August 26-28, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel

(Hotel Registration Below- Scroll to very bottom)


Friday, August 26th

 9am - 5pm - Event Registration

12:30 - 4:00 Special meetings and Tour Atlanta (pre-registration required for tour, contact organizers)

 6:30 - Opening Meet and Greet (Advanced Registration)

  7pm - Parade of Flags 

730- 9pm - Pan African/Africa Travel Forum - Presented by socio-economic developer Rev. Dr. Eugene Franklin, architect of the Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Initiative: The formal launch of a global network that will allow all participants in the industry to work together in partnership with a non-profit organization to promote black cultural heritage tourism. The forum will include brief presentations from African and Pan African representatives.

9: PM - 10pm -Opening Reception

  Saturday, August 27th


 8am - 9am - Breakfast (no charge for hotel guest)

 9am - 11:45am - (down time, set-up for Travel Expo, briefings)

12 noon - 1:45 - Hall of Fame Luncheon ($50 pre-registration) Key Speaker is Dr. Walter Mzembi, African Union - endorsed United Nations World Tourism Organization Secretary General Candidate

(2pm - 2:30- Press conference with Dr. Walter Mzembi)

2pm - 4:30pm - Pan African and African Travel Expo (Free & open to public)

7pm - 10pm - African Diaspora World Tourism Awards Gala ($75 preregistration

 Sunday, August 28th

8:am - Breakfast (no charge for hotel guests)

9am - 11am - Pan African/African Closing Breakfast - (special meetings)

12:30 - 4pm - Tour Atlanta (optional, pre-registration required)

 The event will take place at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel.  (Registraion required for Opening Reception, Luncheon, Awards Gala)


 * * Both Days all events - $150 Special * * 

Opening reception on Friday - $50.

Hall of Fame Luncheon$50 

Awards Gala on Saturday$75

Both Days, All events - $150


* Free membership to Pan African Cultural Heritage Market Place with Registration

* Free table/booth at Travel Expo with Full Registration


Travel Expo Vendor/Exhibitor (Saturday)

    • Corporate - $100 
    • Small Business - $50


Registration Options

Hotel Registration


Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel

4736 Best Road Atlanta, GA

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 ADWT Awards Group Rate: $119 plus taxes - Click here to book room at this special group rate. 





afrikmall-logoRecently opend Afrikmall is the first of its kind offering is a place to explore and enjoy the rich African Culture in one setting. 

Afrikmall is a place that Africans living in Colorado can call home, providing a range of business services, as well as cultural, community and social opportunities and events. There are many thousands of Africans living in Colorado, from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and other African countries.

Afrikmall provides the best of African business, entertainment, products, services and cultural experience to the general public. This may include African restaurants and cuisine, a grocery store, a coffee shop, a beauty salon, art shops, clothing retailers and business office space, along with an event center and a cultural center. Afrikmall will also house a credit union or bank.

Cobina Adu Lartson, Ph.D., is the CEO of Afrikmall, and also a science educator with Denver Public Schools; Edward K. Mensah is chief operating officer of Afrikmall and executive director of TMG Global; Albert K. Quartey is the chief financial officer of Afrikmall and also a supervisor with Unicircuit Inc.; Emmanuel K. Eliason is Afrikmall's chief business development officer, as well as the president and CEO of Eliason Consulting Group; Seth Assabil, Afrikmall’s chief of facilities, works in security.afrikmall grand opening

Located at 10180 E. Colfax Ave. in the city of Aurora, in a 56,281 square-foot building on three floors in the Cultural Arts District, ArikMall offers not only people from Colorada unique African expereinces, but also to those around the country and beyond. For more information, visit 


Photo: Grand opening of ArikMall in Aurora, Colorado

fred dougBl0ckbuster book "Picturing Frederick Douglass" reveals that most noted abolitionist and orator was the most photographed American of his time. African Diaspora Tourism invites you to read article below by Robert Feldman in the Huffington Post:

Who was the most photographed American in the 19th century? Most would say either Abraham Lincoln, George Custer or perhaps Mark Twain. In fact, the seminal African American abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) takes first place with 160 known portraits.

