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.

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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.

PHOTOS FROM THE HOW FOUNDATION BLUE-STATE CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH

The HOW Foundation’s first ‘Blue-State’ Charity Match for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month took place on Saturday, September 23, 2017; The HOW Foundation hosted 4 teams and their supporters at the Road 14 Football Pitch, Lekki, Lagos.
The event kicked off at 4pm with a welcome speech by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The How Foundation Ms. Anthonia Ally, she talked about the essence of the football match which was to create awareness for prostate cancer amongst men and the threat prostate cancer poses to families in Nigeria. She also emphasised that early detection is key so all men from the age of 40 should get checked regularly.
The football match started at about 4:30 with a kick off by the founder of The How Foundation, Dr Herbert Wigwe.  The football competition was between Atletico Sports Club, Soccer Nation, FSG and Access Warriors.
Fans of the various football teams were around to cheer and support their favourite. After a series of faceoff on the pitch, Soccer Nation emerged the winner of the tournament and Melody was also announced as the highest goal scorer of the day. The winning team went home with a trophy.

The How Foundation’s Blue-State charity football match was well attended and the essence of the competition was achieved as a lot of people were educated on the dangers of not detecting prostate cancer early enough. There were also lots to eat and drink while everyone networked and cheered their favourite teams.

The How Foundation was founded by Dr Herbert Wigwe on July 20th 2016 and their main focus is to help educate on the possibilities of Malaria Eradication in Nigeria, Prostate Cancer awareness and Youth leadership /mentorship programs.

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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

5 Reasons We Love Android Devices

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The debate on which is the better operating system between the iOS and Android operating system is a debate that will probably never be concluded, however, it is impossible to deny some of the impressive features that the Android operating system offers. Here are 5 reasons we love Android devices.

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1.It’s Affordable

Buying an Android device is unlikely to devastate your bank account, and for that affordability it remains an attractive option to many. With varieties of devices, designs and specs, Android devices really have something to suit every budget range and offers a true and enjoyable smartphone experience. Android’s affordability is what has driven and continues to drive its worldwide dominance.

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2.It Allows Customization

Another strong feature of Android devices is the fact that it allows customization. Unlike most Apple devices, Android devices let you choose any level of customization you want and this flexibility is what really appeals to most smartphone users. This is because many smartphone users generally tend to want to explore the limits of their devices, and they typically like having the ability to freely customize and play around with features and design of their phones.

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3. It Allows For Multi-Tasking

Some might argue that iOS devices also allow multi-tasking, but what they cannot deny is that the level of multi-tasking that iOS devices support, does not come anywhere near the level of multi-tasking some Android phones offer. Samsung phones are a good examples of Android phones that have great multi-tasking features. This is one area that Apple is more or less playing catch-up to Android devices.

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4. Its Seamless Integration With Google’s Services

Android devices integrate seamlessly with Google’s varieties of services, and this works just great because Google is largely considered the ‘king of the web’. Apple and iOS doesn’t seem to be able to keep up in this area, and have had to yield to accommodating more Google services on their platform. Unfortunately, the seamless integration enjoyed between Android devices and Google services, is not replicated in the integration of iOS and Google services.

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5. There are Widgets!

With widgets you can ‘see all the information you need at a glance’ without having to open an app. Widgets are a major advantage Android devices have over iOS devices, mainly because even with Apple’s recent launch of widgets on their iOS devices, it still remains very limited on iOS compared to the widgets of Android devices that are more unbounded and offer more varieties.

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE SOUTH EAST HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION ROOM MEETING HELD IN ENUGU ON WEDNESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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BACKGROUND:

The South East Human Rights Situation Room is a group of human rights non-governmental organizations working in the South East. Members held a meeting today Wednesday 13th September 2017 in Enugu to discuss the human rights situation and violence in the South East, especially Operation Python Dance 11and to determine what to do. It observed that from all indications, the operation has started ahead of the stated date of 15th September 2017 as announced in a press release by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

At the end of the meeting, participants expressed concern about:

1.  The escalating violence in the South Eastern States of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States in view of Operation Python Dance 11 and the need to maintain peace, order and the rule of law in affected areas.

2.  Events that have already occurred in affected states such as the attack on some journalists and residents of Umuahia, Abia State.

3. The operation commenced without adequate sensitization and dissemination of information about its modus operandi and the rule of engagement to the people of the zone.

In view of the above the participants resolved as follows:

1.     That the South East Human Rights Situation Room requests for lawful and ethical conduct of personnel executing “Operation Python Dance 11”.

2.     Whatsoever tactics adopted in the Operation must be in compliance with international human rights law and global best practices.

3.     We request the adequate training for military personnel on human rights and the rule of law, especially those who interact with Nigerians on the roads and check points on a daily basis in the course of this operation in the South East geo-political zone.

4.     We implore the military personnel to desist during the period of this operation from intimidation, inhuman and degrading treatment of road users and commuters.

5.      The South East Human Rights Situation Room will continue to disseminate safety tips to members of the public, especially the youths to shun violence in all situations and be Law abiding.

6.     We will embark on a campaign to educate the civilian populace and residents of the South East Zone on the need to conduct their daily activities in accordance with the law and report any infraction to the South East Human Rights Situation Room on telephone number 09060002128; and #HumanRights4SENigeria, Email:humanrights4senigeria@gmail.com

 

SIGNED BY:

Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON

Convener, South East Human Rights Situation Room

Dr. Uju Agomoh

Co- Convener, South East Human Rights Situation Room

Miriam Menkiti

Co- Convener, Women Information Network (WINET)

Professor Felicia Anyaogu

Co-Convener, FIDA Enugu

Rev. Fr. Ambrose Ekereoku

Co-Convener, Carmelite Prisoners Interest Organization (CAPIO)

South East Women Network (SEWNET)

Mr. Iheanyi Igboko

Agents of Communication and Development (A-CODE)

Mrs. Harrieth Oleru

SEWNET, Imo State

Chukwuonwe Beatrice

National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) Enugu Chapter

Mary Ogbonna

National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Enugu

Mrs. Nwanneka Okolo

National President, Catholic Women Organization (CWO)

Mrs. Patricia Chima

SEWNET, Ebonyi State

Grace Nnadozie

SEWNET Anambra State

Dr. Obiajulu Nnamchi

Human Rights Activist

Barr. Wilson Nneji

CAPIO, Enugu

Barr. Mrs. Gozie Udemezue

Healing Hearts Widow Support Foundation

Mrs. Ugo Kalu

National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Abia State

Barr. Nkechi Ezeani

WACOL, Head of Legal Unit

Ugochukwu Ogbonna Esq.

WACOL, Legal Officer

Odoh Ada Treasure

Gender Equality Movement

Amaka Micheal

Global Health Awareness And Research Foundation (GHARF)

Mr. Albert Oko

Prisoners Rehabilitation And Welfare Action (PRAWA)

Chukwuonwe Adaora

Gender Equality Movement

Mrs. Uzoma Uzoeshi

SE Women Political Empowerment Office, Owerri

Afrobasket 2017: D’Tigers Beat Senegal To Reach Men’s Final

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers have beaten Senegal to qualify for the final of the men’s Afrobasket in Tunisia.

The defending champions beat the impressive Senegal 76-71 and will play the hosts Tunisia for the title on Saturday.

It was a keenly contested match with Nigeria winning the first quarter 15 points to 12, the D’Tigers took the second 19-17 and fought hard to win the third 18-16.

Senegal won the final quarter 26-24 but it wasn’t good enough to stop Nigeria from proceeding in the quest to defend the trophy they won in 2015.