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.

FOUR WAYS TO TRAVEL SMARTLY IN NIGERIA

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Travelling doesn’t have to be such an expensive and somewhat inconvenient endeavor. It doesn’t have to be an endeavor that’s hard on your finances and lifestyle.  There are ways to make the most of your travelling experience and reduce its pressure on your finances and lifestyle. We share four ways to travel smartly in Nigeria.

  1. Choose Your Means of Transport Wisely

Constantly check for the fares of different legitimate airlines and transport companies; check for their specific discount periods and discount schemes that will be of benefit to you in budgeting and planning for your travel with your decided mode of transportation. This can help maximize your travel experience. Registering on travel and hotel booking portals like Jumia Travel can help with this. You can take advantage of special travel smart deals to save yourself some more money.

2. Organize Your Travel Documents Well

Ensure all your travel documents are in place and are easily accessible, so you don’t have to waste time trying to find them at crucial times. This sort of oversight can end up either delaying your journey or making it entirely impossible. Besides, you’ll save yourself the stress of having to deal with officials that might get hostile or even embarrassing when this happens.

3. Pack Lightly

This can help you avoid excess luggage charges and save you from spending extra money on your travel. Just pack necessary items that can make your travel more convenient and leave behind the rest. Packing with purpose can go a long way in helping you achieve this. Pack with your location in mind and avoid packing things that aren’t versatile.

4. Plan Your Trips

Regardless of it’s a business trip or vacation, you should always endeavor to plan for your travel. From budgeting your travel expenses before and during the trip to the exact kind of hotel or accommodation you intend to stay in, and the means of transport you intent to use at your travel destination. If it’s an Uber you intend to use, plan for it; if taking the bus will be cheaper, plan for it. Plan every little detail of your trip to the best of your ability. Yes things happen, and you might ultimately not be able to execute your entire plan but it will at least keep you relatively in control of your travel experience and help you reduce and very possibly avoid excess and unexpected costs.

South Africa launches hate crime unit with Nigeria

Early warning’ system established between two countries after spate of xenophobic attacks on migrants in South Africa.

South Africa says it will launch an “early warning” system with Nigeria to track and deter xenophobic attacks following a surge in violence in the rainbow nation.

South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the new monitor would “help prevent violence” against foreigners and their businesses as she met with Geoffrey Onyeama, her Nigerian counterpart on Monday.

Last month, more than 20 shops were targeted in Atteridgeville, 120km west of Pretoria, while in Rosettenville, an area south of the commercial capital Johannesburg, residents attacked at least 12 houses.

In response to the violence, the Nigerian government called for the African Union to step in and stop the “xenophobic attacks”, claiming 20 Nigerians were killed in South Africa last year.

South African authorities have declined to confirm the figure which may have been the result of other criminal activity, not just anti-immigrant violence.

Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters it was untrue that the attacks were specifically “targeting Nigerians”, adding citizens of other countries were also affected.

She said the monitor would meet every three months and would be made up of representatives from both countries including immigration officials, business associations, and civil society groups.

‘Mass attacks’

Onyeama said he had received assurances that Nigerians in South Africa would be able to live in peace and called for an end to “mass attacks”.

According to the Nigerian Union in South Africa, there are about 800,000 Nigerians in the country, many of them living in Johannesburg.

A protest march against “migrant crime” was held in Pretoria on February 24 and resulted in violent clashes between crowds of young South African men and migrants from elsewhere in Africa, including Nigerians and Somalis.

Attacks against foreigners and foreign-run businesses have erupted regularly in recent years in South Africa, fuelled by the country’s high unemployment and poverty levels.

President Jacob Zuma called for calm and restraint, saying that migrants should not be used as a scapegoat for the country’s widespread crime problem.

“Harnessing big data and improving emotional intelligence, key to personalizing travelers experience”

The Vice President of Jumia Travel Nigeria, Omolara Adagunodo has stated that harnessing big data properly and improving emotional intelligence will help to personalize the African traveler’s experience through technology. She made the remark at one of the panel discussions hosted by Afro Tourism at this year’s Social Media Week in Lagos.

She pointed out that for the African traveler’s experience to be personalised through technology, there has to be a right mix of data to reach out to the customers. “Some of the recommended tips for achieving this will include, sending personalized messages to customers, understanding, and analyzing website traffic to have a clue on what travelers are looking for.”

Omolara further emphasized on the role of big data as the godfather for the internet of things, data collection, information analytics, artificial intelligence, data science, and growth hacking.

The panel discussion also had other seasoned hospitality experts and travel bloggers in attendance, such as Ikechi Uko, organiser of Akwaaba & publisher of ATQ magazine; Bruce Prins, hospitality consultant; Chiamaka Obueke, Founder of Social Prefect; Innocent Uchenna, Travelstart; Tosin Ajibade, Founder of Olorisupergal; and Sam Adeleke of Afrotourism as the moderator.