This landmark coffee table tome---gorgeously produced in duotone---is a must have for any student of the abolition of slavery and of this remarkable man. We live in an age of ubiquitous "selfies" on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. Picturing Frederick Douglass proves that Douglass was over a century ahead of his time by permitting himself to be photographed, canonized and ultimately loved by photographers' lenses.

The first page of the book states: "Frederick Douglass was in love with photography." During the Civil War he wrote more on the subject than any other American. All of the discoverable photographs have been collected into this single volume providing us with a visual biography of this ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator and renowned writer. Each portrait exhibits his handsome visage in a serious, almost stern pose. He regularly visited photographers' studios throughout his life. He studiously avoided smiling in each of the portraits. He gave speeches promoting photography as the great "democratic art" that would finally comprehensively describe black humans instead of that slave "thing".

Photographer: Edwin Burke Ives 1863

All of the gorgeous photographs in this book demonstrate that Douglass always countered the blackface minstrelsy caricatures that had unfortunately become public perception of the black man. Therefore his legacy is intertwined with the works of art in his portrait gallery contained in this important book.


Photographer: Charles Bell 1882

The elephant in the room that is not mentioned in this book is that Frederick Douglass was an almost preternaturally handsome man. As the years went by his hair styles on both his head and his face hinted at his evolution as a man artist and leader. One can not help but feel that the man was conscious of his extraordinary physiognomy and generously featured it photographically to show the world---particularly the white world---that people of his race possess exactly the same measure of dignity and humanity as everyone else. This indispensable legacy continues but unfortunately in some quarters still has not been fully achieved.


Photographer: Douglas Bourdon 1894

An essay by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and an afterword by Kenneth Morris, Jr.---a direct Douglass progeny---complete this incomparable biography of a man whose prophetic vision and creative genius knew no bounds.


Before picking up her gold-plated shovel for the groundbreaking renovation ceremony at the Schomburg Center on Friday, Aysha Schomburg, the great-granddaughter of the library’s founder, Arturo Alonso Schomburg, recalled a childhood memory when the building was not in such great shape. “I remember as a six-year-old holding onto Coretta Scott King in the old building,” she said.  “I was so pleased to be there and it had a lasting impression on me.” 
A generation of brick and mortar has been mixed and built since her early memories, and standing next to her father, Dean Schomburg, she expressed her pride in the ongoing development of the facility and the plans for a $22 million renovation.  “It keeps growing,” Aysha continued, “it keeps getting better.”

Friday was a ceremonial groundbreaking, but already construction is underway at the 90-year-old institution that houses one of the most impressive collection of African and African American books, photographs, artifacts, and rare documents.  The renovation includes façade and streetscape improvements, interior upgrades, and expansion of the Langston Hughes Auditorium in whose atrium the ceremony occurred.

Preservation is the lifeblood of the Schomburg, said its Director Dr. Khalil G. Muhammad, who will be leaving for Harvard next summer.  “If the building isn’t preserved, if the infrastructure isn’t modernized, then we cannot ensure that our treasures will survive another 90 years.” He took time to thank the staff and the various corporations that have been major funders in the renovation, including the Ford Foundation and Citi Community Capital.
“There is no more valuable gift we can leave the future than lessons from the past,” said Gina Nisbeth, Director of Citi Community Capital.

NYPL President Tony Marx moderated the event and introduced a number of notables from the city, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilmember Andy King, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Libraries, who was particularly effusive in his remarks, and attorney Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor De Blasio and Director of the MWBE.  
Wiley extended her gratitude to the Schomburg staff and its leader, Dr. Muhammad, “who has left us an incredibly large footprint to fill and the fact that he has raised the bar so substantially.” 

That bar will also be raised quite considerably from a property standpoint with the new renovation, and in several respects it will be long way from how it appeared to Aysha’s young eyes many years ago.      

(Photo from left to right: Gina Nisbeth, Gale Brewer, Maya Wiley, Tony Marx, Andy King, Khalil Muhammad, Aysha Schomburg, Keith Wright, and Dean Schomburg.) 

(* Photo by Herb Boyd)

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Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO

State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Damion Crawford has welcomed news that the push to have Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO has yielded significant success. This comes on the heels of the official announcement by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, that Kingston was among 10 creative music cities which were designated this year.

The designation resulted from a strategic partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment through the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB), the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and other stakeholders. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has provided over $ 3.4 million to date to support the venture.

