Diaspora from America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world to come together and celebrate 400 years of African resilience. The Conference will take place on the 23rd of September 2019 at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos during the 15th edition of the AKWAABA African Travel Market.

AKWAABA African Travel Market is the first and biggest travel and tourism expo in West Africa. The 3-day b2b travel trade show will take place from the 22nd to 24th of September 2019.

The Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Awards initial shortlist of winners includes:

TRANSPORTATION:

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

AVIATION:

  • Tewolde Gebremariam:    GCEO, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Rahel Assefa:                     VP, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Chief Allen Onyema:      Chairman Air Peace
  • Captain Solomon Quianoo:          Africa’s Top A380 Pilot (Ghana)
  • Chief Togbe Afede:         Chairman Africa World Airlines (Ghana)

TOURISM MEDIA:

  • Prof. Wolfgang Thome: ATC News (Uganda)
  • Jason Njoku:                      Publisher & Promoter IROKO TV Nigeria

TOURISM ADMINISTRATION: 

  • Najib Balala:                       Tourism Minister Kenya and CAF UNWTO President
  • Elcia Grandcourt:              Africa Representative UNWTO (Seychelles)
  • Alain St. Ange:                   Former Minister of Tourism Seychelles
  • Amb Dr. Eriaka Bennett:                 Head of mission AU Diaspora office

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)

TRAVEL BUSINESS:

  • Julie Dably Scott:              Kenya Travel Business Executive (CWT)
  • 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

TOUR OPERATIONS:

  • Zainab Anseil:                    Zara Tours Tanzania
  • Uloma Egbuna:                 Tour Brokers Intl, Emirate Holidays, Royal Caribbean (Nigeria)
  • Amos Wekesa:                  Ugandan Tour Operator

MICE PROMOTERS:  

  • Peace Anyiam Osigwe:  Convener Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA
  • Ben Murray Bruce:          Silverbird Galleria and Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
  • Governor Ben Ayade:    Organiser Carnival Calabar
  • Rick Taylor:                      MICE Expert (South Africa)
  • Rabbi Kohan:                    Executive Director Panafest (Ghana)
  • Tom Kunkler:                     Organiser Kilifair and S!TE (Tanzania)

HERITAGE & CULTURE:

  • Prof. Zahi Hawass:           Egyptologist & Former Curator of the Heritage of the Pharaohs
  • HRM Adeyeye Ogunwusi:            Ooni of Ife Promoter of Olojo Festival
  • HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi:          Emir of Kano, Custodian of Kano Walls and Durbar Festival
  • HRM Erediauwa Ewuare II:          Oba of Benin, Custodian of Benin Moat and Igue Festival
  • HRH Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe:       Obi of Onitsha, Promoter of Ofala Festival
  • HRM King Mswati III:                 King of Eswatini, Umhlanga Reed Dance Festival
  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II:    Akwasidae Festival (Kumasi, Ghana)