The application deadline for Ola Ndi Igbo 2017 has been extended by a month!

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If you know anyone who has always dreamed of showcasing their innovations and inventions to potential investors and the public, they are in luck as the application deadline for the 2017 Ola Ndi Igbo Inventors and Innovators Fair has just been extended!

Entries were supposed to come to a halt today but the organisers has announced that there are now a month more to get your application in the running.

The Inventors and Innovators to participate in this event will be drawn from South East indigenes and residents. Indigenes of the South East must not be resident in the South East to participate, but non-indigenes must be resident in the South East to participate.

The new closing date is Saturday, November 18th. Log on to http://www.olandiigbo.net to apply.

It’s pretty exciting!

Ola ndi Igbo is a biennial convention of Ndi Igbos with the vision of celebrating our global best. The theme for the 2017 Summit is: ‘Revitalizing the Can-do Igbo Spirit: Showcasing Innovations and Inventions from the South East.’

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Despite the legacy of the Igbo people in education, science, technology and innovation, and the pivotal role that they have played in technology, innovation and inventions in Nigeria, the South East continues to struggle with high rates of unemployment, especially among youth and limited internally generated income to drive social and economic development in its five states – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.

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In addition, the large and accomplished Diaspora populations in the United States and the United Kingdom are relatively disconnected, and the most successful citizens are not engaged in philanthropic and community development initiatives in the South East. As a result, the region continues to struggle with a relatively weak civil society and a non-profit sector that is unable to raise funds to scale high impact initiatives.

Hence Ola Ndi Igbo has provided a platform to foster a community of individuals of Igbo descent who are proud of their heritage and are committed to working collaboratively to promote the social and economic development of Ndigbo.

The event is slated for the 18th of December 2017 in Enugu State. For adverts and sponsorship, contact Rita on 09092403119 or rita@southsaharan.org

 

 

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5 Benefits of Tourism To the Host Community

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The gains of a community where a popular tourist destination is domiciled are endless. This is why many tourism stakeholders have encouraged the government to upgrade or revamp the many tourist destinations in Nigeria-which are in dire need of attention. This will enable the host community to enjoy the many benefits of such an attraction. As such, we share some of the benefits of tourism to the host community.

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1.Employment

This is perhaps the biggest benefits of tourism to any host community. It will definitely create skilled and unskilled employment. souvenir sellers, food vendors and retailers will naturally spring up within the community because they are aware tourists will need their services.

2. Increased standard of living

There will be nothing like capital flight because tourists are spending in the host community and of course, the money made will be injected into the economy of the host community thus improving the standard of living.

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3. Opportunity to preserve culture

In addition to earning revenue, there are also cultural advantages to tourism. It can be a source of pride for local communities, and allows them to look at their history, and cultural heritage and develop their own community identity. This helps the local residents to maintain their traditions and culture, while also showcasing it for all the visitors.

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4. Improved infrastructure

The additional revenue that comes into a community also benefits the government. It means more money will be available to give these destinations much-needed facelift. This means the infrastructure improves, with new roads being built, parks developed and public spaces improved. The better facilities bring in more visitors.

5. Develop other income streams

In addition to improving the economy of the host community, it also allows an economy to develop a new form of income. This acts as an insurance policy in case of hard times because the additional monies coming in can help support traditional industries in case they come under financial pressure.

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Makes Acting Debut in Samuel Ajibola’s Comedy Skit (PHOTOS)

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Nollywood star Samuel Ajibola has unveiled to the world a behind-the-scenes photo from the widely anticipated episode of his web series tagged ‘Dele Issues’. This episode features the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and is scheduled for release on the 14th of October, 2017.

Samuel Ajibola who is popularly known as Spiff in the sitcom ‘The Johnsons’ made the announcement on social networking site Instagram, he wrote:

“I’ve had this picture for Months, but I’ve been looking at this Picture for the past 3 days, knowing I was going to post it up this Morning but not knowing what to write under it as a Caption. Then I woke up this Morning and the first song that came to me was “you raised me up so I can stand on mountains, you raised me up to walk on stormy seas, I am strong when I’m on your shoulders, you raise me up to more than I can be” And then I got it! This is it! What I’ve been looking for? My caption would revolve around the Grace of God. To start with, Who am I? That on my very own first project as a Producer (I’m talking about the Dele Issues nonsense I’ve been disturbing you guys with every time on social media..lol) , that I would have the privilege of having a Former president of my Country (Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) feature in my own skit because of an idea I just conceived in my mind once? I meant, as at the time I thought of this idea I thought I was just being crazy, but then again I remembered a quote I’ve seen some time ago that says ” your dreams are not Big if they don’t scare you”.All I did thereafter was to chase this dream and I left everything to God’s hands. Now I can confidently say that on the 14th of October on my YouTube channel ( just search “Samuel Ajibola TV” and you will see it) I would be posting the #Deleissues(special edition) skit by 12 pm. If there is any advice I can give you young guys out there, it is this. ”Please don’t be ever scared to chase your dreams that came from any crazy idea you’ve ever thought of in your head. Write it down and chase that dream with every single thing you’ve got. I mean, you’d never know…Just like me.” 