The process was initiated by the Ministry’s Entertainment Advisory Board in 2013 and was aimed at ensuring that Kingston becomes a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which focuses on resuscitating the economic viability of cities through arts, culture and community. The venture then received overwhelming support from the KSAC, which played a pivotal role in facilitating the successful submission of a formal application to have the city designated. ... Calm And love <b>jamaican</b> <b>music</b> - KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON <b>Image</b> Generator

The announcement also follows a recent trip by the Ministry’s Senior Director of Entertainment, Gillian Wilkinson-McDaniel and Kingston’s Town Clerk, Robert Hill, to Japan to lobby for the designation to be granted at the UNESCO World Creative City Forum.

The detailed application was submitted on July 15, 2015 after several consultations spearheaded by the EAB and the KSAC with partners such as the Urban Development Corporation, University of the West Indies, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

Since then, a national steering committee has been formed with the objective of implementing projects across the corporate area which will foster the development of the creative industries in Kingston.

“I am very pleased that the initiative was successful and it is further proof that hard-work and partnerships can have a far reaching impact. I am convinced that the designation will help to boost our efforts to position Kingston as a cultural city and will also enhance the appeal of Jamaica to travellers with a special interest in culture,” Minister Crawford expressed.

The Minister also believes that the designation will enhance Jamaica’s competiveness. “I am confident that Kingston’s designation as a Creative Music City will boost our standing as a competitive destination in accordance with the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI),” he said.

UNESCO’s Creative Cities programme was started in 2004 as an initiative to unite cities from across the globe through creative industries. It is policy-driven at the municipal and national level. The network is currently formed by 69 members from 32 countries covering seven creative fields - crafts & folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts.

Other cities also recognized as creative cities of music include: Tongyeong (Republic of Korea), Varanasi (India), Adelaide (Australia), Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal), Katowice (Poland), Salvador (Brazil), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and Medellín (Colombia).

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The African Union (AU) has reiterated its plan of creating a single passport to ease the movement of people and goods across the continent.

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Dr. Aisha Abdullahi said on Sunday that the plan for a single African passport is in progress and so far, two countries –Rwanda and Mauritius – have implemented it.

The decision to implement a single passport for Africa is part of the AU’s 2063 Agenda. The move, which was agreed upon last year, aims to improve intra-African trade. The project also aims to ease the movement of domestic goods between member states.

“This would also ensure the free movement of people on the continent,” Abdullahi said at the #Africities summit over the weekend.

“Our people will not have to carry a visa to gain access to other African states. There will be free trade of goods”.

Agenda 2063 seeks to develop an industrial, peaceful and prosperous Africa. The AU has identified a few projects that will facilitate the achievement of the agenda in 10 years. These projects include an integrated high speed train network, a single African aviation market and the African passport.

Along with improving intra-African trade, the AU also seeks to create a peaceful continent. The AU has established a 2020 deadline to silence the guns on the continent. The task is especially difficult due to the recent escalation of terrorism in Africa.

According to reports, many have expressed concerns over the implementation of the common African passport. While the benefits of a single African passport are alluring, there are obvious challenges.

The recent spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa is an example of the challenges the project will face. The issue of unemployment, widespread poverty and conflicts are also certain to affect the implementation of Agenda 2020.

However, some have underscored the fact that the challenges are the very problems that Agenda 2012 aims to resolve.

dr. david flemingDirector of National Museums Liverpool Dr. David Fleming has come on board as an Honorary International chair of the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWT-Awards) events that will take place in Atlanta, Ga. USA April 15-17, 2016.  He joins a stellar group of other leaders from around the globe who will help support ADWT-Awards, which is the first of its kind honoring leaders who have influenced black cultural heritage tourism.

Since becoming director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001, Dr. Fleming has supervised the completion of several major capital projects, including the opening of the International Slavery Museum in 2007 which welcomed its millionth visitor by 2010. The International Slavery Museum was the first museum of its kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery, and it is also an international hub for resources on human rights issues. 

