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Carnival Calabar to Showcase at 13TH AKWAABA

Cross Rivers State, the home of Africa’s biggest street party-Carnival Calabar has confirmed participation for 13th AKWAABA African Travel Market 2017. For those who have only seen the Carnival Calabar on T.V, the 13th AKWAABA offers you the opportunity to have a firsthand glimpse of the biggest street party in Africa and the best tourism event in West Africa. The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission Mr. Gabe Onah will be leading a high powered team from Calabar to Lagos.

Leader of the Carnival Calabar Sea Gull Band, Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa and Director of Administration at the Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mrs. Eme-Affiahhave been named among the top 100 African Women in Tourism.

AKWAABA: African Travel Market is the marketing platform to reach more of Nigeria, West Africa, and Africa as it offers you an opportunity to meet face – to – face with Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, State Tourism Boards, Foreign Trade and Tourism Sectors from over 20 countries of the world and a huge turnout of attendees. It will be taking place at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, from 10th to 12th Sept 2017.

13th AKWAABA will feature Youth in Tourism Conference 2017. This Conference seeks to address the challenges Young people in travel business face in promoting Domestic Tourism in Nigeria and also bring the youth in tourism together as it seeks to mainstream them into the organized travel and tourism business.

Also the maiden edition of AKWAABA Chef Challenge and food fair 2017. The culinary event is aimed at promoting tourism in Nigeria by showcasing the best of Nigeria to an international audience. The tourism event will be hosting chefs from Ghana, Gambia and Nigeria to compete for Jollof rice challenge, 36 states in Nigeria compete for the best main meal and a group of Nigerian chefs compete for the best prepared rice in varieties. These activities were created purposely to bring out the best in West Africa in terms of rice production and promoting the outlook of culinary tourism and local delicacies to foreigners thereby promoting indigenous hospitality and style.

The 2nd Africa Travel and Tourism Conference will also hold on the 2nd day of 13th Akwaaba, speakers and Panelist during the Travel and Tourism Conference will be addressing topics and dealing with issues such as “One year of Accident free commercial aviation. What did Africa do right?” African Airlines & profitability, the real issues, Airport perspective, Regulations perspective, Airlines’ perspective, Logistics perspective and women in Tourism

The Women in Tourism conference 2017, themed: Women in Tourism; Challenges and the Future will allow leading women in tourism to discuss on the various challenges facing women in tourism and moves towards the curbing these challenges for now and the future.

A vibrant must attend 3-day business to business event presenting a diverse range of destinations to Africa and international travel professionals, it is a unique opportunity for African travel trade market to meet, negotiate, network and conduct businesses with players from elsewhere.

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Mother Dies Saving 3-Year-Old Daughter From Harvey Floods

Texas Mother Dies Saving 3-Year-Old Daughter From Harvey Floods

A 41-year-old woman who was trying to save herself and her child died on Tuesday afternoon after being swept away by floodwaters in Beaumont, Texas, police said. Her 3-year-old daughter, who survived, was found “clinging” to her mother’s body.

The unidentified woman had been driving with her daughter when they encountered high water, Beaumont police said in a statement. After pulling into a nearby parking lot, the woman and her child got out of the vehicle.

At some point, police said, the pair were overcome by the current and carried about half a mile from their vehicle into a waterlogged drainage canal. It was there that two police officers and two fire rescue divers who were traveling in an inflatable boat spotted them.

“They were in the water for quite some time,” Officer Carol Riley, a spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department, told People magazine. “When the baby was found, the baby was clinging to her. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water.”

The mother was unresponsive and later pronounced dead.

The toddler was “responsive but suffering from hypothermia,” authorities said. With the help of a good Samaritan, the child was rushed to an ambulance and taken to an area hospital. She is currently in stable condition.

