Learn Four Creative Ways to Take Pictures

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Pictures are what makes the memories of the good times in our lives practically everlasting. However, there are some creative ways to take pictures that would help capture our memorable experiences in more stunning ways than we ever thought possible. Here are 4 creative ways to take pictures while on vacation.

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1.Take Your Pictures From a Distant Vantage Point

This is a great way to show how massive and breathtaking your surroundings are while sizing down the people in your frame. Distant vantage point pictures will make the figures in your photo look more or less like mini-figurines, while exaggerating the width, depth and height of your surroundings, making its beauty more striking. If you ever want to take a picture that primarily shows how great the surrounding of the place you’re in is, the distant vantage point is one of the best ways to do that.

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2.Look for a ‘Striking Pop of Colour

This ‘striking pop of colour’ is all around you, you just need to look for it and capture it in what is sure to turn out as a great shot. This type of picture is really quite simple to take, all you need to do is find a colour that stands out in a bold and beautiful way amongst other colours in your surroundings and take a shot of it. It can be as basic as a bright coloured car or brightly dressed person  that stands out amidst the slightly duller colours of the surroundings.

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3.Change Perspectives

Rather than taking your pictures with only one perspective, why don’t you make it more interesting by switching it up a bit. Consider other stunning perspectives like the bird-eyes perspective (taking a picture from a view above, like a bird would see it in a tree), or the worm’s eye perspective (opposite of the bird-eye perspective where you take the picture from below or from the ground as if you were looking up, like a worm would see it), and so on.

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4. Try Capturing Silhouettes

Shortly after sunset, towards or during the evening time, is the best period to take this kind of picture. Capturing silhouettes of people or objects in your surroundings gives your pictures a dramatic, beautiful and standoffish effect. This way, you can take some stunning and totally Instagram-worthy pictures that would really capture your experience in a breathtaking way.

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Algeria vs. Nigeria: Where the game will be won and lost

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 What factors will decide the game that has little or nothing riding on it?

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Algeria and Nigeria lock horns at the Mohamed-Hamlaoui Stadium on Friday with nothing much to play for, apart from pride for the hosts following a disastrous qualifying campaign that saw them fail to live up to expectations as group favourites when the draws were made.

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For the Super Eagles, the desire to end the series unbeaten has to drive them on in this heavyweight encounter. With both sides set to clash in Constantine, how do they match up against one another?

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In goal for the Desert Warriors should be Abdelkadir Salhi, deputizing for the absent Rais M’Bolhi. With the veteran goalie missing from Rabah Madjer’s first squad, nothing is set in stone, however, and the goalkeeping slot is there for the taking. Faouzi Chaouchi and Chamseddine Rahmani would definitely fancy themselves to stake their claim between the sticks.

The Super Eagles have found solace in Ikechukwu Ezenwa since the unavoidable absence of Carl Ikeme.

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The Ifeanyi Ubah stopper has handled what’s come at him with minimal fuss, and has looked the part for the West African giants.

Having already secured qualification, Gernot Rohr could opt for either Daniel Akpeyi or Francis Uzoho, giving either man the opportunity to stake a claim and challenge Ezenwa.

It’s a bit of a cliched line of thought now, but Akpeyi doesn’t inspire confidence when selected. His underwhelming performance in the Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa is still fresh in the memory, too, and it might be a while before he gets another game for the Super Eagles.

Uzoho meanwhile is a youngster whose burgeoning reputation has definitely caught the eye in recent weeks. Still relatively wet behind the years, though, the 18-year-old is unlikely to be thrown into the deep end by Rohr. Yet, with nothing at stake for the visitors, perhaps the German tactician could thrust him into the limelight.

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Statistically, the Fennecs’ defence has been their Achilles heel, and shipping nine goals in five games is nowhere near good enough for a side of their quality.

It even makes for stranger reading when you take into account that the Algeria side tend to dominate possession in their games (they had 77% of the ball in their last home game against Zambia… yet lost!). Perhaps that has somewhat put them at a disadvantage as they’ve been open to the odd counter attack due to the defence being caught high up the pitch.

The Nigeria attack will be out to exploit this supposed weakness and expect them to be up for the battle.

With Victor Moses and Moses Simon set to miss out, Alex Iwobi and Henry Onyekuru could be deployed out wide.

Iwobi’s ability to play between the lines and find pockets of space in the channels would trouble the Greens’ backline, while Onyekuru will be deployed on the left flank, where he’s got the chance while in possession to either hug the touchline or cut in to his favorite right foot which gives him the option of finding a teammate with a pass or having a go himself.

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With Anthony Nwakaeme expected to lead the line for the Super Eagles, the Algeria centre-backs could be in for a long afternoon.

The burly forward is a handful physically, but offers much more than just being a one-dimensional battering ram. The Hapoel Be’er Sheva forward’s link-up play is underrated and while he’ll always make himself available for the pass into feet, his lateral runs aimed at drawing people out of position with the objective of opening up a bit of room for his teammates to operate will be something to look out for.

It gets a bit more interesting in midfield for both sides, where Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb is a player that can dictate the tempo of a game from deep.

With the North Africans expected to have the lion’s share of the ball, what instruction Rohr has to nullify him from controlling the game will certainly be under the microscope.

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The Nigeria boss has mainly elected for a midfield trio of Mikel John Obi, Wilfred Ndidi and Ogenyi Onazi.

The latter, for all the criticism sent his way, will be a huge miss. Onazi’s tenacity and ball-winning skills are underrated, and together with Ndidi, gives the team a bit more solidity which in turn protects a defence that can be got at.