Liverpool-Slavery-MuseumDr. Fleming set up the International Slavery Museum to shed more light on one of the darker, most shameful and neglected areas in history. His vision for the International Slavery Museum is to promote the understanding of transatlantic slavery and its enduring impact, and to address ignorance and misunderstanding by looking at the deep and permanent impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe. “Its aim is to end racism, ignorance and intolerance and inequality,” says Dr. Fleming.

Since Dr. Fleming became Director of National Museums Liverpool, visitors have quadrupled, rising from around 700,000 per year to more than 3.2 million. Past president of the UK Museums Association, Dr. Fleming is also Founding president of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums and founding president of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums. Dr. Fleming sits on various boards in England and currently serves as Chairman, Mayor of Liverpool’s Cultural Heritage Task and Finish Group, Vice Chair and Treasurer, European Museum Forum, Special Advisor, International Museum of Democracy, Rosario, Argentina and Founding President of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums to name a few. He has published extensively and has lectured and advised museums, municipalities and governments worldwide in more than forty countries on museum management and leadership, city history museums, museum ethics, cultural heritage management, social inclusion and human rights. 

Dr. Fleming, who has long challenged the idea that museums should remain neutral and a-political, says that the most potent weapon at our disposal is education; the essence of museums, and the essence of the International Slavery Museum. He is honored to support the ADWT-Awards event by serving as an honorary chair.

Other international honorary chairs include: 1) Dr. Ewart Brown, the former Premier of Bermuda who was the recipient of the inaugural ADWT-Awards Person of the Year for his leadership in igniting the concept of African Diaspora Heritage Trails as a tourism product; 2) Mother Queen Best K. Olimi, the Mother Queen of the Tooro Kingdom of Uganda who is a founding leader and the current Continental President of The African Queen and Women Cultural Leaders Network; 3) Senator Princess Florence Ita-Giwa, a Nigerian princess who served as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1992 until 2003 and 4) Lou D’Amore, founder and president of International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) who is also a strategic partner for ADWT-Awards.

Also, returning as an honorary chair for the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards are Naomi King and Joe Beasley. Naomi King is the sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the co-founder of the AD King Foundation that honors the legacy of her husband Rev. A.D. King, the brother of the late Dr. King’s brother. Joe Beasley is an international humanitarian and founder of the Joe Beasley Foundation that serves to promote social equality around the world.



The ADWT-Awards event will again be presented by African Diaspora Tourism with publisher Kitty J. Pope who is the founder/director and executive producer of the event. Helping to present the event is the AD King Foundation CEO Dr. Babs Onabanjo who is the ADWT-Awards producer.  Also helping as a producer is Africa’s tourism guru Ikechi Uko, a foremost travel branding expert from Nigeria who will present an African Tourism component, and socio-economic developer Rev. Eugene Franklin, founder of the Pan African Cultural Heritage Initiative who will present a Pan African Tourism component for the ADWT-Awards event. 

Like the previous one, this awards event week-end will include the awards Gala, cultural entertainment, a Hall of Fame Luncheon and a Travel Expo. The ADWT-Awards event will feature two new components where event attendees can learn various aspects about African Tourism as well as Diaspora Tourism. The two new components are: 1) Bantaba: Africa Comes to her Diaspora and 2) The Green Book Summit: The Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Roundtable. In addition to having seminars and informative meetings, Bantaba and the Green Book Summit will be a part of the Travel Expo. These two new additions to the ADWT-Awards and Travel Expo guarantee something for everyone interested in cultural heritage tourism.

The Master and Mistress of the Ceremony will be internationally acclaimed film, television and stage actor Afemo Omilami and founder of the globally renown Nomadness Travel Tribe Evita Robinson. Omilami has been in show business for almost 35 years where he is best known for his roles in legendary films such as The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Forrest Gump, Drumline, and The Blind Side. Robinson launched Nomadness Travel Tribe as an urban travel organization that has now turned into a full-fledged travel movement that now has a membership base of about 10,000 people in over three dozen countries.

For more information about the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards event, please contact Kitty J. Pope at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    To Register Click Here.