Her life was “absolutely saved” by her mother, said Riley.A shivering three-year-old girl found clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas was likely saved by her mother's effort to carry her child to safety from Harvey's floods, police said on Wednesday. Beaumont police identified the mother as 41-year-old Colette Sulcer and said her daughter was being treated for hypothermia but doing well. When rescuers found the mother and daughter, the girl was on her mother's back, holding on, said Police Officer Haley Morrow. "I envision what I would do if that was me in that situation and that's what I would do: I would put my child on my back and try to swim to safety or whatever," Morrow said. Hurricane Harvey hits Texas, in pictures Sulcer's vehicle got stuck Tuesday afternoon in the flooded parking lot of an office park just off Interstate 10, said Capt. Brad Penisson of the fire-rescue department in Beaumont. Squalls from Harvey were pounding Beaumont with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain an hour with 38 mph (60 kph) gusts, according to the National Weather Service. A witness saw the woman take her daughter and try to walk to safety when the swift current of a flooded drainage canal next to the parking lot swept them both away, Penisson said. Morrow said the woman's actions probably saved her little girl's life. "When they found her she was still up out of the water," Morrow said. The US Coast Guard responds to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the Beaumont, Texas Credit: EPA A police and fire-rescue team in a boat caught up to them a half-mile downstream from Sucler's vehicle, according to Penisson. Rescuers pulled them into the boat just before they would have gone under a railroad trestle where the water was so high that the boat could not have followed. First responders lifted the child from her mother's body and tried to revive the woman, but she never regained consciousness. A citizen allowed first responders to load the mother and daughter into his truck and he brought them to a waiting ambulance, Morrow said. The sacrificial love of a mother was demonstrated down in TX, RIP Colette Sulcer - You will not be forgotten #MothersLove#ForeverLove— Motivated Patriot (@aroesta) August 30, 2017 This woman is a true hero and her daughter will always know her mom saved her. #ColetteSulcer— Toby (@realBrowncoat) August 30, 2017 The child was taken to the Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, and was expected to be released on Wednesday. Officer Carol Riley said the girl was doing "very well" and was chatty. "Everybody at the hospital and the officers just fell in love with her," Riley said. At least 25 people have been killed by Harvey since Friday, when it made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey has since weakened to a tropical storm.

 

Re-arresting Nnamdi Kanu dangerous – Col. Umar

download (1)Former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), has urged the federal government not to revoke the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.  According to him, effecting Kanu’s re-arrest is both “dangerous and politically unwise.” Umar, who is also chairman of Movement for Unity and Progress, said that the IPOB leader is not a common criminal as the government appears to think but a bitter young man fighting for a fairer deal for his Igbo kinsmen. He added that Kanu’s seeming militant approach was the result of the strong arm tactics with which the Federal Government deals with him. In a statement on Wednesday, Umar described President Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a settled issue as a nationalistic wish that was not a surprise having come from a veteran of civil war fought to keep the country one. He said: “President Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a settled issue is a nationalistic wish and is no surprise coming from a veteran of civil war who fought to keep the country one. “However, this does not take into account the mood of the nation as indicated by the growing agitations for self-determination, restructuring and many other similar demands. “Nigeria’s unity can only be guaranteed when all its citizens feel they are getting a fair deal; when all its component parts are treated justly and equitably. When none feels oppressed. “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Adeyanju and other similar agitators might seem like felons or even anarchists. But as often happens over humanity’s turbulent history, appearances can be deceitful. One man’s terrorist could well be another man’s freedom fighter. “In any event, despite what the security agencies might feel, there is nothing to fear from Mazi Kanu. He and his compatriots are people who love their country dearly and are willing to take a risk with their lives while blowing a whistle on some of our bad habits. “It will be a tragic mistake to treat them as common criminals. It is evident that they are fighting a cause millions consider entirely legitimate. “Until our democracy learns to accommodate dissent, vigorous, robust, even if inconvenient, it will be incapable of serving our common good.”

I have parted ways with Ooni – Olori Wuraola

OFFICIAL STATEMENT 
We have got to stop this culture of shaming and vilifying women with false stories of infidelity & nefarious behavior. The spreading of false information (through "sources" afraid to be identified) is the mark of cowards and a cover up for guilty parties to justify their horrific actions. There is absolutely no truth to the media circulated lies of infidelity and infertility- on my end. 
What I can confirm, is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love & exhale gratitude. My journey continues as a Humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence & abuse with the United Nations. No matter how much time you've invested, no matter the use of media to silence & manipulate, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies: Get out and seek immediate help! 
We've seen this movie before. Women being dragged in the press & blamed for everything under the sun. This behavior is unacceptable. I urge those involved to be mindful of their actions for the eyes of our Almighty God are always watching. The seeds of slander is a cancer that harvests to eat away the souls of the planter. 
The throne is sacred and the attempts to tarnish the name of a Queen, in defense or on behalf of a silent King makes all involved look terrible. Remain dignified in all you do. It's not the end of the world, but the start of a new chapter and you must turn the page with grace. The world is watching. 
As I bid adieu to this chapter, my wish to you all is to step into your lives - boldly & fearlessly, the way God intended and live not just by words, but through example. The best chapter in our lives is the one we are writing now. Thank you for your love and support. 
With peace, love &  light, -Her Highness, Zaynab Otiti Obanor.  Wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola has finally confirmed the end of her marriage to Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. She released an official statement on her Instagram page, on Wednesday, stating clearly that her marriage to Ooni was over. She said, “What I can confirm, is that the Ooni and I are no more.” She also changed her name on Instagram from Queen Wuraola Zaynab Ogunwusi (@oloriwuraolaogunwusi) to Queen Zaynab-Otiti Obanor.