Rohr has often brought on Mikel Agu – a controller – in the last couple of games, but you’ve got to wonder if this game would be more suited to someone of the ilk of Oghenekaro Etebo. The midfielder has the legs to go up and down the pitch while offering a bit more creativity in the final third.

Up front, the trio of Islam Slimani, Riyad Mahrez and Yacine Brahimi are going to be a handful for the West Africans.

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The FC Porto man especially will be a real threat with his pace, dribbling and, even more so, his impressive close control. He’s capable of picking out a pass, and Abdullahi Shehu will have his hands full if he’s to keep the fleet-footed wideman quiet.

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Ola Aina is expected to play at left-back, and will be asked to do a job Mahrez in what will be his full debut. The Leicester City man likes to cut inside to his stronger left foot, and that’s something that may be to the advantage of the Chelsea loanee, who’s a right footer.

Slimani may not be setting the world alight, but he’s a handful on his day, and the duo of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong will need to stay touch tight to the forward, especially at set-pieces or from crosses.

With a little at stake going into this game, it may not be the most emotionally engaging affair, but it’s certainly got a few fascinating subplots, and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

African Music Superstars Battle for AFRIMA 2017

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The All Africa Music Awards is set to reward the best of African artistes
from the continent. This has led to a massive voting campaigns by
nominated artistes of different countries who rely on the love from music
lovers at home and in diaspora to win the 23.9 Carat plaited gold AFRIMA
trophy. The AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony is scheduled to hold on 12th
November 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos by 4PM.
The nominated artistes are pulling up their sleeves to slug it out with
their regional and continental music contemporaries and legends at the
event.
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Southern African female nominess have some scores to settle at the 2017
AFRIMA Awards. Amanda Black and Babes Woduno started a fresh beef at the
South Africa Music Awards23, when Amanda Black beat Babes Woduno to SA’s
Best Female Artiste of the Year awards 2017.  She might get her rep back
if she sweeps all contestants to win the Best Female Artiste in Southern
Africa at AFRIMA 2017.

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Old rivalries in SA might rear its head at the Awards as AKA gets nominated in the same category as Nasty C and Emtee.
Other stars battling for recognition and rep are SA Jah Prayzah, Legend
Jazzist, Hugh Masekela, and Nduduzo Makhatini.

The Cameroonians divas claim to run the show in the Central Africa region,
as five nominated music divas bring to battle their different musical
styles to win the 23.9 carat gold award. The Gabonese Popstar, Bussine and
the Angolan pop queen, Nsoki is in the game to burst their bubble and win
the award for their home countries. Meanwhile the King of Central Africa
will emerge when Angola’s star RnB Sensation, Anselmo Ralph and Hip Hop
star, Big Nelo while charges against DRC Makossa star, Fally Ipupa and RnB
International Ke Black and Pop Star, Maitre Gims and the Cameroonians Pop
artistes, Jovi and romantic RnB singer, Mr Locko.

Four Tanzanian divas are gunning for the awards for the Eastern region,
Vanessa Mdee, who won the 2014 AFRIMA awards in the same Best Female
Artiste in Eastern Africa category. She is pitched against Tanzanian love
singers Feza, Lady Jaydee, and Nandy. Uganda’s Juliana Kanyomozi is a
music big fish who will clash Kenya’s Victoria Kimani despite her West
African and East African base. The singer and TV celeb, Chess Nthussi is
also nominated alongside Ethiopian Grammy nominee, Wayna Wondwossen.  The
rest is up against Diamond Platnumz who might add another AFRIMA award to
his shelf this year? The multiple AFRIMA winner is up against his fellow
Tanzanian arch rival, Ali Kiba. The Kenyan DJ and Pop star, Mura KE, and
Hip Hop star, Octopizzo are also going to challenge the Tanzanian. Other
stars in this category are Kibrom Birhane, Sinishaw Legesse and Henok &
Mehari Brothers from Ethiopia and Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo.

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West Africa boasts of a huge media presence, crisp videos and ecletic
sounds. The Nigerian music divas on the list, Aramide, Seyi Shay, Tiwa
Savage, and Yemi Alade will contend with Ghanaian pop-star, Becca, Malian
Grammy Award winner, Oumo Sangare and Senegalese Pop-singer, Viviane
Chidid, to prove which star has the most dynamic voice to win the gold
trophy.  Nigerian Arch-rivals, Wizkid and Davido may have yet another
face-off at AFRIMA. Other stars ready to upturn the game are Cote
D’ivoire’s DJ Arafat, Guinea’s MHD, Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Runtown, Tekno
and YCEE.

The Female and Male music stars from Northern Africa may have the
advantage of votes from their rave ratings on Youtube. These northern
artistes trump their regional counterparts with popularity as huge as
Algerian singer, Cheba Maria’s 4 million views to French Montana’s
487million views.

The awards ceremony is a world-class event that hold annually with live
performances from star-studded artistes and television broadcast to 84
countries around the world. Tickets can be purchased on the AFRIMA
website, nairabox.com, and ariyatickets.com.

Jumia Travel, Jumia Food to Reward Customers Big at Black Friday Concert

Nigeria’s leading online travel agency, Jumia Travel and Nigeria’s number 1 online food ordering website, Jumia Food have revealed plans to reward both their new and returning customers with fantastic giveaways and deals at the upcoming Jumia Black Friday concert scheduled for November 18, 2017 at the King’s College, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The companies made the announcement through their Head of Public Relations, Olukayode Kolawole while addressing journalists in Lagos on the expectations from this year’s Black Friday festival which will kick off November 13th and end December 13th, 2017. “This year’s Black Friday will be the biggest sales event ever experienced in the country as there are as high as 80% discounts across all the Jumia platforms: Jumia Mall, Jumia Travel, and Jumia Food,” Kolawole said.