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ifiOba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the new Onirisa of the Source, is a Pathfinder Entrepreneur. Forty years ago in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, born into Ojaja Royal Compound of Agbedegbede, Giesi Ruling House in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Ogunwusi Adeyeye, the 5th direct descendant of the Giesi family was quietly delivered into the humble family of Prince Ropo and Late Mrs. Margaret Wuraola Ogunwusi (Ile Opa family compound, Ile Ife). His father was a radio and television anchor and presentation star that spanned the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the South-Western part of Nigeria. Like the Proverb, “A Golden Fish has no hiding place”, Young Ogunwusi’s excellence and outstanding acumen would soon start to announce itself for the world to behold.

Adeyeye, a chartered accountant by profession, is best described as an astute entrepreneur driven by turning ‘impossibilities to possibilities’. His power of imagination has set him aside hence revolutionizing his approach to creativity and innovation. He is a distinct achiever with the conscience of youthful excellence.

The business savvy Adeyeye delved into Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) locally and abroad for over 12 years. He is also actively involved in the development of over 2,500 housing units with various consortia of developers within the last 8 years.

In Nigeria, he set up and fostered strong trade relationships through the Association for International Business (AIB) with presence in over 200 member countries across the globe. One of the achievements of this body includes the trade facilitation between the United Arab Emirates (Jebel Ali free Trade Zone development) and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

Furthermore, he led the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 that promoted strategic alliances through a partnership with the Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the State (Bitumen, Dimension Stones, Granite, etc.) that gave rise to the formation of the ‘Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited’ – wholly owned by Ondo State Government. He facilitated the development of Sparkwest Steel Galvanizing Plant (the only Steel Galvanizing Plant in Nigeria), National Iron Ore Mining Company Limited and Jakura Mines resuscitation projects, which has eventually become the major limestone feedstock to Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State. He was involved in the trading and marketing of commodities as the main facilitator for Dangote Group’s break into the ‘up-country supply chain consortium’ between 1996 and 1999. To mention a few, he also traded for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco, Stallion Group and Milan Group at about the same period. This was where he gained his expertise in marketing, which till date is one of his major strengths. He also facilitated the biggest Lead and Aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by the National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State.

He began his strides in the real estate sector with various dredging and land reclamation projects in Lagos State. With his EssentialHomes, a real estate product launched in January 2014, Oba Adeyeye reached out to deliver affordable upscale homes to the middle and low-income earners.

The 1st phase of the product (The Southpointe Estate, Lafiaji Road, Lekki, Lagos State) started in February 2014 and has been successfully delivered within a year with approximately 60 percent occupancy recorded. This attests to the huge market demand and acceptability of the EssentialHomes brand. He also led the team that developed the prestigious Northpointe Estate Phases I, II, III and Midland Court on Chevron Drive Lekki Lagos.

In addition, he has successfully undertaken more multi-billion Naira projects across Lagos and its environs including Jacob Mews Estate Yaba, Lakeview Park I and II Estates Lekki, the ongoing Golden Leaf Estate Lafiaji Lekki and Grand Lake Estate Ajah, Lagos. The Lord’s Estate, in partnership with Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the piling of Lagos Homes, Ilubirin, Lagos and the upcoming Ife Grand Resort and Leisure.

The new Ooni, has a clear track record of community development starting with his hometown. Four years ago during the occasion of his mother’s funeral, the community was without electricity. He embarked on a ‘Power Project’ to install transformers and light poles that generated electricity, which till date is serving the good people of that community.

This Power project is also being extended to other parts of the town. The Lafiaji community, off Orchid Hotel road, Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos also benefited from his community development projects with the opening up and reconstruction of a 6.5km road, with a 1.1km green extension without Government’s intervention. He also made possible the electrification of this whole stretch powered by his company, Gran Imperio Group (GIG).

Within a year, to actualize his dream of developing one of the best resorts in Nigeria, he led a team that opened up a remote jungle called Inagbe Island in Amuwo Odofin LGA, Lagos. His vision and creativity transformed Inagbe Island into a whole new community offering spectacular world-class relaxation and recreational facilities. The multi-billion Naira Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, Lagos Nigeria is the first of its kind in the whole of West Africa bounded by the Lagos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.

With this feat, he is set to increase the country’s GDP through tourism and reduce unemployment by providing direct and indirect employment. At the launch of this magnificent project in December 2013, The Managing Director of First Bank Plc., Mr. Bisi Onasanya, told The Nation Newspaper (published on December 13 2013) that tourism remains a veritable means of entrepreneurship and a source of revenue for Nigeria, hence it should be given necessary support. At the unveiling of the signage of the resort, Onasanya said: “It is a shame to some of us that we have waited this long for a younger person to come and wake us up and show us what we are able to do.”