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This special episode would mark as the high point of the entire comedy series as the former president Olusegun Obasanjo makes his acting debut and shows to the word a side they’ve never seen or heard of him.

The comedy series, Dele Issues (Daily Issues), revolves around the main character; Dele, who always takes on different roles. The skits are popular for having elements of comedy and satire – ultimately making the series a must-watch.

Introducing the third edition of Ola Ndi Igbo Fair – 18 December 2017

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After previous successful editions in 2013 and 2015, Ola Ndi Igbo (Jewels of the Igbo people), the leading initiative dedicated to honouring and celebrating individuals of Igbo descent who have distinguished themselves in their profession on a global stage, will return for its third edition on 18 December 2017 in Enugu.

The theme for the 2017 Summit is ”Revitalizing the Can-do Igbo Spirit: Showcasing Innovations and Inventions from the South East.”

This year’s edition seeks to provide an avenue where local innovations and inventions from the people or residents of South East Nigeria can be showcased, provide cash incentives for innovators and inventors for more creative endeavours, harness local alternatives to local problems as a solution to the recession, and provide an avenue for networking opportunities between innovators, potential investors and the general public.

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Mrs Oby Ezekwesili presenting the Innovation Marketplace Prize to Obinna Ukwuani in the 2015 edition

There will be a cash prize for the best innovator/invention, while the best 20 Inventors/Innovators will also have their capacity built in branding, marketing, running a business and financial management.

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Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili presenting an Award to Nnaeto Orazulike

Ola Ndi Igbo Fair, a biennial summit established by a group of passionate, credible and committed young Igbo Professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, is organized by the South Saharan Social Development Organisation with the aim of fostering a community of individuals of Igbo descent who are proud of their heritage and are committed to working collaboratively to promote the social and economic development of Ndigbo.

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The first Summit was held at the Civic Centre Lagos State in 2013 and inspired a range of initiatives to promote development in Igbo land including the creation of an entrepreneurship and vocational training centre for youth in the Southeast, a soul searching summit titled “Olu Ndi Igbo and a business training programme for Igbo traders in markets across Nigeria.”

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Dancers and Choir performing at Benefits Concert

The 2015 edition took place in the South Eastern city of Enugu with the theme: Leveraging the power of entertainment, media, technology and education for changing paradigms and future realities.

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Veteran musician, Bright Chimezie, rolled back the years with his Zigima sound

This edition will welcome submissions from Africa and around the world, and will feature an ambitious program of talks and events in partnership with international and local institutions to broaden the reach of the fair and further diversify its portfolio of exhibiting and promoting innovations and inventions that are connected to Ndi Igbo and Igboland.

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Chigurl and Nkem Ifejika of BBC were the hosts in the 2015 edition

Works of art such as poetry, short stories, artistic paintings and sculptures, as well as basic research reports and observation records shall not be accepted.

Deadline for submission of application is on 18 October, 2017. Interested participants should visit www.olandiigbo.net for more information and to complete the Application form.

For adverts and sponsorship, contact Rita on +234 (0) 9092 403 119, E:mail Rita@Southsaharan.org or info@olandiigbo.net

“To grow the international market, we need a strong domestic market”- DG, NTDC

The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr. Folarin Coker has said that for international tourism market to grow, Nigeria needs a strong domestic market because domestic tourism is the only form of sustainable tourism.



Coker made this remark during his keynote address which had the theme Maximizing the Potentials of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry: The Role of the Government” at the just concluded Nigerian Hospitality and Tourism Conference which held in Lagos, organised by Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency.

The bedrock of tourism is not the big footprint of foreign brands but rather, the many cottage industries manned by passionate indigenes. That is what allows tourism be the largest employer of labour in the world, even over the oil industry,” Coker added.

Meanwhile, the managing director of Jumia Travel Nigeria, Omolara Adagunodo, in her welcome remark stated some of the laudable initiatives the online travel agency has embarked on as part of efforts geared towards promoting travel and tourism within the country.


According to her, at the time the company was entering the market some 5 years ago, it was noticed that data on the travel industry was not available. The company therefore took it upon itself to invest in the production of such data every year.

In the last five years of our existence as a company, we have been involved in notable endeavors that sought to move the industry forward. One of the very first things we noticed at a time was the lack of data in the travel industry. As you all know, data is indeed crucial to the planning and development of any sector. So, we took it upon ourselves to invest in the production of a report on the Nigerian hospitality industry. We produce this report yearly in every African country we have our operation,”Adaogunodo said.

The conference had two panel discussions with relevant travel practitioners as panelists. The theme “Using New Media to Merchandise Major Nigerian Sites, Destinations & Places to Drive Tourists Footfall” was discussed by Chiamaka Obuekwe, Founder of Social Prefect Tours; Funmi Oyatogun, Founder of TVP Adventures; Wonu Lamidi, CEO of Diamond & Pearl Tours; Lola Daniyan, Founder of Unravelling Nigeria; and Michael Balogun, Founder of Tour2Nigeria.