The exclusive 2-in-1 concert and shopping event will feature Nigeria’s finest artistes including Simi, Falz, Wande Coal, 9ice, Mayorkun, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Skales, Lil Kesh, Pencil, Jimmie DJ Consequence, DJ Cuppy, Nedu to thrill attendees to exclusive app flash sales and lots of exciting giveaways including a N500,000 shopping voucher.

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Speaking on some of the special offers on Jumia Travel, Omolara Adagunodo, Managing Director of Jumia Travel said there will be up to 80% discount on hotel & flight bookings; over 20 holiday packages to choose from (local & international) and lots of fantastic deals. “There will also be lots of giveaways at the concert, such as a free night stay at a 4-star hotel in Lagos, a free return ticket from Lagos to Accra and many more,”Adagunodo added.

On the other hand, Jumia Food Managing Director, Olamide Bada described the deals that will be available on Jumia Food as mouth watering. “We have a long list of vendors on our platform who have offered us amazing discounts and giveaways in the spirit of the Black Friday festival. While many of our customers will have direct and face-to-face interactions with us at the concert, others who might not be able to attend can still benefit from these offers. For instance, we will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free on Sharwama & Co between 11th  November through Dec 12th; 30% off the entire menu at Beleful; and many more.”

“There will also be lots of offers on Jumia Party. For instance, you can buy one Martell Blue Swift and get 24 Apparel Hat with Purchase; Martell XO – Free Holiday Bag with purchase; Chivas Extra – Free TT Dalk Wallet or card holder with purchase,” Bada added.

 

7 Cities in 14 days and all by Train! – Jubilian Ngaruwa Shares her Exciting Travel Adventure

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Jubilian Ngaruwa (JubiTrip), a Nigerian Travel Documentary Content Creator, talks about her exciting adventure across seven cities in the country in 14 days by train. She shares some details of the trip, talks about some of her fun and challenging experiences and eventually, based on her adventure, gives some sound advice to the government and other travelers or travelers on tourism in Nigeria. Enjoy!

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Please tell us a little about yourself, your name and what inspired you to become a Travel Documentary Content Creator?

My name is Jubilian Ngaruwa. I am from Delta state. I am a travel writer who loves the creative world, loves to travel and tell stories. In 2015, I started writing for Hangout Nigeria. I would visit places and write reviews about them; it was from doing that that I developed an interest in travel documentary content creation. I have a vlog on youtube, Jubtrip, where I share some of my content. My interest in travel, love for creativity and love for motion picture inspired and continues to inspire me to create travel content.

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You recently finished a train trip to 7 cities in 14 days, please tell us more about that? What inspired you to do it? And why did you decide to travel by train?

On the 26th September, 2017, I decided to travel by train from Lagos to Ibadan, then to Oshogbo, Kaduna, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Enugu and back to Lagos. I traveled by train because I always wanted to. My inspiration for this trip actually came from wanting to do something memorable for my birthday, so a train trip across 7 cities seemed like a great way to make that happen, especially because it was something I had never done before. So when I had laid down the plan, I saved up, took a leave from work and was on my way. I would actually have loved to go to more cities but I was restricted to only the cities that have train routes.

Something I would also like to add relating to the planning of this trip is that, when I had made up mind that this train trip was what I wanted to do, I actually contacted some travel agents for support but they turned me down on the basis of not having a reason to support me because travel by train was not a popular choice for travelers. I didn’t let this bring me down however, and I continued with my plans determined to see it to fruition even if that meant financing it myself.

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Can you share some details of the trip? Did you travel alone, with someone or with a group of people? Please share how you were able to accommodate all your activities in only 14 days?

I didn’t go alone, I went with a camera guy because I needed someone to help document the experience. As part of my preparation for the trip, I contacted ‘Waka With Debbie’ for some information. I also contacted a geographer, who helped me draw a map with the cities and train routes that I would need. The geographer was really helpful, I can say it was her effort that practically made the trip possible because everything she put in the map was very accurate, even down to the time of arrival of the trains at the station. Additionally, on my own, I made some inquiries from the railway corporation in Lagos on the train movement (which included the time of arrival at the station amongst other things) for Lagos and outside Lagos. I also asked for confirmation on the states in the country that had train stations and routes. On the trip, I spent a day exploring each city before moving on to the next that was how I was able to accommodate the activities I planned to explore on the trip.

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Still on your train trip, what were some of the things you did or activities you enjoyed at those cities? Where did you visit in those cities and why?

I started my trip in Lagos and in Lagos I first visited the Kalakuta Museum and then the Nigerian Railway Corporation Museum at Ebutte Metta to officially launch the trip with about 13 people, including myself and the camera man. From Lagos Iddo, I took a train to Ibadan. In Ibadan, I visited the Agodi Gardens and then the Ibadan zoo. But I must that I was very impressed with the Ibadan zoo, it was very organized, the animals were healthy, in good condition and the place was well maintained. In fact, I was so impressed with the state of things that I wondered if it was privately owned. After Ibadan I went, by bus, to Oshogbo because there is no train from Ibadan to Oshogbo.

