Africa: Ayade Changes Calabar Festival To African Festival Of Arts And Culture

Ayade Changes Calabar Festival To African Festival Of Arts And Culture In its continued quest to widen the scope of its tourism offerings and enhance greater global participation, Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has announced the inclusion of the African Festival of Arts and Culture in this year’s Calabar Carnival calendar. Accordingly, all carnival activities during the annual […]

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Africa: Back to the Ekwueme Constitution

By Don Adinuba One of the most perplexing paradoxes in today’s Nigeria is the strident campaign for the adoption of the report of the 2014 national dialogue on the Nigerian condition organized by the Goodluck Jonathan administration as the basis of a new constitution. Even people who should know better have joined the bandwagon, showing that many Nigerians just go […]

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Nigeria’s Economic Crisis: A neighbour’s Woes

LIKE a festering wound, commercial activities in the Republic of Benin is bleeding from the blow dealt on Nigeria by the economic downturn triggered by the global decline in crude oil prices and the collapse of the naira against other currencies. While before December 2015, 1000 CFA franc, the official currency of Benin Republic exchanged for N350, the value has […]

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Africa: Hotel owners laments exploitation by FAAN


Lagos State chapter of Hotel Owners Association has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the ongoing probe to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the spokesman of the association, Jubril Agabi, alleged that the organisation, which is statutorily charged to manage all commercial airports in Nigeria, has turned to an organ of exploitation […]

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AU Passport: Nigeria’s tourism & hospitality industry might overtake the downstream sector by 2021

Nigeria’s tourism and hospitality industry might overtake the downstream sector by 2021 if the recently launched African Union (AU) passport is adopted by the country’s legislators. This is according to Mr. Kushal Dutta, the managing director of Africa’s number one hotel booking portal Jumia Travel Nigeria, who further said the Pan-African Passport will allow free movement of domestic tourists into […]

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Africa: Visa on Arrival for all African visitors to Nigeria in 2017

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has hinted that African travellers may no longer be required to obtain visas to enter the country from next year. Onyeama made this at the Town Hall meeting held in Abuja, while shedding light on the foreign policy outlook of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. He said the visa free idea was in […]

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Africa: I’m not scared of growing old-Omotola

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is the face of Ghandour Cosmetics, which launched in Nigeria on July 25. In a conversation at the official launch of the range of hair products, the star actress speaks to LANRE ODUKOYA about her endorsement, the 20th anniversary of her wedding and more. How does it feel to be a brand ambassador for Ghandour Cosmetics? It’s […]

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Aviation: Nigeria to repair Abuja Airport Runway readies it for concessioning


FOURTEEN years after the Abuja Airport Runway was due for reconstruction, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the interim repair of the runway and a major reconstruction of it. Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, at a press briefing after an inspection tour of the runway, told Journalists that the federal government cannot continue to fund the nation’s airports including […]

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Africa Marriage: In my next life, I will marry a soldier … if he is my Thomas

By KODILINYE OBIAGWU, and LAWRENCE NJOKU, Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, widow of the first military Head of State, Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi will never consider any of her sons join partisan politics or the armed forces. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the general on July 29, she spoke with the South East Bureau Chief, KODILINYE […]

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Aviation: Buhari orders activation of BASA with Israel

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate activation of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement that Nigeria signed in 2013 with the State of Israel. The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, John Opara, disclosed this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during the departure of pilgrims from Niger, Kaduna and Adamawa states to Israel under the NCPC Easter pilgrimage […]

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