Managing Current Hotel Trends to Anticipate Future Customers Needs” was the theme of the second panel discussion which had Damilola Koya of Eko Hotel & Suites; Anthony Shisler of Fahrenheit; Omolara Adagunodo of Jumia Travel; Jeff Fischer of Welcome Centre Hotels; and Paul Okojie of Golden Tulip.



The Nigerian Hospitality and Tourism Conference is a yearly event being organised by Jumia Travel Nigeria. Its objective is to bring the key players in the industry together to share knowledge and information with the growing circle of travel and tourism enthusiasts in the country. It’s a free to attend event.

 

FOUR INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ABEOKUTA

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Abeokuta, the state capital of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, is one of Nigeria’s most industrious cities. It’s a large city which lies below the Olumo Rock and is home to several caves. There are several interesting things about the bustling city.

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  1. Alake’s Palace

This palace is the home of the custodian of the culture and traditions of the Egba people, the Alake of Egba Land. It’s a unique and culturally rich destination that houses many statues, busts and figures that represent the deities, gods and different culturally relevant historical figures.

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Olumo Rock

This is one of the Abeokuta’s most popular attractions and one of Nigeria’s major tourist attractions.  The rock was used as a fortress for the Egba people during intertribal wars in the 19th century. The stairs of the rock are actually man-made and were carved into the rock by the Egba people to enable them climb the rock. On the journey to the top of the rock, you can see sights of carvings in the rock, cowrie-studded statues and the ancient abode of the priestesses who live in huts on the rock. On your back down, the beautiful sight of the Ogun river can be admired.

 

Abeokuta Museum

Yes Abeokuta indeed has a museum. The museum houses artifacts that tell of the town and its people’s ancient history. Lovers of archeology will find a lot to learn from this place as the museum is indeed a repository of the culture and tradition of the town and its people. The museum also houses the handcrafts and ancient weapons used by the early settlers of the town and its environs. It also displays the culture and heritage of the people in a revealing and educative way.

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Hilltop Golf Resort

This resort has a large, beautiful and technical golf course that has hosted a number of national golf tournaments. The resort is a relaxing leisure spot and a safe location with breathtaking scenery and a luscious green landscape. It’s a delightful sight. The resort has a prestigious and highly sought club, the Abeokuta Golf Club, which you would have to be a member of to enjoy the resort’s golfing facilities. The club is one of the most prestigious and highly sought clubs in Abeokuta.

 

FOUR ATTRACTIONS YOU PROBABLY HAD NO IDEA WERE IN ENUGU

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Enugu, the coal city state, is an industrious state located in the southeastern part of Nigeria. The city name is derived from two Igbo names which when translated mean “hill top”. This was done because of the state’s hilly geography (it indeed has a lot of hills). There are a number of geographic and cultural attractions Enugu has to offer that are unfortunately unknown to a reasonable number of people.

We share 4 attractions you probably had no idea were in Enugu.

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  1. Silicon Hill

America has ‘Silicon Valley’ and Nigeria has a ‘Silicon Hill’. The Silicon Hill is a stunning natural attraction in Enugu state that gives a breath taking view of the state from the hill’s summit. It’s one of Enugu’s major tourist attractions, which sees tourists, fun seekers and even students exploring the site to experience its natural beauty. You may or may not climb to the top of hill, it depends on you. The site also has a lovely background for taking beautiful pictures. It’s located near the Nkpologu campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

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2. Ngwo Cave and Waterfall

Adventure seekers will very likely have a field day at this interesting natural attraction also located just outside Enugu state. To get to the cave, one would have to go through a cluster of Pine Forests and this is where a tour guide is essential, because the path to the cave is not well defined and one can get lost (but that won’t happen if you can simply get a tour guide). The cave itself is built of solid limestone and offers a stunning view of said limestone and a waterfall dripping from above the cave, which forms a beautiful plunge pool. Lovers of adventure and nature are sure to enjoy this site.

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3. Milken Hills

This is a famous tourist attraction in Enugu state. You should scold yourself if you never knew this attraction existed and was in Enugu state. The attraction is located in Ngwo Vilage of Enugu State. There is a 4.8km long road constructed along the road surrounding the hill which makes it accessible. The hills are great for mountaineering, boasts of stunning panoramic views of the city’s metropolis and is a beautiful natural sight to behold.

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4. Ani Ozalla Lake and Shrine

Nigeria’s very own crocodile habitation. It’s a natural lake located at Ozalla in Nkanu West LGA near Enugu. There’s also a shrine there and it’s believed that the crocodiles there are goddesses who appear from the lake at the command of the chief priest to take offering from supplicants.

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Religious tourists and fun seekers might not particularly find this place appealing, though they can choose to ignore the shrine and enjoy the natural beauty and sights of the lake. It’s a natural lake with numerous crocodiles so be careful to adhere to all your tour guide says and only go to places permitted by your tour guide. Overall, it’s a safe and naturally beautiful site.