At Oshogbo, I visited the Erin Ijesha waterfall and the Osun-Oshogbo Sacred Groove. I stayed at a hotel in Oshogbo while I was there. Typically, if I didn’t have a friend in the city to help with accommodation, I would stay in a hotel. After Oshogbo, the next city I was to go to was Kaduna. The journey from Oshogbo to Kaduna was a very long one. First, I waited at the train station for the train’s arrival for almost 26hours. I actually slept there waiting for the train. The reason given for the delay was that the train got damaged on the road. Apparently, this delay is nothing new as the train is already known for getting damaged along the way. I remember when I told an attendant at the station that I was going to Kaduna from Oshogbo (I was asking for the expected time of arrival), the attendant laughed and actually told me that if I got there in 6 days I should be grateful to God.

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True to the words of this attendant, I spent 5 days on my way to Kaduna because the train kept stopping. Only one train head was carrying 16 coaches, it was no wonder that aside being slow the train kept having issues. Then about the trains, before I forget, at first when I paid for tickets for myself and the camera man, I paid for the second class coach because I wanted to experience how it was like for the sake of adventure. However, when the train finally arrived and I entered into the coach and saw how it was, I immediately went to the attendant to get an upgrade. I just thank God I was able to get one. The second class coach was worse than a pig sty and had a terrible stench. I even tried to see if I could find even if it was just one comfortable spot for me to lay my head but there was none. The place was so horrible that no human being should have to stay there for a second talk less of 5 days; in fact some of the passengers who couldn’t bear the stench of the coach would sit atop the train while in motion, which was very dangerous. I just really thought it was terrible because the second class ticket sold for N1,700 and even though it might not be so much, it’s a lot of money for those who pay for the ticket to cough up. They shouldn’t be subjected to such inhumane conditions.

I and my camera man had to sleep in the bus for the 5 day period of the trip. In some of the villages we stopped, the villagers were nice. They actually provided us with water and places to bathe. It was from this experience that I learnt how patient and kind Nigerians can be. I kept expecting the passengers to complain about the train’s constant faults or about having to sleep in the bush but instead they remained quiet. In fact, at a point when the train developed yet another fault and broke down, some of passengers volunteered to help repair the train. I guess they were already used to it. But I wasn’t. I kept worrying about my safety and thinking about what would happen if thieves or some villagers decided to attack while we were in the bus. I and my camera guy would be an easy target for them because of the camera we carried along. It was all just the grace of God.

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We finally arrived at Kaduna on the 5th day and while in Kaduna, I visited the NOK village to explore the NOK museum. I also spoke to some elders to learn about their culture and traditions. I stayed with a friend while in Kaduna; I didn’t have time to do more than visit the NOK village and taste their locally tapped palm wine mainly because the NOK village was quite a distance, and there a lot to explore there that didn’t give me time to do much else. In case I didn’t already mention it, one major mission for me on this trip was to taste the locally tapped palm wine of all the cities I visited and then determine which had the best (I love palm wine that much). Of all the locally tapped palm wines I tasted, I must say that Oshogbo had the best. The details of my selection, including the criteria I used for the selection and my eventual arrival at Oshogbo being the city with the best locally tapped palm wine will be on my vlog soon.

My next stop was Abuja. From Kaduna I took a train to Abuja from the Rigasa station. The Rigasa station was very different from that of Oshogbo. The trains were in great condition, the security was good and the scenario was just different. Their timing is great and they really keep to time – from the time of departure to the time of arrival. I think the Rigasa station is one of the best in Nigeria, if not the best. The trains are so good that the second class coach of their train is equivalent to the first class coach of the train at the Oshogbo station; also one head carries 5 coaches so it’s really fast. I paid for the ticket of the second class coach and was on my way to Abuja with my camera guy. The second class coach cost N1050 while the first class coach cost N1500 (N2000 cheaper than that of the Oshogbo station, which cost N3500).

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At Abuja, I visited the Art market and then, of course, tasted their locally tapped palm wine at a local bar. I wanted to also visit Zuma rock but I didn’t have the time to do so. I stayed with a friend for the duration and then by the next day, I was on a bus ride to Port Harcourt. There was no train route from Abuja to Port Harcourt so I had to go by bus.

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At Port-Harcourt, because there aren’t much tourist destinations there, I just visited their local bar for locally tapped palm wine and then later in the evening, I went to watch a movie at the Silverbird Cinema and after that went to a Karaoke bar. The following day, I had to go by bus to Enugu though Port-Harcourt had a train station with a train route to Enugu. The reason is that the trains at the Port-Harcourt station are non-functional and have been that way for about three months because, according to the officials, the train tracks are bad and to prevent the trains for stopping or developing faults along the way, the train don’t move. So, I traveled by bus to Enugu.

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While in Enugu, I visit Ngwo to experience the local environment and of course taste the locally tapped palm wine. I also tasted their ‘abacha’ delicacy and I must say that compared to the ones I’ve tasted in Lagos, this one was much better and more delicious. Much like in Abuja, I wanted to visit the Ngwo pine forest while here, but because of time I couldn’t. I stayed in a hotel for the duration of my visit and by the next day I was on a bus ride from Enugu to Lagos. This ended by 14-day trip to 7 cities.

What were some of the safety precautions you took during the trip even amidst the activity, to keep yourself and belongings safe?

To be honest, I didn’t take much safety precautions on the trip. But all I really did was to ensure that I took care of my things well and kept them close, especially the camera because I rented it for the trip. Also, it helped that I traveled with a guy and that the guy could be rugged when the situation demanded. I remember when we were at Oshogbo and the bus we took while shuttling between destinations broke down. The conductor wanted to take advantage of the situation and refuse to refund our money. The camera guy had to challenge the conductor before our money was eventually refunded. I probably wouldn’t have been able to handle that had I been on my own, and would have ended up losing the money.