Earlier this year, he had expressed plans to take Ile – Ife to greater heights including plan of rebranding the ancient town and replicating the grand resort in Ile-Ife, having already acquired a good landmass for the project. On the 7th of March 2015, Prince Adeyeye was a recipient of the prestigious NIDSA (National Ife Descendants Students’ Association) GOLD AWARD for 2015 on the occasion of the Ife Day celebration.

He is very passionate about people and their pursuit of happiness.

Alongside his vibrant personality, he is very down to earth and enjoys being in the midst of his workers. He celebrates and dances with them, dines with them, cracks jokes and of course gets on the work grind with them. He is a grass root fellow to the core whose humility is second to none and a lover of the youths.

As a philanthropist, he has sponsored less privileged children and youths in his hometown of Ile-Ife and likewise in Lagos where he lives. Many youths till date are beneficiaries of the monarch’s scholarship platform. He is presently an employer of over 300 indigenous youths at the Inagbe Cocowood Factory – EssentialHomes Furniture brand, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria using 100% indigenous raw materials for production. He has over 450 direct employees across his various companies, and over 3000 indirect employees.

Ogunwusi is a Director on the Board of Directors of Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited, (formerly GTHomes), which is a leading National Mortgage Bank and former subsidiary of one of the biggest banks in Africa; GTBank Plc. He is also a Director at FinaTrust Microfinance Bank Limited; one of Nigeria’s foremost Microfinance Banks focusing on SMEs and micro credit facilities. He is the Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Imperio Group, which is the holding company of the real estate and construction, manufacturing, facilities management, leisure and tourism companies in Nigeria.

The new king, attended Sobuola Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan and completed his primary school education at Ibadan District Council (IDC), Akobo, Ibadan. He then proceeded to the prestigious Loyola College, Ibadan in 1985, led by Reverend G. B Daramola, the Principal of the college.

He later proceeded to Ile Ife at Saint Peter’s Secondary School, Omi Okun, Ile Ife led by Late Johnson Adebisi. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he started cutting his teeth in outstanding entrepreneurship, even as a student.

He is a member of dignified professional bodies, namely, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate Accounting Technician and a certified member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria. He is also an active member of the Global Real Estate Institute (GRI), having participated at various levels. He is married to Adebukunola, Adebisi Ogunwusi and blessed with a daughter, Adeola Aanuoluwapo Ogunwusi.

To be a prince in Yoruba land in itself is outstanding, to then be a prince of the source Ile-Ife, the Cradle of Civilization is to be truly blue-blooded. The Young Prince is very passionate about what he believes in – people and possibilities, and thus has achieved giant strides from his very youthful age.

nigeria airThe Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been applauded for the consistency and progress of work so far at the new terminal projects in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello, who praised the agency for the project advancement, expressed the hope that with the current pace of work, the projects would be completed as scheduled. In 2012 federal government secured a loan of $500 million from Chinese Exim Bank to build the new terminals and the projects are expected to be delivered early next year. FAAN is also working at other terminal projects which are yet to be completed but the pace of work is in correspondence to the availability of funds as the agency is sourcing funds from internal sources to complete the projects.

Speaking on the new terminals, Bello said that when completed the facilities would elevate the standard of the international airports and the modern facilities that would be installed would ease passenger facilitation and would also curb delays as the international terminals would now have more boarding points. “I think it is in the contract agreement that the new terminals would be completed in the first quarter of 2016 and following the progress of work, despite the hiccups here and there because of rainy season and other challenges. I think they lost about 325 man hours the last time I went there. They have closed it by working overtime and they have assured me they will deliver this project by April,” Bello said. THISDAY gathered that the new terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano have capacity of 10 million passengers per annum and each one would have at least four avio bridges, while the current international terminal in Kano would be used for hajj operations, the current international terminal in Lagos would be dovetailed with the new one and the two would serve as international terminal.