”We have got to stop this culture of shaming and vilifying women with false stories of infidelity & nefarious behavior. The spreading of false information (through “sources” afraid to be identified) is the mark of cowards and a cover up for guilty parties to justify their horrific actions. There is absolutely no truth to the media circulated lies of infidelity and infertility- on my end. What I can confirm, is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love & exhale gratitude. My journey continues as a Humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence & abuse with the United Nations. No matter how much time you’ve invested, no matter the use of media to silence & manipulate, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies: Get out and seek immediate help! We’ve seen this movie before. Women being dragged in the press & blamed for everything under the sun. This behavior is unacceptable. I urge those involved to be mindful of their actions for the eyes of our Almighty God are always watching. The seeds of slander is a cancer that harvests to eat away the souls of the planter. The throne is sacred and the attempts to tarnish the name of a Queen, in defense or on behalf of a silent King makes all involved look terrible. Remain dignified in all you do. It’s not the end of the world, but the start of a new chapter and you must turn the page with grace. The world is watching. As I bid adieu to this chapter, my wish to you all is to step into your lives – boldly & fearlessly, the way God intended and live not just by words, but through example. The best chapter in our lives is the one we are writing now. Thank you for your love and support. With peace, love &  light”.

-Her Highness, Zaynab Otiti Obanor

Three injured in Owerri Shoot-out as youths clash over Ekeukwu market

Owerri market demolition: It was a joint operation — Army PROThe crisis generated by the demolition of the popular Ekeukwu Market by the state government continued yesterday as youths for and against the exercise engaged themselves in a free for all. Vanguard gathered last night that both parties were engaged in a shootout which caused pandemonium in the streets of Owerri. A source told Vanguard that people ran helter-skelter to avoid being hit by stray bullets. ‘’The shooting was so much that my wife had to run back home in the midst of the confusion caused by the shootout,’’ an eyewitness said yesterday. It was learned that the quick intervention of the police prevented what would have degenerated into a bloodbath. The state Police Commissioner, Christ Ezike, who confirmed the development, said three persons were injured in the clash, adding that they were currently receiving treatment in the hospital. According to him, five vehicles were also destroyed in the clash that further raised tension in Owerri. The police commissioner said his men succeeded in restoring normalcy to the city but said the people were apprehensive about reprisal attack. ‘’We have put measures in place to stop that from happening.  The city is calm now and we’ll ensure it remains so,’’ he told Vanguard last night on the telephone.

L-R: Mr. Ikechi Uko Organizer of Akwaaba Travel Market with Ghanaian Chefs at the just concluded Ghana Jollof Rice Festival.
The head of Culture in Nigeria, Otunba Segun Runsewe the D.G of National Council of Arts and Culture will declare the chef challenge open. As the Jollof rice challenge draws nearer, so is an increase in buzz and enthusiasm amongst the competing countries. The event organized by Akwaaba African Travel Market with the sole aim of promoting culinary tourism in Africa already has the Chefs set and more than ready to hit the scene.

Over the weekend, Africa was thrilled with the Jollof rice challenge organized by the Ghanaian Tourism Authority (GTA) at Legon Botanical Garden. The competition, which featured Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal, formed part of the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, and Feel Ghana” campaign being championed by the GTA, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts to promote local tourism on a global scale. It also served as a selection process for the Ghana Chef Association to choose the 5 chef coming to Lagos for the Akwaaba event.

Gambia prepared the jollof rice without tomatoes but with mustard, fish and other ingredients, making their jollof yellowish-white as compared to Ghana, who used tilapia, tomatoes and other ingredients to make their jollof attractive and tasty, giving it a reddish colour. The Nigerian and Senegalese chefs used ingredients they believed could make their jollof super and delicious but, unfortunately, they could not win.Image result for Otunba Segun Runsewe pictures

Ms Felicia Aniagyei, the Acting Public Relations Manager of the GTA, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the Jollof Competition, which falls under the “Eat Ghana” module, was to encourage Ghanaians to be proud of their local dishes and patronise them wherever they went. She said the occasion was also used to showcase some locally made cuisines including Kenkey with fish and rice balls with groundnut soup. This month has been dedicated to the “Eat Ghana” module while next month, September, would be for the “Wear Ghana” module, followed by the “Feel Ghana” in October.
Ms Aniagyei noted that engaging other African countries in the competition was to help showcase the varieties of jollof rice and deepen the relationship among the participating countries.