Regarding the cost of the trip, how were you able to finance the trip? Were you able to save cost during the trip, if yes, what were some of the cost saving techniques you applied?

Financially, I got support from Nkechi Uko from Akwaaba and from Trip Berry on the condition that I move with the brand and basically just showcase their brands as often as I can in anyway that I can. The support from the two of them covered the media cost, some parts of the feeding and transportation cost and the cost of hotels we stayed in. I also used some of the money I saved up for the trip to cover the rest of the expenses like the cost of entering into some of the tourist sites, the cost of taking pictures or making videos at the sites, the cost of getting a tour guide and the rest of the feeding and transportation costs. Altogether to finance trip I ended up spending about N270,000; without the cost of media coverage I would maybe have spent about N140,000.

Moving on to the difficulties faced, what were some of the difficulties you experienced during the trip? Can you share some of these ‘not-so-fun’ experiences and what you learned from them?

Including some difficulties that I already mentioned, some others were that my feet got really swollen at a point. This was during the 5-day trip from Oshogbo to Kaduna. The passengers were nice, some helped with leaves to apply to reduce the swelling and I was advised to removed the military boots I had one and change to slippers. Their help alleviated some of my discomfort till the swelling eventually went down. Also, since I came back I have been on antibiotics treatment because I started having headaches, purging and just generally not feeling like myself. One major thing I learnt from the experience is that you can’t just make videos in trains, you have ask the hosts or hostesses for permission. I remember when I tried recording on the train, I think this was on the way to Ibadan from Lagos, I was told to stop immediately. I later learned that I would have been able to record if I had asked before-hand. Again, I also learnt that Nigerians are very nice people and can be very patient in situations they don’t have absolute control over.

On a more personal note, how interesting will you say the trip was to you? If you were to describe your trip in three words, what would those words be

The trip was challenging and adventurous, and yes I had fun at the tourist attractions but the trip itself wasn’t really fun – it was more adventurous than fun.

 

At this point, it’s safe to say that to some extent you’ve been around the country, so in terms of travel and tourism, what would you say are some of the gaps the government needs to fill?

The tourist attractions need maintenance. I gives kudos to the Ibadan zoo, they maintain it very well, so well that I first doubted if it was actually managed by the government. I thought it was probably managed privately. Most of the tourist sites in Nigeria are not well maintained and they need proper attention. Also, the train stations and trains need repairs and proper maintenance, they need proper check up from time to time. Some of the train tracks are damaged, like that of Port Harcourt, and they have been that way for quite a while, they need to be repaired and properly maintained. Most of the tourist attractions are good, but they just need maintenance.

Based on your experience, do you have any advice for travelers, travel bloggers or any person that might be aspiring to travel within the country like you have just done?

My advice to them is to go on the trip, experience it and tell the world how it is because I think that more people need to go out and experience how train travel is in Nigeria. If more people travel by trains then awareness can be raised on the terrible conditions, and maybe something will be done about it. I think more people should organize tours for train travel and I am glad that some tour operators have started to do so, but more tour operators should follow suit. I don’t want to be only one to tell this story. I believe the courageous and adventurous ones will want to experience it and they can then come back to tell people about it and thus raise awareness.

Finally, is it okay for us to anticipate more exciting travel adventures like this from you? If yes, can you please give us hint of what the next one might be?

Yes you can. For now, I am focusing on domestic adventures around Nigeria. For my next adventure, I want to explore ghetto tourism in Nigeria. I want to know more about the slums of Nigeria, explore it and basically just go into that life and open it up for people to see.

Niniola’s ‘This is Me’ Debuts

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Coming on the heels of her debut album ‘This is Me’, singer, songwriter and performer Niniola has signed with Kobalt Music Group, an independent rights management and publishing company. Her manager Michael Ndika made the announcement during a media parley to celebrate the launch of her new album.

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“Niniola is a very talented artiste who has achieved a lot within three years that most people don’t know about. She got signed on to Kobalt music in July ​for publishing which is a deal that will make her write music for international artistes. Kobalt is about third or fourth biggest publishing company in the world. So in the next couple of years will see Niniola writing songs for international acts.”

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Niniola rose to fame in 2013 when she emerged the third runner-up on MTN Project Fame season 6. Her debut album according to the artiste is a snippet of what she can do as she sampled different styles of music while staying true to her unique afro-house genre.  It is a 13-track album that features dancehall reggae king, Patoranking,  hip-hop Apala musician, Terry Apala, Devin Di Dakta and Charmant.

Her ingenuity has not gone unnoticed as she was a nominee of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards as well as the upcoming All Africa Music Awards where she will also perform.

The 30-year old singer is the sixth child of her parents.

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​Niniola is currently signed to Drumroll Records”

How Nigeria can develop key tourism market segments to grow the economy

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Nigeria’s leading online travel agency Jumia Travel delves into examining some of the key tourism market segments that Nigeria can develop to improve the economy. The segments mentioned in this article are not the only existing segments. However, this article has identified 3 areas: Ecotourism, Cultural tourism & Heritage tourism.

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The concept of ecotourism is no longer new. It simply refers to responsible travel to natural areas that help to conserve the environment and help to improve the welfare of local people.

Ecotourism is often associated with destinations in remote areas. It also represents a subsector of tourism that is affiliated with environmental protection and, has the potential to contribute to sustainable development and to help ensure environmental sustainability. Africa has a vast and diverse natural landscape, wildlife and protected areas on the continent. So, this provides the continent with a competitive advantage in ecotourism and if properly harnessed, it will help to promote economic diversification and contribute to job creation and enterprise development while helping to address underdevelopment in remote regions and intractable environmental challenges.