Also, the terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja would be fully utilised for international service while the existing one would be wholly used as domestic terminal. The one in Port Harcourt would provide succour for international travellers as the old terminal that was undergoing rehabilitation was abandoned due to financial crunch, although passengers commend the quality of work done so far in the terminal that is currently being used both as domestic and international terminals. On whether work would be completed at the new terminals at the same time, the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma said some would be completed before others but expressed optimism that the last one would be completed by June next year. “There will be disparities because of weather differences and shipment conditions and delays. The new international terminal in Kano will be the new international terminal and the old international terminal will be used for Hajj operations and domestic operations.

We are going to have four avio-bridges in the terminal and two in the old international terminal. The new international terminal will take 10 million passengers per annum. “All the new terminals are at various stages of completion. If you go to Port Harcourt they are roofing, Kano is roofing, Abuja just started roofing; Lagos is slightly behind because of the problem we had at the beginning with the siting of the terminal but they are also trying to catch up. Either Enugu or Kano will be finished first,” Dunoma said.

south ministerGood news for foreign tourists – the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) tasked with reviewing South Africa’s immigration regulations has recommended that biometric visa applications be made on arrival in South Africa. Accredited international travel agents will be able to make visa applications on their clients’ behalf, negating the need for in-person applications.

Also, foreign minors will no longer be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate when travelling to and from SA.

Meanwhile, South African children under the age of 18 will still be required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate, but the term “unabridged birth certificate” will be changed to “birth certificate containing parental details”. The wording will be changed to “address confusion”, the committee said.

The recommendations have been approved by Cabinet.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said he supported the recommendations and believed they would deal with the issues that the regulations had raised.

Source: ATQ News

afExperts at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Addis Ababa expect the hotel and tourism industry in Africa will grow.

It was reported that inward international flights were recovering after being hit by the ebola outbreak, which had wiped out four years of strong growth. Moreover, the hotel sector reported significant expansion, as well as increased visitor numbers, boosted by demand from African business.

The report came from ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns. Its analysis showed there was an increase of 6.4% in international arrivals in September in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Flight bookings for the next six months suggest a sustained recovery. The data shows arrivals on-the-book (bookings for travel in future) from October 2015 to March 2016 are now running 4% ahead, compared with the same period last year.

bahBahamas Minister of Tourism Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe is the Caribbean’s leading Travel Personality of 2015, a special honor bestowed by World Travel Awards (WTA) to acknowledge monumental contributions to the travel and tourism industry. Minister Wilchcombe was presented with “the most prestigious award of the year” at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards Caribbean and North America Ceremony 2015 at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on October 17.

According to WTA President and Founder Graham Cooke, the Travel Awards Academy met to review suitable candidates and unanimously one name came to the fore. He noted that Minister Wilchcombe has made a positive, defining impact to the industry, not only over the last 12 months, but over the course of a lifetime.

“It is quite an honor to receive this prestigious award on behalf of The Bahamas because this award is not just for me; it is for the Bahamian people. This award is also for the taxi drivers, the straw vendors, the hotel employees, and all of the hard working Bahamians in the tourism industry,” Minister Wilchcombe said.

Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and celebrates brands and destinations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence. It was an exciting evening of glitz and glamour for The Islands of The Bahamas, snagging six awards in total in several prestigious categories before an audience of travel and tourism leaders from across the Caribbean and North American region.

Caribbean’s Travel Personality of the Year – Bahamas Tourism Minister, Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe

Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2015 – The Bahamas

Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel 2015 – Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Caribbean’s Leading Private Island Destination 2015 – Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas

Best Bahamas Spa Resort 2015 – Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau, Bahamas

Best Bahamian Villa 2015 – Grand Isle Resort, Exuma, Bahamas

All award winners will attend the World Travel Awards Grand Final in Morocco this December.

Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu accepted the award for Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2015 on behalf of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “When you looked around the room and saw all of the prestigious winners, and to know that The Bahamas is ranking among them, you know we are doing something right,” said Mrs. Jibrilu. “We will not rest on our laurels however, and we have our eyes on several more categories. I hope that these awards encourage the Bahamian people, all of us, to perform even better, to make our country even greater so that next year we will claim even more prestigious World Travel Awards.”

The industry’s elite, including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board officials from throughout the region, attended the red carpet event. Guests were treated to performances by The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, the sultry sounds of Alia Cole, and the sights and sounds of Crusaders Junkanoo Group.



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