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Ooni Of Ife receives Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Award


Ikechi Uko presenting the award to Ooni of Ife

The organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market have presented His Royal Majesty the Ooni of Ife with the First Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities award. The presentation was made by the founder of the initiative Ikechi Uko, at the sidelines of the launch of Oduduwa Museum unveiled at the Brazilian Embassy in Lagos.

The Ooni of Ife His Royal Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, who is the Special guest of honour for the African Diaspora Tourism conference holding at the 15th Akwaaba Travel Market, is the custodian of 15 Famous Festivals, including the world Famous Olojo Festival in October. Now in its 18th year, The Africa Travel 100 Awards has over the years recognised leaders, industry practitioners, and government officials, who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.

The African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019 is organised to mark the 400 years of slavery. Slavery is a very sensitive topic that has created an uncomfortable relationship between Africa and its diaspora. The Conference is an opportunity to celebrate the merging of Africans, Americans, Caribbean’s and the rest of the world during this memorable gathering expected in Lagos.


Africa with 54 countries and a population of 1.2 billion has an unbelievable tourist attraction. The Caribbean and African diaspora have a unique culture, rich heritage and beautiful destinations for tourists, hence the need to connect and combine these wonderful cultures and populations, creating a huge global market.
The conference presents a platform to discuss, initiate, dialogue and celebrate a new relationship. However, the recognition of Africa as a beacon of hope for African people living on the continent and in the diaspora to explore, relate and live, using the African Diaspora Tourism Conference as the African Platform for the foundation of this long-lasting relationship.

The African diaspora and Africa have the same unique culture, rich heritage and beautiful destinations for tourism and trade, therefore, there is a need to connect and combine these wonderful cultures and population as a market for mutual benefit.

Meanwhile, the African Travel 100 Global Personalities award will take place during the 15th AKWAABA African Travel Market at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on September 23. AKWAABA, also known as Africa Travel Market (AFTM), serves to bring travelers, airlines, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, travel agents, state tourism boards, foreign trade and other tourism sectors together for networking, promotional and business purposes.

Now in its’ 15th year, the AKWAABA events have been successful and have attracted exhibitors from over 25 countries and numerous attendees from around the Globe. Some confirmed countries include, Ghana, Benin, Togo, The Gambia, Caribbean tourism organizations, AU CIDO, Nigeria, Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

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