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Tourism establishments in forest reserves can create employment for unskilled workers such as, drivers, cleaners, and housekeepers at accommodation facilities. In addition to increasing incomes in local communities, employment opportunities in tourism can enhance employee skills and productivity. Opportunities to supply products and services to the tourism sector can help to ensure a sustainable market and increase incomes and other revenues in local communities derived from tourism-related activities, while minimizing economic leakages. Joint ventures between ecotourism establishments and local communities such as wildlife conservancies may be the effective mechanisms for ensuring that local communities derive economic benefits from tourism resources in their communities while minimizing leakages.

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When people travel to learn about the history and culture of a destination, it is called cultural tourism.

It is another key tourism market that demands creative goods and services, including cultural products such as handicrafts, performance arts and music, that can be harnessed for economic growth. Handicrafts are key cultural products consumed in the tourism industry. Owing to low entry barriers, and as handicrafts require a low level of capital investment, there is potential to develop viable linkages between tourism and local handicrafts sectors that create economic opportunities for local artisans. On the demand side, hotels and restaurants can create business opportunities for local artisans who can supply handicrafts to furnish such establishments.

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Backward linkages can create business opportunities for semi-skilled and unskilled artisans in the informal sector. The demand for handicrafts can help to ensure a sustainable market for locally made handicrafts, and increase incomes and improve livelihoods in local communities (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development Report 2017).

Tourism establishments can also facilitate market opportunities for local handicrafts by organizing markets on their premises and through coordinated visits to local markets that allow tourists to source handicrafts directly from local artisans. Moreover, engaging directly with local artisans and informal enterprises with few or no intermediaries allows for a greater capture of tourist expenditures by local artisans and encourages the utilization of local skills and materials, with tourism thus generating an important source of income for semi-skilled and unskilled workers, while contributing to the preservation of local cultural heritages. Governments can play a role in helping to create an appropriate incentive structure and an enabling environment for firms (such as hotel and guest house operators) to actively engage in integrating local artisans into local tourism value chains and ensuring that they benefit economically from the sector.

 

Although a small share of tourist expenditures is on handicrafts, several studies suggest that the economic benefits that accrue to the poor are comparatively high. For example, in Ethiopia, the crafts sector captures the largest share of tourist expenditures; $7 million (55 per cent) of $12.7 million in tourist expenditures on crafts benefits poor households through income earned from employment or business opportunities (Mitchell and Ashley, 2009). In 2007, in Ethiopia, the average tourist spent $50 on handicrafts, half of which was income accrued by local artisans (International Trade Centre, 2010). Trade in cultural products can play an important role in driving informal business tourism, a substantial and important dimension of such tourism in regions such as Southern Africa (Rogerson, 2016).

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There are quite a number of rich cultural heritages in Nigeria which may be harnessed to increase demand for diverse products and experiences and create markets based on cultural and recreational elements. Events and visits such as the following may be leveraged for income generation through employment and business opportunities, with cultural tourism thereby contributing to economic growth: music & film festivals in Osun Osogbo; visits to cultural heritage sites, such as Olumo rock in Abeokuta; Idanre hill in Ondo; Ancient Kano city walls; Ogbunike caves; and visits to museums and galleries. Cultural events contribute to local economies while supporting cultural diversity. Heritage tourism is a growing market segment with significant potential in product. Heritage tourism is a growing market segment with significant potential in product diversification. Heritage and cultural sites, which are often located in rural areas, can play a role in promoting local economic development. With regard to demand, heritage tourism can stimulate local employment, directly through the employment of tour guides and indirectly through the conservation of sites and the development of infrastructure such as cafes, restaurants and other facilities, as well as the maintenance of associated infrastructure, such as upgrades of roads.

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Heritage tourism also offers opportunities for product development targeted at different market segments. In connection with visits to heritage and religious sites, there is potential to develop complementary sites, such as scenic routes and trails, aimed at adventure, leisure and business tourists, along with students visiting heritage sites, which have significant potential for the creation of linkages with and boosting the competitiveness of local tour operators and other businesses providing services to tourists, while ensuring that young people and local communities benefit through employment and other revenues. Economic opportunities arising from heritage tourism have the potential to transform underdeveloped regions in which related sites are often located, and provide an impetus for regions to strive to overcome economic stagnation and decline (Rogerson and van der Merwe, 2016).

 

BEHOLD ELOY AWARDS 2017 NOMINEES LIST

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The organizers of the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) has released the  nominees list for the 2017 ELOY Awards

ELOY Awards is an award that celebrates women doing exceptionally in their fields. The ELOY awards was birthed out of the need to celebrate women who have done well for themselves and made an impact in the society. This year’s edition is the 9th in the series, and is themed; “The Year of Inspiration”.

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Meet the 2017 ELOY Awards Influencers (Sitting L-R Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Award-winning International Fashion Designer. Joke Silva, Actress, Director and Business Woman) (Standing L-R Tewa Onasanya, Founder of the ELOY Awards. Peace Hyde, Head of Digital Media and Partnership as well as the
West African Correspondent at Forbes Africa.

This theme was chosen because from the last quarter of 2016 to date, a lot of inspiring women have emerged and are emerging, these extraordinary exquisite women are showing other women that it can be done and can be done gracefully too. The aim as always is to be able to continue to inspire, motivate and empower women, celebrate their successes and show that it can be done. The voting windows have been opened as women all over the world have voted women who are doing great in their various fields.