In his comment, Ikechi Uko of Akwaaba identified the need to create networks that enable Africans to travel within Africa. He queried the current deficit in the number of airlines flying within Africa, as this has forestalled many travels in Africa.

“We need to create more profitable airlines flying within Africa; this will encourage more travels within the continent. There are interesting destinations in Africa but how many Africans visit these destinations?” he added.

While answering questions on the kind of effective method of sending personalized messages to travelers, Omolara stated that operators in the travel and hospitality business should start keeping customers’ data. The data should consequently be used to pitch personalized messages to the customers. She cited for instance a hotel sending a wedding anniversary message to a couple who lodged in the hotel during the wedding ceremony. When you personalize or tailor make your messages to customers’ special dates, it will have a lasting impression on them, and encourage return patronage.”

Six Ways To Cope With The Closure of Abuja Airport

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally closed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for much maintenance and repairs. Hopefully, it will be reopened on April 19th. Although quite a number of Nigerians and foreigners have expressed reservations about the closure, the safety of passengers should be the ultimate concern. Hence, the Federal Government has no choice than to shut down the airport. Expectedly, the FG has made arrangements to ferry passengers to Abuja.

So, if you have anything to do in Abuja, we share six ways to deal with the closure of Abuja airport.

1.Let your mind be at rest

The main concern of travelers and tourists about Kaduna is security due to recent events in the city. However, the Federal Government has assured passengers that they don’t need to worry about their security. The distance from Kaduna Airport to Abuja Airport by road according to Google map is 242.6 km (3h9m). Different security apparatus will be on the way all through your trip. So, let your mind be at rest and believe that nothing will happen. Kaduna has always been a safe and secure city.

2.Reduce your luggage

If you are traveling to Abuja for now, you should reduce the amount of luggage you carry. The stress of getting your luggage at Kaduna airport, then loading them into the bus coupled with the 3-hour travel can be unbearable. To cope with this, you should only carry essential items. Doing this will stop you from paying anyone to carry your luggage.

3.Make your own transport arrangement

You can also make your travel arrangement from Kaduna to Abuja. It is not compulsory to go with the buses provided by the government. So, if you have a friend who is familiar with the Kaduna to Abuja route, put a call through to him to pick you up at the Kaduna airport.

4.Travel by road

Some travelers may not be too disposed to fly to Kaduna en route Abuja. Then, your best option is to travel straight to Abuja via road. It is even cheaper to travel via road than flying. But, safety is always a major worry.

5.Avoid evening travel

You won’t like to be on the Kaduna road in the evening or wee hours of the night traveling to Abuja. Even if you get to Kaduna airport in the evening, delay your travel until the next day and spend that evening in a hotel.

6.Book a hotel close to Abuja Airport

You should book a hotel close to the airport to reduce the stress of arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and then you start another journey to your hotel. If you don’t know which hotel to book, Jumia Travel can conveniently help you search for hotels near Abuja airport.

Jumia Travel Expands to New Destinations in Africa and Across the World

The African No.1 Online Travel Agency announces more properties, hitting 300,000 hotels across the world and 30,000 in Africa.


Jumia Travel is further solidifying its global presence in the hotel, travel, and tourism ecosystem, unveiling new continental and international destinations. The company has registered an inventory of more than 30,000 hotels in Africa and over 300,000 worldwide; only four years since inception in 2013. These include new properties in popular destinations in Africa including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as outbound destinations including Dubai, London, New York, Paris, and Mecca among others.

 

Guaranteeing continued quality of service, Jumia Travel’s boss Paul Midy says, “We have the requisite capacity to offer our partners global visibility, and to our customers, solutions for all their travel needs anywhere in the world.”

The move is directed at enabling more Africans to expand their travel horizons both domestically and internationally. As part of the initiative, customers will have access to travel packages to the new destinations, with 24/7 local customer service and expertise as well as flexible payment options including Mpesa, payment on arrival, and credit cards.

 

The packages will consist of hotel stays, return flight tickets, tours or excursions upon request and availability. They exclude Visa processing fees, travel insurance, among other activities not mentioned above.

 

Jumia Travel Nigeria MD, Kushal Dutta also explained: “Travelers are increasingly shifting focus from generic products to more customized and personalized experience. We are therefore working closely with our hotels and other OTA partners to provide our customers with tailor-made worldwide travel options”.

 

The first package focuses on Dubai as an outbound destination for African customers during the upcoming Easter holidays.

Jumia Travel recently launched its flights services, adding to its efforts to create a one stop travel shop across Africa.

 

About Jumia Travel

Jumia Travel (travel.jumia.com) is Africa’s No.1 online travel agent, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 30,000 hotels in Africa and more than 300,000 hotels around the world. Our ambition is to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way to travel in Africa and across the world.

 

At Jumia Travel, we have hundreds of travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our offices are located in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.