African Hospitality Academy Begins Class January 2016
Poised to equip the Nigerian hospitality industry with qualified professionals, and help young Nigerians, who are desirous to gain the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s interconnected world while fostering international goodwill, mutual understanding and friendship in the hospitality sector, promoters of African Hospitality Academy (AHA), has said it commence class in January 2016.
Speaking at the unveiling of the students in Lagos, proprietor of the Academy and chairman of Golden Tulip West Africa Limited, Amaechi Ndili, said the AHA would serve as a learning ground for graduates interested in hospitality business and help redefine the Nigerian hospital industry with well-trained professionals.
He said, “The African Hospitality Academy will be the leading hotel and hospitality academy in Nigeria and sub-saharan African. It has partnered with HotelSchool The Hague, Netherlands, leading hotel and hospitality institutions in the world. We want to a programme in management and business around hotel and hospitality. We want train young, ambitious and enterprise Africans to become leaders in the hospitality industry all over and across Africa.”
“The academy will be located at the Golden Tulip Festac, Lagos, and would encompass practical, academic and recreational trainings. Our students will be house at the Golden Tulip Hotel Festac, this is to enable them have full grasp of the programme. We don’t want them to be distracted, reason why we are going the extra mile to make the programme in-house,” he added.
On what stands the academy out, Amaechi said, the training will entail three days of academic work and two days of practical activities. He explained that will be teaching delivery will encompass both traditional and technology driven, stressing that students must be technologically savy, and must have the necessary technological gadgets such as iPad, laptop computers.
According to him, courses offered are spread across four semesters which will run for 18 months and the students have access to loan facilities. But the good part of the academy apart from it being residential is that the students are guaranteed job placements after graduation.
“We think about graduates across Africa, so we will be teaching our students French. In the two-year period, we fund the students to be bi-lingual. Also, we place our graduates in the industry, which most academies around lack. We will place our graduates in big career levels.”
The AHA project, testifies to Amaechi’s unfailing and efficient entrepreneurial skills that have led to various establishments. He is the founder of Lionstone Group, a premier investment and holding company operating in the West African region with a number of subsidiaries focused on oil and gas, hotels and hospitality, healthcare and real estate. Prior to Lionstone Group, he was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group at GE Capital Corporation.
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