As the voting windows are opened we encourage women to vote for the women who they feel deserve to win.

How to vote
You can vote for your favourite exquisite ladies on www.eloyawards.com or via text, send ELOY + NOMINEE NAME to 35070

FEMALE OWNED EVENTS COMPANY (EVENTS DECORATOR, PLANNER etc)
1. 2706 Events – Adeola Ojuolape Okeshola
2. Trendy Bee Events – Bisola Borha
3. Perfect Touches Events – Nafisat Olubando
4. Wedding Guru – Christine Ogbeh
5. Dunamins Events – Funmbi Akinyosoye
6. Newton and David – Uche Majekodunmi

FEMALE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
1. Nkem Okocha – Mama Moni
2. Adepeju Jaiyeoba – Mothers Delivery Kit
3. Bukky Shonibare – Girl Child Africa
4. Funmi Adebajo – Kindle Africa
5. Onyinye Edeh – Strong Enough Girl Empowerment Initiative
6. Abisoye Ajayi- Akinfolarin – Girl Coding (Pearl Africa Foundation)

BEAUTY ENTREPRENEUR
1. Madam OriSkin care
2. Taries Beauty Lounge
3. Beauty Geek Ng
4. My Hair Ltd
5. Hair by Wanneka
6. Good Hair Ltd
FEMALE MOVIE DIRECTOR
1. Kemi Adetiba – The Wedding Party
2. Bunmi Ajakaiye – My Wife and I
3. Grace Edwin Okon – Little Drops of Happy
4. Jadesola Osiberu – Isoken
5. Omoni Oboli –Okafors Law

FEMALE FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

1. Funke Adepoju – Phunk Afrique
2. Jumoke Raji – Teekay Fashion
3. Agatha Moreno – Agatha Moreno
4. Tokunbo Abiodun – Ceo Luminee Official
5. Huda Fadoul – Hudayya
6. Bisola Adeniyi – Lady Biba

TV ACTRESS (Terrestrial and Online TV)
1. Ini Dima-Okojie – Battle Ground, Africa Magic
2. Omowunmi Dada – Jemeji, Africa Magic
3. Beverly Naya – Tinsel, Africa Magic
4. Dakore Akande – Fifty, Ebony Life
5. Uru Eke – Rumour Has It, Ndani TV
6. Abimbola Craig – skinny Girl in Transit, Ndani TV
7. Oreka Godis – Our Bestfriend’s Wedding, Red TV
8. Chiagozim Nwakanma – This Is It, Lowladee TV

FEMALE MUSIC ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
1. Simi – Joromi
2. Niniola – Sicker
3. Waje – In The Air
4. Yemi Alade – Knack Am
5. Ada – I Overcome

FEMALE CHEF/FOOD DESIGNER
1. Matse Nnoli – Matse Cooks
2. Bukky – The Kitchen Muse
3. Ozoz – Kitchen Butterfly
4. Kemi Oyedepo – The Kitchen Monsters
5. Iquo Ukoh – 1q Food Platter
6. Nengi Ukpabi – Nengi’s Kitchen
7. Dumebi Agbakoba – Chef Dish
8. Uzo Orimolade – Uzo Food Labs

FEMALE YOUTUBER
1. Sisi Yemmie
2. Delphinator
3.Uwami Aliyu
4. Kehinde Smith
5. That Igbo Chick

ACTRESS BIG SCREEN
1. Osas Ighodaro – Ajibade – Little Drops of Happy
2. Adesua Etomi – The Wedding Party
3. Toyin Abraham – Alakada Reloaded
4. Omowunmi Dada – Omugwo
5. Chigurl – Banana Island Ghost
6. Dakore Egbuson – Akande – Isoken
7. Rahama Sadau – Hakkunde
8. Mary Lazarus – Dance to my Beat

FEMALE MAKEUP ARTIST
1. MLPro Beauty – Ololade Koleosho
2. Stephanie Ani Makeup Artistry – Stephanie Ani
3. Y-Glam – Olayemi Oduyoye
4. Faari By Sisi Ope – Opeoluwa Odunbaku
5.Oteniara Makeovers – Oteniara Adelegan
6.Misz Poshmua – Linda Onyinye Chukwuka
7. Bookie Ladiva – Bukky Obey

FEMALE BLOGGER
1. Deola Adebiyi – www.omogemura.com
2. Oma Ehiri – www.sotectonic.com
3. Eden Benibo – www.edenbenibo.com
4. Hafsah – www.hafymo.com
5. Lade Ibikunle – www.ladesblog.com
6. Cynthia Akinyemi – www.blacksatino.com

FEMALE TV PRESENTER (TERRESTRIAL AND ONLINE TV)
1. Idia Aisien – Style101 Show, Spice TV
2. Bridget Chigbufe – Page 3, STV
3. Sammy Walsh – Slayed or Shade, MTV
4. Tallulah Doherty, Toke Makinwa, Bola Olukanni – Moments, Ebony Life TV
5. Ariyike Dimples, Olayemi Ogunwole – Entertainment Splash, TVC
6. Latasha Ngwube – Hot Topics, Linda Ikeji TV
7. Mercy Ajisafe – Fashion Fix, Accelerate TV
8. Uvbi Ehigiamuose, Bettina Nwelih – Talk Talk, Wazobia TV

FEMALE ON-AIR PERSONALITY
1. Yasmin Obadaki – Cool FM Kano
2. Josephine Amie Egbe – Beat FM Ibadan
3. Moet Abebe –Soundcity FM
4.Faith History – Lagos Talks
5. Kemi Smallz – Cool FM Lagos
6. Kiki Mordi – WFM
7. Awazi – Soundcity
8. Adeyinka – R2 FM Ibadan