Akwaaba Travel Market jollof rice War will serve as the final event according to Ghanaian Chef President, Chef Isaac. To the Ghanaian chefs, the prize is already theirs, and here is something you should know about the Ghanaian Chef association. The goal of the Chefs Association of Ghana is to unite chefs and cooks across Ghana in a common dedication to professional excellence. The Chefs Association of Ghana (CAG) was founded in 2005 and incorporated in Accra as a non-profit association in 2006. It was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1963 (Act 179) as a company limited by guarantee With over 400 members, a number of regional branches and a National Secretariat in Accra, the association is set to promote the culinary profession. According President of Ghanaian Chef Association, ‘’The Chefs Association of Ghana (CAG) is seriously preparing for the Jollof Festival in Nigeria being organized by Akwaaba Travels, with 5 top Chefs across the sub-region. The Chefs Challenge Programme is an international cooking competition that affords participating countries to acquire skills in modern cooking trends to be able to deal with international cuisine.’’

Since its inception, the Association has enjoyed a deep and long-standing tradition as Ghana’s true representation of the professional chef and cook. The Nigerian Chef Association however, have selected the best Chefs to represent the country. Meanwhile, The 13th Akwaaba, African Travel Market 2017 received a boost as Olam Nigeria Limited, the biggest rice producers in the country partners the organisers of the yearly travel fair for the maiden edition of chef challenge/food expo, one of the events lined for this year. Olam as the official sponsors of the much talked about #Jollofrice war by Akwaaba Travel Market, delivered bags of Mama’s Pride Rice brand of 1kg, 5kg and 10kg to a team from Akwaaba for the upcoming event slated for 10 September 2017 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

Speaking at the company’s office in Lagos, while receiving the Akwaaba team led by Gbabo Laura Dein, Olam’s Regional Sales and Marketing Manager Mayowa Joshua said the organisation is looking forward to be at the travel fair adding that the company is excited about the partnership.

The culinary event is aimed at promoting tourism in Nigeria by showcasing the best of Nigeria to an international audience. The tourism event will be hosting chefs from Ghana, Gambia and Nigeria to compete for Jollof rice challenge, 36 states in Nigeria compete for the best main meal and a group of Nigerian chefs compete for the best prepared rice in varieties. These activities were created purposely to bring out the best in West Africa in terms of rice production and promoting the outlook of culinary tourism and local delicacies to foreigners thereby promoting indigenous hospitality and style.

Akwaaba African Travel market introduced the Chef Challenge and Food Expo on the hospitality day to foster local food experiences amongst travelers and to promote culinary tourism and entertainment. Akwaaba is a 3day travel expo that brings different travel product together. It is from the 10th to the 12th of September. Following the event is the Aviation day to x-ray the successes recorded the previous year in the industry to ensure it was accident free and measures taken to sustain the feat. The Women in tourism awards aimed at recognizing 100 outstanding women in African Tourism and finally the youth in tourism conference.

Ethiopian to Upgrade its Sao Paulo Services to Non-Stop Direct Flights

Image result for Ethiopian Airlines picturesEthiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce to its valued customers that it has finalized preparations to start nonstop direct services to Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently operated via Lome, Togo, effective September 16, 2017. Sao Paulo, the biggest city in the Brazil and in the southern hemisphere, is the economic and financial hub of the country hosting the headquarters of numerous major corporations.

Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said; “We are delighted to offer our customers a faster and reliable connectivity between Africa, Middle East, Asia and Brazil with one of the shortest total Travel Time, operated with our state of the art fleet, Boeing 787. Moreover, while operating amidst of the fastest trade lane, our flight to Sao Paulo has been providing efficient connections with 30 weekly flights to 5 destinations in China, 28 weekly flights to India, 14 weekly flights to Telaviv, 14 weekly flights to Beirut and almost daily flights to 55 cities across Africa. In December, we shall complement our nonstop service with a fifth flight frequency(Sun/Mon), which will enable tourists and business travelers enjoy convenient connectivity options to/from more than 100 Ethiopian global passenger and cargo destinations. Furthermore, this move will also be an impetus to consolidate the multiple ties between Africa and Brazil’’.

Ethiopian made its debut flight to Sao Paulo in 2013; coordinating its schedules with its partner airline in West Africa, ASKY, to give short, seamless and convenient connections to West Africa passengers travelling to and from Brazil. Brazil is the largest national economy in South America with diversified economy including agriculture, industry, and a wide range of services such as ecotourism, leisure and cultural tourism.

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