ELOY LADIES WHO INSPIRE (RECOGNITION) AWARDS (WINNER CHOSEN BY JUDGES)
1. The ELOY Awards for ladies who inspire in public sector
2. The ELOY Awards for ladies who inspire in Technology
3. The ELOY Awards for ladies who inspire in Tourism
4. The ELOY Awards for Ladies who inspire Start-up ( Someone who has set up a successful business that is at least a year old)
5. The ELOY Awards for ladies who inspire (Lady to Watch – Up and coming, under 30 in any field or category).
6. The ELOY Awards for ladies who inspire Pioneer (Trailblazer who has made an astonishing breakthrough in her field).

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AKON AND SOPHY AIIDA TO HOST AFRIMA 2017 IN LAGOS

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Multi-award winning African-American music star, Akon, has been unveiled as host of the 4th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

According to a statement by the African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA made available to the media on Tuesday, October 31, the Senegal-born superstar will handle the event proceedings of the live broadcast award show scheduled to air live on over 80 television stations and online platforms across the world with support from the co-host, Ms. Sophy Aiida, a Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster.

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With a track record of outstanding success in the global music industry that has brought immense recognition to Africa’s creative energy and originality, Akon, a multi-Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, has put his name in the Guinness Book of World Record as the number one selling artiste for master ringtones in the world.

Ranked the fifth most powerful celebrity in Forbes’s Africa list of 40, Akon is also a business man and philanthropist who is passionate about the African continent. He provides electricity for 15 African countries through his “Light Africa Project” and supports underprivileged African youngsters through his Konfidence Initiative. He runs music labels, Konvict Music and Kon Live Republic successfully.
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Co-host Sophy Aiida is a prolific broadcaster who is known on radio as Cameroon’s biggest-girl-next-door. Sophy was born in Paris, moved to New York where she spent 15 years before returning to Cameroon to contribute to her homeland. The multilingual and multi-talented woman is regarded as one of Central Africa’s biggest show host. Sophy has also acted in rave African French-speaking movies and has also dropped a debut single.  Sophy Aiida is the co-founder of the Nakande Project, an initiative that supports the emergence of great young women through its education, empowerment and mentorship programmes. She has hosted various annuals show and events in Africa.

Meanwhile, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are in eager anticipation for the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony and the AFRIMA Music Village scheduled to hold on Friday, November 10. The Music Village is an evening of non-stop open music festival of live performances from African stars and nominees, with an audience of 40,000 people. It will also be broadcast live and produced by a prominent experiential marketing/production agency in Africa, Backstage Pro.

The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a celebration of Africa by rewarding the creativity and originality of African artistes and songwriters with the resplendent 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy. The 2017 Main Awards Ceremony, in association with Lagos State of Nigeria, the Official Host City, will be a colourful, performance-packed event graced by music stars, industry legends, captains of industries, diplomats, government officials, music lovers across the continent. The event will be broadcast live across 84 countries in Africa.

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Also lined up for the weekend of AFRIMA 2017 is Africa Music Business Roundtable in Association with TRACE with the theme,/ DIGITAL TAKEOVER: SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN MUSIC /(November 10). AMBR is a platform created by AFRIMA for engagement on music, money, media and evolving global business practices as they affect the creative industries in Africa.

4 Ways To Build Your Business Brand

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The importance of building a business brand can not be overemphasized, it really can be considered just as important as setting up the business itself.

We share 4 tips to help effectively build a business brand.

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1.Define Your Brand

To build a great brand, you need to first define that brand, know what it means, what it stands for and what concept or idea you want to equate it with. To define your brand, you can start by writing down all characteristics that describe what you want the brand to be or represent, and the exact way you would like the brand to be perceived. Once you have the list, you can progressively fine-tune it to enhance your brand and make it stand out from competitors. In the end, the list should give a clear understanding of what your business is capable of doing, what it should be known for and how it should sell products and/or services without compromising its values.

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2.Encourage Your Employees To Be Brand Ambassadors

There is no better way to build a brand than to have your employees as brand ambassadors. It is important for your employees to understand the business brand, know what it stands for and embody what the brand stands for. This is because your employees are likely going to be the ones having direct interactions with the customers or clients, and if these employees don’t fully grasp what your business brand is about or what it represents, the customers or clients are unlikely to do so as well. As a business, be sure to keep your employees ‘engaged and informed’ about your business brand, train them to understand the business brand and encourage them to support the brand message in their interactions with customers or clients, and even in their interactions with each other. You can them reward them for acting in the brand’s best interests by way of incentives.

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3. Think of Your Brand as a Person

This will help significantly in brand communications and positioning. Thinking of your brand as a person will help to guide the methods and manner you communicate your brand to the general public, especially target customers. This is because seeing your brand as a person helps to give it a personality, and this personality will determine how your brand will behave in different situations. It also determines, based on that personality, how best to communicate with the general public, and helps develop beliefs, values and purposes that further define that brand and how it relates with the public and target customers.

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4. Be Consistent

Consistency helps to reinforce the character of your brand. It makes your brand seem focused and less clumsy to the public, and further helps to clarify your offerings so customers know or have an idea of what exactly to expect from your business. Additionally, it helps to establish the authenticity of your brand and build trust in your brand. Creating a brand guide can help with brand consistency. A brand guide will help to establish guidelines for your brand and ultimately keep your entire business on the same page.